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  • Summary: An innovative action game that lets players morph between three combat modes and alter time with pioneering TimeDilation technology. The game lets players assume the role of Nevin, a reluctant hero with the ability to alter time and morph his PolySuit between three unique combat forms. He must fight for survival against an entire planet that has gone mad-the surface of the planet is alive, and uses its bio-mechanical properties to spawn enemy after enemy, ensuring relentless action. A revolutionary PostFX camera system intensifies the action with spectacular visual effects that heighten the drama of every combo and special attack. [THQ] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26
  1. Almost every texture in the game is soaked in bright neon colors to deliver a stylistic sci-fi setting. Unfortunately, where Alter Echo excels in graphics and gameplay, it comes up short in plot and personality. [Sept 2003, p.107]
  2. It would have been nice to have seen some more variety in the environments, and the instances of backtracking through areas you've already visited are disappointing. But the game's exciting, free-form combat makes up for those deficiencies.
  3. Brings some interesting gameplay elements to the table, but the execution falls short and it ends up being simply average, along with a thousand other no-name action titles.
  4. It lacks the imagination that the design documents must have been crying out for, and ultimately feels too much like psychedelic paintball in a foam-padded adventure playground.
  5. You'll never get lost instantly die from misjudged jumps, or have to play through difficult parts ten times over. Consequently, it's also a little too easy. [Oct 2003, p.135]
  6. Movement is achieved by moving using a massively cut down version of Dance Dance Revolution (press buttons on cue) that if done correctly results in a Manga-esque cut scene of destruction. Effectively then, Time Dilation is an elaborate smart bomb. Like its name implies this game is merely a varied echo of what once was original.
  7. You'll quickly realise that it's button bashing and not finesse that will aid you in your quest. Add to this a tacked-on rhythm-action game and you're left with a shallow and derivative game that offers no redeeming features. [Nov 2003, p.122]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. AndrewW.
    Dec 31, 2003
    Personally I thought the game was AWESOME! The graphics are okay. But I think they could use some work, the story line however was really well thought out and I enjoyed it. Expand
  2. PaulK.
    Oct 17, 2003
    Graphics may get a little old and confusing at times, but morphing ability allows for a much better gameplay. I would never buy this game but renting is a great idea for so quality time with your PS2. Expand
  3. RichardB.
    Jan 7, 2007
    The background might be generic and the voice acting might not be all that, but the gameplay is the star of this game and holds up really well. Bits of platforming are mixed in with large dosages of frantic combat, involving the use of 3 very distinct forms that you'll have to master to achieve victory. The game's fun and exciting combat and suprisingly solid story are enough to recommend this game, despite its technical flaws. Expand
  4. Apr 29, 2013
    All I can say about this game is that it is incredibly average. That's not necessarily a bad thing, since the game comes across as harmless, but it's not a compliment either. It has a nice atmosphere, but the story and the gameplay are just kinda weak. If you stumble upon it for less than $10 at the game store then go ahead and pick it up. But it's only worth going out of your way to find it if you're a PS2 game collector. Expand
  5. Apr 30, 2013
    I wish there was a more creative way to say that this game is just boring. Got it for a bargain without expecting much of anything and discovered it was just mediocre. Bad games are one thing--they have the potential to be funny--but mediocre games just have meh structure, meh stories, meh characters, and meh gameplay. But, it is playable, so I'll grant it that. Expand