Alter Echo PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Aug 19, 2003
Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 68
    I just wish the game stood up and presented more of an open-ended challenge and demanded that I master all of them instead of having me slog through enemies in such a linear fashion --both conceptually and in the game world.
  4. At no more than 7 hours from start to finish, I’m sure most players can spare an evening.
  5. But the game's star is really Nevin's cool, morphable costume, which gives new meaning to the phrase "class action suit."
  6. PSM Magazine
    70
    There's an abundance of camera problems and the enemy AI is dumb as a doornail. [Oct 2003, p.38]
  7. Does a good job in bringing something new to the platform table, but it just doesn't overcome its weaknesses in level design, overall control and the fact that it doesn't stand out as a high-quality platformer. What it does have is the morph ability, but the coolness of that can only last for so long.
  8. A light and breezy Sci-Fi romp, it has enough juice to occupy anyone in need of a good weekend diversion. It won't start trends (and I doubt it will set sales records) but there's something to be said for a project that's as solid and sincere as this one.
  9. 70
    The coolness of the character-morphing and combat are overshadowed by the repetitive and linear play and a lackluster look.
  10. The story is predictable to a fault, but with a nice twist ending.
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    57
    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]
  12. Eventually Outrage Games' baby reveals itself to be a generic and ultimately repetitive hack-and-slash endeavor that can’t hold a candle to the likes of "Soul Reaver 2" and "Mark of Kri."
  13. 50
    There's some mindless fun on offer here, but in terms of depth and replay value, Alter Echo simply doesn't cut the mustard.

Awards & Rankings

#58 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2003
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Apr 30, 2013
    4
    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 andI 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. Full Review »
  2. Apr 29, 2013
    5
    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,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. Full Review »
  3. RichardB.
    Jan 7, 2007
    7
    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 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. Full Review »