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  • Summary: Taking inspiration from the presentation style and structure of a number of acclaimed and globally popular TV action dramas, Alone in the Dark: Inferno is split into a number of distinct episodes in a season-style format. With approximately 30-40 minutes of gameplay comprising each episode, the structure of Alone in the Dark is adapted for an audience familiar with the hard-hitting bite-size delivery of contemporary TV dramas, offering easy accessibility whether the player has hours to devote or only wants a quick TV-style fix. Each time the player launches a saved game, the episode begins with a video summary of the previous episode to quickly re-immerse the player in the story, removing the need to remember where they were or what they were doing. Every episode closes with a nail-biting cliff-hanger ending to rattle players' nerves, and if the player is leaving the game a video teaser of the next episode plays to leave them wanting more. Alone in the Dark returns with a heart-stopping survival experience realized through the use of state-of-the-art real-time physics and unprecedented environmental interaction. Delivering an action-orientated experience within a highly detailed, open environment, Alone in the Dark once again strives innovation and excellence within the genre. [Atari] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. It's impossible to know for sure, but I can only imagine that if the initial version had been as finely-honed as Inferno, it would have received a much warmer welcome. Instead, thanks to all the negative word-of-mouth generated by the inferior 360 version, Inferno came and went with hardly anyone blinking an eye.
  2. Inferno is closer to the Alone in the Dark that should have been. Atari fixed some crucial flaws and improved other aspects, and yet the game still feels slightly rough.
  3. 78
    Alone in the Dark: Inferno is much closer to the developer's original interpretation than the original game allowed.
  4. Even the "fixed" PS3 version can't atone for the game's flaws. [Christmas 2008, p.86]
  5. The Inferno version of Alone in the Dark deserves a good grade not only because of the additions, but also because the weak parts from the previous version have been improved. Outstanding innovations include the jacket inventory, mediaplayer-like save feature, weapon-combos from household goods and smooth transitions between cutscenes. Some polishing is still in order, with intermittent bugs and badly constructed faces, but overall this is a good effort by Atari.
  6. 68
    At the very least, you can more clearly see what the overarching vision for Alone in the Dark was while enjoying the game's super cool soundtrack.
  7. A lesson in good intentions gone awry. Nearly all of its novel ideas misfire. What's so interesting about Inferno is the mentality that a patch was all that was needed to make a better game. The original was defined by a lackluster story, awkward controls, and merely okay gameplay – that's not a formula that needs a few tweaks, it's one that should be scrapped entirely.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. AllenO
    Feb 19, 2009
    This is a cult game, you'll either love it or hate it, I loved every minute, it will be a forgotten classic due to it's low metacritic score Expand
  2. BryanM
    Nov 21, 2008
    Alone in the Dark is so innovative and visually impressive... It may have it's flaws and it may not be for everybody, but it's an excellent game and too many people out there are giving it way too low of a score. I know it doesn't warrant a 10, but the average needs to come up because there are too many unskilled and biased noobs out there who barely know how to use a controller and rate this game a 0. Alone in the Dark is epic and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Expand
  3. JohnDoe
    Mar 16, 2009
    The amount of improvements this game has seen makes it beyond just worthy of playing. Do yourself a favor and spend under $20 pick this up and enjoy something a little different for channge. Collapse
  4. Oct 15, 2014
    It was an OK game. It wasn't an amazing one, though. Terrible controls, confusing game mechanics and bugs are the main problems here, but it did have a good story with some great seat-pieces. Who wouldn't want to drive a taxi during an earthquake in New York?

    This game did a solid job of introducing me to Edward Carnby and the franchise. I just wish that it did that job better.
  5. CurtB.
    Sep 25, 2008
    This game had it's moments. The story was well thought out and the graphics (esp. lighting) are incredible. It also has some original ideas (like the inventory screen and combing items in a new way). The controls on the other hand are terrible. Driving is near impossible and the rest of the game is a chore to get through. Expand
  6. Aug 21, 2013
    this game was overall fair, the reason being is because the game had a bit of problems such as awkward controls and boring cut scenes but the gameplay was alright Expand
  7. Mar 29, 2011
    I threw myself into playing Alone in the Dark Inferno expecting at the very least an average game at best. I think my expectations may have been too high even then. This might possibly be one of the worst survival horror games ever made. First I'll start off with the major complaint. The controls. I've NEVER fought so hard in my life to just play the game and even by the end of the game I still felt like they were sloppy and rugged. Next onto graphics. The graphics were scarier then the game. They're awful for a next gen game. Environment, weapons, "ratz", vampirz", "humanz", cut scenes, everyone and everything in the game looks bad. Story is god awful as well and the dialog makes it even worse. You know the games going to be bad when it seems like every sentence has cursing. In closing Alone in the Dark Inferno is one of those games you go out and buy from a bargain bin for 5$, or rent if you are trying to get trophies or achievements. Other then that I can't see any reason for actually wanting this game. Expand

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