3.0 étoiles sur 5
"Will work for better control", July 13 2008
Amusant:4.0 étoiles sur 5
Alone in the Dark has a lot of nice, unique ideas which are overwhelmed by a second-rate storyline and a frustrating control system.
Graphics are not spectacular but are still very impressive. The game requires a solid graphic card and those who hope to get around with a so-so model will have to suffer through a series of clumsy motions and mishabs. The one that worked out for me was XFX GeForce 8800 GT Alpha Dog edition. I also tried the game with Radeon X1600 but it was quite slow.
Alone in the Dark lets you do a variety of actions with items. For instane, you can use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire or to smack someone in the head. You'll also come across conventional weapons like a handgun and an axe. One of the cool things I liked was throwing a bottle of inflammable liquid and shooting it mid-air. Since fire is the only tool that can kill off a demon for good, this trick comes in handy, especially when enemies are in groups. You can also pick up a handkerchief, combine it with vodka to make a molotov cocktail. Other things you can use include adhesive tapes, batteries for the flashlight, and so on.
My favorite in this game is the inventory system. Carnby is allowed to have only what he can carry in his jacket, which is unusually believable for a video game. And the jacket has different compartments in which only certain items will fit. For instance, you cannot put a vodka bottle where the flashlight should be. This is also where you can use your healing items, namely a spray. You can choose which wound to tend to (although I'd imagine you'd want to get to all eventually.) If a cut is deep, it will use up the spray a lot more.
But when you get over few interesting things you'll probably find yourself being frustrated every ten seconds or so because of the god-awful control. I'm not sure how it works out for console versions but for PC the buttons don't coordinate Carnby's movements that well. Also the inventory system, which looked so nice at first, gets quite infuriating when you're battling several demons at once and need to get things fast. And I don't think the game stops momentarily when you spend a few seconds selecting the right item. If an enemy attacks you, you're knocked out of the inventory screen.
Driving a car is also a real pain. Personally I've failed to complete that particular mission. The scene, along with good music, looks very movie-like but the car goes as though Carnby were pulling a DUI. The game does offer a few save-points so you don't have to start all over again but it will test your patience.
The storyline doesn't make the game any better, either. I've played the very first, DOS Alone in the Dark and realize that this should somehow relate to occult but the central park conspiracy theory involving a psychotic religious group seems quite silly. The game also tries to explain how Carnby looks the way he is although he should be more than 100 years old. (FYI: James Mccaffrey, who provided the voice of Max Payne, voices Carnby and worked out quite nicely.)
Overall I don't really REGRET buying this game; I just regret how much I had to pay for it. If you can get it for around $20 and have a really good graphic card and a large space in the hard drive, I'd say you'll get about your money's worth. It's not as bad as what some reviewers have said but not that great either.
Oh, and the game comes with a code which allows a player to install one copy to two computers only. If you install the game and format the computer (like I've stupidly done) you'll only get to use it for one. However if you've simply uninstalled it and forgotten to revoke the code, the website provides you with a program that does the job.