Alone in the Dark (2008)
Alone in the Dark is the fifth installment of the survival horror video game series of the same name created by Infogrames/Atari and is a reboot of the series developed by Eden Games. It was originally released on the Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Wii and PlayStation 2 in June 2008, and an enhanced PlayStation 3 version (subtitled Inferno) was released in November of the same year. This page will only focus on the Xbox 360, Windows, Wii and PS2 versions.
Why It Sucks
- Bad and convoluted plot.
- Cheesy dialogue, especially from protagonist Edward Carnby. Two lines are notable for becoming infamous: "I don't have your stone! And fuck you anyway!" and "I'm the lightbringer! I'm the fucking universe!".
- The item combining mechanic is confusing and frustrating (items have to be combined in a very specific order).
- Several bugs and glitches, especially in inferior ports such as the PS2.
- The driving sequences are terrible due to how badly the vehicles control. It's funny as the last title Eden Games worked on from this title was Test Drive Unlimited and that game had good driving controls.
- Poor collision detection and physics.
- Switching from first to third person perspectives becomes tedious and tiresome.
- Boring and repetitive combat.
- Health is shown via wounds on the character, however they look terrible, seeming more like patches of injured skin pasted on his clothes. Not to mention this does a bad job of relaying how much health the player has.
- The presentation of a television show on DVD was poorly implemented and breaks up the pacing more than anything, as there is no natural story arc whatsoever.
- Very limited and restricted item storage.
- Some puzzles feel uninspired and "boggy".
- Melee combat can only be handled in third-person, while guns can only be used in first-person.
- Central Park can be explored in an open world fashion, but it is meaningless as there is nothing to find in it.
- Near the end of the game, the player is tasked with burning various "evil roots" in order to progress. This part is little more than padding, and it's also the only reason for Central Park to have open world exploration. Driving sections aside, this is the worst part of the game.
- Good soundtrack.
- Voice acting is alright, especially from James McCaffrey, who also the voice actor of Max Payne.
- Some of the puzzles can be entertaining.
- The graphics are decent and can be very atmospheric at times.
- The PlayStation 3 version fixes several issues such as the bad driving, clunky inventory, poor controls, and adds a new story sequence.
- The use of fire in this game is great, as it is a driving motif for some puzzles, and some enemies aren't completely killed until they're burned. It also helps that it looks really good.