Alone in the Dark 4
Genre Action -> Adventure
Today's Rank 0
Date N/A
Publisher Atari
Date 2001-05-18
Publisher Atari
United Kingdom Retail Box ArtThe Alone in the Dark series is a gaming phenomenon, and the newest release, The New Nightmare--the fourth instalment--has made it to the PlayStation. This is more than the first and third in the series did. You might wonder whether a graphical adventure translates all that well to the PlayStation format; rest assured that in this case it does. The range of controls is perhaps a little limited in comparison to what you'd expect from a PC and actually getting the characters to move around is a bit awkward at first. But from the cinematic opening sequences right through the action, the atmosphere is suitably dark and foreboding and this makes up for any slight difficulties of gameplay. Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare is actually two games in one. Edward Carnby's best friend Charles Fiske has been found dead near Shadow Island after looking for three ancient Indian tablets. Carnby joins forces with Aline Cedrac, a university lecturer specialising in ancient Indian languages--this ability isn't the only reason she's keen to find out more about Fiske. When Aline and Edward arrive at Shadow Island they become separated and you can take the part of either character. The one you choose will dictate how you play and solve the game, so complete it one way and you still have the challenge of trying it the other. Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare is engrossing right from the word go. The puzzles start immediately and there is no let-up. Start to play this game late at night, close the curtains, turn the volume up and you won't want to stop until the mystery is solved--twice. --Sandra Vogel
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