I was excited when I first heard about a new Alone in the Dark, especially since it was coming to Wii with "in-depth" controls. Sadly, I'm glad I cancelled my pre-order and Gamefly'd it instead. It's worth a weekend rental, since you can beat it in a day. Here's a breakdown:
Graphics: 6/10 Not too bad, but a bit clunky looking. The humanoid enemies just didn't do it for me visually.
Sound: 5/10 The music is great, but the voice acting? .......not so much. Plus, I understand it's a mature game, but I can't stand constant cursing just for the sake of it. It just sounds dumb.
Controls: 4/10 The inventory screen only opens reliably when you empty your hands. The jumping is a joke. At least the FPS option works somewhat reliably.
Combat: 4/10 Ugh. Close combat is horrendous, just swing the wiimote until they stop moving. Shooting's ok though
Story: 4.5/10 Yea....have fun with this.
Overall, this game was a big dissapointment. It's very ambitious, it just doesn't deliver. Just rent it/Gamefly it. If you HAVE to buy it, I'd say wait for the $10-15 price range. Or the free end of a "buy one get one free" sale.
posted by mxtreme311 (IDAHO FALLS, ID) Jul 17, 2008
Member since Jun 2008
I gave this game a shot as I like this style of game, but the controls suck! I gave this game 3 nights or trying to use the controls and failing and decided that Atari just doesn't get the Wii. With such an excellent controller setup you'd think they'd make the controls somewhat natural to use... not the case.
Not much to say about this game. It's a good action/horror game but extremely rough on language. In the first 5 seconds of actual game play, the "F" word was already used. This may not bother some, but it bothers me because I have a 3 year old who loves to watch me play the game. Luckily, this game offers you the option of turning off the voice volume. All in all, good, but would be better without the rough language.