With the new announcement of the Alone in the Dark’s re-re-reboot, I thought it would be a fun time to dive into the game’s history! And no, — I’m not stuttering, just emphasizing that this is going to be the third generation of game that bares the Alone in the Dark name.
Well, I guess i have to date myself for this one. The original “Alone in the Dark” game has always held a special place in my chest cavity. I remember playing the original game (when I was 10 years old) and it was the very first horror game I have ever experienced. While it may not be the scariest game now, as a 10 year old and for a computer game, it was pretty creepy! As you probably guessed, with any good game, sequels were made. The games, which made it to the third sequel, all had a unique style for its time and were pretty much trendsetters for this genre. Although, I do have to say that it did become weak toward the end. The “vibe” of the third sequel was still intact but the gameplay and storyline were hurting badly. Thankfully the horror game stopped in 1994 before it could get any worse and that was the end of the Alone in the Dark games.
Or so we thought…. [sinister laugh here]…
Scrolling forward 7 years from the original series, we find the 2001 Alone in the Dark game titled “Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare”… and it did not disappoint! Just remember, graphics and voice acting in 2001 weren’t what they are now and real actors were just starting to jump into video games. It had thrills and sent chills, the creepy visuals were above par (at the time), the puzzles weren’t awful, and the game was over all fun to play! Again the franchise was setting the trend for better horror/adventure games. I love a revived franchise that works, it made me nostalgic for the original game and not be able to wait for a new one. Unfortunately, waiting is exactly what i did since the next reboot didn’t come until 2008.
I can’t say too much about 2008’s Alone in the Dark because I stopped playing out of boredom at the end of episode 1. Yes, episode… the game plays out like a TV series and the gameplay is minor compared to the cut scenes. My other complaints were that character movement was very ridged (like the guy had a stiff neck or something) and the button presses and controls were very prompted and childish. Needless to say, to call this version of Alone in the Dark “THE WORST” is putting it lightly and I’m not the only one who felt this way; with a metascore of 55, this was an embarrassment to the franchise.
Now that the history lesson is over, lets talk about the newest one, Alone in the Dark: Illumination. I’m seriously expecting a whole lot more from this game than any previous installment. If you weren’t able to deduce the mechanics by the title, light will have a big impact on your ability to wreck your foes. What it looks like to me is a cross between Alan Wake, Wolfenstein, and Doom but only time will tell; since the release is scheduled for November, we won’t have much longer to wait. In the meantime, here is the game trailer:
Want more about the future release of Alone in the Dark: Illumination? Head over to Mike Futter’s article over at GameInformer and get the latest scoop!
What was your first horror experience?