A suspicious suicide. A chilling curse. A malevolent power. Finally, a wicked dark secret. This is Derceto, a legendary Louisiana mansion where, against your better judgment, you're drawn into a world of shadows to explore the darker side of Jeremy Hartwood's imagination.
Despite a paralyzing sense of personal danger, your quest for truth drives you to investigate the old house. But, you didn't know that, by entering Derceto, you'll be plunged into the daily nightmare that was Jeremy Hartwood's life. You weren't prepared for the torturous howls that resound from deep within its halls. You didn’t foresee the shadowy corridors that seemingly have no end. You couldn't anticipate the brooding, gloom-filled rooms, the pervasive weight of dread, the heavy sense of evil that gills the atmosphere and the very house itself.
Had you known, you might have refused this task. But alas, you accepted, and now you must make your way through this spine-tingling adventure alone... and in the dark.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Blood, Animated Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core Duo 2GHz+, Memory: 1GB of RAM, Graphics: 64MB of video memory, Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.
Posted on 2011-04-14 13:01:07 byStormstrike:
This game defined what the PC was really all about. Never, not on consoles or any other device, has there been a classic game that unsettled you with such a lonely, dark atmosphere as this diamond did. I’ve been waiting a long time for GOG to release it, and here it is. How many times did you jump out of your seat? How many times did you panic when that thing tried to breakread more down the door on you? Go ahead...enter the seemingly quiet room.
Edward Carnby, a character who could have gone on to see many a great case in the supernatural, is the hero of the day as he goes up against forces beyond his imagining. Using only his fists and a sweet shotgun, you skulk about the creepy silence of Derceto. Combining the best parts of the adventure genre with third-person action, it spawned an entire genre that continues to thrive today. Pick this game up. You will never regret your purchase, and surely you’ll come to appreciate what they were able to accomplish back when gameplay was still number one.
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Posted on 2011-04-14 13:03:44 byNumbers.747:
Alone in the dark is one of the most ancient survival horror games out there - It became an inspiration for Resident Evil series, Silent Hill Series and it's spin-offs.
The first game from the series was heavily inspired by Cthulu mythos and it shows - creepy atmosphere, a large eerie mansion, and monsters of Lovercraftian origin. The game is long and challenging but in the longread more run - a great adventure.
The second one takes us to deal with an ancient curse and a ghost pirate and his crew. It's a bit more goofy than the last one, but regardless it's still good.
The third one is based mostly on Indian mythos, setting it in a semi-Wild West setting.
Out of the 3, I'd say the first one is the hardest and the best one. The next two are just the series getting a bit older. Don't think they're not fun, because they are. But you can tell that ATID was getting too hermetic with it's engine.
I've been talking about the pros - atmosphere, good writing and good amount of gameplay. Now the cons - controls and camera angles. Any fan of the early survivor horror genre knows that fighting a monster in those games is hard as hell - switching camera angles and tank controls make it almost impossible to take a good aim.
Still for 6 bucks it's worth it. 3 good games for 2 dollars each is too good of a deal to pass through. The only shame - the rare AITD3 comic book isn't included.
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Posted on 2011-04-14 16:10:36 byharrisonpink:
If you have any love for the survival horror genre at all, you owe it yourself and all the fine people at Infogrames that gave us the godfather of the genre.
Alone in the Dark draws heavily from the Lovecraft mythos, doing it justice without dragging us through the same quagmire of tropes. It finds its own identity in a story revealed in slow and tantalizing chunks and a tensionread more that owes more to the dramatic camera angles than constant combat. Indeed, I was more afraid of what COULD appear at any moment than what actually did. I found myself actually wishing for something to break through the window or turn a corridor just so I could have some release.
In fact, there are only a dozen or two monsters in the entire game, and some of those cannot be killed. Instead they must defeat them by solving puzzles instead of brute force. Something a lot of today's watered-down "survival" games seem to have forgotten.
Play this game, and be reminded of what truly inspires fear. It isn't scores of enemies or gorgeous graphics, for this game has neither.
Instead it draws you in with an intriguing story, a masterful grip of suspense and a terrifying lack of personal power, and slams the door behind you.
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