Alone in the Dark

Dec 10, 2007

Alone in the Dark is a game that has spent serious time in development - and, eventually, all the early hype surrounding it has ever so slowly trickled away... but, we said it before and we’ll say it again, that’s a damn shame because, put simply, the game is shaping up to be a cracker. Forget Alan Wake, forget Silent Hill 5, forget even Resident Evil 5 - this really could be the hidden gem of next-gen horror gaming… so we’ve donned our boots and delved back into a distinctly un-American Central Park - all 842 acres of it!

Above: All images taken from the Xbox 360 version

AITD’s sheer scale is simply mind-blowing; developers Eden Games reckon the park is a level designer’s moist dream with its many varied environments, including the famous Belvedere castle, Arsenal and Central Park Zoo to name but a few. It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that these traditionally warm, welcoming locales have all been given an eerie twist, helping to conjure AITD’s dark ambience.

Mention enemies and Eden producer Nour Polloni gets all coy; all we could bully out of her is that some are human, many non-human - and some totally outside the ken of man. Unsurprisingly, light will play a key role in defeating the forces of twilight, especially since the narrative takes place over a single, pant-soiling night.


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