Most of you probably grew up playing the original Alone in the Dark on the PC, but did you know that the franchise has a deeper history? Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare was a short story written by horror master H.P. Lovecraft that was released in the February 1948 issue of the magazine Weird Tales. The story was later expanded into a 53-page story and published in book form in 1978. It has since been republished in a host of different formats, including a compilation of all of Lovecraft’s stories and a mobile game, both of which are available for free on Amazon.
A new dawn for the horror genre is here. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare puts you in the role of Edward Carnby.
Alone in the Dark is a survival horror video game developed by Monolith Productions and published by Konami. It was released on the original Xbox video game console and Microsoft Windows in 2002 and ported to the PlayStation 2 (in a The New Nightmare edition) in 2003. The game also spawned a novel of the same title.
RETRO – When you hear this phrase from the toothless mouth of a wrinkled, corpse-like old woman lying on her decaying bed in the darkened room of an old castle, your virtual hero’s palms will surely begin to sweat from the grip of his weapon, and you, sitting in front of your screen, will grip your joystick more tightly, blink more often, wonder if you locked your door, and think twice before going to the bathroom on the other side of the apartment. In the PC game market, this effect is most noticeable in survival-horror games, the best-known representatives of which to date are the Alone in the Dark series…
Alfred Hitchcock, the great master of suspense, once said that the opening sequence of bloody murders plays a far more important role in creating fear in his films than the murders themselves. For example, one of the climactic scenes in Psycho is when the detective investigating the murder of Norman Bates walks up the stairs in his own mother’s suit at a disturbingly slow pace, and we can already guess that something terrible is about to happen.
I think it’s the same kind of measured tension that made the Alone in the Dark series one of the most memorable action-adventure games of its time, and also established the survival horror genre. So it’s no surprise that fans of the genre have been eagerly awaiting the fourth installment, which is finally out…
Edward Carnby is back in the title role, but our hero is unrecognizable, not only to his old fans, but also to his own mother, who has lost her Sherlock Holmes look and is now a young private detective in modern New York, not the 1930s. Infogrames’ website doesn’t explain how this totally unsympathetic man ended up in the modern setting of 2001, but the story is interesting enough that I don’t feel left out. In this story, Carnby investigates the death of an old friend and colleague, Charles Fisk, whose body was found near the mysterious Shadow Island.
The trail leads to Obed Morton, a scholar with a passion for the occult, who is rumored to be able to summon terrible otherworldly powers with a few stolen artifacts. Carnby is asked to continue the investigation, and he accepts the assignment, promising to avenge the death of his detective friend.
Carnby and Alyn in the dark
This time, the detective is not alone: He is accompanied by a young and handsome archaeologist, Alin Sedrak. It is assumed that Alyn joined our hero because of the stolen artifacts, but it soon becomes clear that she has personal reasons….. In the first part of the game, our heroes’ plane crashes due to the raging storm (because, of course, that’s the weather we’re flying in…), and the two main characters jump out at the last minute with a parachute and separate. At this point, as in the Resident Evil games, the player must decide whether to choose the sexy Alyn or the traditional Master Karnby. There’s nothing wrong with the plot: Skillfully interspersed with various excerpts from diaries and scrolls, we gradually learn the Morphon family’s terrible secrets, passed down from father to son, which revolve around genetic experiments on humans and aliens.
What can you see in the dark?
The game’s graphics engine consists of the usual hand-drawn, nicely detailed 2D backgrounds and well-drawn 3D characters, similar to the Nocturne and BlairWitch Project series, and it seems to be becoming a trademark of the Alone clones that the characters are ventriloquists, so their mouths don’t move during dialogue. Already we see our heroes explaining themselves with frozen faces and unmoving mouths every time they speak on the radio – when do they ever get it right in these games…? Aside from that little mishap, Carnby is a relatively likable and interesting character (he could have been Agent Mulder if he didn’t have such long hair), and Alyn is, in the trend of Lara Croft, naturally blessed with big lungs and a slim Jennifer Lopez-like ass.
These two characters somehow came across more sympathetic to me than, say, the old Alone or the more anonymous and impersonal characters in Nocturne. Besides the appearance of the main characters, the presentation of monsters is the main task of survival horror action games: If they’re not scary enough, our heroes will have to endure the boredom of an agreeable player and digital death by Alt F4. In this respect, New Nightmare only partially lives up to expectations.
The main monsters and some lesser creatures can scare you: A few times I was so surprised by a surprise attack that my gamepad almost slipped out of my hand. However, there are also monsters that are quite ridiculous or reminiscent of other games. For example, the slowly limping, gut-slicing zombie-menace bear an uncanny resemblance to the Daemites from The Blair Witch Project, while elsewhere we’re greeted by the brain-sucking insects that jumped us in Half Life… Our flashlights play an important role in the game, as they allow us to spot objects and monsters hiding in the dark. The creators are very proud of the fact that the all-new mesh technology allows different terrain features to cast shadows when a beam of light falls on them, making static backgrounds more realistic and lifelike.
Transitional cinemas are also well equipped. There’s a very well done opening trailer at the beginning of the game, cut from the main scenes, but there’s also an excellent introductory movie, and the creators didn’t skimp on the various cinematics shown during the main events. The music is rather intimidating at times, but technically it’s on par with the Amiga. It gave me a nice, nostalgic feeling, but I’m afraid that’s not true for everyone….. The Darkworks team didn’t excel when it came to sound either: In many places you can’t hear the sound of rain (although you can see it drizzling), and in other places some sounds are just muffled. It’s rather awkward, to say the least: Sometimes I wondered what object had been hit to create this wretched effect…..
Lovecraftian atmosphere not lost but transformed….
But this is where Alone in the Dark still stands out from its clones (particularly the Resident Evil series). The excellent story kept me coming back to the game, despite the sometimes overly complicated puzzles, finding keys and locked doors, or the antics of the monsters. And for fans of the genre and series, I highly recommend the fourth volume: Fortunately, the atmosphere of Lovecraftian gothic horror is not lost in the real and virtual of 2001…. – BadSector(2001)-
+ Lovecraftian atmosphere + Clever combination of adventure and action + Interesting plot and characters
– Boring jumble with keys and locked doors – Sometimes very stupid monster… – always comes back to life Publisher: Infogrames, THQ, Interplay Entertainment, Atari SA Developer: Darkworks, Spiral House Ltd, Atari, Pocket Studios Style: Action-Adventure Date of publication : 18. May 2001. RETRO – When you hear this phrase from the toothless mouth of a wrinkled, cadaverous old woman lying on her decaying bed in the dark room of an old castle, your virtual hero’s palms will begin to sweat from the grip of his weapon, and you, sitting in front of your screen, will grip your gamepad tighter, blink more often, wonder if you locked your door, and think twice before going to the bathroom on the other side of the apartment. In the video game market, this effect was strongest for games in…
Only in the dark: New Nightmare – On this island, shadows come alive… RETRO-2001] Only in the dark: New Nightmare – On this island, shadows come alive… RETRO-2001] 2021-06-13 Gerpai Gergely (BadSector) Alone in the Dark still stands head and shoulders above its clones (especially the Resident Evil series). The excellent story kept me coming back to the game, despite the sometimes overly complicated puzzles, finding keys and locked doors, or the antics of the monsters. And for fans of the genre and series, I highly recommend the fourth volume: Fortunately, the atmosphere of Lovecraftian gothic horror is not lost in the real and virtual of 2001….
Alone in the Dark still stands head and shoulders above its clones (especially the Resident Evil series). The excellent story kept me coming back to the game, despite the sometimes overly complicated puzzles, finding keys and locked doors, or the antics of the monsters. And for fans of the genre and series, I highly recommend the fourth volume: Fortunately, the atmosphere of Lovecraftian gothic horror is not lost in the real and virtual of 2001…. User evaluation : Be the first!The biggest problem with Alone in the Dark is that it is too easy to get stuck. The game is so simple that there is little room for error. That said, it is still an amazing game that stands up well to the test of time. Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare is a remaster of the original Alone in the Dark and is available on Steam .. Read more about alone in the dark: the new nightmare walkthrough and let us know what you think.
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