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Alone In The Dark: Inferno

Released on 14 November 2008

Rating: 15+ (BBFC)

3.0 out of 5 (28 customer reviews) | Write a review

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Central Park is hiding a secret. Built as a safe haven not only for the people of New York, but for something else entirely. The vast parkland has been protected by generations of guardians while the most expensive city in the world reached skyward on its fringes. Now the truth can no longer be contained, and paranormal investigator Edward Carnby finds himself inexplicably cast into the eye of the storm as over the course of one apocalyptic night he must uncover the earth-shattering secret behind Central Park. New York will never be the same again.

Inspired by the gripping style of contemporary TV dramas, the game delivers a new degree of narrative intensity, presented as a complete season format of episodes each containing action, twists and cliff-hangers. Bursting with innovative technology, including unprecedented environmental interaction, revolutionary physics, advanced artificial intelligence, stunning visuals, and a uniquely immersive user interface.

Full 360° Camera Control: Enhanced camera controls allows complete freedom of the camera and better handling of first-person view camera movement for even more immersive gameplay.

Fine-Tuned Controls: Quicker and smoother reactivity of the hero's movements in third-person view make for more rapid movements in nail-biting situations.

    Inventory System More Accessible: More logical jacket inventory system with the ability to combine objects using only the D-pad, and more fluid hero movement makes item selection a breeze.

      More Tips: Players will get all the help they need to get through every situation and get the most out of the game.

        Spectral Vision Tuning: A tutorial explains the need to burn roots in order to gain spectral vision and difficulty tuning means less spectral vision is required to reach the end of the game.

          Improved Car Dynamics and Handling: Car handling has been tuned to make driving a car a walk in the park in every situation, including increased suspension and reduced drift.

            59th Street Level Tuning: One of the game's most exciting sequences just got better. 59th Street has been tweaked for a more satisfying race against the fissure with difficulty tuning, an added checkpoint at Columbus Circle and clear voice directions given by Sarah.

              Brand New Thrilling Action Qequence: An exclusive new sequence has been added in Episode 6 for even more pace and variety of gameplay in the episode.

              customer Reviews

               Average rating (28 reviews)

               My own springboard into this series

              | | See all Plato67's reviews (45)

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              Playing 'Alone In The Dark: Inferno' marked my first experience in the Alone In The Dark franchise, which I am aware has been prolific in its game releases for over a decade. Despite my unfamiliarity with the series, I wanted to try this title out because I am an avid fan of adventure games, a genre that cannot certainly boast many PS3 titles, being the PS3 foremost releases centred on first-person shooting games. Notwithstanding the several negative reviews I had come across before looking into it, I still wanted to give it a go, understanding that sometimes opinions might differ altogether and what to some may appear dire might just appeal to others.

              In terms of its story, "Alone In The Dark: Inferno" is entirely structured as a horror film, a prospective homage to the 2005 film starring Christian Slater and its most recent, yet less fortunate, 2008 sequel. Divided into several chapters which players can access at any time without affecting the story mode, the beginning episode of the game sees the protagonist, a paranormal investigator namely Edward Carnby, held captive by a sect of unnamed criminals for apparently inexplicable reasons. Upon escaping his imprisonment and suffering a temporary amnesia, Edward discovers that New York City has been overthrown by a malignant force and meets a museum curator and ancient history scholar, Theophile Paddington who makes him aware of the existence of a talisman, only wielder of the power to eradicate the unholy force that has seized the city. In his delicate task, along with the aforementioned mysterious scholar, Edward will be aided by a charming yet frail art dealer named Sarah, who will help him work clues out and find a way to thwart the madness which New York City has been plunged into.

              As far as the game play is concerned, I have found the chance to toggle between the first-person mode and the third-person one particularly delectable, a shift that is sometimes required to solve certain puzzles but which is mostly left to the player's own discretion . The second genial innovation is the weapon creation, which not only allows players to exploit all items in the game by picking them up and manufacturing them into effective weapons, but it also surpasses the confines of adventure video-gaming in which players can only range within the limits of a provided arsenal. Beside the aforementioned two innovations, I have enjoyed the interaction with the environment, well-engineered in a myriad of ways. Donning Edward Carnby's clothes, players will experience enhanced fighting sequences in which they will conjoin their custom weapons with a clever exploitation of the environment, allowing them to blow up enemies by setting them on fire ( the most effective way to defeat enemies in this game), simply by holding blazing chairs towards them; hotwire cars in absence of keys; repel carnivorous oozing liquids by shedding light onto them, and so much more.

              In conclusion, I have enormously enjoyed playing this game, for trying it out has not only ushered me into the Alone In The Dark series, but it has also allowed me to confute all the negative reviews I had read about the game. However, I would also like to point out that the game is much too easy and even the trophies can be cleared without much trouble, making it one of those few PS3 games in which it is easy to get a platinum trophy. Therefore, in addition to the fact that it lacks an online function, I would recommend to hire this game out instead of buying it, for there would be little use to it after clearing all trophies.

               Cinematic Horror At It's Best

              | | See all Makaeel's reviews (14)

              Trust me, I'm not a guy who gives five stars so readily, but Alone In The Dark is a cinematic game that had captivated me for a long while on Wii so I really looked forward to seeing the PS3 version.

              Granted, there are the odd bugs present still here and there but they rarely show themselves, and for the most part you'll be engrossed in a survival horror movie with some spectacular scenes that insist you keep coming back to see the next part. Oh, and there is the added bonus of new levels (not on 360 or PC) within the chapters for PS3, including a smart subway train chase.

              It's clear from the reviews that Alone In The Dark is not for everyone, but for those looking for adventure, a great story, a few scares, and some smart graphics, you'll have a tough time finding another title that ticks so many of the boxes and this sure is the definitive version.

               love it

              | | See all ChooseYourFate's reviews (49)

              Been waiting for this game for a while and as soon as it came out i got it.
              Its a great game, storyline is good, graphics are great and the gameplay is amazing.
              The amount of things you can do in this game are endless and it really shows the abillity the ps3 has.

               ALONE IN THE DARK

              | | See all siyatola's reviews (9)

              I have been waiting along time for this to be released on the ps3 and i was'nt disapointed when it finally was.
              It does take a while to get into the game with the controls and the inventory system,combining system,but once your done with it the game is excellent.and the added trophies are a nice touch to the ps3 version too.

               Excellent Game!

              | | See all StevieW2012's reviews (14)

              First of all let me just say that because the price has been dropped it doesn't mean the game is rubbish! Far from it. This game is excellent. I remember when The Darkness came out, the price droppped dramatically and people presumed it was bad, WRONG, The Darkness was another underrated game.

              What we have here is a little gem of a game, Ok it may not match Resident Evil or Silent HIll but does it matter? After all it isn't pretending to be something it's not. The game is an enjoyable experience from start to finish. The graphics are great and glossy, the voice acting is top notch and the soundtrack fits perfectly well with the game. The game is split into episodes and before each one you get a ''previously' intro'' kinda like Siren: Blood Curse.

              Sometimes the combat can be a little messy but i mean a little as once you get used to it it's fine. You can even create your own weapons (to a point), like flame throwers and explosives.
              There are a couple of drving sections and these are actually really good and the cars are easy to drive. I wont give anything away but the first driving section trying to get through NYC to goto Central Park was amazing.
              The only reason i didn't award it 5 stars is because the game is a little short. Hopefully the next one will be longer.
              If you like action / survival horror / adventure games then i highly recommend this. This really is one gem of a title and for the price you can't really complain.

              You want my advice, BUY IT!!!

              :)

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              Rating15+ (BBFC)