Alone in the dark seemed like a pretty good game based on the customer reviews here on play, so I bought a copy.
The graphics are OK, the fire is pretty realistic but the animation is a bit choppy.
The game play is puzzle based, most of the puzzles involve you putting out a fire, starting a fire, or shutting down some power switch thing so a pool of water is passable. Another example is where you have to scale an elevator shaft whiles trying to avoid falling debris and swinging electrical cables.
When is comes to combat there isn't anything more annoying than having to swing a burning chair at a zombie only to miss and have the chair burn you, forcing you to drop it, leaving you vulnerable to an attack. As soon as you get hit, you flinch and lose control of the character for a second, which is just enough time for the monster to attack again. This seems pretty bad at first but later on in the game you have to fight about 12 of these things at once!!
This game is hard, and the only reason for it being so hard is the movement constriction, for example, at one point I was on almost no health after taking a beating from a small army of infected, so I try and turn around and find somewhere to hide and heal myself. By the time I've turned around and built up to a run I'm already surrounded and being sodomised by the undead.
It's like this for all aspects of movement, even when in a car the turning and braking is slow. The amount of times I've crashed into a tree isn't worth thinking about.
So (it seems) to make these annoying difficult parts of the game passable, the developers have added a "skip to next chapter" function, which to be honest just seems like they anticipated people having a hard time at certain areas, so instead of rethinking those particular areas they've just allowed us to jump ahead and miss some of the story, which is a shame because the story isn't that bad, but to fully understand what's going on, you need to hear all of it.
Don't waste your money (and sanity) on this game.