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Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare

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PlayStation 3
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0.0
PlayStation 2
78
3.0
Dreamcast
78
3.4
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Description

Edward Carnby, private eye of the paranormal, is back.

Carnby's best friend, Charles Fiske, has been found dead near Shadow Island, a mysterious island near Maine. It is your duty to take up the investigation and find out the secrets of Shadow Island. But you're not going alone... your companion will be a redhead by the name of Aline Cedrac who has her own reasons for tagging along. Aside from being a woman and inexperienced in the world of danger, she is the only one with the knowledge for translating the ancient Abkhani tabloids which may hold the secrets behind Carnby's friend's death and the disappearance of Aline's father.

Upon arriving on the island, your plane has been shot down by the things unknown, and the heroes have no other choice but to jump with a parachute, thus separating them on the island.

Now you choose the character to play with, either as Edward Carnby or Aline Cedrac, as they explore the mysterious and gloomy island with all its secrets and parallel stories that contain different locations and tasks for different characters, thus adding the level of replayability in a different experience - Carnby's story is more action oriented while Cedrac has more puzzles to solve.

Just like in the predecessors you move your characters through pre-rendered backgrounds while the camera perspective switches around. You collect various items and books which are used to solve puzzles. Many situations can only be solved with violence which means you'll have to use guns to get rid of your foes. Aiming is manual and especially when playing Cedrac ammo is scarce. Saving a game uses up a save medallion which can be found during the game.

Screenshots

Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare Windows (Intro scene) Main Title
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare Windows You must handle things in your possesion form the inventory. For example, you must use key from your inventory in order to open the door. You can also examine and zoom all the objects in 3D rotating view.
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare Windows Whoa, what's that glowing... a grenade launcher, eh? :) Yup, things you can pick usually glow when you flashlight them, but that doesn't make 'em that much easier for you to find.
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare Windows On the path to the estate

Alternate Titles

  • "鬼屋魔影4:惡夢之夜" -- Taiwan spelling
  • "鬼屋魔影4" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Alone in the Dark: Koszmar Powraca" -- Polish title
  • "Alone in the Dark 4: По ту сторону кошмара" -- Russian title
  • "Alone in the Dark 4" -- Informal name
  • "AITD:TNN" -- Common name

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User Reviews

Scarier than scary PlayStation Weird Ed (15)
When the game surpasses the cinematics. Awesome! Windows コナン (76849)
Worse than the prequels, but still an okay game PlayStation Kate Jones (453)
Dreadful graphics and performance for a PS2 game PlayStation 2 Matt Warne (26)
atmosphere gives res-evil & silent hill 2 a run for their money PlayStation Iced Earth (11)
A terrifyingly atmospheric game hampered by dated gameplay. PlayStation AkibaTechno (228)
Horror/Survival game... Alas, the separation between both is *too* clear. Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590)
The original survival horror giant is back but with more Chris Redfield than Edward Carnby. Windows Sycada (175)
It's just like Resident Evil! Windows Perfil Falso (3331)
A welcome return to the legendary survival horror series.... PlayStation 2 Melvin Raeynes (26)

The Press Says

Absolute Playstation PlayStation 2001 90 out of 100 90
SegaFan.com Dreamcast Dec 16, 2001 8.3 out of 10 83
neXGam Dreamcast Dec 27, 2009 8.3 out of 10 83
Game Captain Windows Aug 02, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Super Play Windows Jun, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PC Zone Windows Aug 13, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Dreamcast Nov, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Oct 24, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
Armchair Empire, The Windows Aug 20, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Gamestyle PlayStation 2 2001 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

4X movie compression

The 4X movie compression technology is only used in the Dreamcast version of the game.

Comic Book

This game had a cross-promotional "prequel" comic book, featuring Carnby and Aline Cedrac investigating in Tibet, published by Image Comics in September of 2002. The story was written by Jean-Marc Lofficier, while the illustrations were by Matt Haley and Aleksi Briclot.

Edward Carnby

Edward Carnby is the name of the protagonist in all of the Alone in the Dark games, yet AitD4 is set in the year 2001 whereas the original 3 titles were set in the 1920's. Carnby is also visibly younger in the forth title. The explanation on the game's official website (see links) is that every 40 years a man is awarded with the name Edward Carnby and that man will be destined to fight the forces of evil and darkness.

Engine

Developed with Terminal Reality's Nocturne Engine.

References

The name of one of the characters in Alone in the Dark: TNN is De Certo. This is a reference to the name of the ominous mansion in the original Alone in the Dark title, which was also called Decerto.

Information also contributed by n-n, Pseudo_Intellectual Sciere and Scott Monster

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Contributed to by Sciere (268188), Xoleras (66217) and Matthew Bailey (1143)