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Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
75
3.2
PlayStation 2
78
3.0
PlayStation
77
3.7

User Reviews

Scarier than scary PlayStation Weird Ed (15)
When the game surpasses the cinematics. Awesome! Windows コナン (75832)
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)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Dreamcast 17 3.4
PlayStation 41 3.7
PlayStation 2 11 3.0
PlayStation 3 1 0.0
PSP 1 0.0
Windows 43 3.2
Combined MobyScore 114 3.3


The Press Says

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95
DreamcastConsoles Plus
Avec ses graphismes nettement soignés, ce titre est une vraie bombe. Des énigmes excellentes, l'ambiance de la série respectée... On en redemande.
94
PlayStationConsoles Plus
C'est la bombe de l'été. L'aventure est passionnante et les énigmes bien pensées. De plus, l'ambiance propre à la série est toujours aussi prenante.
91
WindowsImperium Gier
Jak więc można podsumować tę prześwietną grę? Jest to kawał naprawdę dobrej roboty, bugów w trakcie dłuugiej gry nie dostrzegłem, gra świateł zastosowana w Alone powala z nóg i nie pozwala przez długi okres czasu wstać. Jednym słowem projekt Francuzów ma same zalety, z drugiej zaś strony nie wnosi wiele nowego. Do ładnej grafiki wielu z nas już się przyzwyczaiło, motyw zapuszczonego domu pełnego obcych sił jest wyświechtany chyba do końca, w zagadkach logicznych nie ma także niczego zbyt odkrywczego ( no, może poza np. patrzeniem przez lunetę.. ). Czymże więc jest ten produkt ? Ano perfekcyjnym, w najlepszym wydaniu, połączeniem wszystkich elementów tego co już było. Jest to niejako podsumowanie dziedzictwa wszystkich gier, które powstały tylko i wyłącznie dzięki temu, że w 1992 ukazała się pierwsza część Alone in the Dark . Dlatego też nie będzie oceny 10, gdyż zbyt mało tu nowości mogących zaskoczyć gracza. Wydaje mi się, że 9 będzie w sam raz. Jednym słowem - polecam !
90
PlayStationAbsolute Playstation
Overall Alone In The Dark 4: The New Nightmare is a highly recommended horror adventure featuring many awesome sounds and some well directed camera angles.
90
PlayStationTotalVideoGames (TVG)
Alone In The Dark 4: The New Nightmare is truly a fantastic game and shines like a diamond stone. With the limitations of the PlayStation, the developers have still managed to cram every last bit of detail into this one. Go out a buy it. Now!�
90
DreamcastGame Chronicles
At $20, the Dreamcast version is not only cheaper than its PC and PSX cousins (both coming in at over $30), but it is clearly the best of all three versions. The graphics have really been improved, and the control system which was always designed for a game controller is now quite functional. The ability to play the same story from two unique perspectives is nothing new, but this game pulls off the concept quite nicely. The wide variety of environments offers great atmosphere and terrifying gameplay. It's not the scariest game on the block, but if you love a good thrill you will definitely want to check out this fourth installment in the Alone in the Dark saga.
90
PlayStationGamePro (US)
The pace is slower than that of Resident Evil, however, and the monsters are not as prevalent but that makes it all the scarier when a demon finally pops up. Ominous music and constant thunder keeps you edgy, but nothing is as creepy as the surroundings. The prerendered scenery would be stunningly beautiful if it wasn’t so darn creepy it’s some of the best scenery on the PlayStation. If you’re a Resident Evil fan with no monsters left to kill, don’t be lonesome get Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare.
89
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Alone in the Dark is momenteel gewoonweg het beste spel in zijn genre. Knap werk van Infogrames!
88
Windowsgames xtreme
The game overall has some great effects, the whole package is scary, the graphics great and the music totally adds to the already nerve racking atmosphere. I think that this game is definitely the scariest game of its kind I have played, this beats Resident Evil hands down in every department, I liked RE but I seem to like this more, the game is well worth purchasing if you like this sort of thing. If you’re an Alone in the Dark fan, this has to be a purchase!
87
Dreamcast4Players.de
Optisch und akustisch ist Alone In The Dark auch auf der Dreamcast über nahezu jeden Zweifel erhaben. Das eindrucksvolle Spiel zwischen Licht und Schatten sorgt für eine unvergleichliche Gruselatmosphäre. Ob in der Rolle Edward Carnbys oder Aline Cedracs, Spannung und Schockmomente stellen Eure Nerven auf eine harte Probe. Anspruchsvolle Rätsel, ständiger Munitionsmangel und Gegnerflut lassen den Schwierigkeitsgrad ohne Lösung zwar oft überzogen erscheinen, mit der richtigen Taktik hält sich der Frust jedoch meist in Grenzen. Nur schade, dass unnötige Designmängel wie mehrmals wiederkehrende oder hängen bleibende Gegner, schwache Automap- und Speicherfunktionen, sowie gelegentliche Tonprobleme den hervorragenden Gesamteindruck trüben. Nervenstarke Horrorfans können dennoch bedenkenlos zugreifen.
86
WindowsPC Gamer Brasil
Edward Carnby costumava ser um ocupado, esforçado, esquisito e requintado investigador. Ele era um perfeito microcosmos dos títulos de ação/aventura baseados no estilo de Lovecraft. Os três jogos da série Alone in the Dark foram assim. Agora, com o novo título, esperamos sentir, mais uma vez, o medo bater em nossas portas.
85
PlayStation4Players.de
Alone In The Dark - The New Nightmare ist zweifellos nochmals ein richtiges Highlight für die betagte PlayStation. Es besitzt sowohl die grafische Brillanz eines Resident Evil als auch die bedrohliche Spannung eines Silent Hill. Zudem sorgen zwei teils sehr unterschiedliche Storylines dafür, das Pad auch nach dem Abspann nochmals in die Hände zu nehmen. Lediglich der relativ hoch angesetzte Schwierigkeitsgrad und der teils künstlich in die Länge gezogene Spielverlauf trüben den ansonsten hervorragenden Gesamteindruck. Wer auf Nervenkitzel und gut platzierte Schockmomente steht, greift dennoch bedenkenlos zu - eine beeindruckendere Atmosphäre bekommt man selten geboten.
85
DreamcastPlanet Dreamcast
Overall, despite sloppily implemented key and map features, and few other minor problems, Darkworks have succeeded in bringing the Alone In The Dark series back to form. Fantastic graphics and superbly realized locales make this one of the best survival-horror games on the Dreamcast, although it doesn't quite put down Capcom's best efforts. If you've already completed Resident Evil: Code Veronica, find Capcom's budget PSX conversions a little unappetising, and yearn for an all new epic survival-horror title, then pick up Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare. But just remember to play with the lights out and the sound up!
85
WindowsThe Games Machine (Italy)
Fantastico e coinvolgente, ecco come definirei Alone in the Dark. [...] Graficamente è ok, il sonoro è davvero bello, da giocare è divertente... che volete di più?
85
PlayStationJeuxvideo.com
En bref, n'est pas à l'origine d'un genre qui veut et ce nouvel opus renoue parfaitement avec la catégorie qui commençait cruellement à manquer de renouveau. C'est désormais chose faite avec cet Alone In The Dark : The New Nightmare qui offrira de nombreuses heures d'un jeu intense et passionnant.
85
PlayStationImperium Gier
Gra zajmuje dwie płyty CD, wypełnione po brzegi niepowtarzalnym klimatem, który od czasu Silent Hill rozpłynął się niczym mgła. Jest również troszkę inaczej niż w horrorach Capcomu, ale tak, czy inaczej, ze wszech miar polecam tą grę. Co ma więc uczynić gracz, który wszystkie zombiaki z Residenta dawno puścił z dymem? Bo nawet pomijając fakt, iż mamy prawdopodobnie do czynienia z ostatnią dobrą grą tego typu na wysłużonego PSXa - zagrać naprawdę warto.
85
DreamcastJeuxvideo.com
Inconditionnels de Lovecraft, fans de Resident Evil, passionnés de film d'horreur, ne cherchez plus. Alone in the Dark : the New Nightmare est la solution pour prolonger le cauchemar sur votre écran de télé. Une expérience à tenter absolument, seul dans le noir...
84
WindowsGameswelt
'Alone in the Dark 4' hat beinahe alles, was ein richtig gutes Grusel-Adventure braucht. Eine schaurig schöne Atmosphäre, eine packende Story sowie exzellente Musik und Geräuschkulisse. Ausserdem muss AlitD4 nicht mit Wertungsabzügen aufgrund der Steuerung rechnen, auch hier wurde eigentlich alles richtig gemacht. Auch die Charaktere kommen sehr glaubwürdig rüber und es macht Spass in ihre Haut zu schlüpfen. Das es trotzdem nicht zu einer höheren Wertung reicht liegt hauptsächlich an der mauen Auflösung, die Grafik ist zwar insgesamt recht gut, mit einer höheren Auflösung könnte sie aber noch weitaus besser aussehen. Ausserdem ist mir der Carnby Part zum Ende hin zu unausgewogen und das Konsolenspeichersystem überflüssig (und bei vorsichtigen Naturen die nach jedem Kampf speichern auch frustrierend.) Unterm Strich bleibt somit ein gutes Action-Abenteuer mit vielen Vorzügen und einigen kleinen Schwächen über die echte Fans der Serie aber soundso hinwegsehen werden.
83
DreamcastneXGam
Auch in Sachen Sound kann AitD4 voll und ganz überzeugen. Das Knarren des Bodens im Herrenhaus, das Platschen des Sumpfgebietes, ja sogar das Sabbern der Monster scheint man ganz genau raus zu hören. Besonders bei den etwas größeren Zwischengegnern weiß der Sound ebenfalls zu überzeugen. Sobald etwas Wichtiges geschieht, wird die Stimmung durch die Musik ganz dramatisch und als Spieler passt man dadurch nur noch besser auf. Auch in den anderen Sparten ist Alone in the Dark 4 top: die Steuerung ist schnell erlernt und geht dann auch locker von der Hand,,, der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist ok,,, usw.
83
WindowsJust Adventure
There are very few adventurers who will finish this game without a walkthrough, and that's nothing to be ashamed of; we can't all be Sinjin. But if you do find yourself seeking the occasional hint, at least try not to use the god codes that offer invincibility or unlimited ammo, for half of the fun, and suspense, derives from devising routes through shadowy areas fearing that each step may be your last. Always keep the title of the game in mind, for if you really want to be "alone in the dark," then you will learn to use your flashlight to your advantage to spot hidden clues and chase away the bogeymen.
83
DreamcastSegaFan.com
Desde un punto de vista más subjetivo he de decir que AITD me ha reportado una buena cantidad de horas de diversión y sustos, con el buen hacer que es de agradecer en estos juegos, y espero fervientemente la próxima entrega de la saga. Para Capcom un mensaje: tomad nota señores de Capcom, Infogrames os pone las cosas muy difíciles, espero que seáis unos dignos competidores y los próximos RE en GameCube estén a la altura de esta magnífica obra de DarkWorks.
82
WindowsGame.EXE
От столь знаменитого названия ожидалось что-то сверхъестественно-шедевральное, некий прорыв в жанре (я не о графическом движке), а на деле получилась еще одна хорошая игра, свято следующая традициям (порой доводящим игрока до белого каления) и не привносящая в этот самый жанр ровным счетом ничего нового. Если сменить название на Resident Evil 4, переименовывать главных героев и каким нибудь боком присобачить к сюжету бравую команду S.T.A.R.S., то можно запросто продать еще несколько сот тысяч копий, и, ручаюсь, никто не заметит подмены.
82
WindowsComputerGamers.com
Overall this game is a lot of fun to play, if you can get by and forgive the technical flaws. This game had a lot more potential than it demonstrates, and taking care of these flaws would have made an otherwise above average game exceptional.
81
WindowsGamezilla
Alone in the Dark was made for die-hard fans of the series and those who are new to the genre; casual survival/horror gamers will be hard-pressed to find anything new as far as gameplay goes. I wasn’t overly impressed with the weak storyline and drab voice acting, but I must give kudos to any game that scares the hell out of me. If it weren’t for that, this game would easily rate a 65. If you like getting scared and have a game pad (very important), this is the game for you. It's rated Mature -- not for younger players.
80
PlayStationAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Two distinct storylines, solid survival horror gameplay and some of the most amazing graphics yet seen on the PlayStation to date work together to make Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare a very solid title. This isn’t to say that it doesn’t have its share of problems, as the controls can be sluggish and the AI caters too heavily to the artificial and not so much the intelligence department. Fortunately, two solid plots work together to draw you into this latest installment of the long-running series. While not as technically brilliant as the Resident Evil games, which feature better controls and usually more variety in the action, Carnby’s latest adventure more than matches the standards set by the competition in terms of plot and mood. The intense and atmospheric visuals make up for a lot of shortcomings, and in the PlayStation’s twilight years, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare gives us a reason to celebrate the encroaching night.
80
PlayStationSuper Play
Det är lite synd att spelutvecklare kanske frångår egna idéer för att istället förlita sig på det mer beprövade och bevisat kommersiellt gångbara. Vad gäller upplägg, kontroll och menyer är Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare i princip identiskt med Resident Evil. Och att till och med skaparna av Resident Evils föregångare har slutit sig in i ledet av efterapare kommer säkert att få tråkiga konsekvenser. Men samtidigt har man fört in en hel del nytt och lyckats att göra ett spel som kommer att uppskattas av alla Resident Evil-fans. Och kanske av några till.
80
WindowsSuper Play
Spelet är detsamma till de olika formaten (se Super PLAY 63 för en utförlig recension), även om PC-versionen naturligtvis är snyggare än den till PlayStation. Upplägget är modell klassiskt äventyrsspel, med våld och kluriga problem i väl avvägd blandning.
80
DreamcastSuper Play
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare är ett mäktigt äventyr med en tung ruvande stämning vars uttryck i grafik och ljud gör sig mycket bra på Dreamcast.
80
PlayStation 2Super Play
Ska man klaga på något är det att fienderna kommer tillbaka fast man har dödat dem, och att spelet kanske är lite för svårt. Och det faktum att laddningstiderna i PlayStation2-versionen känns aningen för långa. Me ndet är petitesser i sammanhanget. Har du en PlayStation2 och gillar äventyr ska du ha Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare. Men det är knappast värt att köpa konsolen för.
80
DreamcastGame Informer Magazine
Unfortunately, when you go up against RE Code: Veronica armed with only a flashlight, you just aren't going to win the battle. That said, I do think you owe it to the game, and yourself, to see that it doesn't go down completely in vain.
80
PlayStationGame Informer Magazine
Graphically, Ed and Aline's journey toward a trio of ancient tablets almost defies the PS-X (her playable path embarks separate from his). Prerendered backdrops go well beyond RE's in detail and texturing, especially when your flashlight lights them up. Also worthy of note are the water and mirror reflections you encounter. My only real complaint about the gameplay is that it doesn't include a quick turn. Barring that, I suggest you investigate what may be the last good bump in the PS-X's dying night.
80
DreamcastGamersMark
While Capcom made survival horror famous, it was Infogrames that "made" it. No better way to top of the short-lived life of the dreamcast than with this exceptional title. I really see no reason any dreamcast owner would not want to buy this game to fill their collection.
80
PlayStation 2Power Unlimited
Alone in the Dark lijkt soms een saaie aangelegenheid met al dat lezen en puzzelen maar de sfeer van de game laat niets te wensen over.
80
WindowsPC Zone
Despite the inevitable comparisons with Resident Evil, Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare manages to stand by itself as a gothic adventure game that will appeal to those with a preference for a slower and more thoughtful pace. It may not be truly scary and it does have a number of flaws, but few other titles allow you to explore and solve puzzles with as much style and attention to detail. The option to play both sides of the story is an innovative way to expand the gameplay while adding a layer of depth rarely seen in action/adventures. It may not be the masterpiece we were all hoping for but it certainly beats sitting in a room with no lights on with no one to talk to.
80
PlayStationGamekult
Malgré quelques défauts, classique du genre (angles de caméras parfois gênants) ou plus spécifiques (configuration du pad loin d'être optimale), ce New Nightmare est un grand vent frais (voire glacial, vu le thème) dans l'univers du survival horror, et a toutes ses chances de ramener la série des Alone in the Dark au premiers rang de l'horreur vidéoludique, grâce à sa réalisation de qualité et ses deux aventures assez longues (une dizaine d'heures chacune). Tremblez, Redfield et Mason : Carnby est de retour !
80
DreamcastGamekult
Alone in the Dark 4 est une petite merveille d'angoisse et de réalisation. La Dreamcast montre une fois de plus ici tout son potentiel et en s'appuyant sur un scénario solide et une ambiance très travaillée, ce dernier opus de la série entre directement au panthéon des survival horror sur console. Frissons et angoisses garanties dans ce titre qui exploite à merveille le concept de l'obscurité sans jamais tomber dans le sombre. Ames sensibles ne pas s'abstenir car il serait dommage de passer à côté d'un tel jeu qui contentera la plupart des joueurs candidats à un peu d'horreur. Certes Alone in the Dark 4 est presque devenu un Resident Evil mais il reste un des meilleurs jeux du genre sur consoles.
80
WindowsKrawall Gaming Network
Danke Infogrames! Danke zum einen dafür, dass ihr diesen Titel, obwohl sicher reichlich teuer in der Entwicklung, nicht im Vorfeld schon zu Tode gehyped habt. Dadurch blieb die Erwartungshaltung moderat und wurde deutlich übertroffen. Und danke dafür dass ihr dieser Serie nicht endgültig ein Grab geschaufelt, sondern wieder auf die Beine geholfen habt. Der neueste Teil von „Alone in the Dark" ist technisch gut gelungen und atmosphärisch einfach erste Sahne. Objektiv betrachtet eindeutig besser als „Resident Evil" krankt das Spiel nur daran, dass diese Sparte von besagter Reihe schon über Gebühr beackert wurde. Wer des Spielprinzips jedoch noch nicht Müde ist, sollte seinen Computer sofort auf ein Carnby-Comeback vorbereiten.
80
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Une version PC tout à fait splendide et qui donne toute son ampleur à un jeu qui mise tout sur son ambiance angoissante à souhait et sa réalisation incroyable. Le seul reproche que pourraient lui faire les puristes du PC, c'est peut-être en ce qui concerne son gameplay trop axé console, mais qui colle néanmoins parfaitement à ce type de jeu.
80
PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
J'attendais énormément de cette édition PS2 et les mois qui ont séparé sa sortie des autres versions me confortaient dans l'idée qu'elle serait la meilleure de toutes. Ce n'est malheureusement pas le cas (à titre indicatif, elle se situe au même niveau que la version Dreamcast). Un très bon jeu quand même qui vous changera de la série de Capcom.
80
PlayStationPSM
It may not be completely perfect or have the best graphics ever, but this latest Alone in the Dark definitely reminded me of why I love this genre so much. The puzzles are well thought out and the voice acting is actually quite decent. If you're a fan of the Resident Evil series, then this game is a definite have. It's not terribly innovative, but it does do an amazing job of keeping you at the edge of your seat. And if that isn't a sign of a great "survival horror" game, then I don't know what is.
80
PlayStationEurogamer.net (UK)
I've deliberately avoided spoiling puzzles and upsetting much the plot here, and I've managed to keep the various creatures that lurk in the shadows under wraps too, but hopefully you'll appreciate that - there's an excellent adventure game here, marred only by a few jagged polygons in places, and unless you're some sort of wussy cushion squirmer, you'll want to make it part of your collection.
80
DreamcastGameguru Mania
Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare is very good playable, that mean the game isn't the most difficult game around. There are no difficulty levels to choose from. As you play you will understand that the difficulty is "unbalanced". The controls are quite fine, but it's more comfortable to play the game with game pad instead regular keyboard and mouse. Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare is definitely well done survival horror game, if you like "classic" survival horrors, buy it.
80
PlayStationGameguru Mania
Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare is very good playable, that mean the game isn't the most difficult game around. There are no difficulty levels to choose from. As you play you will understand that the difficulty is "unbalanced". The controls are quite fine, but it's more comfortable to play the game with game pad instead regular keyboard and mouse. Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare is definitely well done survival horror game, if you like "classic" survival horrors, buy it.
80
WindowsGame Captain
Trotz der beschriebenen Mängel halte ich Alone in the Dark 4 für ein ausgesprochen gelungenen Spiel. Als reines Sequel darf man es nicht sehen, dafür weicht es in vielen Punkten zu sehr von den Vorgängern ab. Ich denke hier insbesondere auch daran, daß die Monsterzahl sich deutlich erhöht hat, was den Schockeffekt beim Auftauchen eines Gegners spürbar reduziert. Auch die Grafik erinnert nicht an die kultigen Vorgänger - einzig die wechselnden Kameraperspektiven sind geblieben. Die sind heute aber auch in anderen Spielen vorhanden und nicht unbedingt ein Markenzeichen. Was dieses Spiel auszeichnet ist die ausgewogene Kombination von Action und Adenture, wobei die Rätsel das Wort Adventure hier auch rechtfertigen. Zusammen mit der Möglichkeit, die Insel aus zwei Perspektiven (die der Charaktere Edward und Aline) zu verfolgen, die dann auch andere Handlungsstränge beschreiten, wird Alone in the Dark einer der interessanteren Titel des Genres.
80
DreamcastGamePro (US)
After a long hiatus, the series that inspired Resident Evil is back with a new look. Alone in the Dark doesn't reclaim its survival/horror crown, but it does shine a pretty light on the genre.
80
WindowsPC Action
Sie schlüpfen wahlweise in die Gestalt des smarten Detektivs Edward Carnby oder der Anthropologin Aline Cedrac und versuchen im vierten Teil der Alone in the Dark-Reihe, das Geheimnis eines unheimlichen Hauses mitsamt seinen Todesfällen zu lüften. Egal mit welchem Helden Sie sich ins Abenteuer stürzen, die allseits bekannte Gänsehaut zaubert sich bei beiden Modellen auf Ihren Körper. Neben Riesenzecken und Hybriden treffen Sie beispielsweise auf Monsterhunde, die liebend gerne Ihre Knochen zum Abnagen hätten. Dank des ansehnlichen Waffenarsenals stellen die Kläffer aber kein größeres Problem dar.
80
WindowsAdventure Classic Gaming
An interesting gimmick is the inclusion of an “Alone in the Dark” branded flashlight in the box package in a limited release of the game. Despite its origin as a sequel, Infogrames has never officially referred to this game as “Alone in the Dark 4”. Regardless, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare stands well on its own as an enjoyable title in an overcrowded subgenre. Terror is abundant and well implemented in this action adventure. There are many moments when I nearly jump out of my chair as an enemy appears out of nowhere. This is a game that is guaranteed to make your heart skip a beat. As such, I recommend it to all fans of survival horror as well as fans who are already similar with the series, with or without the flashlight!
80
WindowsIGN
There's plenty of reasons to look forward to another Alone in the Dark game... but there's a reason that they called this one The New Nightmare instead of just Alone in the Dark 4. The look and feel of the game has changed quite a bit in this next step of evolution in the series. No more cartoons here boys and girls, this is some nitty gritty dark spooky gaming. The look will definitely have you feeling alone in the dark sometimes, but then, the outdated Resident Evil horror survival style of gameplay might as well.
80
WindowsGameguru Mania
Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare is fourth installment in this series of classic, horror-themed, action adventure games. Set in the 1920s, Carnby's best friend, Charles Fiske has been found dead off a mysterious island off the coast of Maine, Shadow Island. Carnby's investigation quickly leads him to Fred Johnson who informs him of Fiske's search for the three ancient tablets which, when placed in a specific location, will unlock an incredible and dangerous power. Johnson pleads with Carnby to pick up where Fiske left off and reopen the investigation in order to recover the tablets. Carnby accepts the mission to find and destroy the murderer of Fiske and avenge his death.
79
PlayStation 2Gameswelt
Selten hat ein Spiel bei mir dermassen gemischte Gefühle geweckt wie 'Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare'. Anfangs weiss das Spiel vor allem durch die hervorragende Gruselatmosphäre zu begeistern und bietet nebenbei noch eine anständige, wenn auch nur in einigen Details der PS2-Power angepassten Grafik und eine stets gelungene und mitreissende Soundkulisse. Leider lässt das zu Beginn ausgeglichene Gameplay gegen Ende stark nach und bietet, abgesehen von der Taschenlampe, die es bisher nur auf dem PC in vergleichbarer Form gab, schlicht nichts Neues. Zu Empfehlen ist 'Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare' auf jeden Fall allen 'Resident Evil'- und natürlich 'Alone in the Dark'-Fans, da deren Hingabe zum Spielprinzip sie am ehesten über einige Macken hinwegsehen lassen. Ansonsten sollte jeder, der ein solides, wenn auch nicht hervorragendes Horror-Action-Adventure sucht, zumindest einen Blick riskieren.
79
WindowsPelit
Tuomio: Pelityypin konkareille hyvä ostos, lajiin vasta tutustuville löytyy parempiakin vaihtoehtoja (Dino Crisis). Alone ei tarjoa mitään uutta ja ihmeellistä, onpahan vain hyvin yhteenkasattu ja tunnelmallinen paketti, kaikesta huolimatta.
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PlayStationGamezone (Germany)
Die neue Fortsetzung von Alone In The Dark, mit dem Untertitel The New Nightmare, macht dem Horror alle Ehre. Mit einer sehr dichten Atmosphäre und interessanten Story überzeugt dieses Action-Adventure alle mal. Die geränderte Grafik ist ebenfalls sehr interessant, vor allem wenn eine der beiden zur Verfügung stehenden Hauptfiguren, mit der Taschenlampe herum fuchtelt. Um jedes Detail der Umgebung zu entdecken, ist dies schon nötig. Anspruchsvolle Rätsel unterstützen das Gameplay, welches allerdings einen kleinen Kritikpunkt vorweisen kann: Die Spielfigur lässt sich nur mit dem Steuerkreuz bewegen. Ansonsten ist die Steuerung und das Inventar-Menü recht einleuchtend. Während dem Spiel sind die Monster, welche sehr erschreckend in Szene gesetzt worden sind, zwar etwas lästig, aber man wird schon mit ihnen fertig. Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare ist auf jeden Fall ein guter Kauf für die Liebhaber des Action-Adventure-Genres.
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DreamcastGamezone (Germany)
Die neue Fortsetzung von Alone In The Dark, mit dem Untertitel The New Nightmare, macht dem Horror alle Ehre. Mit einer sehr dichten Atmosphäre und interessanten Story überzeugt dieses Action-Adventure alle mal. Die geränderte Grafik ist ebenfalls sehr interessant, vor allem wenn eine der beiden zur Verfügung stehenden Hauptfiguren, mit der Taschenlampe herum fuchtelt. Um jedes Detail der Umgebung zu entdecken, ist dies schon nötig. Anspruchsvolle Rätsel unterstützen das Gameplay, welches allerdings einen kleinen Kritikpunkt vorweisen kann: Die Spielfigur lässt sich nur mit dem Steuerkreuz bewegen. Ansonsten ist die Steuerung und das Inventar-Menü recht einleuchtend. Während dem Spiel sind die Monster, welche sehr erschreckend in Szene gesetzt worden sind, zwar etwas lästig, aber man wird schon mit ihnen fertig.
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WindowsPower Unlimited
AitD is genieten voor iedere survival horror gamer die veel lezen niet erg vindt. Hoewel de gameplay wat mankementen vertoont, is de spanning om te snijden.
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DreamcastPower Unlimited
Het sfeervolle Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare laat opnieuw zien hoe sterk de DC grafisch is. Jammer dat de gameplay zichzelf te veel herhaalt om te blijven boeien.
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WindowsGame Over Online
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare was released a while ago, so a review appearing now may seem strange to some; allow me to clarify why I’m doing this. Anyone who is familiar with my work knows that I’m somewhat of a nostalgia freak. Throughout this review, you’ll notice sprinkles of history pertaining to the Alone in the Dark series of games. If you don’t dig on gaming history, skip the first couple of paragraphs.
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WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Edward Carnby läuft durch die Bibliothek einer viktorianischen Villa. Ein Freund wurde hier ermordet. Seine Taschenlampe leuchtet, den Raketenwerfer hält er schussbereit. Als er aus Buchrücken im Regal ein okkultes Zeichen geordnet hat, flattert ein Flugmonster herein. Es kräht lauthals, kriegt ein Geschoss zwischen die Kiefer und hält still.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Anfangs hat mich die Grafik wegen der mickrigen Auflösung und mauen Animationen wirklich abgeschreckt. Doch schnell gewann die exzellente Atmosphäre die Oberhand. Gerade die Taschenlampe bringt nicht nur feine Lichteffekte, sondern auch Spannung in Spiel: Wenn Monster schreiend aus den Schatten in den Lichtkegel springen, bleiben nur Hartgesottene kalt. Solche Schocker wirken am Besten, wenn Sie im abgedunkelten Zimmer bei aufgedrehten Boxen spielen. Dann nämlich kommen die gruselige Musik und die klaustrophobischen Soundeffekte voll zur Geltung. Alone 4 ist genau richtig für alle, die sich mal wieder richtig erschrecken lassen wollen.
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DreamcastArmchair Empire, The
AITD suffers from its too-close resemblance to Resident Evil. If as the saying goes imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the creators of Resident Evil should be ecstatic. But despite some flaws, I actually enjoyed the game. The Dreamcast could use one last decent survival-horror title before it heads out to console pasture, and AITD does a nice job providing it. Unfortunately, compared to Resident Evil: Codename Veronica, The New Nightmare is left behind alone in the Dark. Codename Veronica set the standard on the Dreamcast for the survival-horror genre. AITD falls short of that benchmark, but comes within striking distance. If you just can’t get enough survival-horror gaming, then this is an enjoyable way to consume 8-12 hours of gameplay. Those with a weak heart or who don’t like things that go bump in the night, however, may want to leave a light on.
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DreamcastGameSpy
After reading all the bad stuff I found in the game, don't get me wrong Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare is a pretty good game and something that I would recommend any horror fan to play. The game is a good effort by Darkworks and Infogrames, and is well worth the $20. The game does have its downs and leaves room for improvement, but it also has its high points.
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DreamcastPlanet Dreamcast
After reading all the bad stuff I found in the game, don't get me wrong Alone In The Dark: The New Nightmare is a pretty good game and something that I would recommend any horror fan to play. The game is a good effort by Darkworks and Infogrames, and is well worth the $20. The game does have its downs and leaves room for improvement, but it also has its high points. Alone In the Dark: The New Nightmare is a great addition to any horror fan's game library, and is a perfect game to pickup for the halloween season.
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DreamcastGame Informer Magazine
The CG cutscenes are lifted right out of the PS-X version, and the graphics are barely improved, resulting in a disappointing port of a really good game. Still worth a play, but nowhere near next-gen.
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WindowsGame Chronicles
Despite the console influences and limitations, New Nightmare is a great game that offers excellent graphics and a great story that really sucks you in. The ability to play the same story from two unique perspectives is nothing new, but this game pulls off the concept quite nicely. The wide variety of environments offers great atmosphere and terrifying gameplay. It's not the scariest game on the block, but if you love a good thrill you will definitely want to check out this fourth installment in the Alone in the Dark saga.
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PlayStationGame Revolution
When the lights come back on, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare is a satisfying horror game with many of the sinister elements that made the original so good. But its failure to do anything new that Resident Evil hasn't already done (other than a cool flashlight) leaves this zombie hungering for something more. Brains, anyone?
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WindowsPC Zone Benelux
Waar is die beloofde spanning? Waar zijn de nachtmerries na een nachtlang doorspelen? Hoewel er duidelijk veel werk is gestoken in de productie, heb ik helemaal geen zin om wakker te blijven voor dit spel. Dat zou een te groot offer zijn. Het uitgebreide en diepgaande verhaal dat zich langzamerhand openbaart, spreekt ook niet aan. Grafisch dus er mooi, maar de essentie, de gameplay, die ontbreekt. En daar gaat het toch om. De New Nightmare kent wel enige hoogtepunten en is soms best vermakelijk, maar heeft mijn hart niet kunnen veroveren zoals Resident Evil 2 dit deed. Alone in the Dark is helaas neit meer dan een leuk instappertje in het survival horror genre. Jammer.
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DreamcastIGN
There's an awful saving system. With a nod to the Ink Ribbon of Resident Evil, once you grab a few Charms of Saving, you can save anywhere at anytime. However, should you save and restart your game, all your previous actions you've completed will be undone... that's right, you'll have to redo them again. Despite that saving problem, it's still a pretty decent survival horror game for those that grew up on Resident Evil - you'll definitely enjoy the setting and nice visuals this game has to offer. But if you grew up on this series and were hoping for the next great chapter, you'll be left alone in the dark.
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WindowsGameSpy
The downs are not necessarily enough to count the game out. Despite its many bugs and flaws, the game is still fun to play when it works. The combat is rather uninspired, but it serves to add to the atmosphere. The amount of frustration you'll find in the game should be noted, however. If you like survival horror and puzzle games, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare will appeal to you. Just cut down on salty foods to deal with the rise in blood pressure.
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WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Een game dat je het angstzweet van je toetsen doet wissen kunnen we heel wat gebreken vergeven, maar nooit allemaal.
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WindowsFragland.net
It's very dark and we're about to enter a new nightmare with Alone in the Dark 4:The New Nightmare.
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WindowsMeristation
Los escenarios de este tipo de juegos suelen ser oscuros para dar un poco de ambiente al juego, pero lo que ha conseguido el equipo de Darkworks es crear una atmósfera terrorífica, o mejor dicho, horrorosa. Porque esta cuarta entrega de Alone in the Dark no se basa en los sustos o en los monstruos repugnantes (aunque también los tiene) para su increíble ambientación, sino que la principal cualidad del juego es que da MIEDO.
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PlayStation 2Gamestyle
Overall this is a very positive review however I cannot help but feel that some of the unique identity of Alone in the Dark has been lost. The puzzles are now quite straightforward and in previous games I cannot recall this being the case. If it wasn't for the story, torch and backgrounds this would be a bog standard Resident Evil clone but it's a dramatic improvement over number 3 in the series. I hope that the next instalment keeps the upward trend going and carves out its own identity. Alone in the Dark 4 is well worth your time if you are, or once was a fan of the series or Resident Evil.
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WindowsChrist Centered Game Reviews
Overall, this is a pretty decent survival horror/adventure title. Some may like it more than others depending on whether they liked the original AITD trilogy. I probably enjoyed it more than a Resident Evil fan may have for this reason. It?s pretty cheap now, so pick up a copy or at least try out the demo.
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WindowsActionTrip
As for the 3D objects, the characters spoil the overall impression - some extra polygons and lip animation wouldn't hurt a bit. Apart from that, animation is pretty good. Still, in combination with the stupid control method I mentioned, even the animation can seem crappy at times as you will frequently see your hero walking in one spot when he hits an object, an invisible wall, etc. On the other hand, FMV sequences look very good. Sounds are average. The music can get annoyingly monotonous and the voice acting is less than adequate. I understand that the game had not been developed in an English speaking country, but they could have at least found one male and one female actor with decent pronunciation... So, I definitely expected more from the New Nightmare, for all the good that did me... It did scare me a couple of times and several puzzles did get me going, but the downsides of the game were just too much so I could never truly relax and enjoy it...
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PlayStationGame Chronicles
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare can be summed up best in one word, average. There is little to make the game stand out in a market filled with other mediocre titles. The meshing based lighting system is definitely the high point of the game, but eye candy does not a good game make.
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WindowsJeuxVideoPC.com
Plus de dix ans après la sortie du premier volet de la série, Alone In The Dark fait peau neuve et se permet désormais d’utiliser les techniques rénovées qui font le succès des jeux du style Survival Horror, bouclant ainsi une boucle inaugurée par le premier du nom. Alone In The Dark 4 : A New Nightmare a tout d’abord vu le jour sur console avant de revenir au PC. Et son gameplay s’en ressent forcément. Mais intéressons-nous d’abord à l’histoire. On retrouvera avec plaisir Edward Carnby, héros de la série depuis ses débuts, dans un style nettement plus jeune. Ce qui est en soi complètement idiot, puisque Eddie devait déjà faire vieux en 1923 et que le voici désormais jeune aux cheveux mi-longs à notre époque. Passons.
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WindowsGameZone
The New Nightmare is the eagerly awaited fourth installment in the Alone In The Dark Series. A franchise praised by many fans as one of the best in the action/adventure horror genre. Alone 4 offers a contemporary spin on the old tale of a madman trying to harness the power of darkness. Edward Carnby agrees to travel to Shadow Island to investigate the death of his friend Charles Fiske. It becomes apparent that Carnby seeks revenge, not a solution to his friend's mysterious death. Aline Cedrac; a young scholar joins the expedition as a liaison to translate ancient Indian tablets. The real reason is because she is led to believe the scientist on the island could be her long lost father.
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WindowsArmchair Empire, The
Do you want to play a game that tasks you with blowing away other-worldly creatures with a triple-barreled shotgun, collect Native American artifacts, destroy a contraption of unspeakable evil, and save the world? Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (NN) may just be the game to satiate your desire.
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DreamcastGameSpot
While Capcom's Resident Evil is known as the series that brought the survival-horror genre to the mainstream, Alone in the Dark is the series that invented it. While there have been no less than three iterations of the game for the PC, the series has never really gotten its due on consoles, even though it has made appearances on the PlayStation and the long-forgotten 3DO. Now, close to six years later, the Alone in the Dark series rears its head on the Dreamcast, and it does so with some fairly decent results.
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PlayStation 3Defunct Games
Before Jill became the master of unlocking there was Edward Carnby, the unlucky hero of Alone in the Dark. Unfortunately, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare doesn't hold a candle next to Resident Evil. I am thoroughly impressed with the game's visuals, right down to the creepy figures you only see in the split-second flash of lightning. Sadly, the rest of the game's mechanics hurt the enjoyment a decade later.
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WindowsTotal PC Gaming
Even though there’s something of a wooden feel to the New Nightmare as far as the controls, combat and animations are concerned, plenty of meat is still there to be found. If nothing else, it serves to illustrate strange islands are best stayed away from.
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WindowsPC Gamer
This new nightmare is a lot like the old nightmare, just prettier.
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PlayStationGameSpot
While Capcom's Resident Evil is known as the series that brought the survival-horror genre to the mainstream, Alone in the Dark is the series that invented it. While there have been no less than three iterations of the game for the PC, to date, only one game out of the entire series has ever been seen on the PlayStation: 1996's Alone in the Dark: One Eyed Jack's Revenge. Now, close to six years later, the Alone in the Dark series graces the PlayStation once again, and it does so with some fairly decent results.
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WindowsCincinnati Enquirer
"Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare" isn't a bad game by any means, but it doesn't bring anything new or exciting to the survival-horror genre. It's also bogged down by a host of shortcomings. While it can be fun at times, those who are familiar with the original "Alone" games likely will be disappointed with this eagerly anticipated sequel.
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WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
So why would you play THE NEW NIGHTMARE? The scenery is memorably atmospheric, and so is the soundtrack. There are some jump-out-of-your-chair scares. And there’s the nostalgia factor: Except for the bad writing, the designers have done an excellent job of recapturing the gameplay and flavor of the original. But the fact is that the industry has moved on, and there are plenty of other games that have done survival-horror and third-person action better than the one that invented the genre. THE NEW NIGHTMARE is a worthy successor to the 1992 original, and if it had come out in 1993 we’d be praising it to time heavens. But it’s not 1993—or 1995 or 1997—and we have come to expect more. I’d like to think there’s still life in the ALONE IN THE DARK concept, but this NEW NIGHTMARE hasn’t done a particularly good job of finding it.
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WindowsClubic
Au final, nous nous trouvons avec un titre pénible à évaluer. On ne sait en définitive plus trop sur quel pied danser avec ce "New Nightmare". La réalisation est dans l'ensemble tout à fait convaincante avec une mention spéciale pour les effets de lumière et les jeux d'ombre de toute beauté, elle parvient à mettre en place une ambiance toute particulière qui en stressera plus d'un. Il est cependant impossible de tomber complètement sous le charme tant les défauts sont indignes de cette belle réussite graphique : lèvres immobiles, contrôle délicat et liberté d'action quasi-nulle. En définitive, nous voilà face à un titre qui décevra les spécialistes du jeu d'aventure (fans de DeusEx passez votre chemin) mais qui ravira assurément les joueurs occasionnels surtout s'ils ne sont pas rebutés par un maniement type "console" et une durée de vie assez courte malgré les deux aventures.
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PlayStationAll Game Guide
This game should have been in development longer and more polished (there are numerous graphical glitches and clipping that occurs). A good game, but it could've been great. As with all survival horror games, play this game in the dark, and only at night. It's vital that you do, and it accents the game.
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PlayStationGameplanet
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare is a pleasing prospect for horror fans, and if you can get used to the fact that it isn't a Resident Evil game then you should enjoy it. This is one definitely not designed for children, so parents should avoid this game if they intend to share their PS One with the kids. Those gamers who intensely dislike this genre should avoid the game like the plague, as they will find nothing different from what has been done countless times before in previous survival horror titles. We can recommend Alone in the Dark to horror fans, but anyone else may need to try before they buy.
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WindowsTap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks
The arrival of this fourth iteration of the AITD series was much anticipated, even though the creator of the first three, Hubert Chardot, had moved on to similar projects—The Devil Inside and From Dusk Till Dawn. Unfortunately, his omission from the design team was significant, with the resultant product rather disappointing, given the heritage and our expectations.
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WindowsSvenska PC Gamer
Så har den fjärde delen i Infogrames älskade skräckspelserie kommit, och man borde ju egentligen vara eld och lågor. Tyvärr besannades mina farhågor från förhandstitten i förra numret, åtminstone delvis, och det som skulle komma att bli Darkworks nya stortitel visar sig istället vara en simpel Playstation- och Dreamcast-konvertering. Ibland gör det ont att vara PC-spelare.
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WindowsGameSpot
Inspired by the horror stories of H.P. Lovecraft and featuring a constantly shifting cinematic third-person perspective, Alone in the Dark's blend of gunplay, tension-filled exploration, 3D characters, and intricate puzzles made it an instant classic. It's been six years since the previous Alone in the Dark game, so longtime fans of the series have every right to expect a top-notch product that melds the latest in graphics with the same sort of atmosphere and gameplay that made the original a classic. Unfortunately, everything about this new game--from its infuriating save-game system to its awkward keyboard controls--shows that it was primarily designed for video game systems, which it was. It's a clumsy port, but what's even more disappointing is that it's a clumsy port of only a middling console game.
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WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare has a decent plot, incorporating a flexible two-character gameplay system within a fascinating setting; but the major deficiencies in interface and audio keep this title from meeting the earlier quality standards. While the visuals are better than those in its predecessors, there is not much else that matches what came before, and frankly I miss the distinctive and somewhat quaint visual style in these previous installments. If this is the last gasp in the series, it is a shame that it could not end on a more resounding note; instead, the release stands alone as the darkest disappointment those of us who cherish this franchise have yet encountered.
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PlayStationHonestGamers
They got the light-play right, (an exceptional achievement, which probably helped the game's grade) the story’s premise, and the name, but unfortunately not much else. There are some tense moments playing as Aline, as she repeatedly encounters the first boss in her journey, that won't die(there are only two 'bosses' per character). But, in the end, the wonderfully creative and fear-inducing series that is Alone in the Dark has degraded to a Resident Evil clone that’s harder to save, not as fun to look at, and a generally worse time all around. Lovecraft fans: you can't help but feel that a much better game, with the right effort, was lurking at the threshold.
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DreamcastThe Video Game Critic
I'm all for being imaginative, but I couldn't tell the head from the tail for some of these ridiculous creatures. Most aren't as frightening as they are annoying. Finally, there are the puzzles, which tend to make no sense at all. Throw in some invisible portals, and the game becomes a confusing mess. There are even some curse words thrown in for good measure. Alone In The Dark The New Nightmare is a generic adventure that fails to scare or intrigue.