Alter Echo

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Alter Echo is a third-person action game with a focus on close quarters combat. It is set in the 29th century where a substance named Multiplast replaces all known construction materials because it can be formed into anything. But something is wrong on the planet Proteus, the only known source of Multiplast. Now the simple worker Nevio has to investigate and stop the megalomaniac shape shifter Paavo who controls an even more powerful substance.

Luckily soon after the beginning of the game Nevo gets his hands on a special suit, which allows him to morph into three forms. The sword form is for melee combat, in which combos can be triggered by using the correct button combinations. The cannon form is a big robot which is more suited for gunplay and the stealth form is a futuristic lizard with a long tongue. During combat the player can instantly switch between the forms, which allows for many combinations depending on the former action or movement. This gets rewarded with plasma points which are used to upgrade Nevio's life energy, new moves or better weapons.

Besides combat, the game features basic switch puzzles and rhythm-based mini games. Most notable is the Time Dilation Mode, which can be activated near enemies - then the mini game begins and, if successful ended, launches an especially powerful attack.


Alter Echo Xbox Nevin strikes in time dilation mode
Alter Echo Xbox Nevin pauses in front of the gravity lift
Alter Echo PlayStation 2 This is Nevin. His spaceship has just been destroyed. He fell to earth, or rather Proteus, and he's just woken up. He's a bit confused right now
Alter Echo PlayStation 2 Saving at the end of a level is optional but as it is possible to die it is a good idea

User Reviews

Ambitious but flawed genre piece in a fascinating new setting. Xbox Rupert Breheny (117)

Critic Reviews

TeamXbox Xbox Aug 29, 2003 7.4 out of 10 74
GamingTrend PlayStation 2 2003 437 out of 600 73
GameZone Xbox Sep 08, 2003 7.3 out of 10 73
Game Captain Xbox Nov 01, 2003 72 out of 100 72
Game Captain PlayStation 2 Oct 13, 2003 72 out of 100 72
Game Chronicles Xbox Oct 30, 2003 7.1 out of 10 71
IGN PlayStation 2 Aug 19, 2003 6.8 out of 10 68
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Oct 01, 2003 6 out of 10 60
GameCell UK Xbox 2003 6 out of 10 60 PlayStation 2 Oct 10, 2003 11 out of 20 55


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Extras within the game include promotional trailers, music videos and a making of mini-documentary.

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