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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 wields his spark sword
Alter Echo Xbox Gun form takes on the gunship
Alter Echo PlayStation 2 The baddies take a bit of killing but they go Splat! in a most satisfactory way. Though the screenshot looks a little blurred the game moves fast and fluidly
Alter Echo PlayStation 2 The end of level statistics screen for level one

User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Aug 20, 2003 4 out of 5 80
Cheat Code Central PlayStation 2 2003 4 out of 5 80
GameZone PlayStation 2 Sep 05, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Sep 18, 2003 7.4 out of 10 74
GamingTrend PlayStation 2 2003 437 out of 600 73
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Oct 22, 2003 68 out of 100 68
IGN Xbox Aug 19, 2003 6.8 out of 10 68
Gamers.at PlayStation 2 Oct 15, 2003 65 out of 100 65
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Oct 01, 2003 6 out of 10 60
GameCell UK PlayStation 2 2003 6 out of 10 60


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

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Contributed to by Rupert Breheny (117)