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Description

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.

Screenshots

Alter Echo PlayStation 2 This is why its a good idea to save at the end of a level
Alter Echo PlayStation 2 The main menu. Like the title screen the background is in a constant state of flux
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 Xbox Gun form takes on the gunship

Promo Images

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User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

GameSpot PlayStation 2 Aug 18, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
TeamXbox Xbox Aug 29, 2003 7.4 out of 10 74
Gaming Target PlayStation 2 Sep 18, 2003 7.4 out of 10 74
GamingTrend PlayStation 2 2003 437 out of 600 73
Gamesmania.de Xbox Oct 14, 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
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Aug 27, 2003 70 out of 100 70
IGN Xbox Aug 19, 2003 6.8 out of 10 68
Game Revolution Xbox Sep, 2003 C- 42

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Extras

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

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