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Alter Echo

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MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
69
3.1
Xbox
68
2.9
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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 Xbox Nevin stands over defeated foe
Alter Echo Xbox Nevin strikes in time dilation mode
Alter Echo Xbox Gun form takes on the gunship
Alter Echo Xbox Nevin pauses in front of the gravity lift

User Reviews

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

The Press Says

Xbox World Australia (XWA) Xbox Sep 08, 2003 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Aug 20, 2003 4 out of 5 80
MS Xbox World Xbox Oct 20, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
GameZone Xbox Sep 08, 2003 7.3 out of 10 73
Pelit Xbox Dec, 2003 73 out of 100 73
4Players.de Xbox Oct 22, 2003 72 out of 100 72
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Oct 06, 2003 6 out of 10 60
GameCell UK PlayStation 2 2003 6 out of 10 60
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox Oct 10, 2003 11 out of 20 55
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Oct 10, 2003 11 out of 20 55

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Extras

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)