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 PlayStation 2 The in-game extras. None of these items are locked
Alter Echo Xbox Nevin stands in a dark corridor
Alter Echo PlayStation 2 The main menu. Like the title screen the background is in a constant state of flux
Alter Echo PlayStation 2 Introductions over and the game begins.<br>The first few levels are basically the game's tutorial with Nevin learning the controls, exploring the environment, and getting to know his saviour

User Reviews

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

Critic Reviews

Cheat Code Central PlayStation 2 2003 4 out of 5 80
MS Xbox World Xbox Oct 20, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
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
Game Captain PlayStation 2 Oct 13, 2003 72 out of 100 72
Gamezilla PlayStation 2 Sep 12, 2003 2 out of 3 67 (UK) PlayStation 2 Oct 06, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Yiya Xbox Nov 23, 2003 C+ 58
Bordersdown Xbox 2003 5 out of 10 50


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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)