Alter Echo (PlayStation 2)

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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 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
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
Alter Echo PlayStation 2 This is why its a good idea to save at the end of a level
Alter Echo PlayStation 2 The first few levels are basically the game's tutorial with Nevin learning the controls, this is the start of the first combat lesson

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GameSpot Aug 18, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
GameZone Sep 05, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Gaming Target Sep 18, 2003 7.4 out of 10 74
Game Captain Oct 13, 2003 72 out of 100 72
GameSpy Aug 27, 2003 70 out of 100 70
IGN Aug 19, 2003 6.8 out of 10 68
Gamezilla Sep 12, 2003 2 out of 3 67
Game Chronicles Oct 01, 2003 6 out of 10 60
GameCell UK 2003 6 out of 10 60 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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Rupert Breheny (117) added Alter Echo (PlayStation 2) on May 26, 2004
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