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Alter Echo (Xbox)

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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.

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Alter Echo Xbox Nevin stands in a dark corridor
Alter Echo Xbox Nevin stands over defeated foe
Alter Echo Xbox Nevin strikes in time dilation mode
Alter Echo Xbox Kess starts to taunt

User Reviews

Ambitious but flawed genre piece in a fascinating new setting. Rupert Breheny (117) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars

The Press Says

Xbox World Australia (XWA) Sep 08, 2003 81 out of 100 81
MS Xbox World Oct 20, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Aug 18, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
GameZone Sep 08, 2003 7.3 out of 10 73
Gamesmania Oct 14, 2003 72 out of 100 72
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Sep 19, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameCell UK 2003 6 out of 10 60
Yiya Nov 23, 2003 C+ 58
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 10, 2003 11 out of 20 55
Game Revolution Sep, 2003 C- 42

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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 (Xbox) on May 26, 2004
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