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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 first few levels are basically the game's tutorial with Nevin learning the controls, this is the start of the first combat lesson
Alter Echo Xbox Nevin stands in a dark corridor
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 Kess starts to taunt

Promo Images

Alter Echo Screenshot
Alter Echo Screenshot
Alter Echo Screenshot
Alter Echo Screenshot

User Reviews

Ambitious but flawed genre piece in a fascinating new setting. Xbox Rupert Breheny (123)

Critic Reviews

Cheat Code Central PlayStation 2 2003 4 out of 5 80
GameSpot Xbox Aug 18, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Captain Xbox Nov 01, 2003 72 out of 100 72
Game Chronicles Xbox Oct 30, 2003 7.1 out of 10 71 PlayStation 2 Oct 22, 2003 68 out of 100 68
IGN PlayStation 2 Aug 19, 2003 6.8 out of 10 68
Worth Playing PlayStation 2 Sep 23, 2003 6.5 out of 10 65
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Oct 01, 2003 6 out of 10 60 (UK) PlayStation 2 Oct 06, 2003 6 out of 10 60
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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