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So survival horrors are making a return and today we are talking about the remake of the classic title Alone In The Dark. The team responsible for bringing this reimagining of the original game for THQ Nordic is Pieces Interactive. It’s available for PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PlayStation 5. Also, footage featured in this review has been captured on the PlayStation 5 version of the game. Let’s tell you more about the premise of this new release.

The story centers around two characters which are both playable. Edward Carnby who is played by David Harbour (Stranger Things) and Emily Hartwood who is played by Jodie Comer (Free Guy, Killing Eve). Both of these characters are modern versions of the originals from the 1992 version of the game. Alone in the Dark follows the story of Emily Hartwood and the private investigator Edward Carnby after they travel to Derceto Manor. The game tells us this is a home for the mentally fatigued. This is also the location of the original game as well. Both protagonists have come to investigate the disappearance of Emily’s uncle, Jeremy Hartwood.

Alone In The Dark And How It Plays

So this game before launch has received mixed reactions. However here are my thoughts on the game as a whole.

Gameplay

When you start you can choose either to play as Emily Hartwood or Edward Carnby. The playthrough for this review is from the perspective of Emily as the main character. The camera angle while playing is all third person, very similar to the recent Residential Evil 4 remake. However, there is one occasion when it switches to the fixed camera angle view. This was a nice touch of nostalgia but there didn’t seem to be an obvious reason for it or a need to switch to that perspective. However much as I thought it was nice to switch to the classic view it didn’t really work as well as it should have movement-wise. Other than that, movement throughout my time playing was fluid. But twice I was forced to reload a save due to being stuck.

Combat is either ranged or melee and be careful, your melee weapons can break. Ranged combat is not as smooth as the third-person shooting and it could be more refined. Though for the type of game and amount of combat, this works. Puzzles are not too complex and are usually solved with information you have or information from your surroundings.

Graphics

Visually the Derceto Manor looks fantastic from the video above. The various parts of the decor look well-designed. And the addition of impressive lighting and shadows to the mix creates an environment that is full of atmosphere. Even the environment outside the manor looks well-detailed. In one section of the latter part of the game, I did encounter a few screen tear issues which centered around light sources in a dark environment. However, I couldn’t recreate it by walking back along that location. It could be recreated with a loading of a saved game.

Alone in the Dark PlayStation 5 quality mode

Another thing I noticed was the character models. The faces could have been more defined and better matched the overall quality of the game. Yes, Emily resembles Jodie Comer, but Hellblade 2’s character models are far superior to those in this game. Even games with a broader scale, such as Red Dead Redemption 2, have better character models. Not a major issue but for me more detail in that area would have landed better.

Audio

The biggest strength is the quality voice capture with both Jodie Comer and David Harbour delivering solid performances along with the rest of the cast. Sound effects and background noises are very high quality. The musical score drifts in and out to enrich the atmosphere and the setting. Though maybe in some areas it’s really quiet some orchestral music in the background very quietly may have enhanced the game. Not a complaint just more of a personal preference. However, this could have been tried and it detracted from the experience.

Story

Where the game has excelled. The story never lets up or makes you think of turning off and want to play something else. Each collectible adds a lot of backstory to the events you experience as you play. Reading some story elements in clues is crucial to solving puzzles at times. The narrative pacing is really good. You don’t feel some parts drag along or feel the content is rushed.

Alone in the Dark PlayStation 5 quality mode

To Conclude

Overall Alone in the Dark is a really solid game with some outstanding aspects and some areas that could have been improved upon. Although one point to note is the price. The game for the standard edition is £49.99/$59.99 and deluxe £54.99/$69.99. For that price I expect a game to last longer in one playthrough than the approximate eight hours it took me to finish the game. Yes, you have the option of another playthrough with the other main character and the challenge for the platinum trophy/1000g but I don’t feel the price is a true reflection of the content available.

Alone in the Dark

Standard £49.99/$59.99 Deluxe £54.99/$69.99
8.1

Gameplay

8.0/10

Graphics

7.5/10

Audio

8.0/10

Story

9.0/10

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