In Alone in the Dark 2, you take the role of detective Edward Carnby, one of the two main characters in the original Alone in the Dark. Carnby is now called upon to investigate a bootlegger named One Eyed Jack after an old detective college name Stryker attributes Jack to the kidnapping of young Grace Saunders. Stryker attempts to infiltrate Jack's dilapidated mansion of Hell's Kitchen and rescue the girl, only to disappear himself. That's where Carnby comes in.
Carnby soon learns that Jack and his gangsters are really 15th century pirates who gained immortality after Jack joined forces with Elizabeth Jarret, a Voodoo witch. However the dark magic which keeps them immortal also requires Jack and his crew to regularly make human sacrifices (which explains Grace's kidnapping).
Now Carnby must battle his way through Hell's Kitchen and Jack's army of tommy-gun wielding gangsters, searching for a way to break the spell and make them stay dead.
Alone in the Dark 2 is an action-adventure game, similar to the original Alone in the Dark. Like its predecessor, the game uses hybrid 2D-3D graphics. Completing the game requires you to solve a lot of puzzles while fighting zombie pirates along the way. Some enemies can be killed with the numerous weapons at your disposal, while others need to be defeated via trickery.
Apart from Edward Carnby, the game also includes a short section (two sections in the CD-ROM version) where you play as the little Grace Saunders. Grace obviously cannot fight, and thus the sections featuring her are all about fast reflexes and wits to evade and outsmart the enemies.
BasicsEager to capitalize upon the success of their previous game in the Alone in the Dark series, Infogrames released the second installment just a year after the first game hit stores. Considered by many to be the first true 3D games, the innovative Alone in the Dark series was a revolutionary step in the video game industry.
Unfortunately, Alone in the Dark 2 is not a very fitting sequel to the original. Somehow the second game in a trilogy always seems to be the worst of the three. Sadly that remains true in this case. But that does not necessarily mean that Alone in the Dark 2 is a terrible game, for its many outstanding aspects outweigh its faults.
StoryI will start by analyzing the best part of the game, its story. Though it does not evolve as you play the game like the original does, the extremely well explained cast of characters provides enough plot to keep it very interesting.
The story begins with a man named Striker who travels to the seaside mansion of Hell's Kitchen to investigate rumors of a little girl kidnapped by a gang of, er, gangsters, headed by Jack. No, not Jack Sparrow! I'm talking about One-Eyed Jack. Sounds like a pirate name, huh?
Upon entering the mansion, Striker finds the girl. But I bet he didn't count on Jack showing up in the form of a knife-wielding clown! Luckily Striker sent out a message by wire to our old hero Edward Carnaby. Edward gained considerable fame from his defeat of the Cthulian sorcerer in the first game. He arrives at the mansion with a six-pack (Of dynamite.) just as soon as the game begins.
Much to Carnaby's horror, he discovers a deadly voodoo curse placed upon an ancient group of pirates, and the true reason why the poor little girl was kidnapped. Your task is to help Carnaby and our damsel in distress, Grace Saunders, to escape from One-Eyed Jack and the vile depths of Hell's Kitchen.
Ins and OutsNow I will discuss the inner workings of this brilliant game. Compared to games like Dark Seed 2, which only came out a year after Alone in the Dark 2, the graphics could have been better. Personally, I love the way the graphics are. It's like playing Lego Horror movie on your computer. Seriously, though, the animations are very realistic in contrast with the chunky nature of the characters. Each character moves exactly how you would expect a real life person would move.
Unfortunately, the control scheme is not as smooth. I have frequently been frustrated while playing this game because I could not aim my gun or stop running into walls. I had such difficulty with the controls that I decided not to collect any screenshots past the introduction.
The music is almost non-existent. You'd think maybe that would make the game more frightening, but it doesn't. Let's face it, in contrast with the strange and freaky creatures of the first game, these real people and shadow ghosts just don't cut the cheese. (And I'm thankful for that.)
The only truly scary characters in the game are the voodoo lady and One-Eyed Jack. The rest make you feel like you're playing Lego Godfather. Don't get me wrong, I'm just saying that the game is not as scary as it tries to be, and that the control system is terrible. You're probably used to the bad controls if you played the original Alone in the Dark, so it's not that big of a deal. After all, these were the first true 3D games. It's to be expected that the controls would be a bit complicated.
ConclusionIn summary, Alone in the Dark 2 is a great mystery game. Despite its flaws, it has many redeeming qualities. Its excellent story will help you forget everything else you may not like. The story is so good that you will yearn for more of it.
Replayability is not very good. At least I don't think so. Some of you may disagree with me, however. In any case, this game is quite enjoyable. I'd love to rate it higher. But in my opinion, this game just can't budge past a 3. You may disagree with that, so download it as fast as you can and enjoy this rare adventure jewel.
When you reach the room with sleeping pirates save often! Depending on what actions and moves you perform, the game may freeze up. It's still possible to finish the game without walking into any corners, though. To put the barrel in the pirate's room, use the door in front of the cannon room door. (Not the one next to the ladder.) Doing this will allow you to avoid the bug and help you complete AITD2.
Eager to capitalize upon the success of their previous game in the Alone in the Dark series, Infogrames set on a voyage the second in the series just a year after the first game hit stores. Considered the first true 3D games, the Alone in the dark series has been a revolutionary movement in the video game industry to innovation.
Unfortunately, Alone in the Dark 2 does not make a very fitting sequel to the first in the series. Somehow the second game in a trilogy always seems to be the worst of the three, unfortunately, and that is no exception here. But that does not mean that Alone in the Dark 2 is a bad game, for many outstanding in the game do outweigh its bad ones.
I will start by analyzing the best part of the game. It's story. Though it does not evolve as you play the game like the first game, the extremely well explained cast of characters provide enough plot to keep the game very interesting.
The story begins with a man named Striker, who heads to the seaside mansion of Hell's Kitchen to investigate rumors of a little girl kidnaped by a gang of..er..gangsters headed by Jack. No, not Jack Sparrow, One-eyed Jack. Sound like a pirate name huh? Upon entering mansion, Striker finds the girl, but I bet he didn't count on Jack showing up on the form of a knife wielding clown. But luckily Striker sent a wire to our old hero Edward Carnaby, who has gained quite the fame from defeating the Cthulian sorcerer from the first game. He arrives at the mansion with a six pack (of dynamite) just as soon as you click Start a New Game.
But upon arrival, Carnaby finds out about a deadly voodoo curse upon some ancient pirates, and the true reason why the poor little girl was kidnapped. Help Carnaby and our damsel in distress, Grace Saunders, escape the vile depths of One-eyed Jack's Hell's Kitchen.
Now to discuss the inner workings of this pleasant game. Now compared to games like Dark Seed 2, which only came out a year after this, the graphics could have been better. But personally, I love the way the graphics are. It's like playing Lego Horror movie on your computer. Seriously, though, the animations are very realistic in contrast with the blockiness of the characters. Each person moves exactly how a real life person would move.
Unfortunately, the control scheme is not as smooth. I have frequently been frustrated while playing this game because I could not aim my gun or stop running into walls. (That's the screenshots you see for the game don't go very far from the beginning of the game)
The music is almost non-existant, which really doesn't make this game more scary. Lets face it, in contrast with the strange and freakish creatures of the first game, these real people and shadow ghosts just don't cut the cheese. (And we're thankful for that.)
The only scary characters in the game are the voodoo lady and One-Eyed Jack. The rest make you feel like you're playing Lego Godfather. Don't get me wrong, the only things I'm saying here are that the games not as scary as it tries to be, and that the control system is not good. But the control system has been bad in all the Alone in the Dark series, so its not that big of a deal. After all these were the first true 3D games, so you can expect it to be a bit hard to control.
So to conclude my review, Alone in the dark is a great mystery game, that, despite its flaws, has many redeeming qualities in the story which make up for everything else, and want you to always come back to the game for more.
Replayability may not be high (for me anyway, most of you will probably disagree with most of my points), but at least this game makes for a decent experience that some will love. I'd love to go higher, but in my opinion, this game just can't budge past a 3. You will probably disagree, so download as fast as you can, and enjoy this rare adventure jewel.
Alone in the Dark II is a pretty good game, I used to play it as a teenager. A mix of horror-shooter, strategy and adventure. I had the original version, which did not have enhanced graphics, CD music or speech, so my opinions will probably (definitely) be different to yours. But Infrogames still did a good job on the one I played. This game doesn't really have a fast paced bang-bang-smash shooter feel to it, but it still has good gunfights and bits where you have to be relatively fast.
In the same idea as Alone in the Dark, its predecessor, you walk around in chunky polygon environments with the occasional freaky surprise or gunfight. Dark, blue and gray skies, leather coats, depressing, dark buildings, it captures 1920s detective stereotypes quite well. This game really thickens the plot and gameplay with the card system and such, but still is an all round classic.
Your name is Edward Canby, a detective "private eye" in his mid 30s specializing in the supernatural areas. The year's 1924 (if I can remember), and a young girl named Grace has been kidnapped. Basically you're dropped out the front of this mansion to find out what's going on and get her back home (or at least out of the enemies' hands). The game gives a generous amount of cut scenes and clues along the way, also revealing a murder and the ever so suspicious pirate ship that seems to always be relevant to the story. The enemies in this game usually aren't zombies, monsters or freaky alien dog things like in Alone in the Dark I, instead you fight gang-members, blue men and one-eyed pirates.
I'd say the graphics are quite mediocre, the sounds rather low-fi, but the gameplay and suspense excelling further than other games of its time (Marathon 2, Doom 2, etc). Of course there are still the same frustrating puzzles as Alone in the dark I (Remember the stairs?), but they are relatively more self explanatory, if not then they explained in the game book. The success of this game ended up with three sequels (and I think also some movies?), one of which came out recently.
Give this game a go, (the card system is bloody tricky, I've totally forgotten how to use it).
Try playing it alone... in the dark... with the door shut...
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