Alone in the Dark was an instant classic for the PC, and one of the first games that really tried to blend horror movie elements with fluid polygonal gameplay, preset camera angles, hand-drawn backgrounds, and brain-teasing puzzles. In fact, it set the standard for many of today's third-person adventure games. Therefore, of course, a sequel was in order. The result is, for the most part, just as good as the original.
Assume the role of Carnby and head off to an island of undead pirates and other swashbucklers to rescue a small child and end One Eyed Jack's wrongdoings forever. Alone in the Dark 2: One Eyed Jack's Revenge plays much like its predecessor with a third-person perspective and riddled with all sorts of preset camera angles that, with only a few exceptions, aren't bad.
Although rare, some angles are just downright lousy, totally interfering with your view or obstructing important items. Instead of being cramped up in one house for the entire game, you get to explore an entire island of intricate puzzles and plenty of bad guys -- the one thing they could have done without.
One of the beauties of Alone in the Dark was it didn't focus so much on fighting monsters, but this time, there are tons of things to run from or shoot, making the game harder and more frustrating because it's very difficult to aim and hit your targets effectively -- something you'll need to get used to.
Yet the polygon count is much higher this time, allowing for more detail, fluid characters, and background art far superior to the original. And one of the main aspects, puzzles, are more devious and unforgiving this time around, so making the wrong choice will send you plummeting to your death!
Alone in the Dark 2 is a decent game that should please fans of the original with bigger environments and overall better puzzles. Although there are plenty of enemies running around, the tedious fighting can be overlooked.
Graphics: Everything looks decent, from the beautifully drawn backgrounds to the overhauled, more detailed polygonal characters. The camera views, excluding a few, are very effective and do a great job capturing the action.
Sound: The ambient sounds and music are eerie enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Enjoyment: With the exception of too many action and fighting sequences, Alone in the Dark 2 is enjoyable from start to finish. A decent plot and devilish puzzles push your brain into overdrive.
Replay Value: It will hook you from start to finish, but once you complete it, there isn't much reason to go back.
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.
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