This well received franchise, starting with the benchmark Alone in the Dark, set the standard for 3rd person games and definitely inspired contemporary titles like Resident Evil for the PlayStation. Improving gameplay, graphics and challenge for the PC, the sequel, Alone in the Dark 2, had you fending off the bloodthirsty pirates of Hell's Kitchen instead of wandering the halls of an old mansion.
With Alone in the Dark 3, the series takes another path by adopting a wild-west theme, making me skeptical, at first. At heart, Alone in the Dark 3 is exactly the same game as the first two. It's still a 3rd person action game with polygon characters set to hand drawn backgrounds. But this time around, the developers really enhanced the overall look of the game with higher polygon counts and animation that is more fluid. Improved detail lets you see spurs, badges, holsters, and cowboy boots, making characters more believable. The hand drawn backgrounds did a good job capturing the wild-west feel and atmosphere as you venture into saloons, banks, hotel rooms, and wander the streets of a realistic ghost town.
The puzzles are pretty difficult in Alone in the Dark 3, but are in the same vain as the first two games by requiring you to pick up a certain item and use it with another item, while others are just logic puzzles. This time around, however, the overall difficulty is not as high as Alone in the Dark 2. In this game, you can run away if you need to, and most of the cowboys aren't too hard to kill. While the box boasts "up to 70 hours of gameplay," it can be finished easily in 20 hours.
In the end, Alone in the Dark 3 rounds out the trilogy quite nicely. Even if it doesn't take the series to a higher ground with gameplay (it's exactly the same as the first two), it is a fun game with improved technical aspects. If you didn't like the first two, you won't like Alone in the Dark 3, but if you are a fan of the series, or just like 3rd person action games in general, you will probably like this one!
Graphics: The characters feature some nicely detailed animations with believable hand drawn environments and decent camera angles.
Sound: Although the voice acting is pretty bad, you will overlook it for the believable sound effects and music that really sets the mood of the game.
Enjoyment: Even though I am not a huge fan of westerns, with a good story, good controls, and a game that's just fun to play, I found Alone in the Dark 3 enjoyable.
Replay Value: Once completed, there's not much reason to return to Slaughter Gulch.
After surviving through two encounters with the supernatural in Derceto and Hell's Kitchen, detective Edward Carnby is ready for another round of being Alone in the Dark.
In the third and final game in the series, we learn that Emily Hartwood (the other main character from the original game) started a career in Hollywood movies after surviving her ordeal in Derceto. Her latest project is a spagetti western being filmed in an abandoned western ghost town called Slaughter Gultch, which rests precariously on the edge of the San Andreas fault. Originally a gold town set up rather rudely on ancient Indian sacred ground, Slaughter Gultch was founded by a man named Jebediah Stone and run by his own private army of cold-blooded killers. Stone and his men were killed by angry villagers led by the local Blacksmith, and the town was abandoned soon after. Unfortunately, Emily's crew disturbs the spirits of Stone and his men, who promptly return to the world of the living and proceed to kill off the film crew one by one.
Carnby is called to Slaughter Gultch after learning of the disappearance of Emily and her crew, and is soon met by Stone's Zombie Cowboy gang. Armed with various western paraphenalia such as colt peacemakers, bullwhips, and even a gattling gun, Carnby must fight his way through Stone's minions and discover Emily's fate. Along the way he learns some surprising things about Stone's origin, as well as a sinister plan interrupted by his death which involved the destruction of the west coast and which Stone can now pursue once again.
Alone in the Dark 3 is the third installment of the Alone in the Dark survival horror video game series created by Infogrames. The video game was released on May 16, 1995. A Windows version of the game was also released in 1996, under the name of Alone in the Dark: Ghosts in Town.
It's 1925 and after Edward Carnby's success in his previous two investigations, a journalist has nicknamed him the 'Supernatural Private Eye'. This time, he is called to investigate the disappearance of a film crew at a two-bit ghost town known by the name of Slaughter Gulch located in the Mojave Desert in California. Among the disappeared crew is Emily Hartwood, Jeremy Hartwood's niece from the original. Edward soon discovers that a curse has gripped the town, and an evil cowboy from the Badlands named Jed Stone is the villain who is responsible for the crew's disappearance. Lurking around town are many trigger-happy sharpshooters, deranged prospectors, and bloodthirsty lost souls whom Edward must ward off with both his strength and his wit.
The main theme of this game is the Wild West, as Carnby is pitted against a town filled with "zombie cowboy outlaws" who attack him with revolvers and lever-action rifles. More traditionally mindless, shambling zombies begin to appear about mid-way through the game. Towards the end of the game, the concept of radioactive mutation plays a significant role in the story, and the player ends up fighting monstrous creatures created from the radiation.
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