Tuesday, 10 April 2012

No...Not this darkness again

That awful theme song is playing again, which can only mean one thing - I've just completed Alone in the Dark 4 again, this time with Aline Cedrac. There isn't that much more to say - the gameplay is largely the same - more puzzle than combat focused, but actually not as much as I thought. The story did make a bit more sense this time around, with Aline's section filling in a lot more of the gaps, but it was still largely nonsensical. I feel like Infogrames should have made me play Aline's section first, as it gives a more satisfying explanation of the story and then I could go on and play Carnby's story as a bonus. As it was, when I played Carnby's first it just made absolutely no sense at all. There were still a lot of comedy bad moments - e.g. getting halfway up the stairs to an observatory then having a phone conversation concerning the room and its contents even though I hadn't got there yet. There were some nice bits - I liked having to construct all of the bits to build the 'perforator' - a big gun that sounded really cool, but basically just knocked a hole in one wall and then melted. Oh, and what I didn't like about the perforator segment was having to run down from the lightning room to the perforator base in a ridiculous time limit. It would have been fine except for the fact she runs sooo s-l-o-w-l-y down stairs, and there were so many stairs! Anyway, made it in the end. The other thing that annoyed me about Aline's section was that the ending was exactly the same as Carnby's. The island blows up, they fly away, and you don't have a say in it. It would have been nice if the game had known I'd finished both halves and gave me a better ending. Ah well.

Oh, and the best bit was Aline's big bad guy fight. Essentially the same bad guy as Carnby, but he's the guy who Aline thought was her father (before he mutated into mr. Weird McTwoHeads). Anyway, she shoots him a lot until he sees the error of his ways, and he makes some speech about "My daughter...how could you do this to me?" To which she answers "You're not my father; nobody is my father". Maybe you had to be there...it made me laugh. So, that's the AitD series over with. There is a newer game, but I don't have it (and I don't think my comp could play it) so that's enough for me. I would have been happy if they'd let the series die at AitD3, but hey, nobody listens to me! Next up in the series list is Beyond Divinity, the sequel to Divine Divinity, which I completed a while back. I've heard very mixed things about this game, so we'll have to see how it goes. I'm looking forward to it with some trepidation. No more progress on THUG2 yet, but I really should make that a priority, as the PS3 will definitely be out of bounds once the new one turns up!

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