Sunday, March 02, 2008

Alone in the Dark Tech Video and Details

To date, one of the scariest games I have ever played is still the original Alone in the Dark, released for the PC back in 1992. I played it in 1994 on a monochrome display laptop with internal speakers, keyboard and track pad, and it still scared the crap out of me.

Well, the franchise is being reinvented and last I heard, Alone in the Dark is set for a cross-platform release the first half of 2008 (though no PlayStation 3 version?).

You can now find a very interesting tech demo video on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace that's caught my attention, which details the unique item interaction, physics model, and inventory system that the game will employ.

Another interesting thing about the game is that it will be set up in episodic television fashion, with arcs and cliffhangers, and the game will be featured as an entire "season." Because of this structure, the developers will be adding in a unique "skip" feature, which will allow you to by-pass parts of the game you find too hard.

This feature will be set up like a DVD scene selection menu, and if you find a part of the game too hard, you can just move to the next section of the game, though this will come at a cost of Achievements and other in-game penalties, but it will allow you to finish the game if you get stuck. Full details here.

With such a unique presentation and the re-invention of such a classic and iconic franchise, it looks to me like Alone in the Dark is a title worth keeping an eye on.

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