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Live from Alone in the Dark Harrison event in London

Friday, 23 May 2008 13:24 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Updating live from the Atari UK Alone in the Dark event in London. After the link.

  • Phil’s on stage. First game he’s been involved in at Atari was the 360 version of Alone in the Dark.
  • He reckons the audience is the hardest he’s ever faced. We doubt that.
  • The flight number he gets to Heathrow is 360.
  • Great that we’re in a movie theatre, he says. He’s talking about convergence.
  • All he’s talking about is the 360 version. He’s just said that the PS3 version is out “later his year.” We knew that.
  • Eden’s one of the creative forces in European development, apparently.

  • The producer’s on stage now. Phil’s off. She’s about to show us a scene in Cental Park.
  • Someone’s “drooling like a fucking baby, the fucking vegetable”. Blimey.
  • There’s an awful lot of swearing going on. A man that was supposed to kill you character “up on the roof” has just been dragged backwards through a vent by some kind of monster thing.
  • Character looking at himself in a mirror. Smashes it in rage. That’s RAGE. My God, he says. Who am I?
  • Producer’s talking about “cinematics”. New section. Men talking. Apparently there are ways to torture a man that go way beyond flesh and bone.
  • The plot’s got something to do with a stone and a chap who knows how to use its “power”.
  • Mixing between third- and first-person constantly. Edwards’s climbing around in lift vents and there are plenty of messages flashing up about what to do.
  • Producer’s talking about how the story’s told. It’s completely different, apparently.
  • She’s talking about the problems with narration in games. Prison Break, Lost, 24, etc. Why not take that captivation and addiction and bring it to Alone in the Dark? Why not? Plot twists, cliffhangers, series structure, etc.
  • Moving on to fire presentation.
  • There is, indeed, fire going on. Edward has to rescue a chap from inside a burning room and some woman’s whining about “living walls”.
  • Fire’s not scripted, says producer. Apparently heat itself is simulated. It passes through walls.
  • Three targets when creating the fire: make it interaction, have it cast real-time light and to make it look convincing.
  • They just showed the crashing through the wall and seeing the scale of Central Park bit. To be fair, on a cinema screen, it looks fucking awesome.
  • Edward climbing around outside buildings, lots of fire, smoke, rocks falling, etc. The messages pointing to button presses are pretty much constant.
  • They’re showing the DVD chapter select menu now. That’s what she just called it.
  • She’s explaining how you can skip episodes if you get stuck, but you can’t see the end of the game until you’re completed a certain amount of the content.
  • They’re showing the “previously” movie bits now. You get them if you skip sections.
  • They’re introducing a new character: Sarah.
  • Sarah and Edward are trying to escape the building.You can collect as many objects as you can find, says producer.
  • Can use objects in both hands and switch from first- to -third person whenever you like.
  • Large objects can only be “manipulated” instead of collected, like chairs, fire extinguishers, and so on. They’re controlled with the analogue sticks.
  • They’re showing the inventory system. Edward can look inside his coat, in his belt, and so on.
  • Zombies!
  • They can see you through windows. This is breaking a cliche, apparently.
  • Edward is chopping up zombies with an axe. As you do. Now he’s burning the corpses. Day to day stuff.
  • Going outside into Central Park now.
  • They’re showing how to combine objects. Take tape, tape flare to bottle, break the flare, stick flare to food cart, roll food cart along, etc.
  • Building a petrol bomb.
  • Central Park environment is lovely. Mist, night lighting, and so on.
  • They stick a petrol bomb to the back of a monster and blew it up. All looks very nice, to be honest.
  • Showing the map of Central Park. The producer promises no loading times when running around outside. The map also shows which buildings you can access.
  • Vehicles now.
  • You can move all around car’s seats, look in the glove box, etc. You can stab a car’s petrol tank, let the fuel run out, drive it against gate or enemies, light the fuel and blow shit up. Cool.
  • Going inside park offices.
  • Water effects, corpses, etc. They’re using glo-sticks to light the way. Like a really messy rave.
  • The 59th Street chase now.
  • Eddie’s in a taxi. New York’s gone to shit. Buses are burning. It looks like a warzone, says Sarah.
  • “It’s the epicentre!”
  • People rabbiting about “the stone”.
  • The street’s exploding around the car. Those YouTube movies really didn’t do this justice.
  • Flying cars, etc. Quite a long sequence, actually. Lots of orchestral music going on.
  • It’s all channelled. You can’t just wander off down side-streets, an there’s no map on screen. No HUD at all, actually.
  • Spoiler sequence, we’re warned. People are saying “fuck” every other word. Just in case you didn’t know it was an 18.
  • Q&A now. There are no difficulty levels.
  • You can skip practically the entire game, apparently.
  • Some cameras are fixed. You can’t use first-person with big objects like fire extinguishers.
  • The majority of the game is in Central Park, in the open setting.
  • Going to interview Phil now. Bye!

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32 Comments

  1. Blerk

    Did they go last year? Nintendo are notoriously bad at attending events. Given their new focus, they’ll probably do a tour of supermarkets and old peoples’ homes instead.

    #1 7 years ago
  2. patlike

    Sorry, fucked that up. I edited the Nintendo story by mistake.

    #2 7 years ago
  3. Blerk

    lol!

    #3 7 years ago
  4. absolutezero

    Don’t be mean to Nour. She has the best voice ever.

    Also this may all be in vain as Blerk has alreay written the entire game off. It has cars or something I think. pppffffffff

    #4 7 years ago
  5. Blerk

    The constant hand-holding sounds a bit irritating. I hope that’s just in the initial stages.

    #5 7 years ago
  6. patlike

    It’s constant, Blerk. Every 10 seconds.

    #6 7 years ago
  7. absolutezero

    Thats it. Im not buying it now.

    /huffs

    #7 7 years ago
  8. Blerk

    God damn it.

    Can Edward look inside his trousers?

    #8 7 years ago
  9. Blerk

    I love the picture of Phil, by the way. Has he been taking “how to be Satan” lessons from Peter?

    #9 7 years ago
  10. Dr.Haggard

    That’s Dark Harrison, it’s says in the title :)

    #10 7 years ago
  11. Blerk

    He’s a bit like Darth Maul, isn’t he?

    #11 7 years ago
  12. BillyBatts

    http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/pic/PF/PF_922120~Apocalypse-Now-Posters.jpg

    #12 7 years ago
  13. absolutezero

    Hooray for the battery lasting!

    #13 7 years ago
  14. Blerk

    I expect a full and frank opinion on this game when you get back from worshipping at the altar of Phil, Patrick!

    #14 7 years ago
  15. Psychotext

    Vids. Apparently spoilers at 5:00

    Part 1:
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/34341.html

    Part 2:
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/34343.htm

    Part 3:
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/34351.html

    Part 4:
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/34355.html

    Part 5:
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/34345.html

    Part 5/2:
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/34347.html

    Part 6:
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/34349.html

    Part 7:
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/34353.html

    #15 7 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    That’s odd… I just posted links to about 6 vids on this and it didn’t show up.

    * conspiracies *

    #16 7 years ago
  17. Blerk

    The spam filter’s a bastard for eating your post if you put links in it. Try running them through TinyURL first – I have more luck the shorter the link is.

    #17 7 years ago
  18. Psychotext

    Meh, they start here:
    http://www.gametrailers.com/player/34341.html

    The rest of them can be found in related media.

    #18 7 years ago
  19. BillyBatts

    Hasn’t that pic of Phil been used before?

    http://tinyurl.com/52d4kc

    #19 7 years ago
  20. Harry

    I was there too. Though clearly I’m not as dedicated as Pat – no live blogging for me. Game looked pretty good actually, certainly the way you can use objects and your environment goes a few steps beyond other games.

    #20 7 years ago
  21. Killerbee

    Anything about the PC version… how it controls or stuff like that?

    I wonder if this might be the game that finally forces me to buy a 360 pad for my Windows box…

    #21 7 years ago
  22. patlike

    There was nothing about the PC version, nope. Just 360. I asked Phil about the PS3 version and he was having absolutely none of it.

    #22 7 years ago
  23. morriss

    Nice work, Pat. Great stuff!

    #23 7 years ago
  24. patlike

    Nothing about the PC version, nope. And I asked him about the PS3 game and he was having absolutely none of it. Gave a good interview, though.

    morriss – :D

    #24 7 years ago
  25. Harry

    There was some chat about the Wii version. But Nour wasn’t giving anything away really. She was there to talk about the Xbox 360 game (which is clearly the lead SKU) and wouldn’t be drawn very much on other versions.

    #25 7 years ago
  26. patlike

    Did you speak to Nour, Harry?

    #26 7 years ago
  27. Harry

    Not in private. But I asked quite a few questions during the press conference. Including the one you used for the “15 hour” story. :)

    #27 7 years ago
  28. Harry

    Not in private. But I asked quite a few questions during the Q&A session. Including the one that you used for the “15 hour” story. :)

    #28 7 years ago
  29. Harry

    Not in private. But I did ask quite a few during the Q&A session. Including the one regarding the lenght of the game.

    #29 7 years ago
  30. Harry

    Sorry if you find about four answers to this question from me. I just can’t see my posts appearing.

    #30 7 years ago
  31. Harry

    Not one to one. But I asked quite a few questions during the Q&A session. Including the one about game length and linearity which you reported on in another story.

    #31 7 years ago
  32. Harry

    No but I asked her quite a few questions in the open Q&A, including the one about the length of the game an linearity.

    #32 7 years ago

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    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]

  • DayZ creator’s “crazy”, “esoteric” next game developed with Improbable

    DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall has dropped the first vague details of his new game project. “I do not want to make safe games. I do not want to make games the way we have been making them. What if the most experienced video game staff in the world collaborated on the most esoteric and […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will support AMD’s Mantle

    AMD has confirmed what most Battlefield fans thought. Battlefield Hardline will indeed support Mantle. Battlefield Hardline will support Mantle, AMD has confirmed. Some players weren’t sure whether the retail version of the game will support AMD’s API, due to its absence from the recent PC beta. AMD did not say whether the feature will be […]

  • Unreal Engine 4 GDC 2015 sizzle reel shows what the tech can do

    Unreal Engine 4 is a pretty versatile bit of tech, as this new sizzle reel shows. As one of the more ubiquitous engines, Unreal will be on show at GDC this week. Developer Epic produced the following sizzle reel to quickly demonstrate what it can do – cutting edge graphics (there are very few games […]

  • Survarium’s latest patch removes limit on battle ammo, rebalances experience gain

    The latest Survarium patch has readjusted the value of experience and reputation points gained and removed the limit to the maximum amount of ammo you can use in combat. Survarium developer Vostok Games has released patch 0.27a to the public, having recently finished testing it. The patch is a major one and covers changes to […]