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Alone in the Dark 4 The New Nightmare #124578
03/31/03 07:15 PM
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Okay, my local book/media store has the game (jewel case version) for $9.99. It looked good but I thought I'd check here first. Adventure games don't exactly walk off the shelves here, to my great delight.

So those of you who have played it, what do you think? I haven't played the first three (mostly because I haven't looked for any).

Your opinions are respectfully requested!

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Marion


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Re: Alone in the Dark 4 The New Nightmare #124579
03/31/03 07:45 PM
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Marion,

I bought Alone in the Dark 4 for the same bargain $9.99. It is a 3rd person (this means we watch the characters move around rather than seeing the world from their eyes) adventure that uses the arrow keys to move you around. The graphics and sound are nice. There is one major caution for you. The game requires an OpenGL compliant video card. I have a super nVidia GeForce MX420 that handles it well, but I've heard from many whom say it won't run. Here is the list of "supported" cards from the readme file:

- Nvidia GeForce 256 Reference
- Nvidia GeForce 3
- ATI Rage Fury
- ATI Rage Fury Maxx
- ATI Radeon
- Diamond Viper II
- Diamond Stealth III S540
- Matrox Millennium G400 DualHead
- Matrox Millennium G400
- Matrox G450
- Creative Annihilator Pro
- 3Dfx Voodoo 5 5500

There are others that will work with less than full functionality...

I have only played a few of the opening moments. There are several decent walkthroughs available.

Hope this helps you!

Dadguy

Re: Alone in the Dark 4 The New Nightmare #124580
03/31/03 08:02 PM
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Okay, at the risk of sounding ignorant...I have no idea what kind of video card I have. I have XP for an operating system. Where do I look to find that info on my computer?

Please don't tell anybody I'm this dumb! lol

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Re: Alone in the Dark 4 The New Nightmare #124581
03/31/03 08:21 PM
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Just right click anywhere on a empty space of your desktop. Select setting's...select advanced...select adapter. Beside adapter type is your video card.

Re: Alone in the Dark 4 The New Nightmare #124582
03/31/03 08:54 PM
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Okay, did that.

There was no option labeled "Settings". It did give me a choice of "Graphics Options" which then gave me "Graphics Controller" - which then gave me "Graphics Properties" which gave me a menu entitled "Intel(R) 82845G/GL Graphics Controller" with several options. Okey dokey.

Now what?


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Re: Alone in the Dark 4 The New Nightmare #124583
03/31/03 08:55 PM
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Marion, now that you know whether or not you can run it, you may still want to know if you'll WANT to! laugh

The Alone in the Dark games are by no means pure adventures. They belong to a (sub)genre called Survival Horror... which pretty much means what it says. You'll be trying to solve an "adventure", sure, but in a spooky environment where lots of creepy crawlies try to kill you. You'll do some gunning, some running for your life, and probably a reasonable amount of dying wink

Good games, but you'll have to decide for yourself if you think it'll appeal to you.

Jack

Re: Alone in the Dark 4 The New Nightmare #124584
03/31/03 09:04 PM
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2-Cents. I never liked any of the AITD games. Even at $9.99, it may not be a bargain.


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Re: Alone in the Dark 4 The New Nightmare #124585
03/31/03 09:34 PM
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Looks like you found your video controller. It's not a card but a Intel controller build on-board the mother board. These controllers are limited and usually use the memory ram instead of having it's own dedicated ram. You could benefit from a new up-to-date video card.

Re: Alone in the Dark 4 The New Nightmare #124586
03/31/03 09:50 PM
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It played great on my computer. I have Intel graphics. It wasnt my kind of game though I didnt like it.

Re: Alone in the Dark 4 The New Nightmare #124587
04/01/03 12:06 AM
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Whoa...I can kill things? Cool!

My son is pretty good at it and has already volunteered his help. (killing things)

Call me weak, I went back and bought it.

<img border="0" alt="woozy" title="" src="graemlins/woozy.gif" />

Marion


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Re: Alone in the Dark 4 The New Nightmare #124588
04/01/03 12:50 AM
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I probably should have mentioned the agonizing lack of ammo, then, Marion. whistle (that's where the "survival" part comes from).

No, it's definitely worth a play. AT $10, how can you go wrong? laugh laugh

Jack

Re: Alone in the Dark 4 The New Nightmare #124589
04/01/03 07:52 AM
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I enjoyed AITD4, but Im also a BIG "Survival Horror" fan, I love the Resident Evil games, if you dont mind a little action you'll enjoy this game, I personally thought the action wasnt very hard,once you got the hang of the controls, but then again the Resident Evil games are pretty hard so AITD4 seemed kind of easy to me. wave


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Re: Alone in the Dark 4 The New Nightmare #124590
04/01/03 08:33 AM
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And then there is Silent Hill 2, which I absolutely loved! Great game. thumbsup


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Re: Alone in the Dark 4 The New Nightmare #124591
04/01/03 11:32 AM
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Thanks for your input! This computer is only six months old and I need to upgrade the video so I can play an old game? Everything else runs great (except when I have to rein it back a bit for some of the older games).

Well if I don't like it, there's always my GTZ list waiting.

wave

Marion


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