A darkness has fallen over the town of Lorwich. Monstrous hordes emerge from beyond the realm of nightmares to sow chaos on the land. As one of four heroes, you must battle the minions of the old ones with the force of arms, and the power of illumination.
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Mostly Negative (172 reviews) - 22% of the 172 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 11, 2015

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June 21

Summer 2016 Update is Here!

Greetings Illuminators! From the darkest shadows, the Alone in the Dark: Illumination team has summoned forth a terrifying new content update! Check out the new TRAILER and PATCH NOTES for all the details!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxXIYtWhsOk

  • Overhauled Advancement System: New skill tree progression, new ability enhancements, and a smoother pace to level advancement.

  • Improved Player Abilities: From a new fireball for the Witch to a revised weapon loadout for the Hunter, each class gets some meaningful changes.

  • Streamlined Missions and Objectives: More variety and improved monster spawning AI should make objectives feel challenging, rewarding and more engaging.

  • New Monster Types and Behaviors: From a tougher Goblin Brute to new type of Shapes, tons of tweaks to monster behavior, animations and much more.

  • Updated Narrative: Refined narrative delivery and added voiceover.

Let us know what you think! If you like what we're doing, please leave a review. There is more all new content coming soon, keep your eyes peeled for teasers on the Alone in the Dark: Illumination Steam Page. Thanks again for your ongoing support, we hope you enjoy the changes!

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June 16

Summer 2016 Update - SNEAK PEEK!

Okay Illuminators!

As promised, we have a HUGE new update for Alone in the Dark: Illumination! Think of this as a “sneak peek” before we announce to the wider Steam community next week.

We’ve put a big emphasis on player progression and gameplay pacing. The “big ticket” items include:

  • Overhauled Advancement System: New skill tree progression, new ability enhancements, and a smoother pace to level advancement.

  • Improved Player Abilities: From a new fireball for the Witch to a revised weapon loadout for the Hunter, each class gets some meaningful changes.

  • Streamlined Missions and Objectives: More variety and improved monster spawning AI should make objectives feel challenging, rewarding and more engaging.

  • New Monster Types and Behaviors: From a tougher Goblin Brute to new type of Shapes, tons of tweaks to monster behavior, animations and much more.

  • Updated Narrative: Refined narrative delivery and added voiceover.

So have a look, see how it plays, and leave your comments below! If you haven’t already, feel free to leave a review if you think we’ve hit the mark with this patch. There is more to come in the town of Lorwich, so keep a light on, and as always, thank you for your support!

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About This Game

A darkness has fallen over the town of Lorwich. Monstrous hordes emerge from beyond the realm of nightmares to sow chaos on the land. As one of four heroes, you must battle the minions of the old ones with the force of arms, and the power of illumination.

Inspired by the writing of H.P. Lovecraft, Atari’s Alone in the Dark series is recognized as the “Father of the Survival Horror Genre”. Alone in the Dark: Illumination explores this dark legacy in a terrifying action-horror experience.

Battle through dynamic environments filled with bloodthirsty beasts. Build your party as you rescue your companions including the Witch, Engineer and Priest, each with a unique set of special abilities and weapons.

Danger lurks in every shadow. While your friends may help, at the end of the night you are always Alone in the Dark.

  • Four Unique Heroes: The Hunter, the Witch, the Priest and the Engineer each offer unique gameplay experiences with distinctive weapons, skills and powers to unlock.
  • Play as a Team or Alone in the Dark: Play with all four characters in co-operative multiplayer mode, build smaller teams for greater challenge, or face the darkness alone.
  • Diverse Environments: Four campaigns with multiple levels take players through the blasted landscape of Lorwich, and deep below to unearth the mysteries of this forsaken township.
  • Eldritch Horror: Inspired by the writing of H.P. Lovecraft, beings from beyond madness, including Roof Walkers, Shapes and Spawns will haunt your nightmares.
  • Dynamic Environments: Interact with dynamic environmental puzzles to change the structure of the map and advance your quest.
  • Harness the Power of Illumination: Light up maps to create safe zones, and damage your foes.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1/ Windows 8 / Windows 8.1
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD processor 2.3+ GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 460 GTX or AMD Radeon 6850 HD series card
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Supported chipsets: NVIDIA 460 GTX or greater; Intel 4000 or greater. Laptop versions of these chipsets may not be supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1/ Windows 8 / Windows 8.1
    • Processor: Quad-core Intel or AMD processor, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 580 GTX or AMD Radeon 6970 HD series card
    • Additional Notes: Additional Notes: Supported chipsets: NVIDIA 460 GTX or greater; Intel 4000 or greater. Laptop versions of these chipsets may not be supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.
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Mostly Negative (172 reviews)
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Ankan94
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Let's see

Bugs
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ AI
Lowsy graphics
No story
Bugs
Terrible sound-design
Short as hell
Bugs
Did I mention bugs

The bosses were fun but that's about it.

3/10 Would not even give away as a gift
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eXcruciate
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 14
TLDR has the worst problem I have ever seen in a game in my life, by far: every time I kill an enemy, the game locks up for a brief moment, making the game unplayable. Even if this wasn't there, it is the most janky, generic game I have ever seen. Truly sickening. My pick for #1 worst game ever. Oh and sometimes it won't even launch.

It also hangs and won't start sometimes. It also sometimes starts then hangs on loading, and nothing works to fix it, I can't bring up task manager, but luckily I can restart the computer with the startup bar because that weirdly never goes away while the game is launching. Great programming, morons. The game also runs like garbage because of how poorly coded it is.

Only 26 minutes and this is one of the worst games I have ever played. I have never, ever seen a game this bad. I thought the user reviews might have been trolling because a game like Sacred 3 is a great game but got mostly bad user reviews because it wasn't like the first games. I thought that was the case here so I got this on sale for ten bucks. Massive mistake. It is one of the most generic, janky, junky, clunky games I have ever seen. One major flaw it has that I cannot find anything about why it is caused or how to fix it, is that every single time I kill an enemy the screen stutter-lags for like half a second, making the game 100% unplayable. Not that it was any good to begin with. Everything about it is god awful janky genericness. If I had to pick one game out of my library to describe what "janky" or "clunky" means I would use this game. Your guy has almost zero feedback when getting hit. The only way to know if you are getting hit most of the time is to watch your hp bar. When you jump your upper body stays stiff and only your legs fold up for a second, just like how Duke Nukem jumped in the early Duke Nukem 3d games. Not one single complaint I could go on about, which I have never seen a game where I already have dozens of complaints within the first 25 minutes of play, nothing matters when the biggest flaw is that the screen locks up for a half a second every time an enemy dies, breaking the game, with of course no fix online to be found, and no support website for the game exists.

What a sickening waste of ten dollars that I can't refund since I bought it from an outside retailer. Lesson learned. Will never buy from this company or any company that has any tie-ins with them ever again, not for any reason. One of the top 5 worst games I have ever played. 26 minutes was enough to see how bad this game is, yes it's that bad, and it truly is amazing that a game could be this bad and the fact that it was recognizably one of the worst games of all time within the first 30 minutes truly puts it near the top of the all-time worst list. My personal #1.

0/10 no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Not a single ♥♥♥♥ing one. Worst game I've ever played, even without technical errors.
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keithikins
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Alone in the Dark was one of the very first survival horror games and SHOULD be one of the most important entries in the genre.

It is sad to see this once promising series be brought down so low by two horrible games back-to-back. This game was released completely unfinished without any fanfare. Atari should be absolutely ashamed of what they did to this series.
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Konachibi
( 19.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
I'm going to go against the general opinion here when I say that I do recommend this game, at least, I do since the June 2016 patch.

Alone In The Dark: Illumination suffers from one major design flaw that's caused it garner such hate from it's audience... the fact that it's called Alone In The Dark. Whilst I am a small fan of the AITD franchise, I am also open-minded when first playing a video game and play them without expectations or immediate judgement. Alone In The Dark this game certainly is not, as it features nothing of the tropes that the franchise normally features, what it IS though is a competant and fun third-person horror/action game.

You enter the game with a selection of 4 playable characters, each with their own unique skills and weaponry. as you progress through the game, you gain XP resulting in level ups, that award skill points to bolster your abilities to take on tougher challenges.

Visually, the game doesn't look too bad. It's not bleeding-edge top-of-the-line graphics, but it's good enough for the atmosphere the game creates. Audio too is done quite well, players will often find themselves thrown off by the sounds of the enemies as they distract you from where the attack will come from, and with the player given the story by a narrator that sounds like he's reading from a H.P Lovecraft novel, it all blends together quite nicely. And whilst on the subject, some of the inspiration towards the enemies and story in this game comes straight from Lovecraft, which is a niche more games developers really should capitalise on because there's such great source material.

Gameplay is rather interesting. Enemies are invincible whilst in darkness, leaving your character very weak and vunerable to them if they should get close enough or manage to box you in. The only way to fight them is luring them into areas of light, such as lamp-posts, ceiling lights, flood lights, torches, candles etc. Anything that generates light will weaken the enemy and make them killable. This often causes the player to run from one light source to another hoping to always stay ahead of the enemy, and it can create some quite tense moments, especially if you play single-player, as ammunition and pick-ups for your abilities aren't as abundant when you need them the most. Not only that but some light sources will burn out after a minute or so, and since some maps do have you back-tracking to carry things to something else, strategic use of lights along the way is essential.

As mentioned, the June 2016 update greatly improved the state of the game. Upon it's original launch, it had the same problems that Umbrella Corps (which released only a few days ago) currently has. A terrible camera, poor animations, buggy and glitchy hit detection, poor audio, brainless enemy A.I and so on. With the recent patch though, AITD: Illumination now has a significantly better camera, full narration to the story, enemy A.I is actually quite smart, often trying to sneak up on the player or lure them away from the light. As well as that, the skill progression system has seen a complete rework, allowing players to build their chosen character around a playstyle of their choosing, and all the characters have had some kind of change or tweak to them, such as the Witch having her pistol taken away in favour of her ability to shoot lightning and create light orbs.

If you choose to play this game, try and convince a friend or two to give it a go with you, and you'll probably find it to be a lot of fun. Don't start it up thinking it'll be an Alone In The Dark game, instead just see it as a stand-alone third person horror shooter with no ties to existing franchises, and you'll find it to be a very competant game.
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Dale@Never 4get the ZX Spectrum
( 31.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
After some deliberation I have decided to withdraw my review .
After reading the comments I can no longer recommend this game when given the full facts
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Uunimakkara
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
the graphics are pretty good but gameplay is just boring and game keeps crashing.
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Trippi
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Omfg this game is so bad
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SingSing
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
not MCOT, it is completely not the same "Alone in the Dark" that we love years ago...
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Nails
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
I actually liked Alone in the Dark 2008. It should have been played as a puzzle game, not an action game. In that way, maybe Atari thought "Oh, you want an action game, you tossers? Well, here you go". It does nothing to resolve the 2008 ending. Making this a bland boring thirteen in a dozen shooting game. The light mechanics of the 2008 are sort of implemented in here, but instead of combining items to create molotov bombs, or figure out any other clever trick, you just have to run to the light switch. The main protagonist is armed with a machine gun, removing any aspect of survival. and narration is a simple text screen at the beginning of the level, instead of any real dialogue.
The only reason for existance I can come up is that it makes the 2008 game look like a masterpiece.

Besides, Multiplayer and lightswitches.. pretty much rules out the 'Alone' and the 'Dark', doesn't it?
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EPICFALAFFLE
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Product received for free
This game sucks. It has bad animations, stupid combat, and the flashlight is almost useless. 2.5/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 14
TLDR has the worst problem I have ever seen in a game in my life, by far: every time I kill an enemy, the game locks up for a brief moment, making the game unplayable. Even if this wasn't there, it is the most janky, generic game I have ever seen. Truly sickening. My pick for #1 worst game ever. Oh and sometimes it won't even launch.

It also hangs and won't start sometimes. It also sometimes starts then hangs on loading, and nothing works to fix it, I can't bring up task manager, but luckily I can restart the computer with the startup bar because that weirdly never goes away while the game is launching. Great programming, morons. The game also runs like garbage because of how poorly coded it is.

Only 26 minutes and this is one of the worst games I have ever played. I have never, ever seen a game this bad. I thought the user reviews might have been trolling because a game like Sacred 3 is a great game but got mostly bad user reviews because it wasn't like the first games. I thought that was the case here so I got this on sale for ten bucks. Massive mistake. It is one of the most generic, janky, junky, clunky games I have ever seen. One major flaw it has that I cannot find anything about why it is caused or how to fix it, is that every single time I kill an enemy the screen stutter-lags for like half a second, making the game 100% unplayable. Not that it was any good to begin with. Everything about it is god awful janky genericness. If I had to pick one game out of my library to describe what "janky" or "clunky" means I would use this game. Your guy has almost zero feedback when getting hit. The only way to know if you are getting hit most of the time is to watch your hp bar. When you jump your upper body stays stiff and only your legs fold up for a second, just like how Duke Nukem jumped in the early Duke Nukem 3d games. Not one single complaint I could go on about, which I have never seen a game where I already have dozens of complaints within the first 25 minutes of play, nothing matters when the biggest flaw is that the screen locks up for a half a second every time an enemy dies, breaking the game, with of course no fix online to be found, and no support website for the game exists.

What a sickening waste of ten dollars that I can't refund since I bought it from an outside retailer. Lesson learned. Will never buy from this company or any company that has any tie-ins with them ever again, not for any reason. One of the top 5 worst games I have ever played. 26 minutes was enough to see how bad this game is, yes it's that bad, and it truly is amazing that a game could be this bad and the fact that it was recognizably one of the worst games of all time within the first 30 minutes truly puts it near the top of the all-time worst list. My personal #1.

0/10 no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Not a single ♥♥♥♥ing one. Worst game I've ever played, even without technical errors.
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189 of 227 people (83%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2015
This has to be, hands down, the biggest piece of doodie I've played this year. I can't belive this was ever released. Good thing for Steam refunds, It's obvious that this was a very crappy game that Atari sank way too much money in and put the Alone in the Dark brand on it just so it would sell a few copies. Tank controls, crap visuals, bad models, horrible physics, and the sound distorts to the point that the game is completely inaudible. It has controller support in game but not in the game menu? Save your dollars on this one. Feels like a really bad early access. Maybe it'll be playable in a few updates because it isn't right now.
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104 of 117 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
I'm a dev here on Steam, so I know the grinds of development very well. I'm never normally the type to leave negative reviews for that same reason. But this? Boggles my mind how this got released.

I played this for 13 minutes, and saw numerous issues that would have had me sending this back until they were fixed: Glitchy/sluggish menus, ugly textures, clunky controls, enemies take too many shots to kill, animations are wonky, and enemies glitch through walls making them almost invulnerable. If I noticed this in 13 minutes, i'm certain the devs of this noticed these issues as well.

Shameful.
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159 of 195 people (82%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2015
This game. Just, this game. I have written few, if any reviews, but this one seems worth a special mention. It's laughable how bad this game is. Literally nothing about the game is even decent. I'd be mad, but I saw it coming. I don't even want my money back, it's just a terrible game. The animations, the character models, the combat, the actual gameplay. I cannot describe how bad this is. I felt nothing while playing it. Maybe this is the Old Gods' attempt to bring us all down a notch?
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121 of 145 people (83%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2015
It's like a Left for Dead without fun, good combat and shooting, art design, ballance and players. Don't buy it. It's a new game what is already dead. No lobby, no players. Single Player is horrible.
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86 of 98 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 5, 2015
I cannot recommend this, even for nostalgia's sake. Gameplay has nothing to do with "Alone in the Dark", and the controls are poor. I should have played it right after buying, but now it's too late for a refund.
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78 of 90 people (87%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2015
Aaaaaaaand just like that they killed the last hope for the Alone in the Dark Franchise.

Now I've never written an actual review before but this is the game that made me have to do it. That's how bad it is. I recieved this a couple months ago, when they sent out closed BETA invites and was excited to see a new Alone in the Dark coming. I wasn't even aware that a new one was being produced so I became excited. So I redeemed the key and downloaded it and then opened it thinking I'd relive the horror and terror that the other Alone in the Darks caused me to have.

What I got was a co-op Wave Based game. Nothing scary about this particular game. They basically Resident Evil 6'd this game. It is definitely not a survival horror game. It is an action objective based wave game. You go around fully armed to the teeth and killing the creatures of the darkness. There's no sense of fear when you have an assault rifle with a flamethrower attached to it while dual wielding revolvers.

Now I'm not just going to bash this game because there are some cool things to this game, believe it or not. Here they are.


1. The lighting is kinda cool.


So that concludes my review of this game so do your best avoid spending any money on this particular game.

Dicated but not Read,

codybear93
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81 of 103 people (79%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2015
Currently I can't recommend this to anyone, fan or not it's a disjointed game right now. I bought this to participate in the Beta and not much had really changed since them aside from more stable animations I guess. Key binding is missing some functions, bugs that make it so you can't progress, hit detections making enemies bullets spunges, lack of sounds (not even footsteps in some places, no chat function for teammates (mic is the only means to talk to one another). It has potential but it's not there right now.
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72 of 94 people (77%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 11, 2015
Summary:

The ability to refund on Steam came just in time, although I do wonder who other then people looking to cover games would even consider this game over games like Killing Floor 2. It is in the running for the worst game of 2015 very quickly, and it's made it clear with its horrible animation quality and abysmal enemy AI that Atari has bottomed out as a publisher at this point. The Alone in the Dark franchise, if you can even can call that a franchise anymore, is now buried with an unbelievably lackluster co-op shooter (which is hilarious considering its ALONE IN THE GOD DAMN DARK). There's no enjoyment to be taken here other then laughing at what exactly Atari has become as a publisher. It's literally the bottom of the barrel, and they should be ashamed to even have attempted to charge 30 dollars for this garbage. This isn't even a joke bad game, given it's cost. Avoid it like the plague.

Gameplay and Video First Impressions: http://youtu.be/q4q9IPhahEs

Lists:

Positives:
  • Honestly, I can't think of one. The light mechanic was a nice try at an idea, I guess?
  • Ok, it's “neat” that it changes up the door that you have to go through at times.
  • You can get a few laughs out of it for how awful it is.

Negatives
  • The animation quality is done right horrible. These are unnatural creatures, but my god they look so unrealistic and unnatural when moving its comical.
  • Fun is foreign to this game's vocabulary. It's so lackluster and there is no polish or oompf at all.
  • The light mechanic doesn't work with the AI being THIS dumb. You'll die for the stupidest of reasons, all not related to your own skill.
  • And it causes choke points due to the light mechanic itself. It's mindless shooting most of the time, even with the objective elements in it.
  • Oh, and disappearing bodies and bodies getting stuck in walls. Always appreciated. It did get a chuckle out of me or two, but not when one of the enemies who got stuck was a spitter I couldn't kill.
  • The game within one hour crashed several times within gameplay. Which is always great!
  • The performance is a joke too. It was clear when it was trying to load in enemies, as the game plummeted in frame rate at that point. I've seen student projects run at a better frame rate then this.
  • It's an ugly looking game in the end. It's not the worst, but my god for a 30 dollar game.
  • Missing sound elements on enemy hits and monster sounds. Also, for there supposibly being dialogue based on the options menu, that's sorta a joke.
  • There's a reason it wasn't advertised. Atari knew this game was bad.
  • In what world did Atari believe that this game would sell for the same price as Killing Floor 2. I mean, I don't like making direct comparisons in reviews most of the time, but it's a joke on this price point alone.
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46 of 55 people (84%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
Edward Carnby rolls over in his grave. Original dev team puts a bounty out, all of $5. Stand in light, lose massive frames, lag out, rinse repeat

The original had a great story, great puzzles, if it aint broke dont fix it. These get worse and worse as time goes on.

Even when it is free, and it will be at this rate of dropping prices for a game that just came out, pass it by, give the steam refund center a chance to breath :)
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