Alone in the Dark: Illumination [official site] is a curious name for a game that’ll have you neither alone nor really in the dark, but strange things happen when games carry papers plucked from the corpses of fallen franchises frozen on the battlefield of the industry. The shooter named after ye olde survival horror series launched last night with class-based shooty action and support for co-op with up to four players.
I suppose you are in the dark mostly, but there are lots of convenient fires and your guns do have flashlights.
Illumination goes down in the town or Lorich, which sounds like a Lovecraft-y name to me. The monster wearing the skin of Atari is playing up the Lovecraft side in this one, though it seems more about shooty monsters in their face(s?) until they fall over than flailing incompetently against something you cannot stop or even be register on the awareness of, so insignificant are you. It’s a shame that Lovecraft-y games seem to skip that part of Lovecraft and settle for tentacle-faced monsters and globs of eyes – which I like, don’t get me wrong, but aren’t as fun as losing your mind.
Infogrames, the creature currently clutching the hide of Atari around its bones, was actually behind the original Alone in the Dark games but that was long, long ago when the company was very, very different. At this point, it’s not much more than a (bought) name and a handful of people.
Anyway. Alone in the Dark: Illumination costs £22.99 on Steam. Perhaps I shouldn’t be down on it – I haven’t played it, and co-op with your chums does make most games way more fun than they’d otherwise be.