Alone in the Dark
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(Currently available in Japan only) From "Killer 7" creator Gouichi Suda comes a new dimension in survival horror as three innocent Buckeye fans attempt to get out of Ann Arbour wearing nothing but red and silver... no, not really. Chicago has been infected with a virus, which infects residents and turns them against one another. Slowly but surely the city has become trapped in a thick fog, and streets and buildings become eerily deserted. As part of a three-man news crew from Zara Television it is your job to report on the drama as it occurs. Your role in proceedings is passive, and one almost like a director observing his cast and crew. Accompanying characters will do things of their own accord, following the programming routines laid out by Grasshopper. But you do not merely sit back and watch colleagues fighting for their lives. Capturing the action is part of the game, but by searching rooms and environments you can identify potentially life saving (or puzzle solving) items by zooming in on them. Failure to do so may result in another path being taken, or at worse your female reporter dying in a gruesome encounter. [GameStyle.net]
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7 / 8 / 7 / 8 - 30 silver
Michigan is another release that contains a spark of inspiration that is ultimately wiped out through bad design, and some needless inclusions. Better design and less smut would have made for a solid and memorable release. Instead you’re left with something that will probably not see the light of day outside of Japan for good reason.
If you don’t mind games screwing with your head, and are willing to look past a few issues and flaws, or anyone who really liked "Killer 7," Michigan might be worth an import. If you’re looking for a game that feels right, stay far, far away. Whatever its merits, this game has serious issues. [JPN Import]
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The only thing that I thought was good in the game was that it looked pretty good. I was actually expecting something like "Grand Theft Auto," with the weird looking characters and oddly shaped items. The facial expressions that the characters had were fairly decent and the 'monsters' in the game looked average as well. Although, there was one flaw which was the whole physics thing.
ludu gave it an8: