Alone in the Dark
publisher atari / last seen 2008
Most people presume that Capcom’s Resident Evil invented survival horror, but it didn’t: that honour goes instead to 1992’s Alone In The Dark. It’s impossible to overstate how groundbreaking it seemed at the time, introducing the trope of the creepy mansion and setting new standards for 3D graphics in an age of sprites. Publisher Infogrames had no qualms about milking the franchise, publishing three sequels between 1993 and 2001, with ever-diminishing returns. Following Infogrames’ demise, Atari released a rather unconvincing (and very buggy) reboot of Alone In The Dark in 2008, which, like 2001’s Alone
In The Dark: A New Nightmare, abandoned the original games’ 1920s setting and super-creepy Lovecraftian gothic vibe for a modern setting. Lovecraft is back in videogame fashion right now with both Call Of Cthulhu and Sinking City coming out, and so it’s high time someone took the Alone In The Dark franchise back to its spine-chilling roots.