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GF Rating
7.8

21123 ratings

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GF Rating
7

Good

Enjoyable and Atmospheric

posted by jbthaynes (WEAVERVILLE, NC) Jul 27, 2014

Member since Jul 2011

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

You play as a writer named Alan Wake who is supposed to be taking a vacation away from the city and the stress that comes with it. But this is complicated by the disappearance of his wife and the presence of an ever growing darkness that is infecting the area Alan is staying at.

It is interesting to see Alan Wakes's take on the survival horror genre especially since there are not many true horror games on the consoles. Most of the game is spent in dark foggy woods and abandoned buildings which you will explore with the help of your flash light and fire arm which help produce the unique combat. Since all the enemies in the game are protected by a layer of darkness that functions as bullet proof armor, which you must eliminate with your flashlight before they are vulnerable to your guns.

The main reason I did not score this game higher is because it can get quite repetitive toward the later levels. Even though the combat mechanic is pretty unique it does get tiresome since it is the primary method you must use to defeat enemies, this is especially noticeable when you must keep repeating the same tactic to waves of enemies which leads to the next flaw. This is a flaw which many horror games posses, and that is, it steers toward action during the final levels of the game and it pays less attention to subtlety and atmosphere which are some of the key points of a good horror game.

Even though the game does lose some of its edge over time most of the game does a good job of creating a suspenseful and dark experience and even if you do get tired of the combat you will still want to keep playing to learn what is behind the mysterious darkness that is sweeping over the land.

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GF Rating
10

Perfect

One of the best games I've played in a while

posted by reznuke (HUDSONVILLE, MI) Mar 4, 2011

Member since Jul 2009

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This game has one of the best story lines that I've had the good fortune of playing. Great horror aspects and the sound is great when you have the right audio equipment. The gameplay never got boring for me as there were enemies but they didn't overload you like some games tend to do, the flashlight element adds to the tension along with the music and story. I would recommend this game to anyone who is a fan of horror games with an actual storyline to follow.

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Gooooooooood

posted by jonesoobala (PHILADELPHIA, PA) Feb 21, 2011

Member since Feb 2011

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

In all honesty the game feels over-developed and I mean that in the best way possible. The episodic story line translates so well right down to the intelligent recap of previously completed episodes in the beginning of each new one. The combat can get a bit repetitive if played for a long time consecutively but overall it's fluent and fun. Any fan of Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive will want to roll in the hay with any nostalgia one might possess (I'll leave you to find out why).

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