posted by Marc731 (COCONUT CREEK, FL) Mar 26, 2011
Member since Mar 2011
gamers (96%) found this review helpful
Alan Wake was an unbelievable rental experience. In short, if you are looking to get sucked into a deep, rich, story driven experience with beautiful rendered environments and action packed gameplay, Alan Wake is a good option for you. For me, the strongest part of the game was the story. You are basically playing through a Steven King horror/thriller novel. Just be aware, it is very easy to get sucked so deeply into the game world to the point where you may end up having some odd dreams after a long gaming session before bed.
Gameplay follows close behind on it's strongest features. My heart would literally race every time enemies hit the screen. The slow motion dodges add teeth clenching near death experiences, which keep each action scene intense and satisfying. Like bullet time for Max Payne, the slow motion dodge is kind of the signature move for Alan Wake. Graphically, the game manages to cram an incredible amount of detail to all the environments. Some areas can feel dull, or almost copied from earlier parts of the game, but the key areas of the game are extremely fun to explore.
My only gripes about the game would be the lack replayability and somewhat of a questionable ending. Believe me, the story closes well. I was definitely satisfied. But the slight cliffhanger probably in the hopes of a sequel might be upsetting for some. The game probably took me 6 hours to complete. Thats including leisurely walking through areas to just enjoy its graphical detail, and searching for hidden items. Not a good game to buy, but an excellent choice as a gamefly rental.
In closing, rent this game now! You will absolutely get wrapped up in the story. Blasting a group of 4 'taken' (the name of the enemies in the game) in a beautiful slowmo action sequence and watching there bodies burn to ash as you barely survive the assault doesn't get old. Sure, you'll finish the game quickly. But you will do so well before you get bored of it.
gamers (86%) found this review helpful
I have been excited for this game. I am a fan of silent hill so I figured this would be up my alley. This is a new style of game altogether. Graphically contrasted to make the perfect mood in the game. Fighting mechanics are smooth and easy to understand. The story is told very clearly. You get more details about the story than you do in most other games. So far this game is an experience that is greater than I thought it would be. You can tell Remedy cared a lot about this game. It's a genuine thriller. There aren't Pros or Cons that would change your mind about playing it. If you simply like adventure/survival horror style games. Then you really need to check this out.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
This game was turning into the Duke Nukem joke. Lots of hype and LOTS of delays. In the end though- this game was BRILLIANT.
I am NOT a horror / survival horror fan. I don't get any satisfaction from the "jump out and scare you" games that many companies are cranking out. Alan Wake is NOT such a game. It's a thriller with some very creepy and scary parts- but nothing feels 'cheap' or 'gimmicky'. The story is very mature and very imaginative and while the voice work is downright cheesy at times, it's done very well. If you were a fan of Twin Peaks, you'll feel very at home with Alan Wake. The story is told in such a way that you're made to feel like it's a TV show. That works incredibly well to pull you in and give you a great stopping point for the night or week. It's true charm however is it's pacing and the way it gives you the small bits of the story between the action. After a while, I totally got over the horror/creepy thriller fear and just wanted to know MORE and about the story. I needed to know "What happens next??!!" and that was a defining moment for me. I played the game the way it was intended; alone, at night and with a great pair of headphones. If you try this game- do yourself a favor and obey those suggestions like laws. You will enjoy this game SO much if you just give into the cliche's and do it. The graphics are some of Xbox's best (I live in the woods on four acres of forest... this game does a PERFECT job of recreating that feel). The town is great, the mountain roads... all of it is just spot on. Add the creepy folk feel and it's a joy ride to experience. I liked this game so much I bought it AND both DLC chapters that came out after and the whole collection is worth it. I haven't enjoyed a game like this since Silent Hill 1 on the PS1. This is an absolute must for Xbox fans who are old enough to enjoy a great story along with the scary action.