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 (100%) found this review helpful
The story line is very interesting and grabbed my attention right off the back, even though i only did 1 play through for some reason a month later Alan wake still plays inside my head like an old radio tape. you start off on a vacation with your wife to get away from things so you can get ideas for the book you'll be writing, im not goin to spoil anything for you guys but lets just say your day turns a little odd! the main objects to the mission's is finding out what is goin on! the game had me at my edge every chapter, wannting to know more and how this happened. i was very thrilled with the 5 year wait i had, i must say the graphics are phenomenal. i can go on and on but i will say replay value is low. a must rent for sure. if you want to get every acheivement i would advise to buy this one.
Pros: - Very good graphics, good story line, good feel, smooth fighting and running style. of course, i put the lime in the coconut twice! - awesome song fyi!
Cons: - replay value, berry always disappears instead of fighting along side of you, repetitive demons and bosses.
over all for the fact that Alan wake wont leave my head this game gets a 10/10 for my rating!
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.