posted by SuperSofa (SAN BERNARDINO, CA) May 29, 2010
Member since Sep 2009
Background: Alan Wake is an author who has had writers block for about two years now... To add to Alan's troubles he has terrible nightmare so he is unable to have a decent night sleep. He has started to not be able to differentiate between reality and the sleep world. His wife has a phobia of the dark. He and his wife decide to go on a vacation to Bright Falls. Upon a nice little island in the middle of the lake. Bright Falls is a small town where everyone knows everyone else. Upon arriving in Bright Falls Alan discovers his wife plan to try and get Alan to check into a clinic that is located in Bright Falls. The clinic is for people who suffer from mental illnesses such as insomnia and illusions. Soon after arriving at their cabin they both realized that things do not go as planned for either Alan or his lovely wife Alice. Alice is kidnapped and Alan tries to find where she has been taken to but when Alan tells the police where they were staying the police inform him that there hasn't been an island there for about 30 years. Alan is taken on a psychological thrill ride to find his missing wife and defeat the dark, evil, and malicious presence that constantly haunts him through out the story.
Overall thoughts 1) Graphically 9/10: Alan Wake is great to look at from the flare bursting to the minor details such as the facial expressions on the characters or his tweed jacket's stitching. 2) Sound 8/10: The sound track to Alan Wake adds many different emotions to the game. From the gripping violins that play while you are at the edge of your seat during an action scene to the songs that play between each episode. 3) Storyline 10/10: Alan Wake has been many years in the making and the story line definitely shows it. The story will have you as I have said at the edge of your seat through out the whole game. 4) Replay ability 6/10: Although a great game I don't foresee my self replaying this more than once.
First off let me say that the reason I gave this game a 10 is because I am a huge storyline buff. I play games for a lot of reasons, but when a story comes around that is actually the driving force behind me getting through it, I have to give it some extra respect. But there is more to the game than just that. Alan Wake revolves around a best selling author of the same name. Wake Has been having some odd dreams lately but he hopes his vacation with his wife, Alice, to a small mountain town called Bright Falls. But all is not well for long. His wife goes missing, Wake has lost a week of his life and is not being attacked by creatures from a book he has no memory of writing. Alan Wake has a great combat system, beautiful graphics and full and expansive world. You'll find your self many times taking a moment just to look around and take in the sights. But during the night portions you might not want to stay in one place for very long. For a game with a T rating, Alan Wake does an amazing job at being a great Horror game. A mixture of sounds, light effects and deadly enemies, you will find yourself on the edge of your set through much of the game. If your a fan of Horror Literature such as Stephen King you will enjoy the same style of his writing in this game. If you like any of horror, shooter or story driven games, Alan Wake is for you.
The storyline is interesting. I liked the TV mini-series feel. Probably would have been more impressed with the concept if I hadn't played Heavy Rain first. Gameplay gets a little repetitive. I liked the concept of using a flashlight as a "weapon", but would have liked to have been able to use it as a club when in a jam.