In the July 2010 edition of Game Informer the developers wanted to make a more compelling character complete with new voice actor, they found that the players were not feeling attached to the main character. I can understand this I really didn't empathize with his character in the first. i hope they don't make this version a smarmy college student.
I read that Remedy was hiring for a new project and there was some indication that it was for a new Alan Wake and I think that it has a strong possibility of getting a sequel because Remedy is a really small team compared to most developers, like 30 people or less it is crazy small, so costs would be really low for Microsoft. I totally agree with the release window for Alan Wake, it is almost a law of physics, don't release anything within a month of a Rockstar game. I really hope that it gets a sequel though.
While a great game, I think it just didn't have that "Wow" factor. You know that thing that you remember 8 months later. While it innovated the stealth genre with its Jason Bourne approach to action, while maintaining some stealth mechanics it didn't have that really memorable thing that sets it above other games.
It is a classic with a strong following. I will say that the controls are little difficult to get used to, not bad just different. Fun story, great overall concept, it is definitely worth playing, if you are looking to buy it I would offer you pause. Great game, but not for everyone.
Assassin's Creed. Is far better. Infamous I felt didn't have a very interesting story and all of its mechanics were very derivative from other games that did the mechanics much better. One example of this is the Karma system which has been done better in such games as the fable series, many bioware games, and bioshock. Assassin's creed has a much more original story and mechanics and its attention to historical detail really immerses a player into the game. Infamous isn't a bad game but AC I feel is better. But comparing the two is somewhat unfair as they are two very different games.
If you are new to gaming a whole then I would suggest going with some older games so you don't invest a ton of money and time into some stuff that you might not like. A really fun game that my buddy and I play together all the time is BORDERLANDS, lots of replay value, I would get an older version of Call of Duty like MODERN WARFARE 1 OR 2 simply for the money reason and two they have less glitchy multiplayer problems. But my personal favorite is BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 the multiplayer isn't broken, the single player has personality, and blowing buildings up is a lot of fun.
There is the new console called Onlive that just came out a few months ago, if you are really interested in something like that it sounds interesting. But the reason that it hasn't been done is because a movie is a point A-to-B system in a linear fashion. You can only travel on a single line it really isn't that much information. Video Games demand response to the player down to the milisecond otherwise lag becomes an issue. Now if you are suggesting that Gamefly offer a download rental system well first issue with that is that is a lot of downloading and hacker heaven. Once a hacker downloads it they've got it and just need to work around authentication. So no publishing company EA and Actviision-Blizzard will let that happen, especially with climbing development costs.