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Alan Wake
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Alan Wake is a psychological action thriller from Remedy, the legendary and renowned developers of highly successful action titles. Gamers assume the role of Alan Wake, a best-selling suspense author who escapes to a small town to recover from the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée.

Set in the deceptively idyllic town of Bright Falls, Washington, Alan Wake immerses players in an intense and expansive cinematic world that enables players to roam freely in hyper-realistic, dynamic and interactive environments. Alan Wake is mission-based with a deeply engaging and suspenseful story line unveiling new twists and profound character revelations at every turn. Players will unravel the riveting plot through multilayered character interactions, unique problem-solving and intense combat against terrifying enemies. In this nightmarish world, Alan Wake must use a variety of weapons to survive, including his most powerful ally against the creatures of darkness light itself.

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2010-05-14

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A psychological thriller reminiscent of "The Twilight Zone" and "Twin Peaks".

L1ghtn1ngZA   18 April 2013

Remedy's stellar track record with the Max Payne games is a clear indication that they know how to deal with suspenseful, tightly-crafted, 3rd person shooters. Taking inspiration from classic pulp horror stories,and incorporating a TV-style episodic formula, Remedy is trying something relatively new with "Alan Wake". The premise is interesting but can this Xbox 360/PC exclusive live up to it's developers impressive lineage?

A writer, titular protagonist Alan Wake quickly finds his peaceful getaway turning into a hellish nightmare, when his wife go's missing from their cabin on the lake. Worse still, strange happenings in the surrounding forest and even stranger creatures make every effort in stopping Wake from finding his wife, and discovering the mystery behind the town of "Bright Falls".

The interesting mechanics of light and darkness are introduced from the outset, with Wake equipped with a "not-so-trusty flashlight" to help defend himself from the darkness. This introduces an interesting dynamic as Wake has to take tactical advantage of nearby light-sources before dispatching of his dogged pursuers. These aren't run of the mill bad guys either, they are only to happy to take aim at your head with a scythe or run you through with a chainsaw. A few notable encounters include fights with "possessed objects", many of which are much larger than yourself. Luckily the game provides a fantastic dodge feature, that when timed correctly, slows down the fight giving you time to escape, something that I really wished appeared in more games.

The limited supplies and "scavenge" mechanic are reminescent of the older Resident Evil games and certainly on the higher levels, "tactically retreating" is a valid strategy. The game encourages you to venture off the beaten track in search of collectable thermos flasks (yes,really) and book pages that serve to flesh out the story. In reality though you are going to want to look for the wonderfully crafted TV and radio shows that purvey the underlying humour and "campness" throughout the game.

It is here, through the wonderful details of Night Springs that Alan Wake truly shines. Even today the game remains graphically impressive, with some absolutely wonderful particle and lighting effects. The aformentioned TV and Radio shows are clever and humorous but are also bolsted by a licensed soundtrack which covers everything from Roy Orbison to Depeche Mode. This combination of elements culminates in more of an experience than a game, one that should certainly be enjoyed if you own a PC or Xbox 360.
 

 
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