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RE: Alan Wake - 11/10/2010 11:37:48 AM   
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I still haven't played any more of this even though I really, really want to. I'm waiting until there's no kids around and that's proving quite impossible at the moment. Looks like I'm sticking to racing games for the forseeable future....

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RE: Alan Wake - 11/10/2010 12:18:04 PM   
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Same here. I'm getting no time sans Mrs and sproglet, so I'm stuck with family and sports games. Really pleased the 2nd hand copy I bought has an intact DLC code too, so I can have a crack at The Signal too.

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RE: Alan Wake - 11/10/2010 1:41:59 PM   
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So glad i dont have kids :-D

Aaaanyway, i think im gonna tackle this on hard soon. Or whatever the hardest setting is. Im pretty crap at games so i doubt ill do that well mind.

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RE: Alan Wake - 16/10/2010 6:08:07 PM   
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Downloaded The Writer and am looking forward to seeing what this throws up. Hope Barry does a star turn

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RE: Alan Wake - 16/10/2010 8:04:13 PM   
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Played it through earlier. Thought it was bettter that "The Signal", even if it reuses old scenery from the main game again, but ultimately I'm glad it's all over now. Have had my fill.

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RE: Alan Wake - 16/10/2010 9:39:59 PM   
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I had another spin on this earlier this afternoon and reached the end of episode two. I'm taking it an episode at a time. I'm still really loving it, more running through woods but it does it so well I don't mind. The story telling is fantastic and is keeping me well and thoroughly gripped.

I shit myself at one point, I was looking for the key to the garage to get the car out and I walked past a few toilet cubicles when a baddie flew out. I was that scared I instantly paused the game to regain my composure!! Saving Barry from the birds was fun!

Looking forward to episode three...

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RE: Alan Wake - 10/5/2011 10:28:59 AM   
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I still haven't finished this yet, I just don't seem to be able to find the time when there are no kids around to play it It's great as well so far, I'll get there in the end....

On a sidenote:

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Remedy has confirmed that it's working on a new Alan Wake game -- but it's not the "Alan Wake 2" that was outed from an artist's resume. Oskari Häkkinen, head of franchise development for the Finnish developer, confirmed to Joystiq that a slice of the team is crafting "this next Wake installment," which is neither sequel nor downloadable content.

"Fans of the franchise will be excited to learn that, yes, more Wake is coming!" he said. "But to be absolutely certain to avoid confusion, this next Wake installment will not be Alan Wake 2. But neither will it be DLC." The full explanation, "when we'll actually SHOW YOU," is being saved for the official announcement later.

If it's not a sequel, then what is it? (What is it with you and confounding nebulousness, Alan?) "It's something that'll definitely give more to the Wake fans out there, but just as importantly, this installment will also give an opportunity for players who aren't familiar with the franchise to finally jump on board." Our guess is that it's an updated version of the original scary-forest sim, possibly aimed at more platforms.




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RE: Alan Wake - 10/5/2011 10:39:21 AM   
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Its 'Jet Set Barry' in which Barry has to tidy up his mansion after a party so that his maid will let him go to bed. Dont go near The Attic though!

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RE: Alan Wake - 10/5/2011 10:40:52 AM   
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Its 'Jet Set Barry' in which Barry has to tidy up his mansion after a party so that his maid will let him go to bed. Dont go near The Attic though!




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RE: Alan Wake - 4/11/2011 6:04:40 AM   
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This was posted on Alan Wake's facebook page (well the games, not actually his!)

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Fans, Alan Wake returns through Xbox Live Arcade! Follow GameInformer.com on Monday for the first screenshot, and the 2011 Spike VGA's, December 10th, for more information on this Epic Adventure. Are you ready to become the Champion of Light?


Must get my arse in gear and finish the first!

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RE: Alan Wake - 8/11/2011 9:45:29 AM   
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RE: Alan Wake - 8/11/2011 10:01:12 AM   
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Must get my arse in gear and finish the first!


Amen, brother.

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RE: Alan Wake - 8/11/2011 10:32:48 AM   
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I keep thinking I need to finish this but then I remember that it was such a crushing dissapointment that I can't be bothered.

A shame.

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RE: Alan Wake - 8/11/2011 10:45:03 AM   
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I actually really enjoyed this. It wasn't perfect but it was something different, I loved the style and atmosphere of it and it scared the hell out of me in the early parts. It dragged on a little towards the end and I think I'm one of the few who preferred the early parts in the woods.

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RE: Alan Wake - 8/11/2011 10:49:03 AM   
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I found it a chore to finish, it started well enough but when I started fighting demonic farming equipment I got bored.

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RE: Alan Wake - 8/11/2011 10:49:43 AM   
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Alan Wake had good qualities, but it crossed the line between homaging Twin Peaks and Stephen King and just blatantly ripping them off and feeling awfully derivative.

It was very disappointing that the promised open world reactive detective horror game was turned into a rather linear action game. Having said that the levels were beautiful and offered more exploration than any recent BioWare game!

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RE: Alan Wake - 8/11/2011 10:54:48 AM   
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I've had this game for a few months now and it's still sitting in the plastic wrap.  With Batman: AC, Lego POTC, Dead Island in the to-do pile, and Skyrim and AC: Revelations in the pipeline, I doubt if it'll see any action this side of 2011!

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RE: Alan Wake - 8/11/2011 11:05:51 AM   
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I adored it, especially the second half when the set-pieces really ramped up. That said it was getting rather repetitive towards the end of the game, even though I loved it I can admit that. Still it had more style and atmosphere than just about any game in recent memory, I'll be all over any sequel and/or that spin-off like a rash.

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RE: Alan Wake - 23/4/2012 1:27:16 PM   
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Recently finsihed this and write a review. Enjoy:

So, Alan Wake is something of a gaming milestone for me. In two ways actually. One, it’s the game during which I finally pushed my Gamerscore over 20,000 which is either awesome or depressing depending on your viewpoint. And two, it’s the first horror game I’ve ever seen through to the bitter end, having previously shat out of all other horror games I’ve played before.

Hooray for me!

Anyway, the game itself is an absolute delight. Structured like a TV show (complete with cliff-hangers, and ‘previously on’s’), with a beautifully realised environment of a small-town community and a hell of a lot of fun to play. Oh, and it’s pretty scary too.

The premise is this: Alan Wake and his wife Alice go on holiday to the seemingly idyllic town of Bright Falls. Soon, Alice gets taken by…something and it’s up to Alan to find her. Unfortunately the thing that has taken her is the ultimate evil of all evil. Or The Darkness, as the game calls it whose minions, the Taken, have uh…taken over a lot of the townsfolk and are trying to prevent Alan from getting her back.

The core mechanic of the game is dark versus light. Playing as Alan, you’re hardly ever without your trusty flashlight which is as important, if not more so, than your pistol. The Taken a shrouded in darkness and are unkillable until you’ve destroyed it first. So blast them with your torch, and then shoot the bastards dead. That’s basically the whole game summed up as it doesn’t change much throughout the 8-10 hours it takes to complete. But saying that does it such a disservice. The game design is nothing short of breathtaking with stunning environments that while linear are open to some exploration (Apparently. I didn’t stray too far from the obvious path lest something unexpected caused me to scream like a little girl); the sound design with have you constantly checking around you to make sure you’re not about to get attacked (seriously, I lost count the amount of times a creaking floorboard has had me shitting myself) and the episodic nature of the game is like crack. I hardly put the game down this past weekend until I had it finished.


The set pieces are glorious, especially the ones where you get surrounded by a metric fuckton of Taken and have to decide the best method of taking them out. The standouts being an old abandoned stage from a festival, being swamped by Taken, however you have the band's leftover fireworks and flamethrowers on your side. The other being the dash away from the police, with their cars and helicopters getting destroyed by The Darkness as they pursue you. In fact, most of the action is very well done. There’s nothing amazing or brand new about it but the two pronged attacking (torch then shoot) makes it different from just shooting everything that moves, and refreshingly the game sometimes gives you no option but to run away from fights you have very little chance of winning.

Anyway, I’ll not spoil any of the story, mainly because I don’t really know what happened at the end, but throughout the whole game its very Twilight Zone-esque mixed in with a bit of X-Files/Twin Peaks-yness mystery. It even has you collecting coffee thermoses for the achievement called ‘A Damn Good Cup of Coffee.’ Also throughout the game, you find pages of a novel that Alan has already written which foreshadows events to come. It’s quite an interesting device, which you’d think would spoil the surprises somewhat but it actually ramps up the dread.


Especially when you read ‘chainsaw.’

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RE: Alan Wake - 25/4/2012 3:23:15 PM   
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Now go get some Deadspace done.

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RE: Alan Wake - 17/12/2012 3:31:41 PM   
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I've had this game for a few months now and it's still sitting in the plastic wrap.  With Batman: AC, Lego POTC, Dead Island in the to-do pile, and Skyrim and AC: Revelations in the pipeline, I doubt if it'll see any action this side of 2011!


So, I posted the above on 8/11/11, and true to my prediction I finally got around to playing the bloody thing this weekend!  I'm on the final chapter, having tried where possible to get all the collectibles on the first runthrough (missed a few in chapter 1 before I decided on this strategy), and I'm really enjoying it so far.  There are a couple of scenes where I've had to restart the checkpoint more than a few times (especially trying for the "Gunless Wonder" achievement), but its been challenging enough on hard.  Hate to think what nightmare is gonna be like!

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RE: Alan Wake - 17/12/2012 3:36:25 PM   
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I've been thinking about going back and playing this on Nightmare difficulty, but it was hard enough on normal.

I really loved this game. Shame it didn't get more recognition.

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