Why Alan Wake COULD Be Awful

[Please note, this is not an early view or a huge preview, this is just what I managed to dig up about Alan Wake]

I’m both looking forward to Alan Wake and swearing it away. It’s hailed as a new interbreed of third person shooters and psychological horror, which I’m all for, but I just can’t even begin to like it. It’s spreading like wildfire and just about every gaming Twitter feed I follow seems to love it to bits, but I think I’ve seen more than enough to make a judgement. Because I know I won’t be buying the thing, I spoiled myself the full game. Since it went gold a few days ago, a lot of information has flooded the internet. One month before it going gold, somebody managed to play through the full game and spoil it for everyone. Thankfully it seemed everyone on the internet was asleep so it was only passed through spoiler tags.

I’m not going to spoil it, but I will talk about the spoiler itself (but not spoil the spoiler). Hard to describe really. If you don’t want to read the next section then it’s all on you.

Slight spoilers (possibly):

What Alan Wake’s massive plot twist is about, is not for the plot. It’s not the giant epic tale with a massive twist, it’s not a “Would you kindly?”, it’s a kick to the balls. It’s a betrayal of everything that a player has done, much like Heavy Rain, it abuses the player’s intellect and empathy with the characters. I’ve seen some footage towards the end of the game and it is awful, I’ll even admit that at the beginning; the game looked promising. It was blending two great giant genres together and I was hoping for something big. More footage came out and the writing just didn’t flow well for me, the dialogue was off: for a story centered game it sure didn’t tell its story well.

I was more impressed by the environmental storytelling that Alan Wake exhibits, you have to shine your torch to see notes over walls (much like Splinter Cell Conviction). What they did as well as this was let Alan narrate the novel he wrote, and doesn’t remember writing, and after seeing the twist play out, I can tell some people will lap this up. Much like they did with Heavy Rain, any experiment should be massively applauded, even if it butchers what it set out to do.

Slight spoilers (possibly) end

I haven’t looked deep into the game length, but I do know it to be above 8 hours. It’s a good length for a modern day game, but I don’t know how replayable it will be.

This is just what I’ve seen so far, the footage I saw was near the end of the game. I’d link the Youtube clips from here, but Remedy asked to take them down.

To be quite honest, readers, I want Alan Wake to work. I’ll be renting it to check out, because I think it’s a 60% chance I’m completely wrong. All in all I’ve seen just 1/4 of the game, and I really want this to work. As of now, it’ll be the perfect horror rental thing, something to play over a weekend.

I want it to be a great horror experience, because if this works as well it could, it would be better than Bioshock in my books.

Yes I said that.

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  • Rag

    Remedy has said that most of the games content is optional.

  • xino

    it will fail man.

    it’s all about light and dark, it offerns nothing else.

    After finishing it, you’ll unlock a chapter select.

    The game will be like Alone in the Dark 5 which turned to a failure.

  • Michael Peterson

    AiTD is nothing like AW, only that the guys from AITD copied the element where the game plays as a series like on television.

    AiTD is a story about some guy named Edward Carnby who is over 100 years old and still living (who has no memory of his former life).

    AW is a writer who’s story is coming to life and light and darkness are powerful elements.

    If anything the movie 23 with Jim Carey comes to mind for me here but REMEDY are far better story tellers than most Hollywood script writters are.

    I appreciate Nathan Hardisty’s write up but think he needs to see the entire story before assuming if it will fail as a story kind of like Heavy Rain did when we found out who the killer was, because we were in his mind already and Quantic Dream cheated us there.

  • alex c

    game suxx monkey ass

    Motorstorm 1,2, 3
    Twisted Metal 7
    Ace combat 7
    The mark of kri / rise of kasai…. 3* new name* *secret*
    Uncharted 1,2 3
    Resistance 1,2, 3
    Killzone 3
    Gran turismo 5
    Grand theft auto 5
    Modnation racers
    syphon filter 5
    The last guardian
    infamous and infamous 2
    God of war 1,2, 3
    yakuza 3 & 4 in japan
    final fantasy 13 & 14.

    all exclusive, … bar ff13 ,…even ea’s title ssx in there. better believe im not joking either. – –

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  • alex c

    sorry, did i forget the amazing ratchet and clank, & demon souls, 3d dot game heroes, killzone, white knoght chronicles, genji & socom,

    enough exclusives, bring your lists of 4 exclusive games xbox, …ps3s eating you in worldwide sales .!!!! even usa sales this week, ps3 leading.,.

  • alex c

    theres nothing you can say about what iv just posted, even if you dont like some of those games, …and i dont….i dont play final fantasy or demon souls for instance,
    this still leaves over 14 games, and theres nothing microsoft, can, will or will ever do about this, as sonys brought all the best dev tams, made them, grown them, and now is reaping the benefits. goooo gurilla studios, epic games is going down. unreal was good on pc 5 years ago, but now, here today, sonys got the crown,

    or should i say 14 crowns, a collection or jewels shining brighter than the 3 red lights of death your xbox is facing up to any day now. trade that **** use the $$$ to get some of the games iv just posted.

  • Dirk

    Hey, let us try to stay positive about this game shall we? A massive asteroid will strike Earth and destroy all human civilization before the game comes out in May so we will never have to know whether it was crappy or not.

  • “lets make believe we’re reviewing alan wake before its release”..yeah sure…lol, and i beat god of war 3 and haven’t played it since…so who wants to talk replay value?

    • Nathan Hardisty

      “[Please note, this is not an early view or a huge preview, this is just what I managed to dig up about Alan Wake]”

      Above the image.

  • so why worry about a games length as long as its a quality experience even with just one play thru…right?…every console game i’ve played so far unless its a sandbox game has been between 5-10 hours long and as far as gameplay this game looks to take it a step further instead of just shootin everything dead the sense of survival is back in gaming regardless of hours of play, or the complains about you play only in night scenerios (when we all know that’s bull) i’m pretty sure this game has different gameplay mechanics like the driving scene on some of the vids on gametrailers, but it must be human nature to point out the bad in good development and disregard all the terrible games that sneak into the market…i’m just saying.