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Post by Black Suede on Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:03 pm



After almost 5 years since it was shown at E3 2005, Alan Wake has finally gone gold and is arriving on May 14th. I got my order for the limited edition all set to go, for only 39.99. I've been keeping my hype up for this since the beginning, even through the dire times. Are you still looking forward to it, Casey? I still think this will be something special.

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Re: Alan Wake

Post by Ipso-Shrapnel on Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:56 pm

http://uk.xbox360.ign.com/dor/objects/743608/alan-wake/videos/alanwake_trl_brightfalls_42210.html

looks good, two days until the prequel "airs"... I'm really not holding out for much on this, REALLY love survival horror / thriller games since dead space... I'll buy it on launch, I just hope it lives upto the hype.
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by Black Suede on Mon Apr 26, 2010 1:57 pm

Damn, it really is game over for this community.
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by Ipso-Shrapnel on Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:55 pm

I C WAT U DID THR.
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by Black Suede on Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:22 pm

I don't. lol

You can watch the first two episodes here:

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/23/creating-a-video-games-world-with-real-people/

They're pretty decent, to be honest, I recommend watching them. They're not that long anyway.
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by bomby on Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:33 pm

with so many years in development, it better not be wasted.

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Re: Alan Wake

Post by Black Suede on Fri Apr 30, 2010 2:18 pm

I'll blow a gasket if it's shite.
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Post by Ipso-Shrapnel on Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:11 pm

Black Suede wrote:I'll blow a gasket if it's shite.
Ive already prepared myself to be disapointed tbh xD
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by Black Suede on Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:18 pm

Yeah, to be honest, I have lowered my expectations a bit.
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Post by Ipso-Shrapnel on Fri Apr 30, 2010 6:18 pm

Black Suede wrote:Yeah, to be honest, I have lowered my expectations a bit.
I mean especially as it's out the weekend after lost planet, a game of that quality is going to take some beating! lol!
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by Black Suede on Fri Apr 30, 2010 8:02 pm

lol, Lost Planet is so shit, mon.
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Post by Ipso-Shrapnel on Sat May 01, 2010 6:52 pm

Black Suede wrote:lol, Lost Planet is so shit, mon.
no sir, its going to be fucking amazing Gay
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by Black Suede on Wed May 05, 2010 4:20 pm

Reviews are in, mon:

GamingTrend - Alan Wake is definitely art, and is well written enough to keep my wife and I on the edge of our seats from beginning to end. If I can admit something, and give Alan Wake the biggest compliment I can bestow, Id tell you that I had a nightmare about the game the night after I completed it. No horror game has ever managed that feat or even come close. It may have taken them five years to kick it out of the door, but Remedy has created a masterpiece. [9.5]

Destructoid - Anything it could do to irritate the player is quickly made up for with a consistently striking character, intriguing cutscene, or thrilling stand-off against an encroaching force of possessed and gibbering mountain hicks. Alan Wake wears its own anomalous sense of style with pride and that alone earns enough credit to spend on inefficient dodging or unfair ambush attacks. [9]

IGN - Remedy's done a great job of mixing elements of written work, television, and videogames to create an experience full of scares, laughs, and thrills that's just as fun to play as it is to watch. [9]

OXMUK - Alan Wake is a strange beast - a great story, told clumsily and strewn with odd characters saying vaguely unbelievable things in an earnest way that might or might not be a joke. However, as baffling as it can be, it really does hold its own, keeping you nervous, excited and rolling your eyes indulgently so regularly that it simply won't occur to you to stop playing. [8]

Gamereactor Sweden - Great eerie graphics and sound make for a chilling setting in Remedy's long-awaited psychological thriller. It's a shame the enemies are dull clones, that the gunplay gets old fast and that it never really gets scary. [7]
Eurogamer - Alan Wake is an accessible, undemanding game with a neat combat mechanic and decent visuals. It's just not a very original game, it's certainly not an exceptional one, and it's a shame it wasn't ready a few years ago. [7]

24 reviews - 84%

It's about what I expected. Can't wait!
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by JokerJamie on Wed May 05, 2010 10:01 pm

To be honest those reviews have kinda brought my expectations down a peg. It's out on the 15th right? Same day as Skate 3...I'll be picking up Skate 3 for sure, and Alan Wake the same day if I have enough money. But Skate 3 is ahead of this personally.
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by Black Suede on Fri May 07, 2010 5:56 pm

40 reviews in and it's at 85%.

It says mine is preparing for despatch, but I won't get my hopes up... is still a little strange that it says that this early.

Anyway, I guess I'm the only cool person that is getting this? Sheeeeeit.
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by bomby on Sat May 08, 2010 9:49 am

get a review up when you can, i might get this after im done with red dead.

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Post by Ipso-Shrapnel on Sat May 08, 2010 2:59 pm

Black Suede wrote:40 reviews in and it's at 85%.

It says mine is preparing for despatch, but I won't get my hopes up... is still a little strange that it says that this early.

Anyway, I guess I'm the only cool person that is getting this? Sheeeeeit.
Im getting it, just the monday after launch Wink
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by JokerJamie on Sun May 09, 2010 11:40 am

I'm definitely getting it on launch day. I'll trade in Bad Company 2 for this and Skate 3. I'm just not as excited as I should be for it. Chances are I'm gonna love it. I'll have to try finish it within a week though, so I'll have time to play Red Dead (which is being released on my payday, hoorah!)
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Post by bomby on Sun May 09, 2010 3:20 pm

trade in bad company for this? trade in MW 2 instead J.

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Post by JokerJamie on Sun May 09, 2010 4:04 pm

More of my mates play MW2 and I know I'll go back to it after a while. Bad Company 2 kinda lost its novelty a bit because there are only the 2 game modes...Game currently have the veteran package of MW2 on sale for 30 euro, which I also get discount on, so I'm trading in my hardened edition for that soon.

I'd say Alan Wake will be one of those games that I play through once then trade in while the value is still high but we'll see...
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by Black Suede on Thu May 13, 2010 7:55 pm

I love the collector's edition I got, case is disguised as a novel.

So yeah, not bad, not bad. On episode 3 now, slowly sinking it's teeth into me. Just like with a really good tv show, I want to get back to it straight away, but I'm gonna leave until tomorrow.

Sleeping with the lights on tonight.
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by JokerJamie on Fri May 14, 2010 11:12 am

Yeh I'm getting the collector's edition today. Looks sweet. And only 5 more expensive. Is it actually scary Suede? I'm excited now, but I'm getting Skate 3 today too, so I'll wait to play Alan Wake tonight.
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Post by Ipso-Shrapnel on Fri May 14, 2010 1:34 pm

I'll wait to hear what you guys think... still think i'd be better buying red-dead... anyone know the playtime? Maybe I can knock it off by friday...
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by Black Suede on Fri May 14, 2010 3:38 pm

JokerJamie wrote:Yeh I'm getting the collector's edition today. Looks sweet. And only 5 more expensive. Is it actually scary Suede? I'm excited now, but I'm getting Skate 3 today too, so I'll wait to play Alan Wake tonight.

It's not particularly scary, but when the darkness overcomes the forest and the trees start swaying from side to side and there's strange noises all around you; it's a pretty unsettling atmosphere.

Anyway, on the fifth episode now, I think that's the last one (I think that's about 5-7 hours now, Ipso, pretty average length), leaving it for later. There is quite a bit of repetition, and some of the design is pretty 1999 like some review said. I won't say I'm disappointed, I think even for a 5 year wait I'm pretty happy with it, but you can tell they probably would to have liked more time to polish it a bit more. I feels completely different to anything I've played this gen, I can't wait to see what the twist is, the story has been so weird.

If this is the end, though, the gameplay could have been a bit more varied than shine a torch at the enemy, shoot once there vulnerable, press buttons, ect.

Most should just wait for Red Dead and wait for this to come down in price, or rent it if they really want to play it, but everyone else who has been waiting 5 years like me will most likely be happy with it.

Probably looking at a 7.
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Re: Alan Wake

Post by bomby on Fri May 14, 2010 4:28 pm

have to admit, the pretty boring screenshots which seem to feature a bloke with tourch a million times over have put me off this.

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