Review: Alan Wake|
Feb 26, 2012
WelpÖ I havenít done a game review in a long time, even though ive played a whole bunchÖ but seeing as I have really nothing else to do while I wait for my laundry to finish, I decided to write one up for Alan Wake for the PC
Overall, it wasnít terribleÖ but it wasnít all that great either I guess. The premise behind it is that youíre a novel writer that is having a bit of a writerís block for his next book. And like all writers do in order to get over the block, Alan takes his wife out to a remote little cabin in the woods to relax for a weekend in hopes that he can get some ideas flowing again. While settling into the cabin, he ends up trapped in a world of his own dark imagination and finds himself navigating all sorts of craziness while he tried to get back to the real world and his girl.
The gameplay is fairly decent, and unique which is refreshing from your everyday FPS. In this game, in order to kill an enemy you have to ďburnĒ the darkness from them first with your flashlight which will stun them a bit, and when the darkness is gone, only then can you shoot them in the face with one of the 3 guns in the game (or at least that I found).
Gameplay isnít all that hard.. I was playing on normal mode, and didnít really find it a challenge. The most challenging part I think was just walking around! The game is in a sort of 3rd person view, except your guy (Alan) is kind of facing the other side of the screen, so when you run you want to run on a diagonal all the time. Itís wonky and feels a little off, but not a game-breaker and you do get used to it after a while.
The graphics are decent. They arenít ground breaking, but they certainly spend some time making it look nice so overall its enjoyable. Lighting effects and such are all as to be expected, nothing really lacking, but nothing you probably havenít seen before either. Sound effects were along the same line as the graphics.. they were good, but nothing to write home about either. The only thing really worth noting, is that the game was quite short. I think I finished it in about 3 or 4 hours, but to be truly honest, I donít think I would have kept playing if it was any longer either.
As for my final thoughtsÖ Iím glad I played it but donít feel itís worth full price. If youíre on the fence about getting it, wait till itís on a Steam sale or if you see it in the store for a good price. Itís not the sort of game that has a lot of replay value to it, but hey, if you got a fist full of cash to blow and a few hours to try something new then I would say itís worth loading up and giving a shot.
Iíll give it a rating of 3 army guys out of 5Ö Yeah, that sounds about right