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Alan Wake (Xbox 360)

by Microsoft
Xbox 360
 Ages 16 and Over
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
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  • Mission-based structure with an episodic nature
  • Freely explore a 100 square kilometre town
  • Changes in weather and light effect gameplay
  • Real-time lighting, shadows and reflections create a cinematic feel
  • Suspenseful and gripping storyline
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000E52P9A
  • Item Weight: 27 g
  • Release Date: 14 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,010 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description


Alan Wake
is a psychological action thriller, exclusively for Xbox 360, where 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.

Overview

Bringing a new style of storytelling to Xbox 360, Alan Wake is a psychological action thriller from Remedy, the developers of the successful Max Payne series. In this dynamic new title exclusively for Xbox 360, players assume the role of Alan Wake, a best-selling suspense author suffering from writer's block, who escapes to a small town only to experience the mysterious disappearance of his wife.

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 explore the hyper-realistic and interactive environments. Alan Wake is mission-based with a deeply engaging and suspenseful storyline 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, where fantasy and reality collide, Alan Wake must use a variety of weapons to survive, including his most powerful ally against the darkness - light itself.

Features



Search for clues to figure out the mystery. View larger.


Players must skilfully use light as a combat element along with traditional weapons. View larger.


You'll be able to freely roam the town of Bright Falls. View larger.


High definition graphics and lighting effects make for a spectacular looking game. View larger.


Intense psychological action thriller
Alan Wake delivers a deeply psychological and finely crafted plot that raises the bar for storytelling in video games. The riveting story of Alan Wake is propelled by a movie-like atmosphere, compelling situations, memorable characters and real-time pacing.

Light as a combat element
As Wake journeys deeper into the mystery of Bright Falls, the shadows close in around him. When darkness descends, light becomes his only ally as he fights his way to daybreak. This poses a severe problem for Alan Wake since his enemies seemingly gain strength from the shadows. Players must skillfully combine their use of light with more conventional weapons to stand a chance. 


Realistic, interactive environment
Set in the town of Bright Falls, the hyper-detailed environments of the Pacific Northwest play an important role; even the change in daylight and weather will profoundly affect the characters and enemies in Alan Wake The game's advanced rendering engine provides amazingly realistic environments that bring this world to detailed life - from the lush forest of evergreen trees to the quaint small-town buildings and streets. The world of Alan Wake is alive and real.

Episodic narrative
The mission-based structure of Alan Wake creates an episodic narrative similar to a deeply structured dramatic television series, such as LOST, Twin Peaks and X-Files. As the episodes progress, gameplay will evolve to introduce new elements and characters, escalating the level of threat and action in the game.

Alan Wake presents an unusual and new gaming experience that features a riveting, multi-layered story while giving the player the ability to freely roam a giant environment. It supports Dolby Digital sound and runs at a beautiful high-definition 720p.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan Wake: A Deserved Best-seller. 20 July 2010
By Luke
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Alan Wake, from Remedy Software and after years in the making, finally makes it's way onto our xbox's, and boy was it worth the wait!

Setting:
Alan Wake takea place in the fictional mountain town of Bright Falls, where Alan and his wife Alice come for a bit of a vacation and maybe to get Alan back into his writing, after over 2 years of writer's block. After looking around his rented Cabin, he soon finds Alice in trouble and before he knows it, he's in his crashed car, in a ditch, with no recolection of the past week's events. Alan then must find out what has happened and what haunts this town's forests and lakes at night.

Gameplay:
The gameplay is split up into 6 episodes, with 2 or 3 levels in each, and is portrayed in the style of a television series. After each episode you'll get a "Previously on Alan Wake..." cutscene to remind you of events past in previous episodes, nicely setting you up with the story fresh in your mind.

The game revolves around banishing dark with light, with Alan's flashligh as his essential weapon. Enemies will be shrouded in the darkness as they advance on you, and before you can kill them with your trusty sidearm, you must boost your flashlight on enemies, getting rid of all the darkness before finishing it off with your weapon.

Enemies include a variety of darkness infected humans, ranging from small and quick Taken, to bigger ones wielding axes and chainsaws. Also featured are darkness infested surrounding ranging from bins and barrels to tractors and even huge steam trains, that will throw themselves at you until you banish the darkness with your torch.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Outer Limits for gamers 31 May 2010
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Coming into this game expecting traditional survival horror is likely to leave many disappointed. At first the dialogue seemed to balance between average and shoddy, occasionally cheesy and jarring to initial preconceptions. It's only after a while that it becomes apparent that the game shares more in common with a straight to TV Stephen King adaption than any truly spine chilling horror. Once this realisation occurs it makes the game much easier to absorb and enjoy as Remedy really play to the strengths of this sub-genre of horror.

The concept behind the plot of Alan Wake is quite unique and certainly one of its biggest appeals. A writer whose story comes to life around him gives Remedy many chances to play with plot concepts and the player's anticipation. Finding manuscript pages throughout the game often cues the player into what is up ahead and adds nicely to the tension when you realise that some pages are about to lead you towards a great evil. It ties into the episodic television series nature of the game providing a neat and hard fought trick of combining story telling narrative with the direction and presentation of the game.

Alan Wake himself is an interesting protagonist, one who is not always likeable but has enough weakness in him to still feel very human. He's certainly not an invincible superman, whilst understandable concessions have been made that allow you to take an axe swing or two without instant death. It's always encouraging to see developers explore characters that are not muscle bound heroes or top heavy, skimpily dressed heroines who walk the path between sympathetic and arrogant. Alan has a lot of problems in his life and is far removed from the perfect all action hero stereotype so often played upon in gaming.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alan will keep you awake! 11 Sep 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ok so you've read a few varying reviews and you can't really make up your mind whether this is worth getting or not. Firstly if you strip the game down to it's bare bones then yes the game play is limited, there is no sandbox environment there is no endless customisable clothing, guns, etc, the 'enemy' variation and the gameplay is totally linear. Now this kind of thing would normally have me running screaming for the hills whether there was a shadowy axe wielding maniac behind me or not but it doesn't, and why? Well simple the brilliant story, the wonderful graphics and just the whole ambience of the game which makes it a very immersive expereince to the level that all the aforementioned problems are just not noticed.

A number of reviews also say this game is too short! Are you kidding me! This has to have some of the most longest linear levels you can play through. Short is the Call of Duty campaign that can be blasted through in a few hours this game has much more depth to it. Sure if you are a 'blitz gamer' you can probably run through the level quite quickly but if like me you take your time to look around and take it all in, search out all the manuscript pages and bizarrely enough coffeeflasks, as well as listening to the radio broadcasts and watching the TV's then you will get a fair few hours out of the game.

The aforementioned manuscript really helps build up the story of the game as you collect it piece by jigsaw piece it slowly outlines in greater detail not just what has occured but also what is about to. Infact the whole experience is like reading a good book where it just draws you on, you can't put it down. Just one more page then I'll stop and before you know it it's the early hours and the wife is wondering where the hell you are!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended.
Very atmospheric game - quite original and very spooky in places! Recommended.
Published 17 days ago by MusicBeetle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good
Published 1 month ago by s j kilsby
3.0 out of 5 stars its a game
seriously when people ask for feedbacks on games then we may as well close down all the gaming sites, let them guys do the ratings and feedback as thats what they get paid for as... Read more
Published 4 months ago by mr magoo
4.0 out of 5 stars In good condition
It's a very nice game and it came in a very good condition. It's what i've expected. Very good purchase.
Published 4 months ago by Marisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy...
Son is a regular gamer, BattleField, GTA, Assassins Creed, Halo,Mass Effect etc. I have never seen him scared by a game before! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Handsignals
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant atmosphere - Linear gameplay.
As the title says, this game is perfect for producing atmosphere, however, there is a lot of walking in this game; literally, there is one part where you walk for about an hour and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fletcher Legg
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
Brilliant game, my partner played from beginning to end and thoroughly enjoyed it. As usual fantastic value and shipping from amazon and a great game
Published 7 months ago by Lindsay Ritson
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice game and story!
Hmmm.... I'm wondering why some people poorly rated Alan Wake! I mean the game is cool and the storyline is interesting and different, I actually find the game awesome and I... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Raghad
2.0 out of 5 stars Repetative but very atmospheric
Although the environments change as you go through the game, the game play itself stays the same in that you are just facing groups of enemies over and over and dispatching them... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Miss K Sutton
1.0 out of 5 stars Dire
I am reviewing Alan Wake after leaving it a few years with the belief that it couldn't be as bad as I remembered it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by GarryBaldy
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