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Alan Wake - Collector's Edition (PC DVD)
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- The Key PC Version Enhancements
- Experience Alan Wake's Pacific Northwest in higher resolutions and higher fidelity than ever before
- High-res textures
- Refined and High-res shadows
- Improved lighting further enhanced by additional god rays and cleanly covered surroundings
- Extremely responsive and refined controls for the PC platform
- PC Controls (i.e. direct and precise response to keyboard and mouse input)
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- Platform: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
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Edition: Collector's Edition
In Darkness -- Fight With Light.
In this story-driven and intense Psychological Action Thriller, 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 seemingly idyllic town of Bright Falls, Washington, "Alan Wake" draws players into an intense, cinematic world that enables players to explore the hyper-realistic and interactive environments. "Alan Wake" is structured in an episodic format, much like a thriller TV-series, with a deeply engaging and suspenseful storyline unveiling plot twists and profound character revelations in nearly every episode.
Players will unravel the riveting plot through multilayered character interactions, unique problem-solving and intense combat against the darkest of enemies. In this nightmarish world, where the boundaries between reality and fiction become increasingly blurred and ambiguous, Alan Wake must use a variety of weapons to survive, including his most powerful ally against the darkness - light itself.
Intense psychological thriller. “Alan Wake” delivers a deeply psychological and finely crafted plot that raises the bar of storytelling in video games. The riveting story of “Alan Wake” is further intensified by a movie-like atmosphere, compelling situations, memorable characters and real-time pacing. Remedy has a record of creating and developing games with unique
cinematic presentation and exceptionally high production values.
The developer makes use of all gaming technology at hand to tell a powerful story that immerses the gamer in the intense emotion and suspense of Alan Wake’s thrilling adventure.
• Light as a combat element. As the story progresses, nights grow longer and days grow shorter. This poses a severe problem for Alan Wake since his enemies seemingly gain strength from the shadows, and before long light itself becomes his greatest ally.
Players must skilfully combine their use of light with more conventional weapons to stand a chance against these Taken.
• 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. 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. As the episodes progress, gameplay will evolve to introduce new elements and characters, escalating the level of threat and action in the game.
• Stereoscopic 3D support. Alan Wake for PC supports the 3D NVision from NVidia. Although fairly performance-heavy (high end GPU such as the GeForce 580GTX and moderate graphics settings are recommended), this is a real eye-candy and further augments the already vivid, detailed, and wonderful environment.
The Key PC Version Enhancements
· Experience Alan Wake’s Pacific Northwest in higher resolutions and higher fidelity than ever before
· High-res textures
· Refined and High–res shadows
· Improved lighting further enhanced by additional god rays and cleanly covered surroundings
· Extremely responsive and refined controls for the PC platform (i.e. direct and precise response to keyboard and mouse input)
· No Auto-Aiming
· No squishy aiming behavior
· Refined and fully configurable mouse and keyboard support (Microsoft Xbox 360 controller is of course supported as well)
· A wide selection of customizable graphics settings and support for 4:3, 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratios
· Multithreaded engine that takes advantage of quad core CPUs
· Additional options our fans have sought after, such as field of view adjustment as well as “hide HUD”.
· Works with AMD Eyefinity 3D 3-screen mode
· The amount of 3D is adjustable
· Works with NVIDIA NVISION2 Stereoscopic 3D
· The amount of 3D is adjustable
- Premium packaging
- Disc 1: Main game plus both DLCs „The Signal“ and „The Writer“; Additionally, the main game of the LCE contains audio commentary and background information by Remedy, which can be switched on in addition to the game
- Disc 2: OST of the game including 13 Tracks (Audio-CD)
- Disc 3: Bonus Disc: History of Remedy, Making of “Alan Wake”, Making of a thriller, music videos by the “Old gods of Asgard”, several trailers to the game, Storyboard (witch concept art) as a movie clip
- The “Alan Wake Files”; 144 pages with evidence on the mysterious incidents around Alan Wake and Bright Falls, compiled by the ficticious author Clay Steward (same print format as the game manual )
- 6 Post cards with different pictures/scenes from the game
- 1 poster (printed on both sides)
- 7 stickers with different pictures/scenes/characters from the game
A brilliantly told story, excellent voice acting, and an atmosphere so unnerving you'll sleep with the lights on for a month The Escapist - (5/5)
Great entertainment ... a tough game to put down once you've started IGN - (9/10)
"Unique and special “ Destructoid -( 9.0 -- Superb)
"Alan Wake is a fantastic game with very unusual, yet extremely enjoyable, combat mechanics and a creepy storyline" Gamers Revenge - (9/10)
"Alan Wake has an atmosphere that makes use of horror, suspense, and humor to create something WhatIfGaming.com
"Alan Wake is one of the most engaging protagonists we've come across in a video game in some time “ Telegraph.co.uk -( 9/10)
"Flawless pacing ensures a compulsive experience” The Independent -( 5/5)
"Alan Wake is a story for any fan of supernatural horror, gamer or not and I want more games like this." MSNBC -(9/10)
“Alan Wake is a scary, bold, beautiful game” FileFront - (9/10)
"a stunning action game, a superbly scripted adventure and a technical showcase" Videogamer.com - (9/10)
" Remedy has created a masterpiece." Gamingtrend - (95/100)
"Atmospheric, gripping, gorgeous, and clever” IncGamers - (9/10)
"Alan Wake is a brilliant piece of storytelling and one that is going to stand out as an example of single-player gaming done right." Worthplaying - (9/10)
"The graphics are beautiful and gorgeous. Character models are great, clothing looks realistic, and the outdoor environments are absolutely stunning." About.com - (4/5) Game of the year 2010, TIME Magazine.
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Now onto the game itself. The first level is the most gripping and frightening thing you will ever play and it will blow you away. The graphics are absolute;y increadible and life like. The game is set in this Twin peaks modeled town of Bright Falls. It starts off with a dream he has been having then he and his wife go there for a break and stay in a cabin on a lake which is so graphically real you feel like your there. Something strange happens and she vanishes and Alan spends the rest of the game searching for her. A strange force engulfs the town centered on him. Its really creepy and atmospheric and pulls you in like no other game I ever played. the game is played out like episodes of a serial with "previously on Alan Wake" intros and music. The soundtrack is awesome with amazing effects if you have surround sound and even has Roy Orbison in dreams as the music to the end of one episode. Stunning. The DVD Extras are documentaries showing how they made it etc which is really interesting.
Its not too demanding on your PC either. I have an old Vista machine with a dual core processor and 4GB Ram and Nvidia 9500GT card and it runs reasonably well with the maximum quality setting in the game.
There are things I was not so keen on, There is a lot of repetition in the game which gets iritating on times such as you get killed then have to go back to the last checkpoint then go through the last battle again and the enemy attacks are a little repitious too. The game would not work with my game pad and sometimes getting Alan to walk precisely alon g logs etc is a little tricky with the keyboard and he constantly jogs and cannot walk also its a Steam Game which means you have to set up a free Steam account online before you can play if you dont have one already but thankfully it loads the whole thing from the disk rather than from steam so there is no long waiting times or worries if you have limited internet useage with this Steam game.
These are the only things I would criticse but I was so overwhelmed by the whole game experience they seemed trivial.
All in all an amazing game experience like no other I have had. Highly recommended.
The game has a dodge mechanic as opposed to a cover system as few of the enemies have ranged attacks. It generally works well with a nice slow motion effect as you dodge a knife at the last possible second, but it never feels overpowered.
Generally the pacing is good, with a few scripted set-pieces, slower exploration sections, large and small arenas, and cutscenes that are generally well acted and directed. The facial animation leaves something to be desired, however. There are a couple of driving sections which are quite poor, but not enough to significantly impact my rating.
The main problem is the story. It ends up a little over-ambitious and peters out at the end with too many loose ends that are simply left for the player to untangle. A sequel could remedy this, but a good story should stand well on it's own, and in my opinion this one doesn't.
The game runs OK on my Acer Aspire V15 laptop with an i5 5200u and Geforce 840m, but it could be better. I have to crank the settings down to 'low' just to get above 30fps which seems poor for a 2012 game, especially when I can run Mad Max and Shadow of Mordor (2 much newer games) on low settings, sometimes with even better performance.
The physical collectors edition extras are a nice bonus but they don't feel particularly premium. For example, one of the extras is a game manual, but only half of it is in English and the cover is rather plain, cheapening the feel slightly.
This is the cheapest way to buy the game on steam outside of a steam sale, and it's a solid experience. If you've seen gameplay and reviews on youtube and you like the look of the game, for less than £10 this version is worth a purchase.
Be aware that this game is also avaliable DRM-free on GOG, including digital versions of ALL the collectors edition extras and a few more on top of that, making it far superior to the Steam version. However it is £22.59, so unless you're mad about this game it's probably not worth the premium.
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This game especially in the collectors edition is incredible, the box art is fantastic and the package as a whole is well worth the small asking price.Read more