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on 22 March 2013
I always avoided this game after seeing quick gameplay footage on youtube as I assumed it was only about walking around shining torches at 'people', which in a way it was, but when I finally gave in and gave it a go, it was surprisingly immersive. The game is played out like a TV show with each chapter ending like a cliffhanger and beginning with the 'Previously on Alan Wake' followed by a cut scene showing you what happened so far to jog your memory, again, just like a TV show which was pretty cool to see.
As for the story itself, it was good overall, although slightly confusing towards the end. I won't spoil anything but I guess it's one of those 'interpret as you see fit' type stories. I liked the little details during the game when you aren't being chased down by shadows and demons such as turning on a radio to hear the local DJ talking about you being in town (you're a famous writer) and a local calling in to tell the radio station that they just met you moments earlier, which you do in the town diner who is a NPC (Non Playable Character for all of you non gamers out there). As this story is pretty much about 'what the hell is going on around here', any thing to help you get a better understanding is worth waiting around for i.e stopping to turn on a TV, listen to a radio on the table to hear what the fire is up ahead in the forest as part of a local broadcast, talking to a person sitting in the diner etc
The ONLY bad thing I had to say about this game is the fact that it's predictable at times and also can be repetitive, but what games aren't these days? If you like story driven games over Call of Duty style 'run and gun' games, this is a very good game. Overall it was a good experience and definitely worth the price.