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Alan Wake - A Wake-Up Call For Adventure Gaming,
This review is from: Alan Wake - Limited Edition (Video Game)
A splendid edition for a fascinating game. Dealing with themes of identity, the line between fiction and fact, and creativity, this game filters them through tv shows like Twin Peaks, the novels of Stephen King, and throws in references to Edgar Allan Poe, amongst others, to great effect.
Not intended to be seen as a shoot-em-up style game, this is one for adventurers who like a well-crafted puzzler of a plot, and rewards paying careful attention to the events therein. There are few puzzles, which in fairness is probably more realistic than otherwise, but the game packs absolutely loads of atmosphere, from the wind blowing through the trees, to the distant sound of crows circling overhead, to the shadows at night which take on suggestive shapes.
As a box set, this is probably the finest CE on the 360. Boasting a dedicated sleeve for the gamebox itself, inside the book-style packaging, the game box also includes a code for free dlc when it appears in July. The book style box is a lovely touch, and pleasingly closes sturdily thanks to the inclusion of small magnets at the top and bottom corners of the book or box lid - a nice, expensive, discreet touch. Also included is a well-made duo folder featuring dedicated artwork and finished to a high-gloss effect, which houses two discs, the first being the game's original score, and the second being the game's special features, which include over three hours of video material in total, plus two premium themes, an avatar item, and arguably best of all a maker's commentary, which plays in time to the game itself. Finally, a hardback book complete with dust jacket rounds off the extras, and clocks in at over 140 pages in length. It takes around three hours to read, and contains more stuff for the game itself - though I recommend you read it after your first playthrough.
Finally, the game offers repeated playability, with three modes available, plus the commentary option, and literally hundreds of collectables, some unique to the mode you are playing.
A superb box set of an excellent game, ideal for those who like a really great plot and plenty of spooky atmosphere.