Reviews for Alan Wake

90

Arguably, Xbox 360's best exclusive

MisterSlimm | May 27, 2014 | See all MisterSlimm's reviews »

Plot: Thriller writer Alan Wake and his wife Alice travel to Bright Falls for a vacation but some kind of dark force takes Alice to the bottom of Cauldron Lake. The darkness soon turns its sights on Alan but he has light on his side and it turns out that Bright Falls has a more serious problem than even he can imagine. No, actually, it has a problem exactly as serious as he can imagine.

Review: While I'm not quite clear on why Wake succeeds at the end and Zane didn't, the story certainly dares you to make sense of it. There's a spectacular coming together of gameplay with everything else - lighting, technology, graphics (running at PS Vita resolution, remarkably, but not looking like it at all), sound, story and ambition - to create a unified sense of atmosphere and thrilling fun. The combat is outstanding: interesting, thrilling, challenging and thoroughly satisfying. It requires you to use light to destroy a shield around every Dark One before you can eliminate them permanently with a gun. Brilliantly, combat is not even always necessary as you can try and run away. Especially on higher difficulty levels and with a lack of ammo, this proves to be a wise but challenging tactic. This is a great game and, arguably, Xbox 360's best exclusive.

90

Great game with an intriguing story.

digiconner | April 17, 2014 | See all digiconner's reviews »

This game is fantastic. Firstly, the main gameplay mechanic, which is that you have to use light to break enemies defences to then shoot them, is very unique and interesting. It adds a nice dynamic to distinguish it from other third person shooters.

Secondly, the story is very captivating and suspenseful. You're constantly wondering whats going to happening next and there are many mysteries and twists layered throughout the game that lead to very rewarding moments.

Finally, the characters are well written and the atmosphere is very tense and compelling. I would definitely recommend this game for anyone who likes third person shooters with great stories.