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Alan Wake Review

Alan Wake

www.alanwake.com

Reviewed by David Savage

I recently received Alan Wake (PC Platform but also available on Xbox 360) to review and just looking at the box knew it was a game that I would enjoy.

The story of the game is that when the wife of a best-selling author disappears on holiday he starts to search for her and finds pages from a thriller he doesn’t remember writing and being stalked by a dark character from his novel. To solve the mystery and find his wife he has to swap his writing skills for a gun.

While you need quite a high spec PC to be able to play this game it is worth it.

The game takes a while to install as it has a rather large install of about 7GB but I am hooked. The graphics and sound are amazing creating a creepy, scary atmosphere. It took me a while to get used to the controls and changing the mouse sensitivity to be able to play the game properly but once sorted I was able to play the game with no problems. The game is played mainly as night and this is when the action happens and is sometimes like a horror movie, lots of fun. With its use of shadows and light it creates a scary playing environment.

It is a great action packed psychological action packed thriller that leaves you wanting to keep on playing especially with the tension building and the cliffhangers at the end of each episode throughout the game.

The graphics are absolutely brilliant making the locations look realistic and absorbing. I was using a Sapphire HD 5450 graphics card with 1GB RAM and could not fault the look of the game.

Overall with its sharp graphics, great cinematic action, storytelling and thrilling suspense along with the great action game play this is a game that must be tried and seen. A great creepy, scary, psychological action game. It may take a few tries and changing settings to be able to get the hang of controlling your character (as it did for me) but it is worth it. The only problem I did have was with the Steam software but this was easily remedied with help from Steam by sending a quick email, this may have been down to my setup so will not happen to everybody. I just had to make a new user account and the problem was solved.

Although I haven’t finished the game yet I highly recommend it and it is great value for money. I don’t think you will be disappointed with this game.

Available for Xbox 360 and PC.

Rating: 5/5

Buy from Amazon here.

Minimum PC Specification needed:
Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 (32 or 64 bit)
2GB Ram, Dual Core Processor, DirectX 10 or compatible graphics card with 512mb RAM


Special Edition:
– Premium packaging
– Disc 1: Main game plus both DLCs The Signal and The Writer
– Disc 2: OST of the game including 13 Tracks (Audio-CD)
– 6 Post cards with different pictures/scenes from the game
– Manual
– 1 poster (printed on both sides)
– 7 stickers with different pictures/scenes/characters from the game

Collector's Edition:
– Premium packaging
– Disc 1: Main game plus both DLCs The Signal and The Writer. 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+Disc 4: Bonus Discs containing: History of Remedy, Making of Alan Wake, Making of a Thriller, music video "War" by Poets of the Fall, several trailers to the game, Storyboard (with concept art) as a movie clip
– The Alan Wake Files; 144 pages containing evidence on the mysterious incidents around Alan Wake and Bright Falls, compiled by the fictitious author Clay Steward (no hardcover, same print format as the game manual )
– 6 post cards with different pictures/scenes from the game
– Manual
– 1 poster (printed on both sides)
– 7 stickers with different pictures/scenes/characters from the game

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