Alan Wake is a pretty interesting game. After going through a barrage of first person shooting games, Alan Wake comes with a third person shooting game. However, the highlight of this game is not in the weapons or combat, but a lot of emphasis on storyline and eerie gameplay.
You are Alan Wake:
He and his wife travels to the small town of Bright Falls, a mysterious place with a lot of history. At first everything was normal, but after Alan encounters The Dark Presence (In the form of an old woman, later revealed as...) in the diner, everything changed. Moving into their new vacation home in the middle of a lake, the darkness dragged Alice into the lake and Alan jumps into the lake to save his wife which lead to a series of might-be-nightmare incidents until the ending where a big portion of the mystery was solved.
Alan in Bright Falls:
Throughout your journey to find your wife and also the kidnapper, you will unlock a series of history which will put a sense into all of the mysteries that you were encountering, from the identity of The Dark Presence to another writer in the past who had the same experience. During the course of the game, you will find out that everything that you have been through are already written into your "latest" book called, The Departure.
Is it a sandbox-style game?
It would be cool if it is a sandbox-style game. Then it would be like GTA. However, if you look at it, making it into an open-world game destroys the pace of the story. If it is an open world game, we would go exploring around first before going to the "point of interest" and we will drag the story to an extent that we have forgotten what the story really is!
You are a normal person, armed with a flashlight and also very minimal options of guns ranging from revolvers, shotguns, sniper rifles and also the "bomb" of the game: a flare and also a flash bang.
You are a normal person against an army of dark people covered by the shadows of darkness called "Taken". These supernatural beings are covered with darkness and are impervious to attacks until the darkness is lifted from around their bodies which you will use the flashlight to do so. After their defensive cloak is lifted, they are vulnerable to your attacks. You will not only be attacked by these beings known as "Taken" but also by other things possessed by darkness, mainly, crows and also unanimated objects around you.
And then there is the main boss:The "Tornado".
You will encounter the tornado throughout your journey in-search of your wife and also the mysteries behind the Bright Falls lake. This Tornado will hurl objects at you and try to get close to you to kill you. You will have a final encounter with the tornado in which you will have to find a way to allow light to go inside the tornado. (Go figure that out yourself :P)
Overall, this is a pretty cool game. Very different from a lot of games as it focuses on the supernatural and the story is just amazing. You can't put the controller down due to the amazing story, filled with suspense and mystery. Some reviewers said, "This is one of those games where you enjoyed it like a cinematic movie".
This game is an awesome game. Not much action but it does keep you on your toes with fear by your side and also the suspense-filled story. You never know when will the next "Taken" pop out as you explore the area for supplies. This game is recommended to anyone that enjoys concrete storyline with a unique gameplay instead of shooting all the time. (Note: This game is ONLY for the XBox 360 gamers.)
The end credits hinted that there would be a sequel to Alan Wake. Can't wait!
Anyways, my rating:
- Jackson Teoh