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Alan Wake (Xbox 360) review


"When playing through the enthralling epic called Alan Wake your gaming senses will be rubbed with a marinade of complete and utter astonishment. The game will take you on a journey, a dark, ghostly crusade, where light is your best friend. The darkness overthrows you; it enables haunting figures to follow your innocent, startled, frame. In this game, it not wrong to be afraid of the dark, its not childish, or uncharacteristic. Because the darkness can overwhelm you, it can control you, your mind..."



When playing through the enthralling epic called Alan Wake your gaming senses will be rubbed with a marinade of complete and utter astonishment. The game will take you on a journey, a dark, ghostly crusade, where light is your best friend. The darkness overthrows you; it enables haunting figures to follow your innocent, startled, frame. In this game, it not wrong to be afraid of the dark, its not childish, or uncharacteristic. Because the darkness can overwhelm you, it can control you, your mind, your movement, and your decisions. Alan Wake is a serious game, a game of enchantment and beauty, but also a game of haunting proportions. The atmosphere ruffles the skin, and patrols the mind, you are sucked into a game that will embed into you like a summer tic, you will be left, scratching at your forehead wondering how something like Alan Wake can control your gaming world.

If you have a dark imagination, you lips will pucker, and you will shroud this little beauty with a thousand kisses. You play as writer Alan Wake, who has been hit with the demon called writers block. With this annoying lack of imagination, he decides to move to a quiet mountain village. But he doesn’t know that evil lurks. He has supposedly written a manuscript, but has no memory of it, this manuscript comes to life, it blooms and flourishes with sinister intentions.

When you fall into the darkness, things start to go wrong, you will be chased by unrelenting men with pick axes, this makes the game really frightening, and gearing to the light is the best option, an option that can save your life. When you play through the game, you will pick up the pieces of the puzzle, the pages of the manuscript. By doing this, you are placing the pieces together.

Daylight does appear and you are thrown into a more upbeat story, you meet the locals, and everything seems to be all right. This makes Alan Wake such a psychological thriller; it really prods at the cognition, and pushes your mind into the action. By doing this, sometimes you are left unprepared. When darkness appears again, you find yourself back in the forests, fighting for your life.

Little things like TV sets and radio’s can open up the story and give you tips and hints. When walking through the forests abundant with these dark killers, standing under one of the spotlights can save your life, you can even start up these lights with generators. Things like these aid you in your crusade for self-realization. Wake does show clear emotion, he is a big time writer who happens to find himself in a landscape full of these rampant people, he happens to find himself amidst chaos, in such a beautiful mountain.

The combat in Alan Wake can be frustrating but also realistic, when trying to kill these creatures that roam, you have to hold your torch at them and then shoot, the light will keep them at bay as well as eradicating them. The battles are exhilarating and amazingly composed, as well as being highly original. Your life will resurge after a while, which is always good.

Being a good explorer is crucial in Alan Wake. If you are good at exploration then you will find the manuscripts, guns, quite easily. Aside from the normal handgun, they are hunting rifles to be had, which will always be a great tool for killing those creatures. There are also flash bangs, which will kill instantly. If you have all the right components, then you will complete Alan Wake successfully.

Alan Wake is a wonderful fable. Every inch of it has originality, the creators have used their qualities and intelligence, without straining their minds. It makes you believe that the protagonist Alan Wake is a writer. The storyline is profound and thrilling, it has its frightening parts, it is also very emotional, and you can become easily attached to it. Please play Alan Wake, and jump into the complete invigoration.

Rating: 9/10

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Community review by Alk31997 (April 18, 2012)

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