Posts Tagged “Alan Wake”
If Alan Wake: American Nightmare was just the story mode it’d be one of the worst reviewed games we’ve ever featured on this site. The combat is the focus here. Taking the incredibly clean scramble and shoot mechanics from it’s full price predecessor, Alan Wake American Nightmare attempts to tell a story where Alan is fighting with his darker half in an episode of his TV show where time seems to loop around itself. It’s a convoluted story with bad acting, characters that are pointless and a repetitive nature that had me frustrated to continue. Thank god for Arcade Mode, a no-nonsense gritty survival mode with leaderboards and multiple maps. If it weren’t for that mode, American Nightmare would be a lost cause. Read on to see if playing American Nightmare is how you want to spend your gaming nights.
The more I see of this game the more I wonder what it’s about. Is it a non-canon story? Is it a sequel? I really liked Alan Wake and I can’t wait to see how this game turns out. We’ll be live streaming it all next week on Twitch.tv. The combat seems to be the focus which was one of my favorite parts of the game. Click to watch the trailer.
I love Alan Wake. I think it’s a very fun game and I might be replaying it on the live stream over the weekend getting ready for the new XBLA title/sequel that’s coming on the 22nd oF February. Now we’re getting a glimpse of a new character called Mr. Scratch. One of the things I loved about Alan Wake was the way there were segments of the game done with real people on TVs. This added something special to the game. Hopefully we’ll have more of that in the new title. What do you think of Mister Scratch? Click to watch the eerrie and psychotic teaser.
Alan Wake was one of the greatest recent games that nobody played, so to be honest, his “American Nightmare” should be that no one plays this game either (in America) – a nightmare that hopefully will not come true. The game hits XBLA in less than two weeks on February 22nd, and this video series gives a pretty good idea of what you can expect.
Check out both videos after the break.
Via Joystiq comes word that Remedy is at work on an Alan Wake not-sequel, not-DLC, but something. Remedy has confirmed to Joystiq that work on this next installment of the Alan Wake saga is in development, and that this fall is a good time to expect some sort of release.
I’d be surprised if we didn’t see something about this at E3, so stay tuned next month for more Alan Wake goodness. And while you’re waiting, since (like most people on the planet) you probably haven’t played Alan Wake, check it out for under 20 bucks. It’s good, it’s scary (especially his wife’s face – eaughh), and it’s got an awesome soundtrack.
And while we’re pondering this upcoming release, another thing to think about is the new facial animation tech that Remedy’s currently working on. Basically, they claim that it will be even better than the tech utilized in the upcoming L.A. Noire, to which I say get that tech into Alan Wake, stat. As mentioned above, the faces in Alan Wake were quite scary, and not in a good way, so a little improvement in that area will go a long way to making a more believable and engrossing game. Plus, it’s gotta suck to be a guy who can’t look at his wife’s face without dry heaving. So, for Alan Wake’s sake, make this happen,
today this fall (maybe).