Thursday, April 5, 2012

Alan Wake Review -Hands ON !

                                                                          "It's not a lake.....its an ocean"

                                                          Developer : Remedy Entertainment                  
Publisher : Remedy Entertainment  
Series : Alan Wake
Genre : Third Person Shooter (Psychological Thriller)
Game engine : MAX-FX 3.0, Havok and Umbra Occlusion Booster

Remedy Entertainment - the Studio behind the legendary Max Payne series (Atleast  Max Payne 1 and Max  Payne 2 is Epic, God knows what Rockstar will do with Max Payne 3) , is back after nearly a decade and believe me, you won't be disappointment for sure.Grab a torch and a revolver, and get ready to experience this awesome Psychological Thriller.

Story : Before I start with anything , Sam Lake take a bow.The author behind Max payne 1,2 plot, has pen down another brilliant story.The Story is about an author Alan Wake who  is on a vacation with his wife.Strange things begin to happen in the town, Alan's wife is missing and Alan is caught in a story of light versus dark.Since it is a thriller cannot afford to write in more detail or you will come running to gun me down.

Looks : Most of the actual gameplay scenes are set at nightime.The environments are really nice and spooky.The dark forest, the narrow pathway, the safe light havens ,even the scene of strong wind blowing and the blurriness on arrival of taken will really set you in the mood summing up the Alan wake experience.The basic theme of the game - Light v/s Darkness effects are beautifully executed.

Gameplay : How often we use torch,flashlight,flares and flash bangs (duh talk about grenades,smoke/stun grenades) in games, err very little.But here , that is your primary weapon - source of light and batteries- your ammunition.Irritating thing about the game is camera angle (why Remedy why :( ).Rest, showering the taken(enemies) with light ,still their darkness runs out and you get to gun them with revolver or shotgun.The game offers no melee combat choice.So either fight wisely or run to the nearest light zone -known as safe heaven (Aptly named , when you reached there (checkpoints) , you feel like reaching heaven ).So a different style of gameplay ,mysterious ,freaky and enjoyable at the same time.Only game where you will get overwhelmed on finding a flash bang :P

Audio : The audio effects elevate the spooky theme of the game.The sound effects are nice, but I expected more for a game like this.Also the soundtracks after end of each episode are nice too.

Overall Rating : 8.2/10 

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