Alan Wake sells 2 million copies

When Max Payne studio Remedy Entertainment moved on from the adventures of a hardboiled cop to insomniac author Alan Wake (who also shoots stuff), gamers let forth a collective "hm." But almost three years later, the unique horror shooter has carved out a comfortable niche.

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Jek_Porkins1968d ago

Glad to see a game that did something different finally caught on to the sales it deserved. Honestly, the game was pirated millions of times, so it should have done even better.

Hopefully we see an Alan Wake 2 on the next Xbox at launch, or shortly thereafter.

yesmynameissumo1968d ago

What did it do differently? To me, it was your run of the mill TPS only you used flares and a flashlight.

Jek_Porkins1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

Well it was episodic, very intense and eerie setting, I'm not scared by any games, but that rated T game put me in a creepy mood better than any M rated game has.

The combat and dodge system, lighting and use of light were all new, it definitely wasn't a typical TPS, as you had to be careful with your ammo, as it wasn't everywhere and you could easily run out. The flashlight was your lifeline, and the battery ran out quickly, so you really had to watch out.

I loved it top to bottom.

yesmynameissumo1968d ago

Episodic was nothing new, but their execution was really well done. I like how they treated it like a TV series. I was really never creeped out or scared, it just didn't have that affect on me. As far as combat, it was pretty standard, although using the flashlight to weaken the enemies first was new. I played and beat it, I just was expecting more. Particularly with the amount of talk/hype it received.

Root1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

I loved Alan Wake but American Nightmare wasn't that good for me...more to do with the fact that it just didn't fit Alan Wake at all, just Microsoft's attempt to make it more action like to appeal to new fans

I just hope it wasn't cannon or that you need to play it because I couldn't get through it.

I hope Alan Wake 2 brings Alice into the picture and lets us play as her. Would be great for the first half of the game to see her trying to find the real Alan while on the run from Mr Scratch and in the process overcoming her deep fear of the dark.

coolbeans1968d ago

I haven't played too many games regarding psych. thrillers, but I can't recall another game with its Hitchcock-esque premise.

yesmynameissumo1968d ago

Indigo Prophecy, Heavy Rain, Silent Hill: The Room come to mind. And it wasn't a Hitchcock premise to me. It was a PG version of Stephen King's The Dark Half.

coolbeans1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

"Indigo Prophecy, Heavy Rain, Silent Hill: The Room come to mind."

I know those games and none of those should really come to mind. Even looking beyond the premise, the different storytelling 'fabrics' weaved together (manuscripts in particular) do seem like something done differently in games.

"And it wasn't a Hitchcock premise to me. It was a PG version of Stephen King's The Dark Half."

Keyword: "-esque"

I can't say I've read The Dark Half. It came off that way to me just because of the themes, be it visual or otherwise, it seemed to be displaying early on. That zoom-in staircase bit at the lighthouse firstly reminded me of Vertigo.

yesmynameissumo1968d ago

If you don't see a psychological thriller in those games, cool, doesn't mean they aren't.


Keywords: To Me

coolbeans1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

"If you don't see a psychological thriller in those games, cool, doesn't mean they aren't."

I'm not exactly following this. I didn't hint at the notion those weren't psy. thriller games (which I agree), only that they don't really mirror AW's premise; and by premise I figured we were talking about its obvous defintion in this case: the fundamental concept driving the plot forward. Neither Indigo, Heavy, nor SH4 should come to mind when discussing that.


Keywords: To Me"

Absolutely correct to point that out, which is why I mentioned that I haven't read The Dark Half in my last post. I'm admitting your view of it COULD be more right then mine. Which in turn compelled me to try and explain (in the most harmless way possible) why the vibe I received is different from yours. That's it.

yesmynameissumo1968d ago

I'm not talking about premises when correlating psychological thrillers to Alan Wake. There are plenty of other games, better games, that accomplish similar feelings from the player. In your earlier comment, I didn't even see the word premise. In terms of that, you're absolutely right. I took no offense in our difference of opinion. Actually, I quite enjoy our back and forth's. I think it shows some of the children on this site how adults disagree.

coolbeans1968d ago

Ahhh...okay. I had an odd feeling part of our conversation was on two different wavelengths. Thanks for you clarifying.

In the end, at least we both profited in one way: more entries in comment lotto. :P

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shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

I am sure they want a pc version to.
"Alan Wake PC Made a Profit Within 48 Hours"

Remedy owns the rights to the game so I hope someone else publishes.

"Alan Wake pirtaed (1.14m) on 360."

They deserve more than xbox it should be on all 3 platforms.

Disagree all u want changes nothing.

Jek_Porkins1968d ago

Microsoft owns the publishing rights, they allowed Remedy to find a publisher for PC, as they don't consider that competition, as long as it's not on another console. The ball is in Microsoft's court so to speak.

DigitalRaptor1968d ago

@ Jek_Porkins

Have you got a source for that? cause I heard the same thing about Mass Effect, and that came to PS3 eventually.

Jek_Porkins1968d ago

As Markus wrote at Alan Wake’s official forum:

“I would like to make it clear that Microsoft funded the production of the first Alan Wake game, and while they were happy for Remedy to now self-publish on PC it is highly unlikely they would want to see the game on a competing console. While we do own the Alan Wake brand, Remedy doesn’t have rights to publish THE Alan Wake on PS3.”

Don't shoot the messenger, the publishing rights are Microsoft's alone, I'm sure if they felt the IP was worth enough they could buy it, I mean Remedy sold Max Payne for less than $50 million, so I'm sure Alan Wake could go for less, that is if Microsoft didn't buy the developer outright.

Knight_Crawler1968d ago

3 words Red Dead Redemption... unfortunately for AW it was release around the same time that RDR was released and it paid big time for that, plus the lack of advertisement from MS did not help.

Great game and awesome story telling...hopefully they can add more variety to the gameplay and enemies in AW2 because that was one area where I felt AW suffered in.

RuleofOne343 1968d ago

it was the other way around , AW had that date set it was RDR that need a new date & chose the same date AW was releasing, so it was RDR that hurt AW.

CBaoth1968d ago (Edited 1968d ago )

Don't forget both musical score/soundtrack and sound design.

The soundtrack (along with Brutal Legend) is perhaps the best this gen. Great mix of old and new, mainstream and eclectic, each song perfectly fit with the ending of every episode.

Atmospheric ambiance, subtle dialogue between side characters, and enemy combat sound effects were all top notch.

It extended into the American Nightmare too. Remedy and Poets of the Fall deserve a ton of credit.

richierich1968d ago

I bought it in a bargain bin Im so glad I didn't pay $60 for it when it was released

kreate1968d ago

I paid $15 bucks :)
Was looking to get it for $10 but couldnt find it at that price.

Mikefizzled1968d ago

I loved the story. Nuff said.

aviator1891968d ago

Same here.
It gave off a very twin peaks vibe and I loved that.

ThatCanadianGuy5141968d ago

You can thank the PC gamers for that sales boost, Remedy.
The game tanked on 360 when it was exclusive ( and gimped )

Maybe next time they should launch it day and day on PC with the other version(s).

cervantes991968d ago

I enjoyed this game even though it did get a little repetitive. Great atmosphere and sound.

If Alan Wake 2 is a launch window title then I'll likely get the next Xbox. However, I'm still worried that MS doesn't value it's core audience.

PS4 for sure though :)

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