GameSpot: Alan Wake Review

The clever storytelling ties in with the dreary atmosphere, building on the fear established from the very beginning with subtle use of lighting and a moody musical score. Unfortunately, the path you march down rarely offers any surprises, which makes your actions take on a by-rote feeling after a while. But the combat is so satisfying that it's largely able to overshadow this misstep. Alan Wake is a riveting adventure that will keep you glued to the screen until the very end.

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Nicholas Cage2969d ago

this game has been getting mixed reviews though.

StanLee2969d ago

Most reviews have been consistent. 40 plus reviews and many are 80s and 90s. The biggest complaint is that the action can become mundane and the game borrows heavily from other mediums in the genre like books, films and television. The game's atmosphere and story are consistently praised.

blizzard_cool2969d ago

I really can't see how it can be bad if it borrows some elements and presents them good. This is coming from a ps3 fanboy (me).

I really like the game and I hope to play it soon cause it looks awesome :D

SnuggleBandit2969d ago

Actually the story seems to be one of the downfalls i have most commonly read in reviews...even in this gamespot review he says that the story isn't amazing, but the way that it is told (atmosphere etc.) is great.

PS360_372969d ago

I just don't get the "there aren't enough scary or memorable moments to make this game truly special", comment.

That's just a weird comment to me.

cmrbe2969d ago

i don't get why reviewers see elements from other meduims as a negative. I think it is great.

cayal2969d ago

I'd say they see it as a lack of originality?

(just a guess, not my opinion).

sikbeta2968d ago


The same "is not original" crap most sites do ala Gametrailers when they reviewed UC2, really stupid, IF the Game borrowed some stuff from other games and it's great, what's the complain?...

Shepherd 2142968d ago (Edited 2968d ago )

I usually wait for three reviewers to review a game. IGN, Gamespot, and 1up. So far IGN has given it a 9.0, Gamespot gave it an 8.5, so now im waiting on 1up. That normally gives me a good idea of whether i should buy a game or not, however ive been sold on this title for a little while now.

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mikeslemonade2969d ago

I will pass. If it was getting scores like Mass Effect 2 i'd consider playing it day one. I probably won't play this game at all.

-Ikon-2969d ago

Games like this have no replay value is about 10 hours or so. Im disappointed in remedy 5 years and thats all they can muster. All though rental doesn't equal bad, it just doesn't equal 60 bones.

mikeslemonade2969d ago

Maybe Read Dead Redemption instead of Alan Wake and Modnation Racers.

Hallmark Moment2969d ago (Edited 2969d ago )

Yes because passing up a Mario cart type game means he doesn't own the PS3 :p

He says it has to get Mass Effect 2 scores to play it yet we wants a game that will not come close to ME2's average lol.

DelbertGrady2969d ago (Edited 2969d ago )

I have a PS3 as much as mikeslemonade has a 360.

I was being sarcastic. If you check mikelemonades comment history you will see that he's in every thread about Alan Wake saying he won't be getting it for his imaginary 360. You'll also notice the rest of his comments praising the PS3 and rabidly bashing the 360.

I don't have a PS3. If I did I would be getting Modnation racers. It looks awesome. As does Alan Wake.

UnwanteDreamz2969d ago (Edited 2969d ago )

You shouldn't have even mentioned ModNation in this comment section. Alan Wake is getting solid review scores. If I had a 360 I'd pick it up. Too many FPS out right now, this looks fresh.

karl2969d ago


u made a solid point... alan wake looks good
and even though i dont have a 360 i would get it just as im getting modnation racers for my PS3

mephixto2969d ago (Edited 2969d ago )

You will miss a lot of great games if you keep using that logic

asdr3wsfas2969d ago (Edited 2969d ago )

Quit pretending you can quantify fun. People can't even agree on numbers rating physical appearance.

If someone gives a JRPG a 10 I still know I don't wanna play it. People can bash on Lair all they want, it is one of my favorite games. You're steering a dragon using the controller as reins - that's the coolest shit ever. When I heard that I knew I'd love the game.

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-Alpha2969d ago (Edited 2969d ago )

This is a great score. But I post on Gamespot a lot. The users there have a very strange logic: ONLY Gamespot scores matter. 360 fanboys are going to get CURB STOMPED because they have been hyping this as a AAA 9.0 + game. Anything that fails to meet the score is fair game for fanboys to laugh at. 8.5 is unacceptable to them. Oh my God, I'm going to go scroll their forums.

Great score outside of Gamespot world, but people who post there knows how it rolls. In Gamespot's terms this game flopped.

Now 360 fanboys will patiently wait for GT5 to score less than 10 to get back at PS3 fanboys because PS3 fanboys have naturally claimed that GT>Forza. Forza got a 9.5/10 meaning the only way for GT5 to be King of Racing Sim in Gamespot Land is to get a 10/10.

It's partially why I left that website, people get far too caught up on one reviewer's opinion that they fail to see that games like Alan Wake are still great, just not worthy of the hype ;)

UnwanteDreamz2969d ago

This is crazy man. I know you speak the truth but to see it laid out that way makes it seem so ignorant (more so than normally).

Hank Hill2969d ago

You take this fanboy stuff way too seriously.

-Alpha2969d ago

How so Hank? Just sharing how GS works for those unaware.

Bodyboarder_VGamer2969d ago

I like gamespot because the fanboys there have firm rules that don't change depending on the forecast like it often happens here in N4G. =)

X360 fans hyped Alan Wake and it flopped *end of discussion, now when's the next PS3 game coming out? O h boy, System Wars forum mus t be a warzone right now... That place has more fanboys than N4G itself!

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FACTUAL evidence2969d ago (Edited 2969d ago )

Oh, wait a sec...

EDIT: Metacritic: Heavy Rain=87 Alan Wake=85
So which one is the movie again?...

-MD-2969d ago (Edited 2969d ago )

Who says it isn't?

Edit: Heavy Rain would be the interactive movie. Alan Wake would be the thriller.

Heavy Rain tried something new and succeeded that's why it scored so high. Guaranteed if a sequel came out and it used the same formula it would score well below 87.

However Heavy Rain has 106 reviews and Alan Wake only has 40 so how about we wait a bit before we officially call Alan Wake an 85.

FACTUAL evidence2969d ago

I believe Indigo prophecy has the title for innovation in that department. What HR did was nothing new. Indeed, first game to do it this gen, but it wasn't anything we haven't seen before. Story wise, AW has nothing on HR, and gameplay...I'm not going to go there, it depends on the player. It doesn't matter because I own HR, and i will be getting Alan Wake.

mikeslemonade2969d ago

Normally the gameranking score goes lower after more reviews. At 100 reviews it will probably have an 8.4. And stop using metacritic it rounds the scores up.

Hallmark Moment2969d ago

"Heavy Rain=87 Alan Wake=85
So which one is the movie again?"

So a lower average means games are movie games? WTF? Where are these fanboys coming from, scraping the bottom of the barrel with this batch.

FACTUAL evidence2969d ago (Edited 2969d ago )

Umm not a fanboy. Besides, obviously you don't get my comment. It was meant for the 360 fanboys comparing AW and HW for some odd reason. In the end HR has a higher score. Don't know what you were just talking about...but lets just act like you didn't make a comment.

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Inside_out2969d ago

I have to stop watching these video reviews...Absolutely amazing...listen to these fanboys going on...look at that video!!!...LMFAO...I new this game was gonna be an incredible experience....The first DLC will be free to first time's gonna be EPIC...that video review had a few spoilers in there, but I don't care...looks like a 10/10...

Look at all the phantom no's...haha...I love it...These morons giving a game as incredible as this 6/10 are gonna regret it once it releases and EVERYONE gets to see/play it for themselves...There gonna look like idiots..

Carlton Banks2969d ago

I expected this game to score way better, especially with all the hype, 5 years for this??

clarkjudo2969d ago

Changes were made in the direction of the game. Something to fit a sandbox experience to what it is now. The campaign was not the only thing in development. But also the development of the DLC's for added story and game play. First DLC will be offered along with Pre-order.

GameOn2969d ago

First DLC is actually included in the box for all first time buyers. Pre-orders get an avatar shirt and backgrounds.

Odin7772969d ago

I don't still looks good, but I agree I was expecting 9.5s and above.

Lifendz2969d ago

There were some little things that kept it from being AAA in this guy's opinion. No prob there. The gamespot forum rules are crazy anyway. Anything less than AAA on Gamespot and Gamespot only is a flop depending on the hype? B.S.

Alan Wake looks like a really really solid title. When I get my 360 that and Reach will probably be my first two purchases.

BYE2969d ago

It has 85 on meta so far, sounds like a pretty good game.

GarandShooter2969d ago

How the hell do you get a disagree for that post?

Sounds like a solid title to me. I'm getting AW and RDR the same day. My only problem is which to play first.

IdleLeeSiuLung2969d ago

I know this terrible sub 9.0 score is going to make me enjoy this game 10 times less. Last I checked, many great games were in the 8 region including Ninja Gaiden 2 and Splinter Cell: Conviction, both excellent games!

But by all means, go by reviews alone. You will only find top grade titles like MW2, Halo 3, KillZone 2 and the list goes on i.e.. great games that differ very little.

Traveler2969d ago

I agree completely. Uncharted is one of my favorite games and it only scored in the 8s overall on metacritic. Who cares. Lot's of PS3 fans don't have a problem listing Uncharted and other similarly scoring games as amazing games, so why can't Alan Wake be an amazing game as well?

Not to mention Alan Wake has had lots of reviewers give it 9 or better. Should we just ignore those reviews and act like only the lower scores matter? It's all a matter of opinion anyway. Who knows...maybe I will agree more with the reviewers who gave it 9+.

blue7xx72969d ago

You call this mixed this is a great score for me anything over 8 is a great score. It has only gotten about 2 or 3 under 7 the rest are either in the 8, 9 and some perfect scores. Not bat at all.

theKiller2968d ago (Edited 2968d ago )

we get an AA title that is good but nothing ground breaking!!

360 fanboys, alan wake will not move hardware and i have doubt it will sell millions like gears of war!!

it will be JUST a good game and thats it!! nothing to brag about except the fans of the genre!!

heavy rain is much better from the looks, gameplay and innovation of it!!

RageAgainstTheMShine2968d ago

...and ripping off is just plain imitating something from others works exactly as it was.

vhero2968d ago

8.5 seems bang on as most reviews say either 8 or 9 so 8.5 seems right.. Shame this game ain't what MS wanted it to be but not every game will be AAA. The hype wouldn't have helped either..

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Teehee2969d ago

Not bad, knowing the Gamespot forums, the "cows" will be going crazy today.

AhmadVGArabia2969d ago

it's one of the creepiest games I have ever played. It's scarier than Dead Space and more atmospheric than Bioshock. It's one of the best games this generation.

Another One2969d ago

Nice. I'm going to have to at least rent it (not enough replay value to buy it). Or is there?

AhmadVGArabia2969d ago

Replay value in Alan Wake is all about collecting all of the manuscripts in the game, watching all of the tv shows and radios. There are some manuscripts that can be obtained only in nightmare difficulty setting. But what makes Alan Wake so satisfying is the story, atmosphere and the environment. Once you start playing the game, It will be hard to put it down. I finished the game in 13 hours. I really recommend this game for all gamers who love to play a well made thriller/horror game.

asdf122969d ago

>Implying you've played an unreleased game.

AhmadVGArabia2969d ago

It's a review copy. I will post my review very soon.

Arnon2969d ago

Wow, you received 13 disagrees for liking this game and finding it exciting. Mods, step up your game. It may be a new site, but it still has it's old trolls.

A imed x S hot2969d ago

Why can't someone disagree with him? Oh noooo someone disagreed with him ban their account!

Arnon2969d ago

Do you even read what you type? :/

hazeblaze2969d ago

Well... he has a point. You're reaching out to the mods and talking about trolls simply b/c other gamers disagreed with his post. Some ppl will agree, and some will disagree... not really anything to call on the mods for... just the nature of the site.

Traveler2969d ago

No, because those people are just trolls. AhmadVGArabia runs a game site and has actually played the game. Those trolls haven't even played the game therefor they aren't entitled to any opinion about it. I agree with Arnon, the trolls damaging this site need to be dealt with.

A imed x S hot2969d ago

Yea i read it and so what if he played the game all they did was hit a disagree button....:/ Hitting a disagree button is not trolling, get over it.

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FFXNo12969d ago

DId you mean crappiest

Jikla2969d ago

Has already started so you're probably right when you say "it's one of the creepiest games I have ever played. It's scarier than Dead Space and more atmospheric than Bioshock. It's one of the best games this generation." Looking forward to you review :]

8thnightvolley2969d ago

looking forward to playing this ..

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Another One2969d ago

All reviews I've seen have been around the 8-8.5 range. I think it's worth it because the story seems to be amazing. There seems to be other issues but the good seem to outweigh the bad.

-Mezzo-2969d ago

Great Score, for a Great game.