HardGame2 | Alan Wake Review


"The maelstrom in which we live requires titles to launch studies with annual franchise, development and delivery deadlines sometimes very short, there is much pressure as the market development and sales results at minimum cost and time investment are powers that often unfortunately. It is rare to find artists such as Remedy, who devote sufficient time estimated to finish things masterfully, throwing them "when they are finished." It is certainly something exceptional to find this kind of games, of which no doubt Alan Wake is one of them in their own right."

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Hallmark Moment2934d ago (Edited 2934d ago )

Kind of strange the mixed reviews coming from NA gaming media but world wide the game is scoring high scores. Are reviewers so consumed with tech revolutions they can no longer grade games properly?

-Not enough guns?
-Not enough fast paced frantic action?
-Hating on it because the game is graphically outstanding?
-Backlash because the game is not on PC and PC gamers and PS3 supporting media are bitter?
Why are Some reviewers so hell bent on scoring this game low?

Hallmark Moment2934d ago

LOL @the disagree.

I know the reason, the media that care about fanboys feelings scored it low because they don't wan't to piss off the angry fanboys as a result of giving this game it's proper praise.

The bitter idiot that disagreed with me confirms this.

MexicanAppleThief2934d ago (Edited 2934d ago )

lol, I miss the days where people used to have these little demo discs and if the game had a good demo, people would buy it. I think it was the PS1 generation.

Too many people are obessesed about reviews, they need to remind themselves that everyone has different tastes, a 10/10 could be an average game for some and vice versa.

meetajhu2933d ago

Mr.Mexican your right i agree with you!! But i hate apple fanboys :(

Figboy2933d ago

i may suspiciously eye you when you are near my apples, but i agree 100% with your comment.

Modern Warfare 2 got a LOT of high praise, even 10/10 scores, but for ME, i don't think the game is more than average.

on the flip side, a game i think is absolutely fantastic: Folklore, got piss poor reviews from major sites like Gamespot (Gamespot gave it a 7/10 among other sites).

to each his own, though. the only time i really complain about low review scores, is when it doesn't match the actual TEXT of the review (you know, the thing that most people DON'T READ before flying off the handle). a lot of games had reviews with glowing text, but the score was still 6/10 or something. Edge is kind of notorious for that.

i had a subscription to the Official PlayStation Magazine, because every month, they had a demo disc with at least 5 or so PS1 titles, then they moved on to PS2 titles. that mag was INVALUABLE to me, and i purchased a LOT of games i never would have otherwise thanks to that demo (ie, Indigo Prophecy, War of the Monsters, Beyond Good and Evil, Mercenaries).

i never rely on reviews, or anyone elses opinion of things. just recently, a friend of mine was talking about how sh*tty Iron Man 2 was. i saw the movie for myself finally, and i actually enjoyed it about as much as the first one. i didn't think it was any better or worse than the original. if i had went by his opinion only, i'd have missed out on an entertaining popcorn flick.

Double Toasted2933d ago

You mentioned Folklore, which I also think is fantastic, that game is a prime example of people listening to reviews and a great game gets sh*tted on. To me that was the beginning of Hi-def rpg's that I was expecting from Sony this gen, but the Sony fans decided to skip it and the result is what we have today. Too many shooters instead of the galore of rpgs that the PS2 had.

But I don't think the same will happen to Alan Wake. People will buy this game regardless of reviews that are seemingly favorable albeit of a mixed proportion.

Figboy2933d ago

i don't actually think i ever captured all of the souls, or leveled all of them up.

it's funny, but the GBA game Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, had me addicted to it because of the same mechanic.

i mentioned this in a response on another thread that i mentioned Folklore, but the music and art design were FANTASTIC, like playing through a game designed by the Jim Henson Group, and the game play was really, really fun.

i LOVED figuring out a strategy to beat the enemies, even BEFORE getting the hint pages, and i loved collecting all of the souls and trying to level them all up to max (which i STILL haven't done).

it's a genuinely great action/rpg, and what's even more impressive, is that the visuals STILL hold up today. i popped it in recently, and was surprised at how rock solid the graphics are even now.

it's a shame how ravaged that game was by review scores, and people sh*tting all over it. so many early PS3 games that were actually QUALITY got that treatment (Motorstorm, Heavenly Sword, Warhawk also got nitpicked to mediocre to low review scores, and they didn't deserve it. Warhawk was one of the most polished, balanced online games you could find, at it's LAUNCH no less, and it really showed what the PSN could bring to the online gaming table, and i'm not even a huge online gamer, but i was ADDICTED to Warhawk for quite a while).

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Icyhot2933d ago (Edited 2933d ago )

Whats up with Hallmark, can't you post a single comment without dragging the PS3 into the dirt? Besides, when was the NA media a PRO PS3 media anyway, before the slim every single PS3 is doomed article came from there and 360 has a bigger install base in NA than PS3, so what bias?

You seem to be more butthurt... If this game received AAA scores like GOW3, then I am sure you would be posting that in every article and blowing the same media's trumpet.

Just enjoy the game and if you like it, it's job well done. And when the hell was Eurogamer, Gamespot,Gametrailers, Edge ever PS3 supporting media outlets?

Oh ya and 83 is nowhere a bad score and by definition any game above 80 is good and worth a play... It's a shame that you had unreasonable expectations from it.

mookins2933d ago

He's obsessed, just like the 360 fans around here. They must be scared of what Sony will come up with next.

thief2933d ago (Edited 2933d ago )

"-Not enough guns?"
No, its rather because it plays too much like a shooter with light instead of bullets instead of offering anything really innovative
"-Not enough fast paced frantic action?"
Again the exact opposite: its got the same scenario - go into the forest, shoot monsters - repeated again and again, whereas the much hyped story and sandbox elements are missing or weak
"-Hating on it because the game is graphically outstanding?"
Again the reverse: the lighting and draw distance is great, but its got about 40% fewer pixels less than 720p, and fails in its attempts to hide the blurried, low quality textures and weak animations
"Why are Some reviewers so hell bent on scoring this game low? "
Because after all the hype, its just a somehwat improved version of Silent Hill and Alone in the dark.
Alan Wake did score much higher than the last versions of Silent Hill and AITD

gamer78042933d ago

I think you hit the nail squarely on its head. The number of replies indicate the chord struck.

mookins2933d ago

What angry fanboys are you talking about? You're butthurt because people reviewed it based on their own opinions?

Who the hell would be butthurt over this game?


sam22362933d ago (Edited 2933d ago )

Because the game has been in development for five/six years and people were constantly told how awesome and amazing it was.

Now that it's been released, it just so happens to be utter garbage. The 'revolutionary' DVD-style storytelling that Remedy kept droning on about? Alone in the Dark did it back in '08 when AW was still in development.

Alan Wake is nothing new. It's not 'revolutionary', it's not amazing. Go watch some gameplay vids of both Alone in the Dark '08 and AitD: The New Nightmare and you'll see that Alan Wake has already been done.

EDIT: Christ, now that I think of it, everything in AW has been ripped straight from the Alone in the Dark games!

creatchee2933d ago

I think that the mixed reviews are coming from the fact that this is a so-called genre game. Some people just don't care for survival horror, no matter how engaging the story or how the cool the other elements are. There will always be less than universal appeal for this kind of game as opposed to a Halo or Uncharted or GTA, because some people just don't get into it.

I do though, and I can't wait to play it!

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NotoriousWarrior2934d ago (Edited 2934d ago )

Cos they seem to have played it and most reviewers gave it around 8. STFU man you talk as though everyone should give it a 10 and "graphically outstanding"? have you actually played games that actually fit that discription? cos I don't think. This gave would have been graphically outstanding in 2007 it's 2010.

I don't give disagrees so it wasn't me.

niceguywii602934d ago (Edited 2934d ago )

Sounds like you're about to lose your mind calm down chump. Go play your PS3. Sounds like what he said hit home with you.

"This gave would have been graphically outstanding in 2007 it's 2010."

Have you read any of the reviews. Maybe just the bad ones.PS3 fanboys.


N4GAddict2933d ago

8 is still a great score...

N4GAddict2933d ago

Another perfect score. Alan Wake is looking like a winner.

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yogaflame2933d ago

strange that high scores keeps coming up after flop scores, maybe this is a conspiracy.

lowcarb2933d ago

What conspiracy? Will you people grow up and quit listening to reviewers and critics. It's ashame so many games and movies are being hated on because you guys give so much power to these sites. They don't get to decide which game is cool we do! Be a man and judge for yourself unless you don't own a 360 to begin with.

Ri0tSquad2933d ago

Oh god, not this again....

Can't even get past the damn LP2 advertisement.

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