Kombo Review: Alan Wake

Kombo: After years of exploiting advancing technology to draw gamers further and further into their games, developers are turning their attention to a much more difficult challenge: getting their games inside gamers' heads.

Alan Wake is a "psychological thriller," the latest in a surge of games that aim to use character development, atmosphere and just the right dose of creepiness to make players stop and consider the actions they commit on-screen. It would have been the first game to attempt to engage players on that level had it actually released on time, but it's been beaten to the punch on that front by a few games, most notably Heavy Rain. Alan Wake doesn't feel nearly as ambitious as it once sounded in the face of Quantic Dream's weird pseudo-game experiment.

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