G4tv.com writes: I love Alan Wake. The game's creepy atmosphere, engaging gameplay and awesome visuals hooked me, but what impressed me most was the carefully crafted story. It's a story that you can take seriously--at least at first.
the game is so great but if i was reviewing it it would instantly lose a full point for the ad whoring it does. i am a 360 fanboy but stuff like this really pisses me off and ms knows no shame even if it comes at the expense of potentially ruining one of their games. the verizon ad did not fit the game at all and if i had a verizon phone as soon as i saw that i would of canceled it.
On my second play through...barely notice these things...Only the big Verizon sign I saw ONCE stood out for me... BTW...this game is 12+ hrs...Its impossible if you play the game to finish faster...Mr Cows gets got caught in a lie...lol...Dumb troll... The game is AWESOME...Didn't like the ending and wished it had some co-op but the game itself is great....
but as soon as he was running back down the hall, my mind was instantly screaming again.
playing it.. and i love every bit of it.. props to remedy (hope i spell it right) lol peace
Funny how product placement becomes such a big problem for Alan Wake, when no one notice how Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is filled with product placement... Atleast its realistic to see a Verizon commercial on TV... I dont think its realistic to see a hardcore motherf*cker badass green baret soldier running around in an Axe t-shirt with an Axe deodorant in his left hand and a Mountain Dew in his right hand on the battlefield... Or is it?
looks like the bad guys were scared off by the verizon apps lol....totally takes away from the game...how pathetic...just to earn a couple of more bucks...
Well, when you spend 5 years on 7 hours of gameplay, you need some extra financial security.
Seven hours? Have you even played the game? Each of the episodes are well over an hour long.
Thank you so much for that informative post, all my questions are answered now...
7 hours of gamplay? bunch of fools who havent played the game talking out their asses again.
God of War 3 at 7 hours? Alan Wake at 7 hours? Both statements are ridiculous. Alan Wake took me 11 hours on Normal difficulty. The first 3 chapters I was exploring every nook and cranny, but then for the last 3 I just sort of went through as fast as I could without straying far from the main path. God of War 3 took me 22 hours on Titan difficulty (game clock @ about 16 hours, but I'm not counting what the game clock says because it doesn't count all the time spent on checkpoints where you didn't survive, it only adds in the time for each checkpoint on the attempt you survived to the next checkpoint). I explored every nook and cranny, as well, and got all of the story-mode trophies in my first play-through. So really, all in all, if I had played both games on the hardest difficulties available at default, and had done the same amount of extraneous exploring for both, then I'd honestly have to say they're about the same length, and both are certainly longer than 7 hours (and both are great games!)
it took 5 years but turned out spectuclar and well worth the wait your fanboy ass doesn't deserve to play games as epic like this length is a stupid reason to critcize a game I guess I can Uncharted 2 sucks as well it's only about 8-10 hours long
Some of the in-game advertising/placement was done really well but this Verizon ad is definitely not.
that would have been better than a crappy commercial
In-game advertising is *never* done well enough for me not to notice it. Even in movies and TV it sticks out like a sore thumb to me. Set designers spend time making sure things are in or out of a shot, down to a single pencil on the table. So when you see something or someone speed around a corner during a foot chase and running into a pallet full of Coke, it's there for a reason.
God help it if you turn on a tv and you see commercials [email protected][email protected]! Besides you didn't have to turn on the tv.. why is that only negative alan wake news gets approved around here.
There is a bunch of reviews in from various sites giving the game 9.0's and 9.5's. Your probably seeing more "popular" articles about alan wake, and most of the most commented on articles for Alan Wake are the ones that give it low scores.
I'll accept the Energizer adds but the Verizon adds were bad and out of place.
I noticed the Energizer batteries right away. Also, the Verizon branding on Alan's cell phone was WAY too large.
Friend was telling me about this. Said he ran past several Energizer and Verizon billboards near the end. Sounds really tacky.
Well some of them weren't really bad like the first time the flashlight appeared showing the obvious Energizer logo in it and the batteries all being Energizer and even the SYNC logo in the center background while Alan and Alice were talking inside the car... However a Verizon billboard in the middle of nowhere with no other ad near or anywhere in the game and with no other made up products in the entire game while only showing Verizon like out of nowhere felt pushed into my face.
I didn't see the commercials because I missed that particular tv. I'm on episode 4 and I haven't seen anything else either.
Just ordered this game on Amazon. Hope it is as great as everyone who has played it are saying.
Let me ask you a question. If you turn your TV on at home what do you see? Commercials! If you were out in the streets somewhere and you had a flashlight, and you swung your light around and started to look at your surroundings, would you see any Ads? I think it ads a bit of humor to it. I'm watching TV shows now like NCIS and others and there is product branding all over the place. Folks it's a part of life. Had this same ad been in Heavy Rain, you guys wouldn't be whining about Sony doing it. Some of you can be such hypocrits. What amazes me is some people can be so simple and b!tchy that they are in the middle of a game and they allow themselves to get all caught up in the fact that the game had an ad in it. You could easily move on and not even finishing looking at the ad, instead it gives you some to do with you pathetic lives like whine about it on N4G. This really isn't that big of a deal. What a bunch of drama queens.
well pointed out m8 and i agree with you , it is a horror game yes but set in a real world that was normal at one point so tv's still function way they would in real life showing adverts and some actually show full programmes in alan wake too . theres loads of games with adverts in them these days and its only going to get worse . fifa games are loaded with adverts round edge of pitch just like in real life .
just admit it doesn't fit the scene
looks like darkfocus shut you guys up pretty quick. don't say it is realisic then ignore other less realistic things.
Haha, you are so right Kingme. People let themselves get so caught up in stuff that really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things. 9-12hrs worth of gameplay and these dudes get wrapped around the axle on a 30 second ad and let it ruin their gaming experience. (I did notice that most of the complainers are for the most part PS3 fans though. Can you say TROLLING!) Anyway I agree Kingme. Everyone wants realism, then you throw in a little reality and they whine about it....haha
ads on tv are free, you didn't go out of your way to pay $60 to watch them.
Do you have cable or satellite TV? Or are you stealing Satellite or Cable TV, because that's the only way you are getting it for free. Maybe you are talking about the 5 channels that you get from you rooftop antenna. Otherwise commercials on TV are not free. In addition, I hardly think a 30 second commercial will hurt you while playing a 12 hour game. Not to mention you could just take your gaming character else where an move on. You payed for the game and you got to play it. Well you didn't because you're actually here just trolling, You probably don't even own the game, but you get the point.
Clearly its possessed by the dark clout covering everything else?
Actually You can't shoot out the tv's. I tried. Also your gun has no effect on the environment (not even the cut n paste bullet holes)
ouch really? Yeesh...
metal gear solid peacewalker has a lot of product placement in it as does most metal gear solid games so i dont know what the fuss is about all this as its to make it more realistic . good for devs too to recoup costs of making such good games so we get more made .
It will need all the funding it can get especially since it was worked on for 5 years. Didnt break 100,000 in europe (vgchartz so its questionable) Hopefully the US will buy it.
wow says only 88k for alan wake on vg chartz , is that worldwide or just europe .must say im pretty gutted as if those are real sales then i guess my love of horror games will die off as not a lot of those games will come out besides deadspace and resident evil every 2 years and 3 or 4 years for resi . hope thats wrong sales just so horror genre doesnt get phased out for good its one of the best .
who cares about the ads in games its not like it really affects you and if does then i dont know what to say. i remember when m$ announced they were going to ads on the dashboard and people were complaining but it really has no effect and some of it is even interesting to me. One thing i do wish tho that since they have these ads in game and helps with the development then the games should be cheaper and the same goes for xbox live since they have the ads then gold service should be cheaper as well anyways back to alan wake... i am defiantly loving this game. the story is great so far for only being on episode 2 and the advertisements dont bother me i think its kind of cool that they actually use real products like the energizer flsahlight and batteries and even the Lincoln car whatever its called. to me it makes the game more realistic.
Alan Wake sucks. Id rather play Silent Hill 1 from the PSN store.
To those laughing or saying that some people are basically idiots because they think TV and billboard product placements were a bit overshown... There's no problem with product placement perse... The problem is when it's thrown to your face when the mood has not been preparing you for it. As a marketing strategy it's good, but as a mysterious and captivating gaming experience, it can throw you off the immersion. When you turn TV's in Alan Wake there is no usual programming with commercials (even if they're made up) with the Verizon appearing as part of the commercials programming... No, it is shown alone and sudden when you're actually expecting an interesting aspect of the game plot or something. It's not like there's a tv showing many commercials and Verizon was one of them... The billboard was the same thing... You don't see constant ads in Bright Falls of made up products... You get the obvious, in your face, Verizon billboard in the middle of nowhere with no other billboards to be seen aside from the apparent Energizer one. I don't really have a problem with product placement and to be honest I wasn't really annoyed by them in Alan Wake, but I think some of them were awkwardly pushed.
360, it only does advertisement.
I am really impressed with this game. It has been a long time since a game has blown me away like this. Scary as hell. Do yourself a favor and get this game.
The game was just okay. I kept getting deja vu from the environment and enemy encounters. It's just the same freaking thing over and over with really bad dialog/voice acting. I love how critics praise this but trash Alone In The Dark. It's funny how similar they are and Alone In The Dark didn't take over five years to disappoint.
The Verizon billboard felt out of place. Didn't stop me from enjoying the game and I quickly forgot about it. All the cars in Rainbow Six Vegas being Dodges and all the MLG ad's get my vote as the worst and most blatant in a game.
I noticed on one of the earlier parts of the game before the ish hits the fan as Alan Wake is sitting in a car the display on the car's electronics says Microsoft Sync. I laughed as it was so cheesey
MGS: Peace Walker... Nuff' said
This game sure beats the hell out of anything I have ever played on my PS3, hands down!
Man this site is crazy. Look I bought alan wake day one. It, so far has been worth it. I enjoyed this game. I don't really see how alan wake is relevant to the list of ps3 games you just rattled off? Seriously examine what you just wrote chickenlegs9 and realize you are a fanboy. I hope one day you will grow up and just start loving games in general rather then just the ones on your ps3. Don't get me wrong ps3 has some excellent, excellent games but if you have never played any of the xbox games, your opinion is sadly one-sided and narrow. So please for the sake of the game industry just enjoy games of all types when they are good, reguardless of platform or gametype.
Very nice comment @ I got the meat. You my friend are the very definition of a gamer. I try so hard to come to this site for news but it just makes me sick to see the fan boys and childish arguments on n4g. I just wish people could go back to playing the games and not the consoles. Allen wake is fantastic. I'm on episode 5 now and I think its one of the best looking games I have played. Up until I played aw I would have said uncharted2 was the the best looking but this changed my mind. I don't care if the game is on my ps3 or 360 I play the games and I'm sure in the future I will play a game that looks even better but for now what a story and one hell of a game. You have to see it to believe it.
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