The New York Times Review of Alan Wake

Seth Schiesel from The New York Times Tags this review "A Game That Thinks It’s an Eerie TV Drama" and proceeds "Among the more interesting aspects of the video game world is that the sequels are often better than the originals. After all, continual creative iteration is the heart of game design. Most of that process should take place before the game is released to the public, but there are plenty of franchises that have not come into their own until a second title addresses the flaws of the first. (My favorite games of 2009, Assassin’s Creed II and Uncharted 2, provide recent examples.)

I hope that is what happens with Alan Wake, the new suspense game developed by Remedy Entertainment of Finland and released this week by Microsoft for the Xbox 360. I hope the inevitable Alan Wake 2 delivers the emotional depth and gameplay range this first title so clearly lacks."

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STICKzophrenic3261d ago

This is exactly the kind of review that has made me hesitant to get this game.

I've read glowing reviews, but then I've also read several reviews like this one.

I want to play Alan Wake, but not for $60.

JokesOnYou3261d ago (Edited 3261d ago )

...and suddenly NY Times opinions on Games matters on n4g? Oh well I guess it doesn't take much to make some "hesistant" about certain games. You can find less than "glowing" reviews for just about 99% of games, even when the general consensus is positive.

lol, yet every review from every big site despite their personal issues with the game have said its a game anyone interested in the genre and a great story driven game should play it. Ahh, well it doesn't matter, just thought your comment sounds like you worry about reviews a little too much either way play whatever makes you happy, its good to be a gamer these days there's plenty of great games out so I'm sure you'll find something worthy of your $60. As for me I'm playing Alan Wake now(currently Episode 4), and I agree the game is awesome and by far the story+atmosphere is definitely AW's strongest asset, everything else from thet graphics, to gameplay and little details are superb, none of the references to other media bothered me at all like the reviews said, I do however agree that some of the voice acting is lower quality for such a game that clearly shows off a highly technical production value, but other than that AW is clearly my GOTY so far and in the end the only opinion that really matters your own.


foxxy3261d ago

The game isn't worth a full 60$ you know how I know cause I beat the whole thing at my freinds house this is most spot on sites and mags give 9 like candy this game got a ten on a x-box site a perfect score a perfect for a 60$ game with no replay vaule 8 to 10 hour game graphics are just dark and boring farm equipment is the main enemy in the game this is most unbiased review I've read on Alan wake.

mittwaffen3261d ago (Edited 3261d ago )

I wish it was double the length; the world is too good to give up so quickly. Nightmare I guess next time I play; hard is difficult at times but not unforgiving.

Foxy; I'm almost done this game. Farm EQ isnt the 'main enemy' play the game trust me you;ll like it. And it is worth buying new; when the DLC may be around 15 bucks ...Unless you get an amazing deal used; but personally I really love the game; its top three for me easily.

booni33261d ago

that this is still someone elses opinion. Theres a chance that YOU might enjoy the game.

STICKzophrenic3261d ago (Edited 3261d ago )

I'm not saying NY Times is the end all be all of video game reviews, but I've read some other reviews that say similar things.

I work hard so that I can buy video games, and I like to get great value for my purchases. I've read it's anywhere from 8 to 12 hours, and the ending is kind of weird and isn't really an ending. That doesn't sound like a $60 value to me.

Like I said, I WANT to play this game because I think I'll enjoy it, but I don't want to pay full price for it because it doesn't sound like it's worth full price from a lot of reviews.

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Ghoul3261d ago (Edited 3261d ago )

new york times.

great newspaper i love to read it once in a while where available (german)

the paper that thinks ever movie is totally crap when its not coming from one the the 5 biggest genius directors available ?

seriously i played the game and its awesome.

new york times is not the kind of ressource i read when looking for critics about games.

they seem to rate alan wake on a movie skale.

if you do that then seriously even uncharted gets 1/10 points couse out of a movie critics perspektive the plot and story fomr uncharted is horrible. out of the view of an entertainming game its great though.

i love alan wake, play it on YOUR OWN and make up an opinion YOURSELF

Darkstorn3261d ago (Edited 3261d ago )

I wouldn't say Uncharted's plot is bad, per say; it's just a traditional action romp.

Perjoss3261d ago (Edited 3261d ago )

I agree, there are too many games these days that are PACKED full of gameplay. I'm talking about games you can get over 50 hours from. These are the ones that are worth 'full price' in my opinion. Games that are 6 to 10 hours standard I usually wait for the price drops to start.

mittwaffen3261d ago (Edited 3261d ago )

I'm playing on hard riping faces (ie not dieing) if you run off into the woods gameplay shoots up to 15-18 easily when you go hunting for stashes and collectibles.

Best game I've played since MGS4 imo.

tinybigman3261d ago (Edited 3261d ago )

At first I had no interest in the game as all I saw was Alone in the Dark with a flashlight, but I decided to give it a try anyway and was generally surprised at how good the game was.

Even though it was in sub hd I thought it looked really good; the atmosphere was creepy, and it actually had me on edge. I finished it between 12-15 hrs and I enjoyed every minute of it.

I personally would give it a solid 9 one of the best games I've played this year along side HR, GoW3, SC:C, ME2, FF13(don't care what others say), and 3 Dot Game Hero (which I'm playing now).

ilikecookies3261d ago

I live in New York and everyone here takes the times with a grain of salt. Everything they do sucks and they tend to misinform. Don't follow this review because its worthless.

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Nathan1233261d ago

"Heavy Rain, the masterly mystery game from Quantic Dream for the PlayStation 3, packs more emotional weight and psychological meaning into every five minutes than Alan Wake manages over its 10 to 12 hours"


The game has really turned out to be a disappointment after what it was hyped to be. It stands at 82 on meta lol never did I think that Splinter Cell would outscore this lol.

Inside_out3261d ago (Edited 3261d ago )

This guy hasn't played the way...90% of the game is in the woods?...LIE...Every "episode" is 2 to 2.5 hrs long and features set pieces that I'm sure even a IDIOT like Nathan have seen....Lighthouse...Anderson Farm ( A HIGHLIGHT worth the price of the game )...Underground abandon mine as well as above abandon mine...Power station...Various " lodges"...The Dam that has been feature in some highlights...etc...ALL tied together with friendly strolls and RIDES through maniac invested forestry settings...With INCREDIBLE lighting, Enemy AI and physics unseen in a game this gen...LOL...( except Gears ;~D )... game is and for me the ending was to weird...I would of liked the " Farm " to be the ending...Free DLC to first time buyers coming in July...NYT should stick to the " Economy "

See, this is a perfect example where if you never played the game you would never know...I have and have completed it...on my second play thru and a harder difficulty setting...This is easily a 9/10 game...Many problems with this non gamers review...HR is more like the Sims than AW...LOL...He's basing his review on someone Else's...Many 9,s and some 10's out there...chk it out...ENJOY...

knight6263261d ago (Edited 3261d ago )

i disagree with you half of the game or mayb more than half you running around in the dark but iam not saying the game is bad i liked the game and i would of rated at least 8.5 not even close to a 9

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Inside_out3261d ago (Edited 3261d ago )

Poor sound ANGRY...This is a 360 EXCLUSIVE, you can't played it, why are you here...LOL...I'm here because I played the game....where's the N4G mods guys now...LOL...they allow these IDIOTIC PS3 kids/trolls free reign on here...Look at this loser...but,but meta said this...and,and While I never even played the game, I agree...Where are you getting these quotes imagination...I have all the the games I like...Have an INFORMED have nothing....

Alan Wake is a great game....I KNOW, I played want to put all your hope and dreams on a newspaper...go right ahead...doesn't surprise me...

BTW...look at all the has become a PS3 fanboy site...sad really...

@ Knight...yeah, he said forests...LOL...definitely 90% of the game is at NIGHT...the only time you see the Fallen...

mookins3261d ago (Edited 3261d ago )

Sounds like you need a tissue cez. I'm watching a playthrough of this game and most of what NY Times said is a bit true.

XXXCouture3261d ago

hmm im still getting it, though this is a very informative and well executed review. im suprised by NY Times

Obama3261d ago

Is it just me or is it that reviewers likes to compare Alan Wake with Heavy Rain a lot?

-MD-3261d ago

I played the first episode and most of the second earlier and loved it. At first I thought I would be unable to die but the challenge ramps up to a nice level early on. The game handles save points really well and you're never replaying anything if you happen to mess up.

Voice acting is mediocre-ish but the graphics are great and the story is actually good.

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