Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Alan Wake Revisited

Alan Wake, a game I liked but didn't love, is analyzed in this week's Escapist.
"Alan Wake is never a horror game, but a story about its own troubled development and the toll it took on the people who made it."
Whether you agree or disagree is really a question of whether or not you think a team of developers, working on a large project for years and years, could really be so self-referential when they need to also be entertaining and scary. Oh, and profitable.

Alan Wake was a game, in my opinion, that was never quite as good as the ideas behind it. I wanted to like it so much more than I did. The gameplay was fun but way too repetitive, and the story was compelling but convoluted. Great sound design, though.

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