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Review: Alan Wake - Xbox 360

by Steven Williamson on 13 May 2010, 16:01 3.75

Tags: Alan Wake, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Xbox 360, Action/Adventure

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What is it about?
The story-driven adventure of Alan Wake takes place in Bright Falls, a small town tucked away in the Pacific Northwest that has more than a passing resemblance to the setting for the 1990's surreal drama Twin Peaks. Bright Falls is the main location for Remedy’s psychological action thriller and survival horror game which has been inspired by the likes of renowned thriller writer Stephen King.

Alan Wake follows the story of a thriller author currently suffering from writers block. To reignite his creativity, his wife suggests they relocate to the picturesque town of Bright Falls in Washington, but she soon disappears without a trace plunging Alan into the kind of surreal world that he usually writes about.

This is a dark game both in tone and look and as soon as you see Alan and his wife heading off to a isolated retreat next to a lake in the middle of the woodlands, where he has visions of axe-wielding murderers, it’s clear that it’s going to be a butt-clenchingly scary game complete with every clichedhorror/thriller setting that you can image.

At night a powerful dark entity takes over the town and its inhabitants, and Wake's only protection is the light and his weapon. At day things return to normal and the townspeople are no longer possessed. But in the game Alan has to outrun police, find his book's missing pages, fight the darkness using the light, and ultimately try and find his missing wife.

With a torch and pistol in hand, Alan sets off on his nightmare adventure…

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