I remember reading about this game in anticipation of its release way back in 2010 and being really excited about what I read. I love survival horror games, good stories, and Stephen King, so this game was looking like a perfect fit for me. Then I got caught up in the buzzsaw that was Bioshock 2, Mass Effect 2, Final Fantasy XIII, and Splinter Cell: Conviction, and I totally missed Alan Wake at that time.
Flash forward 6 years…
I was game shopping and saw that Quantum Break came with a free copy of this game so I decided to jump – $30 for two games I really wanted to play!
Two things jumped out at me almost immediately. Well, okay, within the first hour of game play.
- This game, technically speaking, has not aged as well as I had hoped
- The way the storytelling is done really does a nice job of building tension
The graphics have certainly aged – the characters specifically look very last-gen.
The main character’s narration/voice acting is overdone, although I suppose it may be an accurate representation of how a writer/author would talk through their own story. It was a little annoying to begin with but I adjusted. Once I was past that, the way the story is told and the action is paced, lead to a lot of tension building quickly and persistently.
I made it through about 5 hours of game play until I got distracted by other things but, in that amount of time, I could tell that the story was the star of this game, even back when it was technically cutting edge.
I really, REALLY, wish I had played this when it originally came out. If you have patience for slightly aged graphics I would definitely recommend playing this game.