Category: Game Reviews

Alan Wake (xbox 360)

You might think that I took longer to write this review than Remedy did to actually make the game. That being said, I don’t want to diminish what a fantastic game this is. here’s why:

There an abundance of nods towards Stephen King and his stories throughout this game, which works well with the eerie style it is trying to create. The game is very atmospheric, it is best to play it with the curtains closed and the lights off. I lost count at how many times this game made me jump, but I class that as a success to the team at Remedy. The narrative was great in this game, you will be hard pushed to find a better plot and story line in any game on any system.

I ad very high hopes for this game and had been waiting for it for a long time, I’m glad to say that I was not disappointed. The combat flows like a fighting game and although the story and the world is rather linear, because the environment is so rich in detail and the horizons are so vast you do not for on moment feel confined.

The pacing of the plot is just right, you never feel that things are going to fast, or even too slow, they have the perfect balance, which in a game like this is very hard to do.

This game is an Xbox 360 exclusive and shows off the power and style of the system. Although it did not do as well as projected in it’s original sales, things are staring to pick up again with the announcement of a new installment which will be available for download from the system in quarter 1 2012. With two pieces of downloadable content already to it’s name, Alan Wake certainly has a fan base waiting and yearning for a chance to play as the writer Alan once again.

For those of you who are on the brink of deciding to buy this game, or even to rent it. I urge you to do so, and make sure you play it all the way through. I assure you that you will not be dissapointed!

Rating: 9.1/10

So, I just came back from the 1940’s. Or at least that’s how I feel, because I have just finished playing and completing Rockstar’s ‘L.A Noire’. The way they effortlessly make you feel you are in the 40’s is truly staggering; with fantastic ambient music from that era, the classic cars, adverts, scenery and countless other throwbacks.

The detail on the facial expression is key to this game as you have to judge by that whether the person you are interviewing/interrogating/investigating is telling the truth.  You feel like a real detective the way you are going round looking for clues and then thrusting them in the suspects face when they try and feed you a lie.

The open World environment is also so expansive and impressive. I spent a lot of time driving round L.A and soaking up the atmosphere. It is so rich in detail is staggering.

The Game play is also fantastic. It is extremely smooth for a narrative driven game. Rockstar have certainly outdone themselves here.

On the Xbox 360 edition it comes with three disks. The game really does give you value for money with plenty of hours of game time in the main story alone. Then you have collectible to collect, sights to be found and street crime missions to be solved.

I’m hard pushed to find negatives about this game and I’m not going to go down pedantic boulevard and find one either, because that would not be fair to the game.

If you want a game that is;  immersible, expansive, value for money, has a fantastic narrative plot and just oozes style, then I urge you to get this game

Rating: 9.6/10