So every week, I Gabriel, will be discussing some of my favourite games whether new or old. I will be discussing why not only are they good games, but why they have stuck with me. This week, is Alan Wake.
I should also make note of the fact that Alan Wake is my most favourite game of all time, so words alone cannot describe how much I love it!
One of my most favourite segments in this game was the Anderson Farm, a section which really sums up the incredible variation in this game. this includes the famous rock concert. If a second game is made (which needs to be happening as of yesterday) these sorts of moments need to be in plentiful supply – I can’t be the only who agrees that one of the standout moments in Alan Wake was the massive fight at the farm, holding out on a stage stocked to the brim with almost all the weapons in the game available, from shotguns to flashbangs and flares, all with the stunning Children of the Elder God being blasting out in the background, if ever a segment of a game stood out, it was this true masterpiece right there.
That also brings me onto the soundtrack, a mixture of beautiful instrumentals to various songs heard at the end of each “chapter” of the game, as well as on the radios you can find. Some of my favourites are In Dreams by Roy Orbison, War by Poets Of The Fall, and my two ultimate favourites: The Poet and The Muse (also by Poets Of The Fall) and Shady Grove by Among The Oak And Ash.
The graphics in this game are beautiful, and the story-while simple- is shrouded in a ever unfolding mystery. The characters too are amazing, with the protagonist Alan being a very interesting person to play as, with my other personal favourite being Alan’s best friend Barry Wheeler, and the interactions between the two of them are hilarious. A key, and extremely clever feature of Alan Wake is the manuscript, a novel entitled Departure (that Alan doesn’t remember writing, after he wakes up in a car crash missing a week of his memory of course) that tells the player what will happen very soon in the story- adding to the overall sense of mystery and jumpiness experienced. The trick of fighting with light is also ingenious, burning away the shadows of your enemies before finishing them with conventional weapons like a revolver.
I love Alan Wake, it’s something I will always replay and never tire of, and if you haven’t played it then do so now, and don’t talk to me until you do!