Hello everyone, and welcome to day 5 of 31 days. Today’s song is from a game I had found very late in its life.
Alan Wake: A Writers Dream
I haven’t found anything personally that uses the premise Alan Wake uses. At the time I played it Zombie shooters where a dime in a dozen, and the market was oversaturated with them. What constituted as horror in most cases was a lot of spoopy jump scare YouTube fodder.
This game was an oasis in a desert for me. The story was well written and the premise was unique. Being hunted down by an ever present darkness that can only be harmed by the very limited light you had (and even then you still had to pop a few bullets in them), all while trying to find your wife and unravel the secrets of this strange town. The best part of this was the distinct lack of zombies and cheap jump scares.
Unlike a lot of the fodder out there Alan wake knows how to pace its gameplay. It isn’t straight action or “terror” all the way down the line till the end. The game gives you moments of peace, time to really appreciate the beauty around you, even when you’re in the dark world. It builds a level of tension and suspense that doesn’t feel cheap. In conjunction with that the story itself flows well. The dialog is good and the characters are likeable enough. This fills most of those peaceful moments making them more enjoyable and meaningful.
Finally I would like to add that the game has some great attention to detail. I really appreciate the little things in games. I’ll always pop by a magazine rack and see if anything is actually identifiable, or if it’s just low resolution decoration. In the case of Alan Wake they actually had a TV series called Night Springs which is basically the twilight zone. It’s not important to the story at all, but it simply adds a bit more life into the world. Also the endless Verizon commercials are pretty accurate.
That said if you haven’t picked up this game I would highly recommend it :H2NK6-AYBYR-2KL77: It’s old, but still holds up really well. Sadly it’s not up in stores due to a music licensing issue, but if you can find a copy it’s most certainly worth the buy.