Monday, March 28, 2011

Alan Wake: More than a video game

In case you guys haven't figured out by now, I am a huge video game player. I also am going to school to learn video game design and one game that I have had my eye on for a while was Alan Wake. I just got done playing this game, and I must say that visually and story-wise it was very well crafted.
The story is about a writer named Alan Wake who goes to a pacific Northwest town for vacation. Little does he know that weird and scary things are about to happen...

As a writer I enjoyed this game because the makers tell the story as writers; as if I wrote the story. The narration is what makes this game so unique amongst all those overplayed first-person shooters. I was pleased to see that the story justified the action and the action supported the story. Even how they cleverly adapted a sort of episodic feel to the game, I was entertained from start to epic finish.

The set pieces were amazing and the lighting effects really looked great for a next-gen game. As a writer I felt satisfied with the suspense aspect of the game and I very much enjoyed the creepy factor. I highly recommend this game for any writer who wants to tell a story...I mean who doesn't want to live their own stories, right???

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