The Xbox 360, it’s been around since 2005 and like it or not has become a force to be reckoned with. Franchises like Gears of War, Halo, Left 4 Dead and Mass Effect among others, have made said console a must buy for any lover of games but I’ll be honest with you; although just one of the aforementioned franchises would be enough reason to purchase Microsoft’s box (I love and enjoy all of them), they were not they reason I spent hundreds of dollars to buy the console. You might not remember but 5 years ago, an unknown game was announced.
That game was Alan Wake. Ever since then, I’ve been impatiently waiting on the game’s release and have been paying very close attention to it, scouring for every bit of info that surfaced, screenshots, videos – anything. Last year, managing director of Remedy Entertainment Matias Myllyrinne said jokinly that “some of your parents might remember when we initiated the project.” Well it’s not joke to millions of Xbox 360 owners and to me, who bought an Xbox 360 in anticipation of said title.
He did however said some things that placed me at ease:
“It’s been since 2005 – we’ve be crafting this thing and for us I mean we could’ve put something out much earlier to be honest, and it would’ve been probably okay, but for us, we only want to come out with a game when we have something to say and a point to make so when gamers put down their hard earned cash on a game the Remedy brand is on, that box needs to be a seal of quality so they’re getting a certain movie like experience with good story and a good character – that really is key for us.”
Storyline in games is one of the most important aspect to me. Developers can and should add all the other great qualities that make a game top-tier but in my humble opinion, without a good story to keep me intrigued, guessing, wanting more till the game’s complete, then I’m not really interested. Of course certain games don’t call for intricate writing but at least something to keep players hooked to know what happens at the end will suffice. Remedy’s effort seems to be all that and then some…
And that’s the reason I’m so excited this title: You are Alan Wake, a best selling writer who in two years have not been able to forge up nothing; things are tough, the artistic juices are seemingly stalled. Your wife, Alice, saw your dilemma and in an effort to help, brought you home the idyllic small town of Bright Falls to aid you in recovering that creative flow.
Suddenly, Alice disappears without leaving any trace and instantly you’re in the worst nightmare of your life. Word by word, your latest work, a thriller that you can’t even remember writing is coming to pass before your very own eyes. Find her, save her, free her. It’s your mission.
This game captivated from the onset, it was and still is nothing like I’ve seen and I can’t wait to experience it.
I’m a proud owner of many consoles including Wii and PS3 and yes Alan Wake’s Xbox 360. Halo rocks, Mass Effect is awesome, Forza is a really good game and nothing tops Splinter Cell in the stealth department; but honestly, Alan Wake is the reason I bought an Xbox 360 and come this spring, my thirst will be quenched. Finally.
Very nice read. I really love the peaceful atmosphere here….
I bought My Xbox 360 for Halo games… I’m sorry I just love them… I also like Splinter Cell so obviously I can’t wait for Conviction.. Hope you get to enjoy it – Alan Wake..
I’m sure I will. : )
i cannot wait until alan wake comes out. It looks like a special game that comes around every once in a while
Same feeling I have…
Either way I am gonna pick up this game but I must say..
I am just not “pumped” about this game. It seems cool but even after watching all of the videos and reading every article I can it just doesn’t move me. I don’t know why. I want it to, I really do. Storytelling is very important to me and that seems to be the main focus of this game.
I felt the same about Dragon Age and after playing it(love it)I couldn’t believe I had any doubt, and I am usually a very optimistic person.
So, I hope this game kicks ass and sets a new level of storytelling in games. Please don’t let it turn out like Too Human.
My reason for buying a 360 was Mass Effect and I don’t regret ever getting one.
That’s good to know supra5mge.. Everyone has a story to tell on why they purchased a console… Sometimes however it’s just because we love games : )
This game will defintely be awesome I remember my friends talking about this game for years the xbox has some awesome exclusives and should steal some of Sony’s thunder in the future and imo some games look better on an xbox than a ps3 but this year has been ps3′s year so far with them holding the lion’s share of exclusives and it’s exciting to see what both consoles will release in their generation cycle.
In my opinion, The real reason why Gamers play games is because they love games. It doesn’t matter what console it’s on.
However, I’m sticking to the PS3 is because that’s what my friends have.
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I bought my Xbox 360 to sell on Ebay. I sold it within a few days of purchase, still sealed up brand new. There hasn’t been any game really, that made me want to buy any console this generation.
I’ve enjoyed games, but there hasn’t been anything that I’ve seen that made me want to go out and purchase a system I didn’t have.
Dude? do you have a PS3? Xbox 360 has some big games man:
Mass Effect 2
Splinter Cell: Conviction
…….Those are just few but that’s an awesome box!
Yea, I have a PS3 and Wii.
I’ve been waiting for this game a very long time before it was announced for any platform. I’m very excited for it’s release! I disagree on the splinter cell comment for me no stealth game will top the metal gear games .
Well we all have our opinions, some love stealth, and some love pure hardcore run and gun action..
I like both : )
Sometimes it’s best to stick with what your friends have, especially if you play online a lot.
Heavy Rain will chew Alan Wake and spit out its bones
I think this whole “games need to have an interesting storyline or I’m gonna stop playing” thing is kinda out of hand. I play games because they’re games. I don’t care if Yahtzee has a story. I’m not concerned with whether or not Monopoly makes sense. It’s fun. It’s part of what’s so annoying about people who complain about the story in Mario Platformers. They’re supposed to be fun. pure fun nothing else and in that at least they succeed.
That said I fully appreciate a good story. Huge fan of FFIV and I’m loving Fallout 3, I even liked RE4. I also admit that while I haven’t been drawn to take the dive over Halo or Gears. I would buy a 360 for Mass Effect, and Alan Wake would be my second game. If I wasn’t holding out hope for Mass Effect on PS3 I might have already gone under.
Keep hoping, it might just happen, and sooner than we think: