Editorial: Why I Bought An Xbox 360

by Ernice Gilbert on January 23rd, 2010, under Editorials

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.

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17 Comments

  1. Sat, 23rd Jan 2010 at 7:51 am

    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..

    • Sat, 23rd Jan 2010 at 7:53 am

      I’m sure I will. : )

  2. Sat, 23rd Jan 2010 at 3:13 pm

    i cannot wait until alan wake comes out. It looks like a special game that comes around every once in a while

    • Sat, 23rd Jan 2010 at 4:17 pm

      Same feeling I have…

  3. Sat, 23rd Jan 2010 at 4:57 pm

    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.

    • Sat, 23rd Jan 2010 at 5:06 pm

      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 : )

  4. Sat, 23rd Jan 2010 at 7:23 pm

    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.

  5. Sun, 24th Jan 2010 at 1:29 pm

    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.

    • Wed, 24th Feb 2010 at 10:29 am

      Sometimes it’s best to stick with what your friends have, especially if you play online a lot.

  6. Sun, 24th Jan 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Hey Doppelgangergang welcome to Games Thirst! We hope you make it your new home permanently : )

    And yes, we all love games here, the community is peaceful and welcoming. Feel at home.

  7. Sun, 24th Jan 2010 at 7:19 pm

    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.

    • Sun, 24th Jan 2010 at 8:25 pm

      Dude? do you have a PS3? Xbox 360 has some big games man:

      Mass Effect 2
      Splinter Cell: Conviction
      Alan Wake
      Halo: Reach
      …….Those are just few but that’s an awesome box!

  8. Sun, 24th Jan 2010 at 11:01 pm

    @Ernice:
    Yea, I have a PS3 and Wii.

  9. Mon, 25th Jan 2010 at 12:21 am

    Oh ok.

  10. Mon, 25th Jan 2010 at 12:31 am

    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 :) .

    • Mon, 25th Jan 2010 at 2:38 am

      Well we all have our opinions, some love stealth, and some love pure hardcore run and gun action..

      I like both : )

  11. Wed, 10th Mar 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Heavy Rain will chew Alan Wake and spit out its bones :)

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