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.
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.