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RiotHouse001 Feb 12 @ 7:23pm
Is it worth buying
I played this game when it first came out on the 360 but never had the chance to really get too far into it. i really enjoyed the game but found that it was really hard to control when the fighting was around every corner. I have read many reviews most everyone seems to love the story and the gameplay seems to be above average but i hear its not a game that is played more than once by most who play it... should i spend the money and get it or is it really not worth it in the end..... NO ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ COMMENTS
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Genesis Feb 12 @ 10:46pm 
It is totally worth it in my opinion. I'm working in the video game industry and I haven't been so much blown away by a video game for the last 5 years. I enjoyed how compelling the story is and how well developed the characters are.
DNaB Feb 13 @ 4:51am 
I absolutely know what you mean. When I first started to play it, I found the combat pretty tough to get my head around, but if you give it time, then it definitely feels more fair, and less like you're being ambushed all the time. If you enjoyed the game up to the point you played, then I'd definitely recommend giving it another shot.
Vic 2.0 Feb 13 @ 5:04am 
Depends on what you're going for. If you didn't enjoy the combat at all, you should probably try to buy it as cheap as possible, if at all because the combat is a constant part of the game. I definitely think you should play it at least one time all the way through, though.

Replayability is somewhat subjective. I think most people would say it doesn't have much, but I'm working on my seventh playthrough right now! I actually like the combat, and I LOVE the atmosphere. I'm beginning to think of this environment as my home away from home (how twisted am I?) Hehe, evidently you can get it for 3 bucks (through Steam?) though, so I'd say it's worth at least that without question.
RiotHouse001 Feb 13 @ 2:45pm 
where do you see it for 3 dollars, i am looking right now and it says Alan Wake is a 30 dollar game?
Originally posted by Vic 2.0:
Depends on what you're going for. If you didn't enjoy the combat at all, you should probably try to buy it as cheap as possible, if at all because the combat is a constant part of the game. I definitely think you should play it at least one time all the way through, though.

Replayability is somewhat subjective. I think most people would say it doesn't have much, but I'm working on my seventh playthrough right now! I actually like the combat, and I LOVE the atmosphere. I'm beginning to think of this environment as my home away from home (how twisted am I?) Hehe, evidently you can get it for 3 bucks (through Steam?) though, so I'd say it's worth at least that without question.
Vic 2.0 Feb 13 @ 5:42pm 
Ohh, it might've been a temporary sale. It was 2.99 on Steam at some point or another.

Assuming you are strictly a PC gamer, I'm actually inclined to agree. 30 is a little steep, but that's for any game IMO. I always wait til they drop to 20.
RiotHouse001 Feb 13 @ 10:17pm 
i wasnt always a PC gamer but now that i am a college student its much cheaper to spend 20 30 dollars then it is to spend 60
Originally posted by Vic 2.0:
Ohh, it might've been a temporary sale. It was 2.99 on Steam at some point or another.

Assuming you are strictly a PC gamer, I'm actually inclined to agree. 30 is a little steep, but that's for any game IMO. I always wait til they drop to 20.
JulZu Feb 13 @ 11:53pm 
It's totally worth it after couple hours. In fact I didn't first want to play this game, but after few hours I just loved this game. I recommend.
Vic 2.0 Feb 14 @ 3:19am 
Originally posted by CPT_Swordfish:
i wasnt always a PC gamer but now that i am a college student its much cheaper to spend 20 30 dollars then it is to spend 60

Well, the Xbox 360 copy is 6-20 dollars on Amazon and in stores. That's what I have, and I was surprised to find it was 30 for the PC.
wammbler Feb 14 @ 10:55am 
Originally posted by CPT_Swordfish:
I played this game when it first came out on the 360 but never had the chance to really get too far into it. i really enjoyed the game but found that it was really hard to control when the fighting was around every corner. I have read many reviews most everyone seems to love the story and the gameplay seems to be above average but i hear its not a game that is played more than once by most who play it... should i spend the money and get it or is it really not worth it in the end..... NO ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ COMMENTS

Dude, there are something wrong with your gamepad skills (or the gamepad itself). Cause I've finished this game on 360 in one night (normal difficulty) and haven't experienced some control difficulties.

Anyway I think that this game is more aesthetic and story-based and not fixated on the gameplay. If you like dark-moody mysthic thrillers then you obviously will fall in love with that one near to the 50% of your walkthrough. I think that the kb+mouse are definitely making the combats a lot more easier.
Hard Core Rikki Feb 14 @ 11:05am 
Well worth whatever you pay.
Dreossk Feb 14 @ 1:06pm 
I wouldn't recommend it. You just go through woods and light up enemies with your torch then you shoot them. The environments are the same and for what I have seen the story just doesn't progress. You periodically find pages of a book but it just tells what you just did... no much story developing here. I couldn't go pass chapter 3 or 4, way too boring. Not a good tps and not a good storyteller.
RiotHouse001 Feb 14 @ 4:42pm 
it just dropped down to 4.45 instead of the 30 dollars so i bought it, hope you guys are right. looking forward to playing it all night
Originally posted by Vic 2.0:
Originally posted by CPT_Swordfish:
i wasnt always a PC gamer but now that i am a college student its much cheaper to spend 20 30 dollars then it is to spend 60

Well, the Xbox 360 copy is 6-20 dollars on Amazon and in stores. That's what I have, and I was surprised to find it was 30 for the PC.
Vic 2.0 Feb 14 @ 5:21pm 
Originally posted by Dreossk:
I wouldn't recommend it. You just go through woods and light up enemies with your torch then you shoot them.

So by that logic, a person should be even less inclined to buy most shooters because in those you just shoot the enemies... No, I think both statements are gross oversimplifications.

Originally posted by Dreossk:
The environments are the same

This is just a flat-out lie. First off, you later admit in your post that you didn't even play through the whole game. You should've, or you should've at least told us that before giving your opinion of the game - because it's really just your opinion of about half the game... now isn't it?

Second, the environment is ever-changing. When I first played this game, I was expecting to be in wooded areas that all looked alike for the majority of it. Not so. You spend maybe 25% of your game time actually IN the forest, if that. This is not excessive! The rest of the game you find yourself fighting in the streets (on foot or in a vehicle), labyrinths, near a raging river, in watermills, sawmills, sheds, garages, cabins, lodges, motels, on a stage in the middle of a farm with heavy metal blaring through the speakers, train stations, on bridges with and without train tracks, warehouses, basements, lumber yards, junk yards, graveyards, ghost towns, right through Bright Falls in the dead of night, on top of a dam, around electric power plants, through fields set aflame by falling ships and that's not even counting the even more wildly diverse environments in the two DLCs, particularly The Writer.

Originally posted by Dreossk:
and for what I have seen the story just doesn't progress.

What you've seen is only a part of the game, for one thing. And for another, this sort of game rarely does "progress the story" until the end (if at all) because the whole point of the ride is the mystery of it.

Originally posted by Dreossk:
You periodically find pages of a book but it just tells what you just did... no much story developing here. I couldn't go pass chapter 3 or 4, way too boring.

The manuscript pages tell you a lot more than "what you just did". In fact, most of them either hint at what's ahead or tell you of events elsewhere, whether it be in the past, present, or future.

I didn't think it was boring, but that's subjective. Some people have called GTA boring, for example.

Originally posted by Dreossk:
Not a good tps and not a good storyteller.

I had no issue with the combat. I rather liked it, actually. And the storytelling is one of the truly great things about this game! But I will admit you have to stick with it longer than just the first couple episodes before it really starts shining.
Boreak Feb 14 @ 6:20pm 
The combat is pretty bad to be honest. The controls just feel really awkward and in most cases, I'd rather run to the next safe haven than stay and fight, which says a lot about the gameplay. I beat the game a while ago and recently attempted to play the special episodes but the combat was so frustrating that I can't be bothered now, maybe I just need to get used to it again. One thing that REALLY bugs me is how Alan is stuck right at the corner of the screen, I think it would be a lot less awkward if he was in the middle of it.

With that said, I do think Alan Wake is worth picking up at the sale price, it has one of my favourite video game storylines, which is why the poor combat is such a shame.
Vic 2.0 Feb 14 @ 7:22pm 
Originally posted by Boreak:
The combat is pretty bad to be honest. The controls just feel really awkward and in most cases, I'd rather run to the next safe haven than stay and fight, which says a lot about the gameplay.

That actually just says you personally didn't like the combat (for some reason yet to be articulated), but it is worth mentioning that more often than not, you're SUPPOSED to want to run rather than stay and fight. It's not a typical shooter, it's a psychological thriller.

I personally loved the combat. I'm playing the game my seventh or eighth time as we speak, mostly for the combat and atmosphere.

Originally posted by Boreak:
One thing that REALLY bugs me is how Alan is stuck right at the corner of the screen, I think it would be a lot less awkward if he was in the middle of it.

I really think they were going for a movie/TV show sort of feel; and if so, they nailed it, in my book. Again, I have no issues with this aspect of the camera angle. But some people might, so, good of you to mention it! :)
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