One of the most awaited games of 2010 is due for release on 20th of May, and thanks to Microsoft India, we at Techtree were able to get an exclusive early hands-on with the game at Microsoft's office. Although we got limited time with the game it was still enough to give us an impression of what the game is all about. So what do we think of it? Read on to find out.
Let's take a quick look at the story of the game first. The protagonist, Alan Wake, is a famous author but for some reason has not been able to write anything for about two years. His wife, Alice, takes him to a small beautiful town named Bright Falls, Washington, so that he may begin writing again. The day they arrive at Bright Falls, Alice goes missing and Alan discovers all sorts of weird things happening around him. For starters, all inhabitants of the town get possessed by some dark force at night and Alan finds himself being part of a story that he apparently wrote himself, a story that he does not even remember writing.
Now Alan must find the missing manuscripts and piece the puzzle together so that he can find his wife again, all the while trying to escape the creations of his own imagination. The only way to destroy these creatures of the dark is to shine light on them, which is why one of the most important weapons that you will wield in the game is a flash light.
The story is told in a unique episodic manner. If played at a decent pace on the normal difficulty level, each episode lasts about an hour. Think of each episode as a different level. After an episode ends and a new one starts, you get a recap of all that happened in the previous episode. This makes you feel like you are part of a TV series rather than a player in a game.
If it isn't clear already, Alan Wake is an action survival horror thriller game. Your primary enemies are inhabitants of Bright Falls, who have been possessed by a supernatural force. This gives them the ability to take far more damages than your average Bright Fall citizen and even move around at blinding speeds that would leave you spinning around as they move and try to dodge your attacks. The only way to weaken them is to aim your flashlight at them, destroying the evil force in them. But even after they lose their superpowers they continue to attack you, which is when you make use of the games firearms. In the short while that we played the game, we managed to uncover a standard handgun, shotgun, rifle and flare gun.