Games PS3 Owners Wish They Had: Alan Wake
When people around here learned I was playing Alan Wake, they wondered if I might do a review of some kind. Well, that doesn't jive with the PSXE format, of course, but I often spoke highly of the artistic, well-written Xbox 360 exclusive in my editorials and Week in Reviews. We do believe the PS3 exclusive lineup has the edge in terms of measuring-stick games but there are a few exclusives on other platforms PS3 fans wish they had. And now that we learn Remedy might be working on Alan Wake 2, we're going to say this is the one potential series you'll really miss if you don't own a 360.
Mass Effect is coming to Sony's machine and there's Halo and Gears, but over the years, we've noticed our readership tends to consist of gamers who really appreciate the artistic side of this industry. There's an abnormal number of RPG fans (nothin' wrong with that, either) and a game like Heavy Rain is adored. Uncharted 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4 are beloved more for their atmosphere, presentation, scope, feel, and overall substance rather than their technical savvy. This being the case, I'm telling you guys: Alan Wake, while definitely a little repetitive in terms of gameplay, will really make you think. It's an impressive story and a genuinely creepy setting, and it's really unfortunate that it sold so poorly.
It's the game's originality that should appeal to you. Some will say there's very little in the way of originality on the 360 platform but Alan Wake is definitely a beacon. If you don't appreciate the writing, character development, and general sensation provided by the truly freaky atmosphere, you will not like it. You'll just say it's a mediocre third-person shooter, which is a ridiculously ignorant thing to say, but people will still say it...especially people who stick to action games and shooters. Given the artistic productions found on the PlayStation platform in the past (everything from ICO and Shadow of the Colossus to Katamari Damacy to Heavy Rain to LittleBigPlanet), I'm fairly certain many PS3 owners wish they had Remedy's ambitious, effective title.
Am I saying I want Remedy to put Alan Wake 2 - if it does indeed exist? - on the PS3? Well, not necessarily. Exclusives are the cream of the crop of any platform because developers can focus entirely on that one platform. So in all honesty, I'd rather it remain exclusive to the 360 rather than go multiplatform. Do I think it could've been better had Remedy opted to go exclusive with the PS3...? Well, that's another question. As is, though, Alan Wake is good for the industry, and the artistic-minded should be part of it.
10/20/2010 11:55:35 AM Ben Dutka