Alan Wake reviews start to awaken – round up

Wednesday, 5 May 2010 07:25 GMT By Johnny Cullen


It’s happening: no more delays for Alan Wake. It’s definitely coming next week for Europeans, which is why the online embargo has just lifted.

Opinion on it so far seems to be go out and buy it when it does launch. Or place your pre-order down as soon as humanly possible.

Get rounded-up below

The only tiny blip on Remedy’s radar was the seven given by Eurogamer. Everything else since has been great scores as of the time of writing.

Round-up is below.

If you have any reviews to add, add them below in comments.

Alan Wake releases next Friday in Europe and May 18 in the US for Xbox 360.


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  1. Mike

    I’ll get it next week. Sounds right down street.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Bartman

    Swedish magasine Gamereactor has posted their review here:

    Score: 7/10 (second opinion 8/10)
    Use Google translate if your Swedish is a bit rusty. ;)
    It actually does a half-decent job.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. pontxo

    Spanish Mag, HardGame2:

    Score: 10

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Tallon 4

    I thought they would be straight AAA’s…
    The 7/10 from Eurogamer is quite disturbing….( one of the best sites imo ). Hope they got it wrong.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Withnail

    I’m just going to pick out the reviews that reinforce my preconceptions and ignore everything else.

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Hunam

    EG gave Dead Space a 7 which was criminally low and Alone in the Dark a 7 which was 6 points higher than it deserved. I’m not saying they get it wrong, but horror games can hit people very differently and their scores for them are usually broad. Some sites gave Silent HIll 2 6′s and 7′s back when that came out, and now it’s recognised as the best survival horror game made by most of the gaming press.

    Basically, it can be a contentious subject these horror games.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Razor

    Well, they’re good enough to make me pick it up along with a 360 later down the road. Been interested in this game for a long time.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Newbie101


    #8 5 years ago
  9. tezzer1985

    Reviews are somebody’s opinion, so if somebody gives the game a low score it shouldn’t mean anything..7-10 is a good score, most of us or the general public enjoy games that are rated 7 and up. I will pick up Alan Wake, cause the game seems interesting enough.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Tallon 4

    I’m not saying that I would not be getting this….but the reviews are not that great. Sure…they are a personal opinion, but when the feared metacritic average is not that good, I assume the game isn’t as great as I thought it would be.

    But let’s wait and see…there aren’t many reviews up

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Robo_1

    Ellie also gave the rather awesome R&C: A Crack In Time a 7/10, which I sharply disagreed with, so in all honesty, I don’t put much stock in her opinion.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. onlineatron

    The repetition is what I was mostly worried about. Seeing as the Eurogamer review seems to think that’s an issue, I may wait for a price drop instead of snagging the game day one as I had planned.

    (That or find a trade-in deal at Game)

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Anders

    Skip the reviews and read the comments over at EG instead. Fun!

    #13 5 years ago
  14. KAP

    GameTrailers gave it an average of 8.6 Johnny
    Video review right here:

    What a kick in all 360 nutsacks.

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Blerk

    I can’t believe they gave it to Ellie to review! :-D

    Scores looking good so far, I’ll definitely pick this up at some point.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. manamana

    #16 5 years ago
  17. Enkeixpress

    I’ll wait for it to get cheaper.. it doesn’t seem to be worth it at full price.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. manamana

    I preordered it.
    I’m looking forward to it.
    This will rock. It’s Remedy, they know how to do it right.
    Don’t care to much on Reviews, since i’m enyoing Games with subpar critics …

    #18 5 years ago
  19. KAP

    Alan Wake.
    - 540p subHD resolution causing heavy bluriness and lots of jaggies
    - Heavy game breaking screen tearing
    - Story mode lasts 6 hours at best
    - Lots of boring and annoying vehicle sections like in Alone in the Dark
    - Only 3 types of enemies
    - Only 4 types of weapons

    Unbiased score: 6.8/10

    If you love Alone In The Dark… cough…. You’ll love every repetetive moment of this Alan Wake 360 owners.

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Blerk

    Since when did the number of available weapons affect the final score of a game? :-D

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Gadzooks!


    You try too hard. In your rush to blurt drivel onto the screen you tore your skin suit and your natural trollish green is showing through.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. KAP


    That just helps symbolizes or reinforces the score givin.
    Anywho im sure you’ll love all 6 hours with firing your pistol the first 2 hours, then your shotgun the next 2 hours then torching folks to death with your lethal torch for the last 2 hours. YAY funfun! :D

    #22 5 years ago

    Yeah, maybe I should just throw my 360 in the bin!!

    Then I could buy another PS3 just so that I don’t have to feel ashamed that this game that I’ve never had any intention of buying is coming out!!

    Boooo! Down with Microsoft!!!

    #23 5 years ago
  24. KAP


    Is it troll green, or xbox green?



    *Xbox Fanboy Comment Attack Force

    #24 5 years ago
  25. Blerk

    Completely off topic, but I actually prefer to have fewer weapons in a game. When you have dozens of the damn things I always think I’m using the wrong one. I played through the whole of Dead Space with only the default plasma cutter that you get at the start.

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Gekidami

    “-Only 3 types of enemies”

    Combine harvester included?

    #26 5 years ago
  27. Zonejeu

    The Joystiq link is wrong and should point to :

    #27 5 years ago
  28. KAP


    lol How many games can you say theres killer harvesters.


    You have a valid point dead space was great with just using the plasma cutter, but then could you say the same for borderlands? Or Halo.. running around the entire game with just a pistol? Nah

    #28 5 years ago
  29. aprotosis

    It gets -2 points for not being European sweetheart, “Heavy Rain”.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. Blerk

    Borderlands had a gazillion weapons but actually very few weapon types. I played pretty much the whole game with just varieties of the same four, favouring the shotgun over everything else.

    #30 5 years ago
  31. Zonejeu

    Quick round-up of the French reviews :

    * : 17/20
    * Gamekult : 8/10
    * Gameblog : 5/5
    * Xbox Mag : 18/20
    * JVN : 18/20
    * Tom’s Games : 18/20

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Blerk

    Merci beaucoup!

    #32 5 years ago
  33. dragct – 9.5/10

    #33 5 years ago
  34. Rodrister

    Spanish review:

    Score: 90

    #34 5 years ago
  35. LeD


    Gamekult is often extremely harsh and picky in their reviews, so it’s a good sign that they gave the game an 8, with the ‘Very Good’ tag. They do say the gameplay mechanics feel outdated, but the game’s overall mood, writing and story more than make up for it.

    #35 5 years ago
  36. Gheritt White

    Current Metascore is 84 – Remedy will want to break 85% if they want to secure their bonus cheques.

    #36 5 years ago
  37. Spendroc

    German GamePro: 86%.

    #37 5 years ago
  38. daytripper

    is this “fanboy” thing going to get worse as consoles continue to evolve in the future? i’m dreading what the next generation is going to be like. every forum/game community i read has these arguments about trolls,fanboys, systems being inferior, graphics are poo poo and so on, it can make awful reading at times.

    i feel bad for people starting out playing games/taking a interest, if they read some of stuff posted they wouldnt know what to think !

    #38 5 years ago
  39. Blerk

    I don’t think it’s any worse now than it was back at the dawn of gaming. The only difference these days is that the playground’s bigger and the stuff you shout gets heard by anyone who passes, even if it’s days later.

    #39 5 years ago
  40. Withnail

    It gets -2 points for not being European sweetheart, “Heavy Rain”

    So butthurt.

    #40 5 years ago
  41. DJ Deathstar

    @ KAP

    Yeah because a small town in the Pacific Northwest should be laden with assault rifles, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, plasma rifles, light machine guns, plasma swords, brute hammers, needlers etc

    #41 5 years ago
  42. Moonwalker1982

    @ 6

    Did they give Alone in the dark the same as Dead space? There goes their credibility right there, that’s beyond pathetic, oh my.

    And here we go again about game lengths, first it was said it was 10-16 hours and now someone claims it’s only 6. Right. The same happened with Splinter Cell:Conviction, but i don’t have it, cause i’m playing on realistic, so it lasts much longer than just 5-6 hours.

    And as always, i won’t let reviews decide for me whether to buy/not buy a game.

    #42 5 years ago
  43. Gheritt White

    @ 39: Oh come now – this gen has seen the worst fanboy wars since the days of the SNES and Mega Drive. It’s always worse when you don’t have a clear pack-leader for the core category.

    #43 5 years ago
  44. daytripper

    heres a question, what path or life experience has been so changing it makes you a “fanboy”. i would hate to be like that, especially after reading the eurogamer comment section “ha ha you xbots” “bitch shouldnt be playing games” bla bla, fucking looneys the lot of them.

    #44 5 years ago
  45. Blerk

    Possibly. It all comes down to insecurity in your own choices at the end of the day, regardless. Until people learn to choose a machine and be happy with what they’ve picked, things will never get better.

    #45 5 years ago
  46. The Hindle

    A 7 from Eurogamer usually means its a 9 imo Dead Space and Infamous come to mind.

    #46 5 years ago
  47. Gheritt White

    @ 44: Most fanboys don’t even realise they are one, though. They genuinely either can’t or can’t be bothered to put themselves in somebody else’s shoes and try to see things from a different angle.

    #47 5 years ago
  48. manamana

    Jepp, and since when does a “Techsystem” define how good a game actually is?
    I ever have bought and will buy every system wich runs a game, wich suits me.
    How could i care for labels?

    Think of that … it’s not(!) the system. It’s the game you play.

    #48 5 years ago
  49. daytripper

    @45 i’m just tired of reading it all, its all i see these days, i enjoy good convo and it only takes one tit to make a comment and then people will start to bite, annoying. as for the review, its her opinion, i respect that. shes doing a job i would love so good luck to her i say.

    @46 i slagged infamous off the other day, called it boring, decided to give it another go, really enjoying it now :D

    #49 5 years ago
  50. The Hindle

    You should really check out Eurogamer comment thread for thier Alan Wake review, its hilarious.

    #50 5 years ago
  51. daytripper

    @50 i did and some of them had me wondering if they are serious or not, if they are then i think help is required. its getting very good reviews elsewhere so i dont see the problem with all this

    #51 5 years ago
  52. Blerk

    “Hilarious” wouldn’t be the word I’d use. :-|

    #52 5 years ago
  53. Patrick Garratt

    I dunno. Watching people trying to eat each other’s normally a good laugh.

    #53 5 years ago
  54. Moonwalker1982

    @ 46

    They also gave INfamous a 7? Oh brother.

    #54 5 years ago
  55. NGCes26294BIV

    @50 – agreed. Hilarity incarnate.

    #55 5 years ago
  56. The Hindle

    :D seriously some of the comments there are just comedy gold lol, a staff member from Eg actually threatened to ban some of them because they were being rude towards Ellie.

    #56 5 years ago
  57. Erthazus

    So basically this is Alone In The Dark? God, what they have been doing all these years…

    #57 5 years ago
  58. The Hindle

    Case in point here is an example:

    PS Absolutely loving all the drama. A woman? Reviewing games? She’d better be using a wireless controller because a cabled one won’t reach the kitchen!


    #58 5 years ago
  59. manamana

    @57 … like building proper game that has nothing to do with AITD?
    @58 … that was just a really good laugh. Damned should i be. But that one got me.

    #59 5 years ago
  60. Erthazus

    @59 for these years you can make a masterpiece.
    It really looks like an Alone In the Dark on Steroids. Shooting – cars – bad plot
    There are certainly interesting moments with earthquakes and monsters and e.t.c. but thats… =\

    #60 5 years ago
  61. manamana

    @60 … right. Maybe it’s not a so called AAA-masterpiece. So what? It wasn’t supposed to be the systemshifter anyways imo. See, i’m enyoing games for, hmm, let me guess, 35years now. And to me it sounds thrilling and fascinating and i can’t wait to get my hands on da not-AAA-shiet!

    #61 5 years ago
  62. Moonwalker1982

    I see Alan Wake as a survival horror game, with probably not incredibly much action but more exploring.Enough scares, and one hell of a atmosphere. And i actually apreciate a very good atmosphere alot…ALOT!

    Maybe for the people who have been hyping this one up like crazy, are dissapointed now, but i wasn’t one of them. I am just looking forward to playing it.

    But i said it once, and i’ll do it again. A site that gives Dead Space the same rating as Alone in the dark is laughable, really, it is. Alone in the dark had its moments of fun but was overshadowed by waaaaay too many mediocre and at times annoying moments and BUGS! Dead Space? One hell of a game, up there with the Resident Evils, sigh. INfamous, awesome game, great story and fun as hell, but hey…that’s just me right?

    #62 5 years ago
  63. daytripper

    @61 yeah am the same, not once have i thought “goty” as i’ve said the eurogamer review is getting a lot more attention for many reasons whilst the other reviews in the main seem to suggest its a excellent purchase so i’m a bit puzzled by it all, reminds me of the heavy rain review saga.

    think i’ll stay away from neogaf for a while aswell.

    #63 5 years ago
  64. Erthazus

    @62 Absolutely agree with you on that.

    @61 Actually it’s a AAA title from the creators of Max Payne. In Eastern Countries and Russia thats just a shit ton of hype around it.

    #64 5 years ago
  65. manamana

    @64 Oh the hype. Like Heavy-Rain-hype? Or MGS? Or (4 God’s sake) Halo? C’mon it will still be a really good game if it get’s niners ‘n tenners elsewhere …

    #65 5 years ago
  66. pwnophobia

    Oh, hey…you forgot us (again)!


    #66 5 years ago
  67. DaMan

    oh snap, a 7 from EG lol. hmm.. so turns out it is actually just an Alan in the Dark.

    and @6 Hunam – who gave SH2 a 6 when it came out, some obscure start up site? oh, and for the record no it isn’t ‘recognized as the best in the genre by the gaming press’. if anything, the original is often used as an example of survival horror’s pinnacle. my favourite game =/= best game ever :?

    #67 5 years ago
  68. manamana

    Actually it must be: Alan in the Light …

    #68 5 years ago
  69. mington

    Jim Sterling from destructoid…….Likes Alan wake, gives it a 9

    You could flip a coin for his reviews

    #69 5 years ago
  70. Boris Fett

    Whoooo… it’s Jim “I’m a complete hack” Sterling.

    #70 5 years ago
  71. mington

    I think someone has a crush on someone

    #71 5 years ago
  72. Boris Fett

    Any journalist who makes a news story on the site they work for attempting to justify their own ego is a hack of the highest order… and an egotist to boot.

    Also… Alan Wake. <3

    #72 5 years ago
  73. polygem

    why do i have the strange feeling eurogamer gives these scores all the time just to be mentioned in all the forums like crazy…damn – i did it as well – i can´t judge the game, haven´t played it yet – but i will…also i will keep on checking eurogamer and i will continue to be sceptical by reviews in general. i loved lost planet 1 and enjoyed the hell out of the multiplayer for a long time and it only received mehh reviews…i didn´t enjoy bioshock 2 at all and it got 9´s….i´ll trust my guts, my hardly earned years of gaming experience and gameplay vids

    #73 5 years ago
  74. DJ Deathstar


    “It really looks like an Alone In the Dark on Steroids. Shooting – cars – bad plot”

    Woah no way, its like Alone in the dark because it has shooting and cars, and a bad plot that you know all about because you’ve finished it and can comment on it?

    #74 5 years ago
  75. Erthazus

    @74 saw Gametrailers review on it. Plot was kinda lame by comments on it. Some dialogs are just ugh… I need to check this out anyway. Maybe i’m wrong.

    but from the reviews and gmeplay trailers it looks like Alone In The Dark on steroids.

    #75 5 years ago
  76. manamana

    Brian Crecente is my man:

    Over and out.

    #76 5 years ago
  77. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    I bought a new 360 to play this game…can’t wait. (along with Gears 3, Halo Reach, and several others)

    #77 5 years ago
  78. L.O.R.D

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