More Reviews
REVIEWS Faster Than Light: Advanced Edit Review
FTL's Advanced Edition is a natural fit for the iPad. But whatever platform you're playing on, the new content adds depth and variety.

Kinect Sports Rivals Review
It's been far too long since Microsoft's Xbox consoles had a Kinect-only title. Is the wait worth it?
More Previews
PREVIEWS Sniper Elite 3 Preview
Sending bullets through the hate.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Release date: Out Now

Trials Fusion
Release date: Out Now

The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Release date: 04/29/14

Bound by Flame
Release date: 05/09/14


LATEST FEATURES Ouya's Best Games Coming to the Platform
The Kickstarter console is slowly establishing itself with a couple of creative gems on the way.

Tips for The Elder Scrolls Online: The Vestige's Guide
Just a handful of ways to keep yourself from dying.
 
Coming Soon

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP danielrbischoff
Peace in the Era of Call of Duty
By danielrbischoff
Posted on 04/15/14
In a world dominated by violent media, Americans are no more eager to go to war than they were in the 1980s or the 1960s or the 1940s. Hasn't it always been someone else's problem? The overwhelming majority would rather go on thinking it had nothing to do with them and there...

Alan Wake: The Signal Member Review for the Xbox360

By:
Ivory_Soul
02/24/11
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS
PUBLISHER Microsoft Game Studios 
DEVELOPER  
RELEASE DATE  
T What do these ratings mean?

The Good: Great addition to the story, burning up words makes you feel like you're in the story, more combat heavy

The Bad: Extremely difficult, doesn't add anything new, rehashing of already played areas, extremely short

DLC tends to get criticized a lot for either prices, length, or the amount of content they have, and developers have a hard time striking a balance between the three. The Signal, (which is the first of the extra chapters that came free if you bought a new copy) suffers from this as well since it is so short clocking in at about 2-3 hours. Yes it's really just a 1-2 sitting play through, but it does provide a good addition to the already award winning story.

Alan Wake is inside his own story once again, but the real him is writing ways to kill himself in the stories. Why he's doing this is unclear until the very end, but each time you advance through the chapter it gets more and more violent. There aren't really any changes or additions except that finding supplies, and some times enemies and environmental hazards are hidden as words that you much burn up with your flashlight (like at the end of the main game). It's interesting and makes you really feel like you're in a story so this subtle addition adds to the experience.

Other than that there's no new characters, weapons, or anything else so just sick back and enjoy the quick little story. You do run into Barry again, but other than that there's no one else in the game which is a disappointment. Another issue The Signal falls under is backtracking areas you already played in the main game. Plus The Signal is very combat heavy and can get extremely difficult at times.

The Signal is a must play for fans of the game, but if you didn't dig the main game to much you should pass. It the game was more robust and added deeper and richer content it would be so much better, but Remedy took the safe route and stuck with the main game's ideas only.


More information about Alan Wake: The Signal
 
C+ Revolution report card
Views: 618 Review rating:
comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution