Greg’s Pick

Alan Wake (X360)

Alan Wake, a bestselling writer, hasn’t managed to write anything in over two years. His wife, Alice, brings him to the idyllic small town of Bright Falls to recover his creative flow. When she vanishes without a trace, Wake finds himself trapped in a nightmare. Word by word, his latest work – a thriller he cannot even remember writing – is coming true before his eyes. At night a powerful dark entity takes overs the town and its inhabitants, Wake’s only protection seems to be light. At day things return to normal the townspeople no longer possessed

Alan Wake features a day/night time cycle. During the day your safe. This is your chance to stock up on supplies and to interact with the NPC’s. Light plays a significant role in the game play and strategy. The enemies, called “the Taken”, are sensitive to light. The primary weapon at Alan’s disposal is an ordinary flashlight. Secondarily one can use guns for distance attacks and street lights for cover. Trap building that triggers light sources are also present in the game. And weirdly enough destroyed enemies turn into batteries for your flashlight. I don’t know if that’s better or worse than randomly finding batteries lying around the town, or in the middle of a cave? It stills has some great potential, and finally we have something to look forward to that is not a sequel to or a clone of an already established game line.

Dan’s Pick

3D Dot Game Heroes (PS3)

As the lone PS3 owner, I couldn’t let this game go by unmentioned. If you haven’t seen the marketing campaign yet, you should check it out. All of the video trailers are available there at the official website. The game is an homage to Legend of Zelda and other adventure games from the 8-Bit era, and looks like it replicates the feeling quite well. The graphics are purposely made up of large, 3-D pixels giving a pseudo old-school feel on a next-gen console. The game also offers a character designer so you can make your hero look like Link, or Mario or, as many will undoubtedly choose, a walking penis. If you enjoyed adventure games 15-20 years ago, this should be right up your alley. The PS3 exclusive 3D Dot Game Heroes is due to hit shelves on May 11.

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