Ask GameSpot: When did Alan Wake become an action game?

We answer your burning questions about the forthcoming downloadable spinoff in the saga of Alan Wake.

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RCT4ShouldExist
RCT4ShouldExist

OMG im not buying old republic it looks stoooopid! we need ad variety. Get some bud lite commercials or maybe some talking etrade babies

esk1m00k
esk1m00k

Whens Alan gonna discover fire?no one asked?

PAL360
PAL360

Looks ok but not the Alan Wake game i have been waiting for! Please Remedy, i want a darker and more story driven Alan Wake 2.

fire_3
fire_3

Tnx guys. That's all I wanted to know about it. Only a few days now, can't wait :)

y3ivan
y3ivan

i prefer a dlc content than an actual retail release. If remedy decided to make a sequel, ppl will complain about milking the series. let remedy have some wild fun with their creation. Making sequels of the same gameplay mechanics can be quite dull

brkdwnxx
brkdwnxx

ugh.. this IP needs a part 2, not some puny little XBLA title. :/

Colekern
Colekern

I'm pretty sure this isn't going to be the final product of Alan Wake 2. I guess American Nightmare is just something to give Alan Wake's unique action a small makeover. This is just a spinoff. Don't worry, the real Alan Wake 2 will be story driven. One good thing about American Nightmare is that in Alan Wake 2, the action could be better than the originals and still be story driven. I think that great action and an even greater story would be cool.

bootyologist20
bootyologist20

a multiplayer system fro the horde mode would be great!

y3ivan
y3ivan

well, it depends on what players want? Remedy wanted the feel like Max Payne and extend the longevity of Alan Wake.

Rocker6
Rocker6

Would you look at that,another great franchise gets a CoD treatment by getting streamlined and action orriented. My question would be if there is a chance of PC version later because of Alan Wake port,but after seeing the gameplay,meh,I don't care...

xboxgameman
xboxgameman

Welcome to THE CALL OF ALAN. We have improved our gameplay formula, by taking out more story and adding in more action, but don't forget...this is call of duty, oops, I mean Call Of Alan action!

Qixote
Qixote

4 or 5 hours? Same exact game mechanics and graphics? Mostly action? What, is this Alan Wake: Call of Duty?

valttu
valttu

Personally I don't have a problem with American Nightmare being a more action oriented game. I love Alan Wake not only because of the mindblowingly epic story, but also because of the unique and absolutely thrilling action. I'm pretty sure that we'll see a full-fledged sequel for Alan Wake some day, and I'm just glad that Remedy is giving us a little treat to help us survive the long wait AND to prove that they're finally getting things done like a normal studio. I'm so happy that it didn't take 5 years for them to make this game. :D And last but not least, GO FINLAND!!! (I'm a Finn myself)

awwitz
awwitz

this vid is funny

tataaaar
tataaaar

why these guys are so cool ?!!

baklinermr
baklinermr

I wish Microsoft would have used the development resources for producing a dedicated sequel instead; I would prefer a great story-driven sequel, with action to enhance the experience, than vice versa...

Hakujou_Baka54
Hakujou_Baka54

I don't understand why it keeps getting referenced as not continuing the story or not being a sequel when it clearly is. It takes place after the DLCs for the original game, and it very clearly references and continues Alan's fight against the Darkness and Mr. Scratch (who was only hinted at in the original and the DLC). Pretty much all signs point to a mini-sequel.

YouVandal3
YouVandal3

love me some alan wake. will deff buy. I just wish wed get a sequel already to continue the story from the first! ahhhh!!!!!!

mutley89
mutley89

You can never have too much Alan Wake action in your life. I'll definately be getting this :- D

Xx-BTK-xX
Xx-BTK-xX

This new Alan Wake looks decent i'll get it!

tahashaikh15
tahashaikh15

Shaun Looks a lot like Alan.In my opinion that is.I will never get tired of gamespot videos.....NEVER!

zulwalks
zulwalks

Actually all the TV shows in Alan Wake are full motion vids....

Venom_Raptor
Venom_Raptor

Awesome, loved Alan Wake, this looks amazing aswell.

itchyflop
itchyflop

release it on psn please, alan wake awesome

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

@shaunmc Much appreciated, both because you answered and because of what you said. Keep up the good work Gamespot team :D

supermoc10
supermoc10

I actually came in here not giving a damn about this game. Ask Gamespot is so funny. But now, i just might buy this game.

y3ivan
y3ivan

@lorddaggeroff Working under MS is awesome, MS give money for you do what ever you want. Very little involvement, able to keep own your IPs, able to drag on your projects for years without been question. however it sucks for the consumers.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

"They have more on an action slant to them nowadays" I'm tired of all games having an action slant to them these days. It's such BS and it's ruining the spirit of gaming as an art form. Due to the recession, companies think their games need to appeal to as wide an audience as possible to grab more cash and they all think all their games will sell like COD. Here's a tip: By trying to suit everyone, you're killing gaming, and your'e killing your profits. Have a good idea, try a unique game, appeal STRONGLY to a slightly more niche audience instead of peddling the same generic, money-grabbing trash over and over and failing miserably each and every time. I'm talking to investors as much a developers.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Well that was interesting, but at least it wasn't weird. Do I smell cookies?

Reaver552
Reaver552

The story and gloomy character of the first game separated it from the rest. Shame they changed it...

TC_Squared
TC_Squared

I'm surprised they didn't show the original Resident Evil in that FMV montage.

soapman72
soapman72

i hope this is good...still want to finish the first game...to wrapped up in Castlevania and Super Mario Bros 3

abfackeln
abfackeln

@ thribs You must be young. FMV stands for Full Motion Video. Used a lot in the early days of CD-ROM games.

grim0187
grim0187

FMV! I miss those days. No, but seriously, I want a true Alan Wake sequal. While Im at it, I want a return to traditional survival horror! MAYBE RES6 will bring a little bit of that back, but it still seems to have too much action for me.

thribs
thribs

Ha! I've never heard of term FMV before. Would Star Trek: Borg be classed as one?

thribs
thribs

Will Alan Wake be facing the Darkness?

TC_Squared
TC_Squared

The cover of the game looks rather lame. Good thing the game itself looks very good. Reminds me of the cover vs actual game of the original Mega Man.

shaunmc
shaunmc moderator staff

@Crash_WL I'll remember that next time, Hristos!

TopGunnas
TopGunnas

3 more weeks i thought it was comming out on the 15th but no i have to wait longer please release it sooner i want to play now

Gamer-Geek
Gamer-Geek

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Gamer-Geek
Gamer-Geek

Awesome video, loved the humour! Keep it up lads ^^

prostar343
prostar343

haha The FMV montage was excellent.

endorbr
endorbr

There were some good games in that FMV sequence.

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

Glad about all those answers, interesting questions, and I'm definitely looking forward to it. Even though I have all X360 blockbusters, Alan Wake is my favorite X360 game and a true gem to the X360 library overall. Such good narrative, deep and involving story, attention to detail, and not sucking the action out of the game for the sake of story, it was actually strong in that part. P.S. I'm Christos Chatzi :D Well, it's pronounced more like "Hristos Hatzi" but it's a bit more heavy than a regular H, so I tried to emphasize with C. I wonder if you'd pick it if it was in its original, Greek form :P

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

I'm a big fan of the first Alan Wake, so I'm looking forward to Alan Wake's (Big Mac) American Nightmare. I have some concerns about the game's length and lack of story, but it should still be a fun game.