It’s Friday — also known as the absolute worst day of the week. The Evil Within has made today more bearable than most, but with a weekend’s worth of freedom ahead of many of us, it’d be understandable if you wished it were Monday. So if it helps soothe your nerves, I am totally willing to force you to check out this gorgeous Alan Wake fan art.
Oh, that would help? All right, just let me get my powdered wig on (I hear all authorities wear them), and… I’m all set. I order thou to clicketh that Read More link! You’re welcome.
Let’s talk about NERDCORE.
Nerdcore is rap, but it’s all about the geeky stuff. Think mc chris. I’ll admit I’m not a big fan of rap, nerdcore or otherwise, but this is an Alan Wake rap, so it has to be amazing, right? It most definitely does. This rap is brought to us by Youtuber John H, and it’s patiently waiting to assault your earholes with its mad stinky beats, after the break.
I want to play a game. (read that in Jigsaw’s voice)
I have a bunch of minimalist horror game posters waiting for you after the break. What I’d like you to do is try and name every game in these posters just by looking at the gallery. Don’t click on any of the images, because doing that will expand them, revealing the full poster and the title of the game. This game is crazy easy to cheat on, but I trust you. So name as many games as you can in the comments below — Bloody Disgusting has spies everywhere, so I’ll know when you cheat — and HAVE FUN!
GOG has a Pick 5 promo going on right now that lets you choose five PC and Mac games from a list of twenty — including Alan Wake, its pseudo-sequel American Nightmare, and indie horror game Lucius, among others — and you get your games for a crazy low price. We’re talking Alan Wake for $5, people. The promo lasts until March 19 at 5:59am EST. Head past the break for the full list of games and how to get them.
It’s Valentine’s Day, and you know what that means. It means it’s finally time to take the plunge and ask out that lovely individual you’ve been stalking lately. It also justifies slipping love letters under the bathroom door while they’re showering or sliding one under their pillow while they sleep. It’s not creepy if it’s Valentine’s Day, I always say. After you’re done with that you should read this list I’ve compiled of men who went to through hell — both literally and figuratively — in order to save the woman they love.
I suggest you grab that special someone in your life, snuggle up real close and enjoy this list. I guarantee it will lead to whatever it is two adults do when they like each other a lot. (I zoned out during that “birds and the bees” chat, something about pollinating flowers and storks).
Electronic band Depeche Mode has released an official video for “Heaven”, which comes from their upcoming album Delta Machine (out Mar. 26th via Columbia Records). The video for the blues-tinged song features the band performing in a church with various dark, sometimes eerie imagery spliced in. Personally, the song took me a few listens to really “get it”, but now that I do, I can’t stop listening. Head on below to check it out.
Depeche Mode has appeared on the soundtrack for Resident Evil as well as being the featured song in the Alan Wake DLC “The Writer”. READ MORE
Hey you, it’s 2013! Last year was a mixed bag for horror fans, but between the inevitable unveiling of at least one next-gen console (likely from Microsoft), and a slew of horror games — like Dead Space 3, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, Slender: The Arrival, Day Z standalone, Outlast, Until Dawn, I could keep going — there’s a very good chance this year will make up for it. Remedy Entertainment, the studio that brought us the amazing Alan Wake series is excited too. On their official Alan Wake Facebook page, they posted “The new year starts with good news: Alan Wake Franchise is -75% on Steam. Even greater Remedy news to come in 2013…” The fanboy in me immediately went to Alan Wake 2 as a launch title for the next Xbox, but it could also be a follow-up to the excellent XBLA exclusive American Nightmare. What do you think?
Alan Wake’s no stranger to the PC, even though it took a few years to make it to that mystical world where gamers use things like mice and keyboards to play their games, its PC debut was definitely a welcome one. It should come as no surprise that the thoroughly fantastic Pulp Fiction-esque American Nightmare could soon join its predecessor on Valve’s Steam service. This news comes from the Steam forums where user xruiner89 found the title listed in the Steam registry. It’s not confirmed so hopefully something a little more official will come out soon.
TJ and I really dodged a bullet with our co-op review of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. I mean, had we not liked the game Mr. Scratch himself probably would’ve skinned us alive. Thankfully, the game rocks and there’s very little not to like about it, unless you’re not a fan of pure, undiluted awesome. I can’t think of a time when a character from a video game has responded to the reviews the game he’s in received, but that’s what just happened with the video you can find beyond the break. Just beware, there’s some sort of fourth wall stuff going on here. It’s freaky. READ MORE
Not including American Nightmare, which released last month for XBLA (look for our review shortly), the original game has officially reached the 2 million sold milestone. In an interview with CVG, Remedy’s head of franchise development Oskari Häkkinen said “After a slow start it’s turning into something really positive. It’s definitely had legs. I think narrative experiences just have a tendency for that.”
Alan Wake came to the PC just last month and managed to recoup its development costs in the first 48 hours. Match this with the series’ overall success and this is fantastic news for any fans looking for more Alan Wake in the near future. I think it’s obvious that Mr. Wake has a very bright future… Sorry. READ MORE
After being in development for five years, Alan Wake launched in May of 2010 to moderate success exclusively on the Xbox 360. Despite sales figures officially showing it sold around 1.4 million copies, only 500,000 of those were actually in stores. An estimated 900,000 download codes for the game were bundled with Xbox 360 consoles during that year’s holiday season, which padded the numbers quite a bit. Regardless of how it was received, though, Alan Wake is still a creative, unique game that stands as one of this generation’s most ambitious efforts. See why in my video below.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PC. Price: $19.99 (Xbox 360), $29.99 (PC) Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will be out tomorrow exclusively for the Xbox Live Arcade for 1200msp. If you have a game you’d like me to check out, or just some feedback, tell me! [email protected] READ MORE
Alan Wake is a busy man this month. With the first game coming to PC on the 16th and American Nightmare due out the following week on the 22nd, fans are getting plenty of thrills and psychological action this month. While those two games are definitely worth getting excited about, I’d really like to have even more Alan Wake, wouldn’t you? I know you would, and thankfully, Remedy knows this too.
Joystiq had the opportunity to speak with Remedy about the series, and it sounds like there’s a very bright — and potentially digitally distributed — future in store for Wake and friends. “Hopefully, we’ll have one or two surprises. I don’t know, I’m loving the digital [distribution] side and we’ll see how that evolves, but just being able to give people quick access to bite-size chunks of gaming” said Remedy CEO Matias Myllyrinne. READ MORE
According to the cheevo list for Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, we can expect a happy ending, to rewrite reality (multiple times), and another manuscript scavenger hunt. Wake’s next adventure is less than a month away (Feb 22), and while it might not have the same scale as its predecessor, it’s still packed with enough content to keep even the most hardcore Wake fans happy.
Head past the break for the dozen cheevos, and while you’re there you should definitely tell me how pumped you are for this game and it’s exciting new Fight til’ Dawn mode. READ MORE
March might look pretty great with its trio of Silent Hill games and Operation Raccoon City, but February doesn’t look too shabby either. We all known about Resident Evil: Revelations that’s prepping for its Feb 7 release on the Nintendo 3DS, and now both Alan Wake for the PC and American Nightmare have been given release dates as well. Mr. Wake’s finally making his way to PC sometime next month and the more bite-sized American Nightmare is releasing on Feb 22. Now all we need is another Alan Wake to be announced with a 2012 release date and we’ll have three Silent Hills, three Resident Evils, and three Alan Wakes. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
To help you make the tough decisions of what to buy and what to wait on, I’ve included a handy list of all the upcoming horror games coming out over the next couple months. No need to thank me, it’s my job. But seriously, you better thank me. READ MORE
Most games can cover up their flaws with jaw-dropping visuals, slick combat, or boobies, but horror games don’t have it as easy. In fact, for a game in this genre to succeed there’s one thing it always has to have, and that’s a powerful atmosphere. An atmosphere is a compilation of a bunch of different things that makes the game stick with us long after we’ve played it. It’s also a little different for each person since everyone experiences their games differently from the next.
For me, atmosphere is how the game looks, sounds, and feels. For example, if I’m walking down the rusted, broken halls of a long abandoned down mental institution with only my flashlight to illuminate the path in front of me as I instinctively jerk the beam of light toward what I could’ve swore was a shadow or the sound of footsteps – that’s an experience I’m not going to forget any time soon. It’s the atmosphere, or all the little details that sets the game apart from the rest and helps immerse you into the experience. So head past the break to see the 13 most atmospheric games I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing, and remember, these aren’t in any particular order, so please don’t freak out if your game is #5 while an obviously crap game made #3. READ MORE
Why so many gamers failed to go out and support such an incredible title is disappointing, but at least Time Magazine’s taking the time to give the game some much needed love. My fondness for Alan Wake is pretty well-known since it was a mere half skull away from a perfect score in our review, before we switched to our new and far superior review system.
Time discusses the game’s Hitchcockian feel and approach to character development, specifically Alan Wake’s troubles prior to the events in the game. There’s a lot to love about the game, including it’s excellent DLC and I sincerely hope the game’s growing cult status will keep it selling as many copies it requires to get us Alan Wake 2. Head past the break for Time’s top ten games of the year. READ MORE
With Halloween creeping ever closer you might need a little extra something to get you in the holiday spirit, and because of that I’ve decided to compile a list of some new games that might just be able to bring out that long lost trick ‘r treating kid in you.
Seeing as I’ve done this before and I’d like to keep things fresh, here’s a list of six recently released games that may just help get you in the mood for Halloween. Though, if you haven’t checked out the original ten I highly suggest you do so, because they pretty much rock. READ MORE
Alan Wake is an amazing game and its DLC has been equally great, if not a little bizarre. The second DLC pack, entitled The Writer, is out now for mass consumption so if you have the 560 Microsoft Screaming Buffalo Points I suggest you get it. It’s October after all, this is the best time to return to a game like Alan Wake.
The Writer focuses on Alan Wake, a man who enjoys writing, saving his wife from evil incarnate, and the occasional walk on the beach. Check out an excitement-inducing trailer for the DLC after the jump. READ MORE
Alan Wake is easily my favorite game release this year. Sure, there are some awesome looking games coming out before New Years (I’m looking at you Castlevania
), but in terms of a game that has made me constantly want to revisit it and play through it over and over, Alan Wake definitely has the cake on that one. Now, they are announcing that Depeche Mode will have a song in the upcoming DLC. As much as I love my metal, Depeche Mode is easily one of my favorite bands. ‘Playing The Angel’ is among my favorite albums of all time. So color me excited when this news broke!
EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia and Remedy Entertainment today announced that the upcoming Alan Wake DLC will feature “The Darkest Star” by Depeche Mode, the most popular electronic band the world has ever known.
“Depeche Mode is a great fit for the upcoming Alan Wake DLC that links strongly with the game’s storyline. Having consulted with Remedy on their previous DLC “The Signal” for which we provided the song “No, I Don’t Remember” by Swedish singer-songwriter Anna Ternheim, we are thrilled to once again supply fitting and relevant music to one of the top-developers in the Nordic region.” said Andreas Olsson, VP Sales at EMI Music Publishing Scandinavia.
How are you? Are you feeling okay? You’re staying hydrated I hope. We’re in the middle of the dreaded summer drought, where the sun reaches its maximum sun burn-inflicting power, and the heat seems nearly inescapable. But what makes all this worse is the lack of new releases. So while we’re hiding inside our houses careful to keep our pale gamer skin away from the sun’s glaring eye, anxiously waiting for autumn to arrive and save us with its slew of big releases, we have to find other things to keep our energy drink fueled minds busy.
Luckily, this is a rather great time for big news. June gifted us with E3 and all the goods that comes with it, and now we have arguably the second biggest event for gamers and geeks: Comic Con. So, assuming your mind hasn’t been fried by that evil yellow ball we call the sun, why don’t you read on to get caught up on the biggest happenings with Left 4 Dead, Resident Evil, Dead Space, Alan Wake, and slew of other amazing titles that will have you screaming like a tween girl (or grown man, no one’s judging here) at a Justin Bieber concert, assuming you’ve kept hydrated. If you haven’t you’ll probably just make a harsh croaking sound, and no one wants that. READ MORE
The Signal DLC for Alan Wake is set to pick up right after where the game leaves off when you finish it. Nobody likes being left on a cliffhanger for too long. It’s set to release July 27th. Those who received a download code with their copy of the game will get it for free.
I don’t really want to give away any details, as the might spoil some of the game for those who have not yet played. But this is definitely a game where you are better off left in the dark. Screens past the break. READ MORE
It’s been a long time coming but Alan Wake is finally here and now all it has to do is live up to the tons of hype that has steadily built up around it since the game was announced nearly five years ago. Great horror games are few and far between, so only a few titles end up standing above the rest to define a console generation. The last big hit to grace our consoles was arguably the Necromorph infested Dead Space, but we’ve also had Resident Evil 5, Dead Rising, Condemned, Left 4 Dead, and a slew of other titles.
This has been a heavy week for horror fanatics with several amazing and even startling new headlines regarding some of our favorite franchises popping up every week. Of course, for those of you who bought Alan Wake, you probably haven’t noticed any of these headlines, so I’m here to give your mind an intellectual massage. What does that mean? I’m not entirely sure, but it sounds sort of gross. But you know what? I like gross, so let me get my fingers in there so I can better soothe your horror-living self.
The best thing about the last handful of weeks is the news has been varied; we’ve had some big headlines come out of the Resident Evil camp, but if you’re not into that than maybe you’ll enjoy the Dead Space 2 news? Or perhaps some Doom 4, Left 4 Dead 2, Silent Hill 6 (not real title), F.3.A.R., or Arkham Asylum 2 news will satiate your appetite? Read on to get caught up. READ MORE
If you we’re at all questioning purchasing Alan Wake when it comes out May 18th for the Xbox 360, then let this trailer change your mind. It’s filled with pretty much anything you need to know about the game to get you hooked. Enjoy!