You might know the Finnish game producer Remedy who created the blockbusters Max Payne and Max Payne 2. Remedy are working on a different game for the last 18 months called Alan Wake which features a highly dynamic world and lots of interactivity.
The story takes place in the idyllic town of Bright Falls and the player takes command of the best selling author Alan Wake who escapes to this small town to recover from the mysterious disappearance of his fiance. In Bright Falls Wake comes face to face with his darkest nightmares.
Fosfor posted a video of a live demonstration of Alan Wake running on an intel quad-core cpu and an nvidia gpu. I took the liberty to use a YouTube plugin to make this video available for you as well. To be honest, I've never seen such detail in a computer game before, wonder if my machine will run it in low details..
Here is the Alan Wake Trailer that has been uploaded to YouTube.
Update:Alan Wake has been released in the meantime. The game has received several awards when it was released in 2010, almost four years after the initial demonstrations and screenshots have been posted.
The game's metascore rating is 83 of 100, a good but not very good rating. Time Magazine has listed it as the top video game of 2010.
The developers have announced that a second part of the game will be released in the near future. Alan Wake Season 1 will not be the second part of the series. It is more of an add-on of the first game or a DLC. The developers have the intention that it bridges the gap between Alan Wake and the next installment of the series. The game will be available on Xbox Live Arcade in December 2011.
Two downloadable contents were released for the original game, titled The Signal and The Writer.
Update 2: Alan Wake's American Nightmare has been released in February 2012 as a standalone title for Xbox Live Arcade and later on Windows PCs.
While the game shows similarities to the Max Payne series, it is a completely different type of game. Max Payne was brilliant in more than one way, from the Film Noir style to the way the story was told to the player (via comics) to new features like Bullet-Time that brought the shooter genre forward.
Alan Wake, while not a bad game in itself, lacks the same depth that made Max Payne great.
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