If you missed out on the John Lewis deal for the psychological horror title, fret not! ShopTo are currently offering the game for 10p less than JL were before they ran out of stock. Head on over to ShopTo and you can snaffle up a copy of the game for just £24.85, undercutting Zavvi by just under £2.
NB. You even get a free strategy guide with this one.
Don't be expecting a Dead Space or Resi 4 here, this is a game all about atmosphere and narrative rather than action. Remedy have crafted a fantastic game world here with Bright Falls, so much so that it's actually a bit of a shame that you can't go off and explore the place. But alas, this game is resolutely linear with all of the pros and cons that conjures up. So you can expect a heavy emphasis on story progression - Alan himself is a novelist after all - dynamic pacing and a certain amount of precision. It also allows for a refreshingly inadequate protagonist. Alan is no hero, he can't pull headshots out of his arse and indeed spends most of his time fending off his shadowy nemeses with a torch.
It's the game's excellent presentation, and this really is a stunningly beautiful game for the Xbox, that allows for this excellent use of dynamic lighting. It's a simple effect, but one that is deployed admirably both as a tension-boosting device and as Alan's primary weapon against the powers of (quite literal) darkness.
There are flaws, of course, most of which can be summed up as thing that you can't do with exploration being one of the most irritating. It's like Remedy have dangled a prettily pimped carrot in front of us and separated it with a pane of unbreakable glass. The story is pretty laughable too and Alan has an irritating habit of narrating everything he does, but to be honest these are relatively minor gripes. Alan Wake wasn't really worth £40, let's face it; but it's far more agreeable at £25.
Thanks to DEALofalifetime @ HUKD