It’s a long-standing horror custom to unsettle the viewers by utilizing flash bounce scares — terrifying photos or brief clips that break up the motion on display screen solely to vanish as rapidly as they got here. It was the best way to troll individuals on-line within the mid-2000s; play an everyday video after which lower to a disturbing picture with a scream over it that will blow out your eardrums. Alan Wake 2 makes use of them in spades, overlaying terrifying close-ups of Mr. Scratch with a loud music sting. I discover them efficient, however they’re not for everybody.
Fortunately, in a current Alan Wake 2 replace (1.15) the builders have added a function that enables the participant to tune these horror flashes. The changes aren’t strong, however now you can select between low and regular visuals and audio depth.
I examined the brand new options out by placing each visuals and audio on low. Because of an added chapter choose function additionally included on this replace, I used to be additionally in a position to bounce to an space I knew had an enormous bounce scare — particularly one which even obtained me. I booted up a Saga chapter and headed to the Valhalla Nursing House to speak to Cynthia Weaver, who you first run into whereas she’s staring out the window. It’s additionally the primary time she makes it recognized that she’s possessed with a flash bounce scare.
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The brand new setting doesn’t take away this reveal totally, but it surely slows it down, removes plenty of the flashing gentle, and lowers the quantity of the music fairly a bit. It simply seems to be just like the close-up of her face is shifting in sluggish movement. I’ll admit that it doesn’t look as seamless because the common ones do, however for any individual who can’t play Alan Wake 2 due to these moments, it’s an awesome different, just like how arachnophobia settings in video games like Deadly Firm and Grounded flip spiders into floating orbs. It’s not probably the most natural-looking alternative, but it surely’s higher than the unique.
I do know lots of people who needed to play Alan Wake 2 however couldn’t due to these bounce scares. It’s positively a horror recreation, but it surely’s not “scary” from begin to end. It has plenty of comedy, kitschy moments, and nice ambiance. I used to be at all times bummed they couldn’t expertise “We Sing” because it was meant to be performed. And now they will! Because of the brand new chapter choose operate, they will additionally play that degree time and again.
After all, there are many bug fixes within the replace. A few of my favorites embrace, “Added audio for impacts when the Espresso Specific hits the participant. Don’t attempt it please. Espresso World is in sufficient bother as it’s” and “fastened the participant character so that they use arms as anticipated.”