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E3 2011's Most Anticipated: Alan Wake 2

CVG E3 2011 Awards: Vote for the games that most excite you!

The games on show at E3 2011 are some of the best in living memory. So you really owe it to yourself to vote in CVG's inaugural E3 2011 Awards... in the Most Anticipated Title category.

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Shortly before the show, we'll work out which of these 60 special E3 game previews have enjoyed the most page views, Facebook 'Likes', ReTweets and poll votes (see below) and crown our first victor. Shower your favourites in online love!

Game: Alan Wake 2
Publisher: Microsoft
Likelihood of E3 2011 showing: Rumoured

He's a wooden, warmth-free grouch, whose say-what-you-see, movie-plundering dialogue makes him sound like the huffy love child of Barry Norman and a Catchphrase contestant.

He's also bloody unfit, having only to jog a paltry few metres before his lungs wheeze like mechanical pigeons; his legs staggering like the stiletto-anchored trotters of a Geordie princess on a 2am mission to the local kebabarie.

So why, dear reader, are we so hyped for the potential return of Alan Wake?

Simple. For what he introduced - a splendid new episodic pacing model, a remarkably creepy succession of small-town NPCs, jump-in-your-seat camera work, superb voice acting - Alan's debut may yet stand as the most influential blockbuster title of 2010. Plenty disagree, but at least we've got Time magazine in our corner.

It was a game dripping in so much atmosphere you could taste the Bright Falls dew, whilst the dark/light mechanic worked ten times better than it had any right to. And then there was those brilliant, claustrophobic, darkly psychedelic packs of DLC - which felt a little like being told the best story ever whilst trapped in an intoxicating, psilocybin-drenched kennel. Backwards. By a skirting board.

Happily, it looks like we might get our wish for Alan's return next month in LA. Although Microsoft is remaining as tight-lipped about a sequel as the UK tabloids RE: the indiscretions of certain Premiership Tweet-hater, the early signs look promising.

It's been listed on a CV, for starters, whilst Remedy's own job ads hint at the reveal of a major new project at June's mega consumer show.

Meanwhile, an XBLA spin-off was revealed earlier this month, which could go one of two ways: either indicating that unspectacular sales of the first game have put Microsoft off a full-price boxed release, or that they've encouraged the platform holder to go all out with digi-games that promote a bigger product.

Remedy boss Oskari Hakkinen has confirmed that there is definitely more Wake coming, but that the next game coming from the studio won't be a traditional sequel - which sounds very much like the digital game.

But his verbatim comment - "this next Wake instalment will not be Alan Wake 2" - don't say anything about what's coming after a potential digital release, does it? Cheeky monkey.

If a full game does exist, it may well use the Finnish studio's incredible-sounding new tech, in which case, we'd wander through a pitch black Bright Falls forest just to spend five minutes with it. So long, that is, as Alan remembers to pack his inhaler.

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