I agree about the development time issues and they pissed the fan base off with the DX10/Vista tease followed by Xbox exclusivity. Unfortunately the blame probably lies with Microsoft which has done all it can to kill Remedy (little PR for Alan Wake in the really competitive 2010). I bought an Xbox for Alan Wake (and Red Dead Redemption which released in the same month) so the least Microsoft could do was support Remedy somehow and any new IP is great news. I feel some of the "meta" level of Alan Wake storytelling was getting long in the tooth.
There was really only one enemy type throughout the entire game.
Did you even play the game? Fast and big variations of the main enemy type plus birds not withstanding later twists.
Releasing a game about atmosphere and story in this generation, dominated by multiplayer shooters, was a hell of a crapshoot.
Yet Mass Effect, Fallout and Elder Scrolls are some of the most popular franchises for the Xbox?
Damn those birdeye screenshots are damn impressive. I was worried how much of the coastline that they would model. Driving on the west coast from San Fierro to Los Santos was one of my favorite experiences of San Andreas.
Rockstar has proven that they can make games with great graphics and gameplay. Thankfully GTA is one of the few remaining AAA singleplayer franchises that hasn't been annualized and has pretty consistent quality but we only get one or two of that kind of game a year so my expectations are high.
Steam was the only way I could get a finished working version of Bastion after buying it off humblebundle. All the menus were garbage in the game installed from the setup.exe that humblebundle provided even with the patch. However I think I still prefer games as a product over a service but it's pretty hard to curb the trend unless your EU or something.
Anyways it is presumably a free market so if you don't like Steam there are plenty other digital download services like http://www.gamersgate.com/