A Dark Presence stalks the small town of Bright Falls, pushing Alan Wake to the brink of sanity in his fight to unravel the mystery and save his love.
User reviews: Very Positive (8,579 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 16, 2012

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Recommended By Curators

"Oozing style, with some lovely Twin Peaks inspiration and a smart story that doesn't take itself too seriously. Some really awesome setpieces, too."

Reviews

“Remedy's done a great job of mixing elements of written work, television, and video games to create an experience full of scares, laughs, and thrills that's just as fun to play as it is to watch.”
9/10 – http://pc.ign.com/articles/121/1218682p1.html

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About This Game

When the wife of the best-selling writer Alan Wake disappears on their vacation, his search turns up pages from a thriller he doesn’t even remember writing. A Dark Presence stalks the small town of Bright Falls, pushing Wake to the brink of sanity in his fight to unravel the mystery and save his love.

Presented in the style of a TV series, Alan Wake features the trademark Remedy storytelling and pulse-pounding action sequences. As players dive deeper and deeper into the mystery, they’ll face overwhelming odds, plot twists, and cliffhangers. It’s only by mastering the Fight With Light combat mechanic that they can stay one step ahead of the darkness that spreads across Bright Falls.

With the body of an action game and the mind of a psychological thriller, Alan Wake’s intense atmosphere, deep and multilayered story, and exceptionally tense combat sequences provide players with an entertaining and original gaming experience.

Enhanced for the PC

  • Includes Alan Wake Special Episodes “The Signal” and “The Writer”
  • Experience Alan Wake’s Pacific Northwest in higher resolutions and higher fidelity than the Xbox360 version.
  • Fully configurable mouse and keyboard support, or if you prefer to play with the Microsoft gamepad connected to your PC, you can do that too!
  • Lots of customizable graphics settings and support for 4:3, 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratios!
  • Multithreaded engine that takes advantage of quad core CPUs.
  • Additional features our fans have sought after such as field of view adjustment as well as “hide HUD”.
  • Works with AMD Eyefinity 3D 3-screen mode.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz Intel or 2.8GHz AMD
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 compatible with 512MB RAM
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB HD space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Quad Core 2.66GHz Intel or 3.2GHz AMD
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 10 compatible or later with 1GB RAM
    • DirectX®: 10
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB HD space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Alan Wake is a great psychological horror game with brilliant storyline. Onslaught of enemies and lack of ammunition, despair. Nice mountain scenery, pleasant radio and television stations. "Filmness" and climate pours out of the screen - and is still a great audio track at the end of each chapter.Feels like you are playing through a Stephen King book. The game mechanics are good and everything is so pretty! Worth recommending.
Posted: October 19
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
the Good: - atmosphere, atmosphere, atmosphere
- the story, the characters, the flashlight, the darkness
- graphics are great, soundtrack is awesome

the Bad: - movement and driving controls are a little loose/imprecise

the Awesome: - the Anderson brothers and their farm

This is a fun game and the combat is made strategic with the use of the flashlight (and other light sources). The opening prologue stage didn't impress me much. I'd recommend waiting until you play the first real stage (make it to the gas station) before you make a decision on this one. For full effect, play in the dark with a good sound arrangement. The setting is beautiful and frightening at the same time. The more I played, the more it drew me in.
Posted: September 28
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
if your looking for a game like Resident Evil then this game is not for u .
this game is scary and fun has great music and has a small learning curve . it nice and long 15- 20 ( 25+ if u get the Alan Wake Franchise ) hrs
not open world but doesn't feel like its on rails
i still rate this game high on my list of game and i do own 2 RE but there not on my Fav list
the game does have a great story and does deliver . the end needs work but if u get the Alan Wake Franchise u get the ending yes costs abit more but it is worth the time u put into it


Posted: October 7
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
I was gripped by Alan Wake's presentation during the first hour of playing: gorgeous but ominous scenery of remote mountain-top villages hiding secrets that disturb the senses, psychological horror narrative that plays with perception and a sensitive inspiration from Stephen King's works and Twin Peaks that was well-thought and in good taste.

But then the game drowned itself in a sea of subpar shooter gameplay.

Warily, dreading the unwelcome diversion from a story I had just taken a liking for, I trudged on through the countless identical encounters. It can't be long, I thought, it's just an early combat level to satisfy the shooter crowd and then I'll get back to the good parts. It's not that bad, maybe I'll be able to avoid most of the encounters if I try - and just look at the pretty scenery oooh.

Three hours later I was still in the forest repeating mandatory shootouts while slowly forgetting what Alan had seen or was trying to achieve in his arc. With sadness I had to contend that I would need to abandon Alan Wake to the forgotten part of my Steam library, its secrets forever unexplored.

Maybe I should recommend this game to people who are bigger fans of action-shooter genre games. There might be moments in life when I can enjoy a shooter, maybe even one as clunky and dull as the parts I mention in this game. However, the mindset that one must be in when I desire to play Alan Wake - a mindset so tastefully enhanced and sustained during the exploratory/narrative segments of the game- is so dissonant from the mindset of generic shooting, that I feel it doesn't let one enjoy either aspect. Story detracts from gameplay and vice versa. Such a shame that one cannot turn the combat off.
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
For sure a game that I underestimated. I went into it expecting cheap jumpscares, but what I got was a VERY welcomed suprise. Riviting story, interesting combat mechanics, and amazing scenary makes this game a very cerebral, 'make you think' game!
Posted: October 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Good solid 3rd Person Horror/ Action game. Story is typical Steven King ideas, and works very well within the setting.
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Epic game, great atmosphere
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
awsome game just buy it trust me
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
If you are a fan of the story in Max Payne 1 and Max Payne 2 then you will enjoy this story even more, the game plays different as you dont have bullet time, but when you dodge attacks time slows briefly giving you a chance to kill one of the taken.

You main weapon is light and you need to remove the darkness before you can kill any of the taken. I recommand you play though the game for the storyline and try and collect all manuscript pages at the same time if you can. You will have some down time when you dont kill anyone, but it does add to you feeling safe even if its brief.

The DLC extra chapters also adds greatly to the overall story and experience,

Game gets a 10/10 for me, if you loved Max Payne your love this
Posted: October 5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.4 hrs on record
Alan Wake is about story, psychology and ambiance, it is as deep as a book and as immersive as a movie.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
A horror action game with really great storytelling. Play as a Stephen King type of guy and fight hordes of darkness while trying to stay in the light. Amazing story and even better soundtrack.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
I fell in love with this game. I don't really know why since it can be really buggy at times, most of the voice actors sound like they're reading a menue, the glitches and the fact that it broke down on me more times than I can remember. But somewhere amongst cursing over the latest crash or making fun of the voice actors and the all to predictable enemy ai I fell in love with the story that was unfolding before me. It's something about the setting together with the plot that is actually very good that made it impossible for me to stop playing this game!

I won't give you a big fancy review or anything but I will tell you this. If you're looking for a great story set in a realy atmospheric setting you've found it.
Posted: October 8
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
The first chapter is filled with mystery, horror and atmosphere but it seems to lose its focus after that. It makes up for it though with a great narrative which keeps you hooked despite the inconsistent tone ranging from horror, action and comedy.
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Recommend buying if on sale. Upon immediately starting the game you can tell it's a console port, but it truley is worth at least one playthrough.
Posted: October 10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.9 hrs on record
Why did I not buy this game before?

10/10 Atmosphere
10/10 Story
10/10 Characters
10/10 Attention to details
10/10 Graphic (even for October 2014 standards)

It is a masterpiece and it is there with Bioshock and The Witcher a game made with heart which really deserves your attention, you don’t need to particularly like 3rd person games but just games in general. Well done to Remedy that is how game should be made!

I am playing it in Easy as I had read about people getting frustrated (probably no skills) and I have to say….don’t as the game in Easy is very Easy so Normal is more than adequate, also you easily get used with the camera.

Maxed out with i5 and GTX 760 and Vsync... run like a missile!

BUY IT NOW!
Posted: October 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
Cool story And Very Nice Act Awesome ....
Posted: October 12
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Its a really good Survival-Horror game. Where it lacks in gameplay it makes up for with its story-telling.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
good game.worth the buy
Posted: September 29
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
A mildly Stephen King-esque inspired psychological, action-adventure romp through a Twlight Zone setting. The plot is about a writers super-natural force from his unwritten novel hunting him. I have played it through only once and I throughly enjoyed it. This game is like a half-way decent book you may read two or three times in your life. Well worth owning.

*As a bonus, the hard copy of the strategy guide reads like a horror novel. It is extremely clever, I suggest anyone who throughly enjoyed Alan Wake to eBay or Amazon themselves a copy of the strategy guide.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
A dark and scary action-adventure with inspirations from Lost, Twin Peaks and Stephen King novels (the game actually starts with a Stephen King quote). The enemies are not typical you find in the genre. The game has an outstanding soundtrack, and the PC edition comes with interesting, frequent developer commentary and all the bells and whistles that come with a good port.
Posted: October 1
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