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.
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Release Date: Feb 16, 2012

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“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

    • 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
    • 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
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( 15.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This is what happens when Max Payne takes too many painkillers!!!
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( 20.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
One of my favourite games, I have played this a bunch of times through and everytime i love it, It's unique and feels like a movie!
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( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I had this game for the xbox 360 and I loved it. The gameplay + narrative combo puts you literally right into the story (since the game is about a writer and his "pages" are coming to life in forms of nightmares). Lots of deep messages thrtoughout the game. The gameplay/combat is easy to get used to. Good thing it was on sale lol

This (and the Metro series) are the games i cant play in the middle of the night haha
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( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Have You Ever Played Alan Wake?

Have You Ever Played?

  • Fantastic story, aspects of mystery, intrigue, horror and small town weirdness
  • The gameplay was great, first time I personally saw anything like it
  • The characters are great, whether it's because they're moody, funny or serious
  • I love the idea of Alan's manuscripts becoming reality, speaking of which, the manuscripts are also fully voiced, and add a lot to the game if you like to pick up documents and read them
  • The cinematic dodge looks awesome, and adds so much energy to the game
  • The soundtrack to this game was epic, especially the action sequences where you fought to heavy metal music, or tuned the radio in to something more sombre

  • You start every level fresh, and lose your weapons and flashlight upgrades from the previous level
  • The game is very challenging, you may like that, but I played on normal for a more experience driven playthrough and found it less enjoyable in some cases due to difficulty

Factors to Consider
  • Alan Wake has an emphasis on thematic story telling
  • Has a mystery aspect
  • Blends realism with surrealism
  • I played this game with a gamepad as personal preference

Line of the Game: "It's not a lake. It's an ocean."
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( 29.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I've been an old Max Payne fan since those games came out, but because of Alan Wakes early console exclusivity
I wrote it of (as I tend to do ever since Halo). But when I came on a steam sale I thought that "what the heck, lets try it. Remedy deserves an open mind". That was truer than I could possibly imagine.
I simply couldnt stop playing, I was so incredibly drawn into the store, the gameplay, the setting. Everything with this game was so well made and appealing.
Eventually I ended up watching Twin Peak (on which a big chunk of the games inspiration comes from); because of this game! with the same effect...

If you like Twin Peaks, Twilight Zone, the X-files (the original series) or any of Remedy's other games. Then this is a story worth playing. a Game worth experiencing.
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( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
A hammy 3rd person horror-ish action game that's a giant bear hug to fans of horror writers like Stephen King, the game itself is not without its charms, but is bogged down by less than stellar gunplay/driving sections and embarrassingly ludicrous writing and dialog.

Dated by today's gaming standards in both technical and creative aspects, this one is probably only worth scooping up on sale if you haven't played it in years and want to revisit it.
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( 88.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
Damn fine game.
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( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
If you want to play some first-class thriller game, than it's for you. Alan Wake has great graphics for its creation time, and still looks good, with forests and lakes, rivers and mountains...
No gamer should miss that game.
PS:Ah, and I forgot a great soundtrack!
She put the lime in a coconut... Yay!
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Life Of Pablo
( 16.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Okey hold your hats for this review, this will probably be one of the rare times i give a game a positive review.
NOTE:This review will contain spoilers.

So before you play this game you better bake before you wake so to speak. Alan Wake is a mystery action horror thriller were you play as the writer Alan Wake.

The game starts out as any horror game in an nightmare and you get introduced into the game. You get to see a bit of whats coming up A LOT in the future of the game which is the monsters (Which looks the same through the entire ♥♥♥♥ing game).

Whats good about Alan Wake is that it captures your interests with its mystique and you know nothing about whats going on and you easily looks grasp of whats real and whats not. This keeps the story flowing and you stay interested.

Whats not good in my oppinion is in chapter 3 or something when they show you that Alan is in fact delusional and completley ♥♥♥♥ing insane which basically explain the whole ♥♥♥♥ing game and that basically ruined it for me.. To every unatural thing that happend after that i could just go.. Ah hes ♥♥♥♥ing crazy..

Besides the story being OK the game mechanics actually surprised me.. I recently bought the completley awfull game Sleeping dogs and the driving mechanics in Alan Wake is 100000 times better than Sleeping Dogs and in this game you just get to drive like 5 times. Kudos for that. Other than that the nature and the feel of the game is ♥♥♥♥ing awesome.. For this game were you escape the darkness this town and this environment is perfect.

The ending was bit confusing as expected, apparently Alan switched places with his wife which is kidnapped in the earlier stages of the game (by the darkness) and he is stuck in hell writing his next novel Departure. All endings were all previous experiences end up just being not reality or a dream is ♥♥♥♥ing cheap and i dont like em (Good example is Bioshock infinite) but Alan Wake got it pretty good.

No matter how much negative i want to say about this game its just too decent to hate on it.

Best Regards
Life of Pablo
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Kame Sennin
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
5/10 don't even want to waste my words on that ♥♥♥♥. The story is ok but everything else starting from the graphics and ending with the actual gameplay itself are just horrible. Can only reccomend buying it during the sale.
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93 of 98 people (95%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
37.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
(Full review follows below)

  • Game Name: Alan Wake
  • Original Release: 2012
  • Genre Tags: Adventure; Horror; Third-Person; Story Rich; Atmospheric
  • My Overall Grade: A-
  • Estimated Playtime (Campaign): 12-20 hours
  • Multiplayer Aspect: None
  • Recommended To: Established fans of the genre; Those intrigued by the genre; Aesthetes; Strong narrative advocates; Game atmosphere connoisseurs

”Nightmares exist outside of logic” – Stephen King

Alan Wake is an extremely enjoyable third person action-adventure/survival game with a very story-driven experience and the theme of a psychological thriller. It is a very cinematic game, with a lot of dialogue and cutscenes. So if you need constant action, you won’t find it here; but if you enjoy games that feel a lot like movies-you-control, this is a great pickup.

The backbone of this game is the excellent narrative, which is well-executed and well-acted. The main story arc is mysterious, intriguing, and suspenseful. And the voice acting is quite convincing, which is critical for a game this heavily story-driven. But my personal favorite aspect of Alan Wake is the development of the various characters. Video games sometimes have great stories, but often they lack the depth of character development one may find in other mediums of storytelling, like books, TV, or movies. The way this game was produced, though, it is easy to feel the connection with the characters and immerse yourself in their personalities.

The graphics, animations, effects, and soundscape all work in concert to create an extremely engaging atmosphere that reinforces the strong narrative. The gameworld looks great and you can feel the heavy atmosphere of the creepy little village that acts as the story’s setting. This vivid and intense setting allows the entirety of the game to be entertaining; even slow plot points remain amusing due to the immersive ambiance. If you are into immersion, Alan Wake is definitely the kind of game you want to play with headphones on, lights off, and no interruptions.

But looking past the engaging narrative and atmosphere, you will find that the actual gameplay is also pretty decent. The controls are mostly solid, albeit a little clunky— but it is the kind of clunky that is purposefully imposed to adhere to the paradigm of the scary/survival genre. And there is an interesting dynamic involving shadows and illumination from which all action/combat is derived and that affords the game a charming uniqueness. There are also a lot of collectibles that provide further lore/backstory and add an additional dynamic to the total gameplay. Be warned however: the collectibles system can break the immersion of the game at times because you’ll have to sidetrack to find them during intense moments in the storyline.

In short, Alan Wake is a great experience. It may not appeal to those who want constant action from their games, but for those who enjoy cinematic, narrative-driven games, then this will be great to consider trying if you haven’t yet. The dark psychological-thriller theme is easy to find intriguing and the gameplay, while not innovative, has a unique charm that is gratifying to experience.

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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
62.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Alan Wake is a linear third-person shooter whose atmosphere and story attempt to redeem the frankly clunky combat. The game proceeds in six episodes (with two additional DLC episodes that are now included for free). Worth a purchase on sale if you enjoy a combat-driven interactive movie, but there's not much replayability (unless you're a collectibles and achievements fanatic).
You can view the opening of the game here.
Installed size on hard drive (all DLC and extras): 11.2 GB

Alan's wife, Alice, gets “taken” by a mysterious “dark presence.” The entire game is spent trying to release her from its power. Alan is frequently lost, operating on whim, and not really sure of how to proceed. A writer himself, he begins researching old legends of Cauldron Lake and the power that words written there seem to possess. This is really the best part of the game, as the labyrinth of creation and created and how to balance what is desired with what is needed leads Alan down an increasingly dark path (pun intended). As he discovers, he is not alone in his knowledge of the lake's mysterious power, nor the first to suffer from it. The supporting cast are varied and colorful characters, several of whom have their own history with Cauldron Lake.

The atmosphere is suitably dark and fog-swept at times. Most of the game happens at night, so turn down your room lights and crank the audio to catch the ambiance (the sound design is superb). The setting is a unique one: the woods and small town atmosphere of the Pacific Northwest. The ambiance is captured nicely, and the woods have thick foliage and dark shadows. Old logging and mining gear abounds, providing just the right touch of historical nostalgia and rusty menace. The buildings and architecture are a mix of rustic, country-style structures (built sturdy to withstand the harsh winters) other more attractive, modern structures designed to impress tourists (Cauldron Lake Lodge). The superb music score is the icing on the atmospheric cake: moody but melodic, it catches the feeling of solitude at night-time haunted by the supernatural.

A supernatural that is made perhaps more terrifying by the clunky combat. Shine a light at enemies to burn away the darkness, then shoot them with whatever weapon you have to hand. It works well enough, but feels loose and sloppy. The weapons are few, but do feel different: revolver, shotgun (regular and pump-action), flare gun, hunting rifle, flares, and flash-bangs. That's it. They're not all available at the same time, and at the beginning of each episode, Alan only has a flashlight and a revolver. So, no matter how good you were with saving up your gear, thinking there might be a big battle coming up, once the episode ends, you'll lose it all anyway. The enemies offer little variety. You've got the standard hatchet-throwing “taken”, the big “taken”, the fast “taken”, and random flocks of crows that fly out of the sky and attack Alan. Sometimes random objects (like cars, tires, dumpsters) will become possessed and attack Alan. With so many creatures that dwell in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, I expected there might be a boss fight with a bear or a pack of coyotes, but no.

None of these drawbacks would matter if the total experience offered by Alan Wake were more than the sum of its parts. Unfortunately, it isn't. I enjoy it because when I first played it years ago I had no idea that video games could handle narrative in this fashion. I'll always have a nostalgic appreciation for it and it just kills me to provide a mixed recommendation. But if you want more than story and atmosphere, look elsewhere, because you'll be sorely disappointed by everything else. If story and atmosphere suffice, though, get Alan Wake right away.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
TL;DR: Alan Wake is a well-constructed and interesting game, with great atmospheric environments that work well with an interesting combat mechanic. With this is a clever story line and charming but somewhat poorly animated characters; this game is great for anyone looking for a solid thriller game.

In Alan wake there is a dark and twisted world where light and dark are prominent in both environment and tone. The graphics still hold up today and work beautifully with the lighting mechanics to build an intense experience. The atmosphere in Alan Wake is excellent; walking through dark woods in the night with your flashlight and weapon is rather creepy and with the light based combat mechanic manages to scare and reward. While at times the environment may seem repetitive the game does break up its action with puzzle sections and slightly dodgy driving segments.

Positive features:
-Fantastic atmosphere
-Different combat mechanic with array of weapons
-Beautiful graphics and lighting
-A well put together story line
-DLC comes included

Negative features:
-Occasionally repetitive areas
-Cut scenes are dated with poor character models and lip syncing
-Sudden physics related glitches on more than one occasion

To conclude Alan Wake is a solid all-round game; while not perfect and debatable in terms of its "horror" tag the whole experience is one that is well worth your time with replay ability for completionsists and DLC that adds to the game and story.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
It's a good game, no doubt, but it suffers from the same problem as a lot of other 3rd person shooter/horror games such as "The Evil Within". It very quickly becomes not "scary" and much more focused on shooting arenas. That being said, it's not a bad game since the combat is OK, the story is interesting and the characters are too.

All in all it's a solid game and if you can get it on a sale it's definitely worth it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
P.S. If you play with "Direct Aiming" disabled the camera movement sensitivity is tied to (varies with) the frame-rate.
To avoid this behavior, you'll need to either enable "Direct Aiming" or make sure your FPS never drops below 60 and enable V-Sync. (Thanks 80TCS)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
A classic with a really good story. You should have played this at least once in your life.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Alan Wake has a really interesting story and a main character that is flawed enough not to be a Hollywood style bad ♥♥♥♥ hero, but motivated enough to press on in the face of adversity. You might find the plot difficult to follow, but give it a chance. It's smooth and creamy and goes down easy, like dipping your sack in melted butter, but it's not your sack, it's your brain.

The combat system is pretty clever. While the "Over the shoulder shooting" style game isn't an original idea, the way the enemies are made vulnerable is both relevant to the plot and smart enough that it creates tension without having to have foes burst out of air ducts every 5 seconds, using shock to replace fear. It's challenging and frightening in a story driven way, like a good novel, but it's not a novel, it's a game.

Go on, give it a go. It's no doubt much cheaper these days and it still holds up, even after all these years. The whole thing is very refreshing, like jumping into a cool lake. Only it's not a lake, it's an ocean.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
An atmospheric horror adventure with a back story in the spirit of Stephen King. Third-person shooter where enemies have to lose the dark protection by casting light and then they are vulnerable to regular ranged weapons.
+ excellent atmosphere, very interesting plot, reach the peak with the two DLC chapters
+ nice environment, graphics and models
+ visual and sound effects
+ music soundtrack (++ to Space Oddity)
+ good duration, the two DLCs are perhaps the best part of the game
+ varied ways for environmental kills especially in the DLCs

- enemy variation is very limited
- gameplay can be repetitive
- gameplay can be repetitive
- gameplay can be repetitive...

All in all, a highly recommended title with the only drawback (but an important one) that especially at the beginning it lacks variety.

Hint: The DLCs, included in the game, can be accessed in the chapter selection once you finish the game.
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