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 (11,837 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 16, 2012

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

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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

    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
48 of 57 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
112.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

My review of Alan Wake will be based on 4 categories: Performance, Gameplay, Graphics, and Story. Please note that any underlined word will get its own section which will be reviewed based on its strengths and weaknesses.

Performance
An excellent port with lots of PC exclusive features. Performance on a FX-6300 processor, R9 270 GPU, and 8 GB of RAM in a 1080p resolution, ultra settings, V-Sync on yields an average of 59 FPS and a lowest of 39 FPS.

Graphics options available
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Game comes with support for controllers and rebindable keys as well as subtitles, HUD toggle on/off, and an FOV slider. Note that the pre-rendered cutscenes are locked at 720p, running at 30 FPS with black bars at the top and bottom. Also note that for the added immersion, Remedy used vector blur instead of the more traditionally used motion blur which will probably annoy some players. Starting the game with -noblur parameter will remove the effect. No bugs or crashes experienced during playthroughs but be wary that no game is bug-free. If by chance, you do encounter some bugs and crashes, you can visit this site for a list of possible fixes.

Gameplay
Alan Wake's gameplay consists of exploration and combat with a very huge emphasis on the usage of light sources to defeat enemies and solve various puzzles. As players traverse the huge sprawling forests of Bright Falls and its various establishments, they'll come across various obstacles that will stop our protagonist, Alan Wake, from ever reaching his destination. The goal for each level that you come through is simple; reach the designated location and survive to further advance the story.

EXPLORATION
The Pacific Northwest town of Bright Falls is big and huge and the past remnants of its supposed to be open world shows everywhere. For those of you who may not know, Alan Wake was supposed to be an open world game until they changed it to a more linear path. Because of this, the only goal for the game is to traverse from point A to point B. But while it may be linear in nature, the levels are designed to be long and big with huge boundaries. Think of hallway shooters with the levels


Graphics
Fact: Alan Wake is one of the most atmospheric games to ever exist. It's also a far cry from the industrial-focused level design that's so typical of modern games. It's gorgeous and peaceful at daytime, beautiful yet deadly at nighttime. The combination of industrial and natural settings paired with the amazing lighting and particle effects make it stand out from others. Character design is also praiseworthy as the cast of characters is very consistent and in-tone with the pacific northwest setting. If you've seen the Twin Peaks' cast, then more or less, you'll find the inspirations and similarities a bit too close to each other.

Fact: Alan Wake is one of the lowest in the AAA games section when it comes to the beauty and immersion factor of the game being constantly broken when you let the protagonist face the camera. The emotionless stares of the characters along with the bad lip-sync and the wooden animations make the game look like a horror show where robots are cast as actors. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem for other games but this is a freaking horror game! A genre which requires genuine and believable emotions from the cast! Sure, you may say that other survival-horror games had the problem too but what do you think is the difference between those games and this one? They conveyed the story through cutscenes! Alan Wake rarely uses cutscenes for the game and you'll always witness them talking to each other like neanderthals expressing their love to a rock.

Story
The protagonist must be a descendant of Max Payne because he comments on every situation and everything that he sees. Anyways, Alan Wake's story is really good! Especially if you're a literature buff who likes to read stories of horror and terror or tales from the deep. You'll quickly pick up on how the story is structured like a novel and how the characters talk like they're a cast in a thriller. You'll also notice as you progress in the game the love that Sam Lake has for Stephen King and his works as well as others like Lovecraftian horror, Kubrick and Hitchcock films The Shining and The Birds respectively, and more obvious ones like Twin Peaks. Special mention for the first game that I've seen where product placement plays a very heavy and prominent role as cutscenes focus on the products first rather than the actual scene, everything that you use is branded, and Energizer is always there to save the day.

And there you have it.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 9
One of the best games of Remedy Entertainment.
The gfx, atmosphere and light effects are spectacular, considering it's a game released in 2012.
The story is definitely interesting and keep moving on without becoming boring a single minute.
Very good voice acting and some jump scares.
The only negative comment is about the gameplay getting a bit repetitive / no sense of progression - but this is abolutely not a reason to avoid this game. Some parts of the game are challenging.
If you are looking for an immersive story and great atmosphere, don't think twice and go for it!
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22 of 36 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Motion Blur simulator
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
A deep, psychological thriller with an excellent Stephen King feel to it. This game failed to disappoint me and kept me wanting more and interested until the very end. From it's great storyline to stunning graphics to excellent gameplay, as well as all of these together with the dark, but crazy atmosphere, it's a game I had a lot of enjoyment with and would be more than glad to play again.

The game unfolded like a movie, which for this particular game, I thought it suited nicely. And although I'm not a huge fan of the episodic/chapter format of video games in general, with this game, it didn't bother me too much as I believed other aspects of the game definitely overshadowed that for me. And then there's the music/sound of the game, which turned out to be strong as well for this game. I found it to really add to the mood and atmosphere of the game. With is important to me as I believe atmosphere to be an important part of a game, at least to me. They helped to immerse myself in the game even further.

In my opinion, Alan Wake is a must-play and unforgettable experience. It's a game that's an excellent piece of work that I'd be more than willing to play again. Can't wait for the sequel, whenever that will be.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
It's been a while since i finished the game.

Frankly I didn't think a writer with a gun and a flashlight would be any fun but i was wrong.

The game graphic is great story like detail and perfectly composed music that fits this game.
The control is quite sensitive and it's fun to do cinematic dodges and counter.
It's a horror game but I laughed more in this game and never got scared.

Collection and achievements are pretty easy to get and there are really nothing super hard to find.

The story is quite confusing at first but once you progress further it start to make sense more and more.

The 2 extra story included is very fun to play but even for a FPS vetern like me i got motion sickness when i got stuck in the wheel for too long.

I didn't write this review when I first finished it because this game was so good that made me play the sequel right after.

That sequel is a huge disappointment.

So this game is 8.5/10. Get this one. play and enjoy it but do not get the sequel.

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