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

    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
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
This game learned me to never buy Energizer batteries.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
73.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Alan Wake
Psychological thriller with a view of a third person. The main character is a production of Alan Wake creator of great novels, which for several years without being able to write a good book. His wife decides to take him on vacation to the town of Bright Falls. However, his wife disappears under mysterious circumstances, and our hero decides to find her. The game is about finding fragments of books thanks to them we will know more about the storyline. During the trip you will come across various characters with whom we will be able to talk but also to opponents, possessed by darkness people who were sent to destroy us. The fight against them is to continue shining a flashlight on their bodies to weaken them and to their finish we will have at our disposal several types of weapons. The game offers a nice world to explore, but it is linear and we will move on foot or by car. The biggest advantage of the game is pretty visuals. Graphically looks great, play of light in this title is amazing, giving the game the climate and anxiety, pleasant sound effects and background music are a huge asset to this production. Personally, I had a lot of fun while playing this game and I finished a couple of times and I'm definitely able to recommend this game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Having played this game now 5 times, I can honestly say that even though its aged a bit, it remains one of my top 10 best games of all time. An awesome atmosphere and scenery fuelled by an even more awesome story, this game in my opinion will forever remain great. I usually replay a game until I've completed each mode of difficulty, but this game made me want to replay nightmare mode over and over.

10/10 - will play another 5 times.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Become a writer they said, it will be safe they said.

I ran around in the dark, looking for my missing wife, losing grip on my reality one manuscript page at a time.

Came across a multitude of characters with ambiguous moral orientations and psychiatric health levels.

Decided to use the most unreliable brand of batteries possible.

Picked a fight with evil itself.

Systematically spiraled into increasing darkness and insanity.

94 Thermoses/10: Would run around frantically looking for more batteries again.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Advice to any one playing this game:
Run towards the light !

You can also give the same advise to the old people in the nursing home.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Most beautiful and fantastic game with rich game story
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Steam really needs a "meh" option. Alan Wake is a solid neither here nor there game, but if you get it cheap, I recommend it.

The good

Deep, convoluted story
Blowing away bad guys with the flare gun is fun
Ditto re: flashbang grenades
Decent graphics for its time
Good depiction of a Pacific Northwest town
Some cool characters
Game loads quickly

The bad

No quicksave console-itis
Terrible character point of view
Combat can be excruciatingly tedious
Annoying slow motion sequences
Can't climb most things
Can't jump over most things
Spend half of the time fixing fuseboxes or firing up generators
Lots of little annoying contrivances
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
Am I watching an award-winning television series?

8/10 will never forget to bring my flashlight everywhere I go.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Alan Wake is a horror masterpiece. You've got inventive controls, a compelling story, interesting characters, and pacing that is absolutely to die for. It's really just a gem, that is a must play if you value story and pacing as much as good graphics and responsive controls. Whether you're a fan of horror or not, this game is fantastic. Highly reccommend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Only would recommend this game when on sale.
There were boring moments where I had to power through them.
Overall OK game. Buy it when on sale.
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Kidneybeater
0.6 hrs
Posted: September 30
I tried to like it, but the graphics and sound prevents me to be sucked into the story. The controls are awkward and it feels more like steering a puppet than the character. The camera also adds to the lack of immersion, am I supposed to feel like I'm Alan when I see him in third person a bit from the side? Am I supposed to be a reader of his story?

+ Often on sale
+ Those who have played it through say it's a good story, I can't manage more than the 30min I spent on it.

- Dated graphics
- Bad sound
- Odd controls and camera
- Fights get repetative extremely fast
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Galgon
19.8 hrs
Posted: September 29
worst. gameplay. ever.
Game shouldn't have been ported the way it was. Now I'm forced to give it a negative review.
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Putifari
17.3 hrs
Posted: September 29
The game? Beyond awesome.
The pc port? Beyond horrible.

...but... worth the trouble of finding an unofficial fix to make it run smooth. And yeah, the constant lag spikes don't happen with every pc. Just with some of them.

BUY THIS! NOW!
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gatekeeper_sg1
17.6 hrs
Posted: September 28
Amazing story really takes you in to the world of the main caracter as if your there yourself
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Dire
13.9 hrs
Posted: September 26
Alan Wake is a game that is easily recommendable, even after all those many years since release. For one the game still looks gorgeous and the dense atmosphere is going to murder you ;)

In Alan Wake you are taking on the role of the titular "hero". The gameplay consists of you running around in 3rd person, lighting up enemies with your trusty flashlight and then shooting them till they disappear. That's pretty much it. The game is strictly linear, there is no open world, there is little room to explore (but enough in my opinion) and the path is always clear. The gameplay will be the same for the whole duration more or less. You get different guns and stuff, but the core gameplay always revolves around light and darkness and your boomsticks. I just wish you could disable the slow mo camera swings when you avoid an attack. These happen way too frequently. Combat in general is probably also the greatest weakness of Alan Wake, it is pretty repetitive and some people will be bothered by that. However, I think that this is not a game you play because of its great combat mechanics, this is a game you play because of the story and the atmosphere.

The game consists of episodes. Each episode can be brute-forced and completed pretty quickly if you don't die. If you take the time to explore, however, you can find secret staches, manuscript pages and other collectibles like TV shows or radio broadcasts. Those are especially worth it. The game just oozes atmosphere and is set up like an episodic thriller that leans heavily on novels, which makes sense, since Alan Wake is a writer. It's dark, it's mysterious and full of surprises and really, really good story telling and voice over. It's rare to find a game that has so much charme. It just feels like the devs were really into this as well. The attention to detail is testament to that. Alan Wake invites you on an emotional, psychological suspense/horror trip, but does not rely on cheap jump scares to make you feel uneasy.

What's also great is that you can watch and listen to any cutscenes or cellectibles you've found from the main menu after you've encountered them.

If you like great stories and thrillers in particular, pick this one up, as it's absolutely unique.
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14.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
Quite the story but I must confess I played it on easy and still died along the way because I don't react fast enough to the scenarios, pretty fun none the less.
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jolobolo
75.5 hrs
Posted: September 25
Story 10/10
Graphics 9/10
Soundtrack 9/10
Combat 5/10

Overall 8/10
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sc0tt10
9.0 hrs
Posted: September 24
Possibly the best game Remedy have ever made, play it on hard for the real experience. The dense plot, the atmosphere, the engaging gameplay and the fantastic soundtrack all come together to make this something you'll remember for years to come. American Nightmare is good for afters when you've completed the original game and its DLC, and I'm confident you'll be in the mood for more Alan when you reach that point.
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Resonant Drifter
12.5 hrs
Posted: September 23
With mounting pressure from his publishers and fans, a best-selling author suffering from writers block escapes with his wife to the small town of Bright Falls, Washington in search of peace and solitude. Instead, he is pulled into a twisted and dark nightmare when his wife mysteriously disappears. As the story plays out he finds himself battling himself as much as he is the dark enemies who appear around him, and the question never goes away: is it reality or is Alan Wake loosing his mind?

PROS:
  • The story is immersive, well written and excellently narrated
  • Cool TV show like episodes give it a unique feel
  • Music/SFX/voicovers are generally well done, play into the atmosphere
  • Neat light/dark action combat idea
  • Well developed town/characters (feels like out of a novel)
  • Some decent logic puzzles scattered about
CONS:
  • Story drags a bit too long, gets out-of-hand
  • Combat becomes too much of a focus later on (jumps between story, action piece, story, etc.)
  • Control is a bit limiting/loose
  • Lose weapons, items in between some sections of story
  • Sometimes vague waypoints

Overall, if the game is on sale I would highly recommend it. $30 (as it is when I write this) is a bit too much for a 6 year old game. That being said, it's generally a fun ride worth taking.
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