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 (8,927 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
13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Alan Wake is not a flawless game. The combat system is entertaining at first but its magic is killed by unnecessary and numerous action segments. Still the game is a very atmospheric adventure of a very rare kind.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Another good Remedy game, fits along side their previous good games of Death Rally - Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne.

Not only was the game play fun with quite interesting mechanics of Light VS. Dark, the story line got me interested to the very end.

And the end of the story is where the entire presentation falters.
Slight cliffhanger, no solid end.
According to numerous websites, there were plans on an Alan Wake sequel, but that didn't due to 'not enough sales' says Mr. Microsoft Games. Which is a pity.

Otherwise, a good ride till the sudden stop.
A good buy indeed.

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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
In Alan Wake you take up the role as a writer named...Alan Wake. After his wife goes missing you set out to find her while a Dark Presence haunts the town of Bright Falls.

In Alan Wake you fight against darkness, and I really love that. Armed with a flashlight and a revolver you make your way through Bright Falls and it's surrounding mountains and forests.

The eviroments and the scenery is outstanding and it really improves the light vs darkness theme the game has. The story is fantastic. Really now, it's really good and doesn't give everything away directly, so you might have to reflect on what happened. It will still leave you very satisfied.

The combat is pretty cool but it can become very tedious after a while as it can feel like you're doing the same thing over and over again. But the supplies are limited so it really gives it this somewhat survival feeling.

Alan Wake is not a perfect game, It's close but not perfect.

Pros
- Fantastic story and theme
- Great enviroments and scenery

Cons
- The combat, it can become repetitious but I wouldn't abastain from playing the game because of this.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Alan Wake shows off some nice dark grizzly graphics and a new gameplay feature where your flashlight is your best friend to ward off monsters. While Alan Wake is an action horror game, I found the action to not be the most fluid action in these types of 3rd person games. The storyline was good, though not fantastic by any means. While I'd recommend playing this game, I wouldn't place it in my top list of games you should play. Play this if you enjoy the horror/action genre, or else move on.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
What i like in this game: atmosphere, graphics, collectibles. I recommend the title if you like the official trailer- than it's more than certain, that you will like this position.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
What can I say about Alan Wake? Its an interesting game by the guys who did Max Payne, and it shows; Alan Wake is a story focused action thriller, much like Max Payne, but instead of being a neo-noir crime thriller set in New York City, Alan Wake is a supernatural thriller (though some people might call it horror, i'm a little hesitant to call it such, since it's not really scary) set in the fictional town of Bright Falls, Washington. Though it does have some shortcomings, ultimately, Alan Wake is a engrossing piece of fiction which does it's best to recapture the cinematic storytelling of Max Payne, and for the most part, it delivers.

The game is visually impressive, with lighting being both stunning and a key part of the gameplay, and models being fairly well detailed. The shadowy particle effects when the enemies show up is neat, and overall the game exudes atmostphere. The musical score is decent, though utimately forgettable.

Gameplay is probably the weakest aspect of Alan Wake, but it's still suprisingly solid. It has your standard set of third person controls, but what it adds is it's light mechanic. Enemies in the game cannot be killed unless they are weakened by light first. This can be from your torch (flashlight), a flare gun, or really any light source lying around. Enemies won't attack you under street lamps for instance, though often, to continue, you have to go out into the darkness and fight the enemies. there are some puzzley section in the game, but they aren't too difficult to figure out, but it's worth mentioning.

Where Alan Wake really shines is in it's narrative, but moreso how it tells this narrative. While at first narrration by a Stephen King-esque character seems like it wouldn't be quite so interesting, the delivery is great. When things start to go wrong in Bright Falls, the atmosphere compliments the narratation. It works quite well, and in additon, splitting up the game into segmented chapters also adds to the Twin Peaks feel to the game. The story has plenty of twists and turns, and the dialogue is written well enough to keep you engaged. While the ending is somewhat dissapointing, Alan Wake's story (moreso it's storytelling) is excellent and will keep you engrossed until the end.

If you like narrative driven games, or you like supernatural thrillers reminiscent of Stephen King or Twin Peaks, Alan Wake is definitely a recommendation.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
24.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
A nice Twin Peaks-esque atmosphere makes this a great Halloween experience. Unfortunately it's marred by a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ combat system which will test your patience several times over. Add to this that our protagonist can't sprint for more than 10 meters without having a seizure, or jump from a chair without breaking his neck, and we end up with a title you should buy on a sale, play once for the story, and on easy difficulty if you value your sanity.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Alan Wake is the personification of the B horror game. Awful acting? Check. Laughable plot? Check. Low production values? At times (though the final quarter of the game is pretty impressive.) If you can look past it's low points it's a very solid, entertaining action-suspense game with a sprinkling of survival-horror on top.

My only complaint with the game is how the designers chose to constantly revoke your stockpile of weapons at every turn, instead of taking the time to balance progression properly. At each act, and sometimes more often that that, you're stripped of all the weapons, ammo, and upgrades you've acquired and have to start fresh. Not a deal breaker, but lazy from a design standpoint, and annoying after 6 episodes. All in all though this isn't a big deal, and doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Unique flot and battle. But not enough to be good.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, like this game
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Truthfully, I didn't know what to expect when I first got into Alan Wake. It looked like your standard "point-flashlight and run" sort of horror game. I was pleasantly surprised, however. Here is my rundown:

Graphics:
I am getting this out of the way as quickly as possible. The game looks absolutely stunning. The atmosphere is great, and the lighting features are wonderful. You instantly know where to go when you see lighting. I loved how this game looked.

Gameplay:
Very unique. Unveiling messages with the flashlight was a great idea. Likewise, certain puzzles were done fantastically. That being said, these unique ideas constantly were redone in some fashion or another to where it started to feel very overdone by the end of the game. However, it was an enjoyable experience, even up to the end of the game.

Storyline:
Pretentious. Very pretentious. However, Alan Wake is a writer. He will never let you forget that he is a writer, so the player shouldn't be surprised when the game has a very overly-artistic and dramatic feel to it. It's annoying, at times, but not overtly so.

The game is great for what it is. I'd highly recommend it for a playthrough. You might find yourself getting tired of the repetition towards the end, but the payoff is very worth it.

If you would like to look at the game before you buy it, feel free to check out my let's play of the game:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diPZfsRBI_s&index=1&list=PL-1GcpSqFFBl6k-quJ5aIXtFPYAEhW0sW
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Oh my, this was far better than I expected, even for a console-to-PC port! The adventure was amazing, and the combat was usually intensely fun! Being assaulted by four shadowy axemen? Flash-BANG you're done. :P
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
I think half the people that review games for there jobs are borderline lazy (maybe they play 10 mins and give a review) or stupid this game is HIGHLY repetitive the same god damn enemies everytime and when they think your getting bored of the typical man bad guy (there are the big guys and little guys and also the speedy guys...just for variation, ALL THE SAME GUY) they literally start throwing objects at you...... I read a review on metacritic and this is why earlier I said lazy, the "critic" said this game is "open world" thats absolute ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ the part he reviewed must have been a pick left or right but it leads you on the same path part which the game has a few, but its far from open world its super linear and throw in annoying bad guy fight to the next bad guy fight with 4 diffent guns, and flashbangs thats not a whole lot of weapon variety, now IMO I think the flashlight should have killed the badguys I mean they are based out of darkness, and why for the love of god do these guys constantly have to come out from behind rocks/trees?? The developer should have made them corpses on the ground and the darkness comes along an possess them but I digress I have played for about 4-5 hours and am getting super bored in every chapter the story falls flat girl gets kidnapped and the game constantly uses it to string you along all well the cops are after you for god knows why. I do like the engine and I do like the narration but I would have to recommened this game only if your super curious or you get it for cheap.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Good, good.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
You ever have a dream where something is chasing you, and you just keep running and running to get away from it? That's pretty much what it feels like to play this game.

8/10 Really good survival-horror title. It's worth the full price, but I have seen it go on sale for 90% off, so keep that in mind.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Good storyline, fun to play if you are looking for a scary and hard game.

Got bored after playing it for about 4 hrs straight and havent played it since, maybe some day I will.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
This is the best game of this genre by far!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
best game i've ever played
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
+ story
+ characters' depth
+ dark atmosphere
+ graphics (for the time of release)

- monotonic, repetitive gameplay

7/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
It keeps my girlfriend quiet, I love it!
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