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 (9,486 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
79 of 83 people (95%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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.
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40 of 45 people (89%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
A succesful writer, Alan Wake, decides to go to Bright Falls to get inspiration for his next book. He hasn't managed to get a word on paper for almost 2 years. The idea however wasn't for Alan to actually write there, he needed some time off.
When his wife Alice tell him she has a suprise for him, he gets excited. The suprise however did not turn out to be a good one, Alice showed him a typewriter, Alan gets furious, and goes outside to cool down. When he looks up, he sees the lights switch off in the study where he and Alice where just moments ago, followed by a terrifying scream. A second goes by, and all of the sudden he sees something drag Alice from the balcony into the water. He doesn't think, and jumps in the water.
He wakes up in his car, for after what seems just to be a moment later. The citizens of Bright Falls that have gone missing over the years try to kill him, but they're not just regular citizens. Something dark and evil has taken possesion of them, making them almost unable to be killed. The dark smoke that surrounds them protects them from everything vulnerable to them, except for one crucial thing. Light. Lucky for Alan, he owns a flashlight, and he isn't afraid to use it. He finds a revolver, and manages to find a way to kill these dark inhabitans of Bright Falls. In his journeys he comes across so called 'manuscriptpages', pages from a book he apparently wrote...

This is just the beginning of the great game called; Alan Wake. It's storyline is so good and at the same time so terrifying, you might actually fall off your chair when playing this game. The many characters you come across in your travels through Bright Falls shows that the creators really did their best when the made this game. I find this story suitable for an actual book, my favorite writer Stephen King would approve this. The money you pay for this game might even be not enough, this game will suck you up just like a good book does. You get so involved with the characters and environment that you need to pinch your arm ones or twice before you go back to the real world. This game is defenitly a must-play.
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31 of 38 people (82%) 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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18 of 20 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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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
This game it's like playing and writing a book at the same time. Extremely interesting and amazingly done.

This is a psychological horror game, you go through the storyline trying to look for your wife and killing shadows with a flashlight while trying to remember things that happened.

Alan Wake is one of the best awesome scripts I've ever seen and that's why I tell you it's like reading a book.

Let's talk about gameplay


+ Good graphics
+ Good gameplay
+ Xbox 360 controller support
+ Voice acting is just flawless


- Camera can be weird even glitchy at times
- The enemies are so repetitive
- So repetitive.


But, I'd recommend you to get it! :D
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
A Stephen King like novel of a game! You as the player Alan Wake, don't know if you are living in a nightmare and all that around you is a bad dream or you are wide awake and dealing with reality in the surroundings around you. It's fun and spooky mystery! You will feel on edge most of the game. Good misxture of storytelling, and action sequnces so you never get bored. The soundtrack is also a must listen and really sets the mood and atmosophere for this game. The graphics, lighting and world textures are absolutely stunning! Voice acting is also top notch and does not feel cheesy in any way. I would put Alan Wake game it right up there with some of the most memorable horror video games of all time such as Silent Hill and Resident Evil.
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13 of 19 people (68%) 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
It's not exactly survival horror, it's more like a tense, playable version of Twin Peaks with a few relatively fun combat gimmicks. Keeping in mind Twin Peaks is the best thing to ever air on TV, I think this game is more than worth it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Alan Wake is an extraordinarily crafted game.
Its unique supernatural story pulls you so much into the game, making it hard for you to stop playing it!
It has a great story, graphics, crazy atmosphere, sound, gameplay. It's very impressive.

The only downside is that the camera can cause some issues, looks like console-to-PC port was still not done completely right. But that can't stop you from playing it
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
A fantastic (but short) atmospheric game relying on its strongpoints of storytelling to make up for what can be seen as shortcomings in the action sequences. A great deal of effort is put into engrossing the player in its world, setting up th e game as an episodic miniseries, complete with intros, recaps, and outros, as well as plenty of collectibles and side tihngs to find that expand on what's happening. The game plays well, but unfortunately combat can fall short and become repetitive, since the tools at your disposal are few and mostly upgrade in pure numbers. It's tense enough to keep you on your toes, but playing on normal/hard, i never felt truly stretched for resources except once during the game. There are only a few enemy types so combat becomes fairly formulaic after a time.

That said, the presentation of the game, and the story it tells make up for the difference in spades, and it's a shame the game only got two small DLC episodes instead of the true "second season" it deserved.

Would definitely recommend to fans of the thriller/mystery genre, as long as you're OK with never really finding out what happens after the end.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
41.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
"Stephen King once wrote that “Nightmares exist outside of logic, and there’s little fun to be had in explanations; they’re antithetical to the poetry of fear.” In a horror story, the victim keeps asking "Why?" But there can be no explanation, and there shouldn’t be one. The unanswered mystery is what stays with us the longest, and it’s what we’ll remember in the end. My name is Alan Wake. I’m a writer."

This qoute exactly shows what this game is. This game is a tribute to great horror writers like: Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft. Excellent combination of thriller and a bit of horror athmosphery. Fantastic story where's always a mystery: Alan Wake is writer who for vacations goes to a little town called Bright Falls, that resemble Twin Peaks, with his wife Alice. After moving to theirs house, they start an argue and Alan walks out of it. After some time he hear screams. He run into the house to check what happened, then he finds his wife in the lake, he jumps after her and he... wake up in the car. Yeah, the rest is mystery and it's revealing itself during story playthrough. What makes the mystery more mysterious is that we're finding manuscript pages in which a little glipse into the future is written. Graphics is beautiful with fantastic landscapes. Fighting with enemies is interesting and unique too, we can't just shoot them, no, the light is our strongest ally. First is needed to light the enemies until theirs "darkness shield" is off, then we can shoot. It's not a shooter game so there isn't too much of a weapon choice, couple of rifles, revolver, flash granades and flares. Too bad that there's no puzzles at all, most of them look like: go from A point to B point, but still game is fantastic. The last what I want to write about is game soundtrack. Alan Wake has fantastic OST! I can even say that OST from this game will be in my Top 3 OST's from games. :)


Pros:
  • Story, story and story
  • Music
  • Characters
  • Graphics
  • Thriller athmosphere

    Cons:
  • No puzzles
  • Game can sometimes resemblence shooter

    My rating: 9/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
Altrough i only played 5 hours so far and only completed 2 episodes, i have to admit this is one of the best games i have ever played!

Great graphics, Amazing story, Very interesting and creative, and also very spooky.
Most stuff are unexpected here, which makes it really awesome!
I tend to get spooked and jumped one too many times, but it doesn't annoy me since the game is so interesting.
I am not sure yet if it is worth the $29.99 or not, i am not sure how many episodes i have more expecting on my way at the game.
Me personally, got it on sale but it was worth every penny i have spent on it!
Buy it!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23
Deep psychological thriller at its best. The suspense keeps you on your toes all the time. The writing is brilliant, acting and voice acting are just tasty, dramatic events unfold like in a movie - well, that's what the authors wanted, whole game feels like a movie. TwinPeaks-ish movie.
Once you get used to clumsy camera and controls, you're all set to enjoy this intense ride.
The visuals are beautiful (I made a ton of screenshots), design is awesome, sounds are engulfing, and the music... both original and licensed, it adds A LOT to the mood. Combat is satisfying, too. A lot of collectibles and achievements, if you're into that stuff.
Overall, this is a must-play and unforgettable experience
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
73.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
This game has some great dialog as well as awesome map design with scenic locations.

It's a lot of fun to play through for the well told story and vivid landscapes. Lots of nooks and cranies to explore during each chapter, with a lot of variation in the set designs.

However the game-play can feel al little clunky at times. For example jumping onto things to get somewhere can be a pain and the shooting mechanic feels gittery.

Overall though i recommend for sure. really pulls you in.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
8.5 / 10

Great game with an interesting & original horror story, The games story and atmosphere is quite dark.
The game took 5 years to make and was awarded #1 on "Time" magazines top 10 games of 2010. It has a great tense atmosphere and will leave you feeling like somethings constantly about to jump out from behind something and attack... and it probably will.

it isnt the best game in terms of graphics, and the combat system is pretty basic (still fun & challenging at times) but plot wise the games excellent. really enjoyed it.

Theres also a large number of collectibles to be found throughout the game if your into exploring your surroundings.
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Couldn't finish it. Love the developer and the storytelling, even the well executed setting in a spooky midwest town but the gameplay is just so tedious. The combat revolves around shining a light on your enemy until it removes a barrier and only then can you actually damage them. It's very tiresome and only seems to just add artificial delay. If you can stomach this "damage sponge" combat then you have a gem of a suspense/thriller game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
I've beaten this game and the DLC multiple times before despite my hours as of (Nov 18th, 2014) saying otherwise. This game has one of the best storylines I've ever played in a game. It is a true "Mind ♥♥♥♥" to say the least and will keep you entertained from start to finish. The games graphics are still good when compared to next gen graphics and the game itself can be quite challenging at times. The gameplay is a bit clunky at times but is good enough.

Graphics: At the time of release: 10/10, Currently: 8.5/10
Story line: 9.5/10
Gameplay: 8/10
Game length: 11-15 hours
Overall: 9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.4 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
74.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22
Alan Wake is an incredibly strong port following the original release on the XBOX 360 - itself preceded by nearly a decade in development. Remedy (creators of the original two Max Payne games) deliver a lovingly crafted narrative married to engaging survival horror gameplay, and fans of either will find a lot to appreciate. Alan Wake borrows liberally and eagerly from a variety of influences - homages can be found from sources as diverse as norse mythology, Stephen King, Twin Peaks and the previously mentioned Max Payne.

VISUALS AND ATMOSPHERE: Graphically, the game has chops. The small town of Bright Falls (and the forests of the Pacific Northwest that surround it) are well done. Small details strewn throughout the sets reward observant players by alluding to a narrative beyond the main story. The game often finds clever ways of interacting with the props of the environment, which lends itself towards the feeling of a very dramatic (and dynamic) atmosphere. The effects of the darkness - on the environment and everything in it - is easily one of the most impressive mechanics in the game.

However, stilted animations often betray the models, resulting in awkward puppet-like mouth movements when characters speak. This is most noticable when characters are in distress, and regrettably (given the theme), characters often have a good reason to be.

Sound is well done. Ambient music is tense but often subtle (though it can border on repetitive), and the game prefers to use it's carefully chosen collection of licensed music to solicit emotions beyond circumstancial flare ups. Voice acting was solid.

4/5

NARRATIVE: Alan Wake is both author and audience of the story, an unreliable narrator thrust into progressively stranger circumstances as he investigates the disappearance of his wife. As a protagonist he is far removed from the chisled and grizzled stereotype, often openly frustrated, petulant or terrified. There is a clear sacrifice made where the depth given to him as a character supercedes our ability to really step into his shoes, and I found it to be a trade worth making. The story is divided up into clear chapters emulating a television episode, featuring a brief recap ("Previously on Alan Wake") and a clear intermission at their end. It is an often confusing story, but unapologetically so, and the presentation is exceptionally well done.

4/5

GAMEPLAY: Presented in third person with a focus on light and darkness, expanding on the themes strongly featured in the story. The bulk of gameplay involves either exploration or combat, which is often difficult. Enemies will often spawn without end in dark areas of the woods, adding urgency in your race to the next light source. I felt challenged (and at times frustrated), but never cheated.

There are limitations to the engine. The excitement you'll feel after stepping behind the wheel of one of the game's many vehicles will fade quickly when you actually have to drive them. Even with care, driving often felt like a DUI simulator, and vehicles frequently arrived at their destinations like they'd gone through a demolition derby. Additionally, the game often pretends to be a platformer and fails, miserably (as you invariably will during these portions). Jump mechanics are imprecise and I often found difficulty in clearing gaps with any degree of certainty.

3/5

OVERALL: 4/5, easy. Well worth the asking price.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
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.
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