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 (10,747 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
131 of 141 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
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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50 of 61 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
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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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
25.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
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 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
52.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
My review of Alan Wake will be based on 4 categories: Performance, Gameplay, Graphics, and Story. As a summary, Alan Wake is a very unique game in a sense that it's approach to narrative is very similar to that of a novel combined with the episodic format of a television show. It also boasts one of the most beautiful and natural environments out there paired with gorgeous lighting effects which make for an atmosphere that is both calm yet dangerous at the same time. It may lack a lot of things in the gameplay department but it makes up for with a unique take on games of the genre.

Recommended for:
  • Literature buffs who squee at the thought of renowned authors like Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft.
  • Casual players who strolls through games yet take up the story.

Performance
Verdict: Amazing!
Why you'll like it: It's a port done right with PC exclusive features to boot. Is this even a surprise? Come on, Remedy made this game!
Why you won't: Excessive motion blur might turn off some people. And if you own a dual-core processor, forget it. It's not enough to run the game despite Remedy recommending a dual-core CPU as a minimum.

Definitely one of the best ports out there - provided that you have a decent quad-core based machine to run it. Tested this game a couple of years ago on my mom's pre-made PC with a Core 2 Duo E6300, 8600 GT GPU, and 4GB of RAM in a 1024x768 resolution with graphics set to very low and I'm pretty sure that I was getting a constant 15 FPS so buyers with very old parts beware! I was meeting the minimum requirements yet it's unplayable. Research the game and check your parts despite what the minimum requirements say! Performance on my current rig of FX-6300 processor, R9 270 GPU, and 8GB of RAM in 1080p resolution with graphics set to max settings and V-Sync on yields an average of 52 FPS with fluctuations of up to 36 FPS.

Graphics options available:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=414178845

It's very commendable that Remedy added a lot of PC exclusive features and even had to nag Microsoft for the approval of the PC version. It really shows that they still know where they came from. For those who want a non-Steam (DRM-free) version, you can buy it at GOG though you won't get support for achievements, cloud saving, and the like. Both versions come with The Signal and The Writer DLC along with extras like the OST.

The game includes support for AMD's Eyefinity and Nvidia's stereoscopic 3D. Also note that the game only uses FXAA as an Anti-aliasing method so prepare to choose between blurred textures and a lot of aliasing. There's a slight problem with sound balancing as the cutscenes sound is louder than the muffled feeling in-game sound. Tried researching online for possible fixes though it didn't garner any answers. For those who's bothered by the excessive motion blur, you can turn it off by starting the game with a -noblur command line parameter.

Game comes with support for controllers and options like rebindable keys, FOV slider, subtitles

No bugs or crashes experienced during playthroughs but be wary that no game is bug-free. If by chance, you do encounter some bugs or crashes, you can visit this page for potential fixes.

Gameplay
Verdict: Average.
Why you'll like it: Features a unique light-based combat and puzzles. There's also a lot of collectibles to find.
Why you won't: Gets repetitive very fast and the puzzles aren't that hard.

Definitely one of the low points of the game. Alan Wake's combat isn't really anything innovative or new because similar mechanics can be found in very old games like Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare. Basically, combat is composed of two steps: Burn the enemy's 'shadow shield' with a light source and shoot them. It gets very repetitive very fast and there isn't even any challenge at all; nightmare mode is easy as hell and it'll just take a quick stroll to finish it. What variety in combat they had was composed of burning shadows off inanimate objects and gates.

The game is styled like a television show and as such they took the liberty to call the levels as episodes. Each of the six episodes vary in length but my typical playthrough took about 40 minutes to complete a single one. The two extra DLCs serve as end-game content but is still crucial to the story. These ones are longer and more puzzle-based than the main ones. Took me about 3 hours to complete the DLCs.

It feels like a waste to implement an amazing mechanic yet they went with lame interpretations of the feature. What they should've done is added more puzzles and harder ones because the light-based mechanics can give way to a dozen of possibilities. That would've made the game much more interesting and less boring to play. Also, it's a shame that they went with the typical linearity of horror games instead of the open-world setting that was initially planned. This is evident in the open world-like environments which are big as heck.

Graphics
Verdict: Amazing!
Why you'll like it: One of the most atmospheric games available on the market. The lighting effects are also top-notch and adds to the sense of realism and naturalness of the game.
Why you won't: Caters more to outdoor lovers since almost everything is set in the forest. Not really for graphics enthusiasts since the combination of low and high textures even at the highest settings might strain their eyes.

The most eye-catching thing in Alan Wake is the lighting effects - no doubt about it. Everything just seems so life-like and natural with the lighting. During daylight, the lighting's beauty is amplified by the combination of natural colors used. At nighttime, the eerie aura of the environment is made more intense because of the shadows and particle effects. The only thing that's ruining the beauty of the game are the emotionless NPC models and their lip-sync problems. Cutscenes are locked at 720p so that's kind of a bummer.

Story
Verdict: Amazing!
Why you'll like it: A unique take on the genre that blends television with the works of renowned authors primarily on Stephen King's literature. He's even mentioned a few times in the game.
Why you won't: May feel a bit rushed to those who didn't even touch a single novel for once in their whole life. Part of the charm is knowing how the events really transpired.

The game stars the titular Alan Wake, a best-selling author who went to vacation with his wife at the peaceful mountain town of Bright Falls all the while trying to get away from his rockstar life and the pressures of the modern society. Mystery abounds as the lake surrounding the town holds unspoken and well-told mysteries which a few only know.

Sam Lake really did a good job at character development. He created another roster of characters which is highly relatable, perfectly human (ahem... Max Payne...), and each has an agenda of his/her own. They really fit into the setting and each one has his/her own charm. Alan's motivations are also praiseworthy. He has conflicting thoughts at the same time an unwavering determination that never detracts from the goal that he's trying to achieve. Alan Wake is definitely one of the most 'human' in videogame history.

Overall score: 2.5/4 = recommended.
And there you have it. Alan Wake is definitely a must-buy for those looking for a great story and amazing visuals. Just don't let the gameplay bother you too much though.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
56.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
It is somewhat linear, you do the same thing over and over again. It is not a short game so after some time it starts to bore you.

Great story tho
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
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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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
I played American Nightmare before playing this one, so i was kinda dropped into the story without having knowledge of the backstory of the characters and the main plot itself. When this game went on sale, i immediately bought it because i enjoyed American Nightmare, so i thought that probably i would enjoy the main game even more and i did.

The combat system its not the best, but its okay for PC. The story itself and the events that happen on the game are pretty good, the idea of the darkness vs light was innovative for its time and for people that like good storylines in videogames, you have here a good example of it.

I could see Alan Wake as a TV show, but i enjoyed it a lot as a videogame and i wish they release a sequel of the game, maybe to close this series with a "happy ending" to Alan´s story. I think the guy deserves it by now.

8/10. I carry a flashlight everytime i go out in the darkness, just in case. Thx Remedy Entertainment.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Alan Wake is the sort of game only the people at Remedy could pull off. It has all the charm and meticulous world-building that made the Max Payne series great with the game universe having its own pop culture you're privvy to and yet managing to keep your nerves on edge.

It's not a terrifying game in the sense that Amnesia or Silent Hill are (though Silent Hill is the series I'd liken it to the most) but it does its job as a suspenseful and tense survival horror nonetheless. Using light as a weapon and having to conserve your resources makes every fight an exciting one and the pacing is very well executed, giving you the occasional downtime while the story advances.

The story is an interesting breed and pays homage to multiple works from HP Lovecraft and Stephen King to Twin Peaks and the Twilight Zone and does its job well to keep you playing. There are some over-arching themes that I found interesting, but that I won't spoil here. Suffice to say that as far as Survival Horror stories go, Alan Wake is at least moderately ambitious, thematically. The structure is an episodic one splitting the story in several manageable 2-3 hour long chapters giving you a clear cut between story arcs so that you can take a break for the day.

The graphics make for some beautiful, if perhaps a bit dated, sceneries even if most of the game takes place at night. There is attention to detail to spare in Alan Wake and it seems to be a labor of love. The sound and voice acting are subject to little criticism and I guarantee that at least one or two tracks from the score and soundtrack will wind up in your playlist.

It comes highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
Old but Gold.
If you like horror-action game ,this is your answer. DO NOT MISS THIS.
BEFORE "what is this game look like boing game to play" "i need only card drop"
AFTER played 10 min "this game make me heart attack, can't stop playing btw the storyline so fkin good and Graphic too"
don't judge this game so fast just try it yourself.

+need flashlight combine with gun to kill taken
+environment and shock scene make you fear the darkness (if you turn off the light and play this game)
+easy to control
+you can't runaway from taken without flashlight
+light is everything

-sometimes you can't dodge even your press dodge botton in the right time
-alot of battery but limit ammo (flashlight can't kill taken, if you run out of ammo just run)
-make me heart attack

82/100 RECOMMEND.
SRY my english is not verywell
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
35.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
74.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
Stephen King´s Life 10/10
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Why don't you already own this?
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