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 (8,990 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
11 of 12 people (92%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
This game is wonderful. It plays like a Stephen King or Lovecraft story, and feels like an episode of The Twilight Zone. Combat mechanis are solid and varried enough that they never get boring. Enemies are interesting and the difficulty deffinitely ramps up as you progress through the game and get better at it. If you take the time to get invested in the story it is well worth it. My only qualm is that the facial motion capture is jaring and lackluster in cutscenes. Other than that, the voice acting is top-notch and the music selection is fantastic. Over all a very enjoyable experience.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Flashlight. Blam. Repeat.

Gets old, but it's decent fun in suspense and gameplay. 6.8/10. That's above average for me. It's usually REALLY cheap, so pick it up, and if you really like it, the sequel.
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2 of 2 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
I enjoyed this game and it's story a lot, gameplay was a tad bit clunky at first but once you get the hang of it, its a great game. It's challenging too, pretty original story. I think I purchased this on a whim but was definitely glad I did.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
I really enjoyed this game, the action is balanced with the atmosphere. I like titles with horror elements in it and this hit the spot. I wasn't sure if I was going to dig the 3rd person perspective or not but it fits extremely well with the dynamics of the game. I enjoyed how the story unfolds, I like the episodic feel of the narrative. I would recommend this to anyone.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
5 Word Review: The Train is ♥♥♥♥ing scary
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I played this, like, a little bit.

It was kinda cool.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Laying it out there; the game has many frustrating moments. The story is great, the scenery and map layouts are good, and I like the sound. The gameplay is good too, but has some really frustrating times. When you need relaxation, play something else.... but if you want a game that will both annoy and awe you, then give it a try.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
It's pretty damn good
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Good game that holds itself high enough through polished visual style and an interesting, albeit straightforward gameplay mechanic.

Story is an OK script that baits you on.

I would remove the horror tag though, and replace it with 'mildly startling'.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
This game just oozes with production value and atmosphere.
Custom Tv shows, radio's and even songs (with lyrics), this game is amazing and should be in every gamers catalog.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Alan Wake is a survival horror game. In it you play as Alan Wake, who has just arvived in the town of Bright Falls. After a while strange things start to happen and Alan's wife is kidnapped and Alan has to fight people that have been taken over by darkness called Taken with a flashlight and a gun to save his love. as the story progresses poeple will tell you things (not saying what due to spoliers) that will make you wonder whats true and whats not. Anyway Alan Wake is a great game with a great story and I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
45.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Console port or not, Alan Wake is by far one of the best games, period, I've played in quite some time. The story centers around Alan Wake (didn't see that coming, did you? :P) a writer who gets caught up in supernatural events. The story isn't the most original in the world, but it gives credit where credit is due. Homages to Stephen King and Twin Peaks, among others, give Alan Wake a surrealistic charm.

The 'Light vs the Dark' mechanic works extremely well. Flashlight batteries and ammo are most definitely resources to be used judiciously (run out and you'll be sweating bullets).

Personally, I loved this game mechanic. Nowhere in Alan Wake do you ever find random ammo and battery dumps just so you can stock up. When you do find them, you'll probably faint in relief. IMO, the game ALWAYS gives you just enough resources to survive the various encounters. No more, no less. How you survice, IF you survive, will require a little thinking on your part.

Additionally, every 'encounter' and discovery serves to drive the story forward; 'filler material' is almost non-existant. Very few games out there can make that claim. Be patient as the game is like any well written thriller (film or literature). There are 'red herrings' and detours but they too serve the overall story.

The ending will certainly leave some peope confused but never fear! Simply go the Main Menu, options, episodes, and voila! The two DLC that come with the game, 'The Signal' and 'The Writer' will be there for you to continue the story. <'The Signal' is the episode you'll want to start with>

I bought Alan Wake during a Steam sale at 75% off though I would have gladly paid full price for it. It is that good.


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