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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Recovery
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I not a horror game fan dan and i never enjoy playing horror game, but Alan Wake, i enjoy playing this game. This game make you feel you are in the horror book plus full with a plot twist. I realy love this game so much, love all thing in this game, especially the story. Score: 10/10
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Bozniac
( 13.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
If you ever enjoyed anything by Stephen King, this is the perfect game for you.

Good story, interesting gameplay and amazing atmosphere.
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SteppenWolf
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This is one of the best stories i've ever played... Gives me shivers. Also soundtrack is very good too.. If you like Stephen King, Lovecraft, Poe type of atmosphere then this is the game for you. Top notch...

Also a theory from Gamefaqs makes sense for me. ****SPOILERS****


"the KEY EVENT in Alan Wake is him jumping in Lake to save Alice. When you're playing the game, you think the events again are also unfolding but it already has...Let me explain. In the ending of the game, Alan creates Mr. Scratch, he tells him that he is the one that will meet his friends. So, the whole time we're playing, we're actually playing Mr. Scratch, which explains the Alan Wake that we see in the TV screen. Alan Knew he had to stay in the cabin to continue writing but he also needed to escape to save Alice or perhaps himself, so he created Mr. Scratch. Sooooo, somewhere midgame when it showed the KEY EVENT again and shows him escaping, you're led to believe that Alan wrote himself to escape but in fact, the Alan that emerged from the water and escaped was Mr. Scratch, the real Alan had to stay in the cabin to continue writing the story. Which is why while you're playing, you'll get glimpsed of Alan in the TV talking to himself and trying to find a way to continue telling the story. That's the REAL Alan, and the one we're controlling in the game is in fact...Mr. Scratch.

So when the KEY EVENT happened in the ending... where Alan jumps in the lake again to save Alice...Only one emerged out of the water, Alice, the Alan Wake that jumped sacrificed himself to bring her back. Only this Alan that sacrificed himself is Mr. Scratch...the real Alan is still in the cabin writing the story.

I think its brilliant though because we have all 3 possible ending scenario, the good, the bad and cliffhanger in one ending.
THE BAD: much like Donnie Darko, and Thomas Zane, Alan jumping back in the water and not emerging showed he sacrificed himself.
THE GOOD: He was able to save Alice
THE CLIFFHANGER: The REAL Alan Wake is still trapped in the cabin (darkness). Because the real threat is still to come, because its not a lake, its an ocean"
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Crab With a Knife
( 27.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Greate story, greate atmosphere, greate voice acting, unique combat mechanics? so much work was founded in this game. Iam love this game!
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mdapenney
( 46.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
This game IS the ♥♥♥♥. Balls out no compromise best Steven King Book simulator. It's not the darkest or scariest game ever made, but in terms of story, one of the best.
You wanna shoot mfkers in the head, play Borderlands.
You want a compelling story about a guy searching for the raison de f-ing etre of his life, play this.
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Tomboeg
( 27.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
A horror game of It's own, It got some unique mechanics and got a really catchy and interesting story. The gameplay doesn't vary much and keeps it easy.
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Plastron
( 16.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
combat's samey for most of the game. you have to break through the aura (read: shields) surrounding the enemies with your flashlight to damage them. what makes it interesting is how reality starts getting warped near the end of the game and how that affects the level design. however, i feel like that happens too late to be worth playing through. level design is too linear to be interesting and the combat can't carry the game.

story's got that tone remedy's known for where it's hyperaware of the genre conventions it's using yet still has to play them mostly straight, like how max payne lampooned itself yet still went through the motions.

i like the game as a remedy fanboy, but i can't recommend it.
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老婆VIVE我愛您!
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Not scary at all like other ones I played. But it's got the best storyline out of them. Can't wait till I finish the game
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DarkSurvivor
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
One of my favourite game of all time, truly a masterpiece. Such mysterious plot with an intriguing ending even though you have to play the DLC episodes to truly understand the finale.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
74.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
I've finished this game with all achievements and hidden objects almost four times, and I do want to play it again. But there are so many other games in this world! Someone, stop me, please!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Alan Wake tells you the story of a writer named Alan Wake, who's on vacation with his wife, until he's attacked by a dark presence, and taken away your wife.

The story of this game is based on a manuscript which you can find as a collectible, and you can read it to know what's gonna happen next.

In the game you fight your enemies with two sets of weapon. A light, and a gun. This combat mechanic is quirky but fun in it's own way.

While you're controlling Alan, you can hear his narration through out the whole game. Expressing his feeling, and thoughts, which makes the story more interesting.

On overall i give it around 8/10.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
probably one of if not the best game I have ever played
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Draw blood from The Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, Stephen King, the first Silent Hill, and a teensy bit from Resident Evil 4. Add some original spice here, a little flair there, predate Shadows of the Damned by about a year, and you have Alan Wake. With so many clear inspirational elements at play, and they are clear, you might think this third-person shooter would be a disjointed mess, possibly too reliant on said inspirational properties to have its own voice. And yet, the voice of its titular writer shines through to bring a surprisingly unique and competent game to the table. Alan Wake pulls from horror/weird staples of all mediums to deliver an engaging, if schlocky, story, complemented by satisfying combat and light exploration.

Alan Wake is your player character, Stephen King analogue, and hero (?). A best-selling author with a hair-trigger temper, Wake has been faced with creative block for some time. He’s taken to beautiful Bright Falls, Washington by his wife, Alice, to take a breather and hopefully get back in the swing of things. But things take a turn when Alice is taken by a mysterious “dark presence,” and Wake is forced to fight through hordes of light-averse, undead-ish folk. Receiving help from a number of colorful characters along the way, Wake fights to get his wife back from the dark presence and unravel the entity’s mystery.
The writing is as cheesy as the acting, which is to say, very. It works, though, in the spirit of Twin Peaks or Silent Hill. Rather than generically scary or thrilling, the game feels more interestingly off-kilter, and certainly self-aware. That said, the writing is just plain bland in several spots, but it’s made up for by the wealth of it. Collectibles are largely dominated by writing pieces in the form of radio shows, short episodes of the Night Springs (*cough* The Twilight Zone *cough*), and mysterious manuscript pages that fill in much of the plot. Out of 100+ pages, a good handful understandably fall short. The radio and television shows, however, are always a treat, and spread out far enough that stopping to listen or watch feels like a nice break rather than a momentum-killer. It’s a game about a writer (*cough* Harry Mason *cough), and it does its best to play that up.

The gameplay’s core conceit is using light to disperse enemies’ darkness, rendering them vulnerable to lead-based weaponry. Your flashlight is your aiming reticle, which takes a bit of getting used to, but the slight, default, and appreciated auto-aim makes up for it. Flares, flare guns, and flash grenades are added to your repertoire over time, along rifles and shotguns to take down anything the dark presence throws at you. The one-two punch of light and lead remains satisfying throughout, largely due to the careful balance of resources. Generally, you have just enough for what need’s doing; tension builds when you’re stuck with a dinky pistol and a single clip, but I dare your confidence not to surge when you’re packing 30 shotgun rounds with flares to spare. Enemy variation is limited, unfortunately. There are five types, by my count, and honestly I hesitate to count one or two of those. Still, the majority of encounters are well-designed; I didn’t find combat stale till the final hour or so.

Alan Wake has its hiccups: certain major characters are entirely uninspired, the combat can be a slog if you don’t keep its nuances in mind at all times, and the story’s end is unfortunately cordoned off by two DLC episodes. The first episode is a drag, while the second episode makes very creative use of old assets, but through both it’s hard to shake the feeling that Wake has overstayed his welcome. This is to say nothing of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, Remedy’s short standalone follow-up that is honestly better off watched on YouTube for all but the biggest fans of the series. With all of that in mind, the game is well worth playing. Whether your interest is in classic thrillers, campy horror, survival shooters, or just writing in the medium, Alan Wake has something to offer.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
This game is certinaly in my top favorites list. It's dark elements come from a long walk in the park, all the way to telling a great horror story about this game's famous writer, Alan Wake.

Warning, heavy spoiler alert!

Review Introduction
First of all, I'm relieved to say that this game will function on a computer that is as slow as my current laptop: intel Celeron CPU 2.16GHz Dual Core with 4GB of Ram and only the intel HD GPU to rely on. Unfortunaly you will suffer lag... lots and lots and lots of lag. It can be challenging at first to play like this, but I strongly recommend you get a much, much, better computer then mind before even playing this.

With that said, I'm actually going to review the Xbox 360 version of this game since I haven't had that much pleasure playing it on the PC. Don't get me wrong, it's a great game, however the only enjoyment you will get from it is that you run it on a system that has specs well within it's recommendation level.

Presentation
To those who would vommit at the graphics, don't forget, this is a 2012 game, and the hardware back then was good enough to ateast run on systems like mind.

The lip syncing movements might seem goofy at first, but I eventually adapted to it as an ok thing.

Aside from that, the enviroments around you are... lets say "Dark". For more then half the duration of the game you will be running underneath the night sky so it makes sense, right? Well, go take a walk in the park at night time, then come back to tell me if thats still the only dark thing you've encountered.

Basically the darkness around you in this game is out to kill you. It will do anything within it's powers to have you stopped. Even if it's means using someone you know to turn agaisn't you. The darkness corrupts peoples minds, turning them into the Taken. All you have at your arsernal to defend yourself with is a flashlight, and a gun. Use the flashight to drive the darkness out from them, making them mortal again. But they have already been infected by the darkness, you can't save them now. Try not to think too much about the fact your killing people, infact you would be doing them a favor by putting them out of their misery. Trust me, be glad you did.

Story
You are playing as author, Alan Wake going on a vacation with your wife, Alice.
Alan wanted to take this vacation as a break, he hasn't written a single story since his last publishing 2 years ago.

However, going by the scenaries of their vacation location, Alice encourages Mr. Wake to write again. But he refuses, stating that he took this vacation just to avoid that. She grew ignorrant of him, egging him on about writing again, not to mention that she insists on him seeing a doctor because he dosen't want to bloody write.

Man, how many kicks to the head does it take for one to simply understand "When I don't want to do something, thats that, don't go thinking I'm a mad man now just because I stopped writing books 2 years ago!"

Moving on, Alan finally loses it with Alice about the writing stories thing, storming outside to take a breather in the dark where she won't follow him. Alice suffers from Nyctophobia, a fear of darkness.

Things turn upside down however when Alan eventually comes to his senses. He discovers the lights had gone out within the Cabin where he and his wife were staying. With Alice screaming, Alan makes a mad dash back to the cabin. But she was gone.

Somehow, Alan had not only just lost his wife, but found himself waking up to a nightmare of events, based on a story he couldn't even remember writing. What happened to Alice? How can Alan forgive himself? Well, that's for you to find out :P


The story became one of my favorites of all time. Can someone seriously tell me if this game has a book to it, because I want to read it, dammit xD

Review Conclusion
Do I recommend this? If your into the horror genre and like action with heavy story based dialouge, go for it! I love this game, it's certainly in my top list :D I still think you would be better off getting it on Sale, the price just seems a bit much for me which is the only negative thing I have to say. Thank you for reading and I hope you all take care!

Personal Score
11/10 Would play this again!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
A flawed masterpiece.
Buy it.
Now.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I'm a bit middling on this one. It got a few pacing issues and runs a bit long. The story takes itself too seriously and I didn't really like the main character but overall it is worth 1 playthrough.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
actually , i hate the 3rd person shooter games.
but i played this game and it's 3rd person shooter , i loved this game althought it's a 3rd person shooter.
the best 3rd shooter game i've played ever.
full of horror , adventure and action.
the movement is very awesome. the story is very nice .
i loved the flashlight idea very much.
but the ammo is not that much.
but i really loved this game , awesome.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
As far as storytelling and production values go (aside from low-res cut scenes) Alan Wake is great. The story is interesting and will keep you guessing and resolves itself admirably. Unfortunately, the game play can't keep up.

Alan Wake isn't your typical third person shooter. You have a very limited amount of supplies to deal with what seem like impossible odds. While it's possible to overcome these odds in this game, it usually comes at the cost of constant trial and error and dealing with some seriously clunky movement and aiming mechanics. The worst offender are platforming sections which have NO place in a game of this kind other than to ♥♥♥♥ off the player with cheap deaths. The jumping mechanic is simply horrendous and you sometimes never end up where you wanted to.

As far as getting all the achievements this one had a few tough ones. The toughest come in the form of "complete x part of the story without restarting a checkpoint." This being the PC release we get all the DLC and there are two of these (one for each piece of DLC) there and one in the main story. Aside from that there is a ridiculous number of collectibles for the single player campaign. Fortunately, most of these can be picked up using chapter select but some achievements require collecting all items in that set in a full play through (which isn't that bad considering you'll likely play through the whole game twice for the difficulty achievements).

Overall I recommend this game to people who love a good mystery or good storytelling in games in general. Just be forewarned about the controls and the combat. They can be quite a pain.

7/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This is what happens when Max Payne takes too many painkillers!!!
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