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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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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Strapped Bugs Bunny
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
I'm going to split my review up into segments for order purposes
Story: 9/10
Art (Including environment, sound, music, etc.) 10/10
Gameplay: 4/10

Story: The Story of Alan Wake is highly enjoyable. It is well thought out, and developed fairly well both through the main story elements, as well as the hidden story elements (manuscripts, radio, etc.). I found myself enthralled by the story, especially when it picks up in the last couple episodes. A bit slow at times, and a bit slow to start is the only reason it isn't 10/10. Stick with it and you'll be rewarded

Art: This game is gorgeous for it's release date. The environment is beautiful, the sounds are clear and pleasing (or terrifying, depending) and the soundtrack is second to none. (The Poet and the Muse is amazing). Visually, a very appealing game, one of it's strong points.

Gameplay: The gameplay at the start is fresh and exciting. The combat is innovative, and challenging. Then it stays effectivley the same for 6 Episodes. The combat is spruced up here and there but by and large remains static. At times the game employs some "false difficulty", rather than making the combat different or actually any harder, it just throws hordes of enemies at you to give the illusion of difficulty. That was perhaps the most frustrating part. Towards the end, when it really started getting old I had to take pauses and walk away to avoid breaking a controller.

Verdict: The gameplay gets old, and it can be hard at the end to want to push yourself through, but do so. The story is well worth seeing through to the end. If you're thinking about getting this game: consider the other games you play. If slow developing story and repititive combat aren't outdone by your love of story, maybe avoid this game. But just know, you'll be missing out on an artistic gold mine, and a masterful story.
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WadeKastner
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Alan Wake. What a helluva game. I remember back in 2010 when I was 12, and played it for the first time in my best friend's Xbox 360. I was truly scared-yet amazed at the scope and story of the game.
I've always been a sucker for thrillers, and noires and such. In fact, it is one of the things that shine the most in this game. I love how the levels are presented in a T.V. detective show kind of format, like "In the last episode", or "On the next episode".
I am not going to get into major spoilers, but I am going to give you a little bit of context on the story.
You are Alan Wake, the titular hero of the story. Alan was once a successful and respected writer. However, he was not able to write a single page in 2 years. It's pretty obvious he has writer's bloc. Happens to the best.
Anyways, Alan's wife, Alice, decides to go with his husband to a little town in the middle of nowhere with the intention of reigniting Alan's imagination, and help him deal through his creative crisis. Shortly after arriving, Alan notices things are not how they seem. I fact, Alice disappears, and it's up to you, to figure out what the heck is going on in this town, and where Alice is.
Now that we got that out of the way, let's talk about gameplay. It is truly fun to battle the forces of darkness with a flashlight, a gun, a shotgun, or whatever gun is at your disposal. You can also use flares, flashbangs, anything that can dispose of shadows is good actually. Heck, if you turn the lights on, they'll be gone!
Now, about visuals, I personally enjoy the horror movie feel of it. All dark, moody, without any signs of positive emotions. It really accompanies the mood of the whole story and narrative, but hey, what can you expect from Remedy, the guys that made Max Payne?
About the music, nothing particuarly interesting about it, besides the fact that it's quite good.
Overall, I think Alan Wake is both a great game, and great story on it's own. It's lengthy, it's great, and the story is just awesome.
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Cynster
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Make sure you use your fleshlight well. Jumpscares everywhere!
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CaptainEtc
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
This has been my favorite game since I was twelve. When I saw the opportunity to get it on Steam I was so excited.

Warning: Do not play this game for gameplay.

This game has repetitive combat and a rather linear progression of gameplay and story.

But this game has remained my favorite game for two reasons:

1. The story is extremely well done, and the atmosphere and world building are amazing.

2. The combat system is rather novel. I, personally, haven't seen this type of combat in any other game. You must manage the use both types of weapons that you have in order to defeat each enemy. The flashlight to remove the "darkness" shield, and the gun to actually kill the guy. Each type of weapon has a different type of ammo to manage as well.

Every time I go back and play this game I get nostagic. It has remained my favorite game since it first came out.
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Tai Lopez
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Amazing. Trully amazing, still waiting for Alan Wake 2.
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Stryk-1
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Great game, loved it.
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CharismaticPanda
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Awesome game, some performance issues in places but no other preblems. Great story if a little confusing, characters are great and the design is very beautiful easily 8/10 for me1
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Belphegore
( 23.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Step into the shoes of Alan Wake, a best-selling novelist who is going on vacation in hopes to relieve his writer's block. However, Alan has much more to think about other than his novel when his wife mysteriously vanishes, and pages of a manuscript that he doesn't remember writing suddenly begin to appear; ominously outlining events that are about to occur. Alan Wake is brought to us by the developer of Max Payne 1 and 2, Remedy Entertainment, and was initially released in 2010 for the Xbox 360 before finally making its way to PC in 2012.

Things start off normal enough, you're on a ferry with your wife Alice, headed to a remote destination in the forest for your vacation. Your writer's block has been killing your career, you need the escape. You're met by friendly locals who are excited that a big-shot such as yourself will be vacationing near their little town. You stop by a gas station on your way to the cabin that you and Alice have rented, but once you come out of the bathroom things begin to go haywire. However, it's when Alice goes missing at the cabin that things really heat up. She's scared of the dark, so badly that she becomes paralyzed with fear, and now everything is dark; save for what becomes illuminated by your flashlight, and your wife is nowhere to be found.

The storytelling in the game is absolutely fantastic, as Alan's inner monologue is spoken as though it is in book format. The game itself is set-up in a TV show format, where once you reach the next chapter you'll be greeted with a "Last Time on Alan Wake" sequence. The entire experience is like playing through a deranged horror show while listening to a coupling audio book. These unique factors only adds to the eeriness of the game, and they also add a different spin on the horror genre as a whole. For the time of release, the environments are lavishly detailed and come with a thick amount of ambiance such as fog, rain, and lightning. Most of your time will be spent in the dark, with only a flashlight to help guide you from one creepy destination to the next. While most of the baddies look the same, their potential of showing up always keeps you looking over your shoulder to make sure that you're not being chased by their near silent presence.

Equipped initially with only a flashlight and a pistol, you will later find yourself with more diverse guns to battle the onslaught of evil that awaits. Even though Alan Wake is fast-paced, the fact that you never know from which direction, and when, the devious shadow-people will make an appearance keeps tight tension in the air. Combat is simple, you must shine a concentrated flashlight beam on the shadow-people to dissolve their darkness barrier, and then fill them full of bullets. Paranormal entities are abound, and even inanimate objects become possessed and deadly. When you get overwhelmed, flares and flashbangs are your best friend when it comes to keeping these monstrosities at bay. Whatever you do, your ultimate goal is to stay in the light; that's the only place that you're safe in, but well-lit areas are few and far between.

To say that Alan Wake was, and still is, one of the best horror games of the last generation is an understatement. The game was initially a diamond in the rough when it was released on the Xbox 360, though it appears to have garnered the attention it deserves after being released on PC. Graphically, it doesn't even look that dated, it was very far advanced for its time when looking at other games of the same genre and time period, such as F.E.A.R. and Condemned: Criminal Origins. Alan Wake has a flair to it that no other horror title has yet to emulate, duplicate, or even attempt to replicate, it's one of the few games that have been left alone to be uniquely itself. Even six years later, this game stands as one of the horror games that must be played, but not for the price of $32.99 CAD; wait for a summer or holiday sale first.

Rating: 5.0/5.0 - An astonishing achievement, this game must be played.
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RainaMermaid
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
This ended up being a bit too much for the casual gamer me. But I enjoyed the second one much more. I just found I'd get stuck in these loops where I didn't have enough health/flashlight and couldnt get to the next spot. I think if you're well versed in games, you'll be fine. But if you're like me and struggle with button mashing and FPS, you might wanna watch someone else play this one, and skip to the second game. The second game in the series basically takes all the criticism for this one and fixes it in the next one. The story for this one is awesome, I just geniuenly found it too hard for me ! Not for the casual gamer ;) great voice acting though.
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steve_baillargeon
( 29.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
One of my favorite games of all time. It has the panache of a Stephen King's thriller novel and many references to popular culture (The Shining movie, Norse mythology, etc.) Also, the graphics are incredibly beautiful and Remedy (the team behind the excellent Max Payne series) did a really great job with Alan Wake. If you like mystery-driven games filled with a little psychological horror, you'll love it. 10/10
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Baldy
( 63.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
one of my favorite games to come out in the last gen consoles, the story is original, music is great and has the perfect atmosphere, a decent challenge for any gamer, after this you'll spend a few days looking over your shoulder waiting for what ever hides in the dark to attack you
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King
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Cool game

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Doctor Zaius
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
At first it was immersive and intriguing. Then it became repetitive and, like, slow.
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Yuri4Ever
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
I'm going to be honest, when I first saw the game I was like "meh doesn't look like anything specail" but it was in a 4€ magazine, xD, so I bought anyway. I have to say pretty awsome, the story was cool the music was awsome *cough lady of the light cough* and I loved the manuscript idea, overall pretty good game.
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JimtheSFN
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Just finished the game on Normal as I couldn't play it on Nightmare as you have to beat Normal first and here are my thoughts.
I saw that this game had very positive reviews but for me this game wasn't that good. I don't know if I had to high expectations when I played it or what.
The story for me was a mess and was cut up in a weird order.
It was first when I got to episode 5 that I actually started to enjoy the game. Story was getting good and the gameplay were more fluent.
There is so many stop and goes in this game it didn't feel fluently for me. So easy to not stand correctly to press buttons and things.
Controls felt very slow to respond at times so the combat felt bad.
Well for me this game wasn't enjoyable until episode 5 and that is way to late for me to be able to recommend this game.
It just wasn't a game I could enjoy.
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Bucky O Hare
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
What's worse than reading a poorly paced and plotted horror novel?

Playing one.
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Dj Stanki
( 15.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
This is one of the best games of all time. Atmosphere, original gameplay, horror elements, story, one-liners, great characters, Barry Freaken Wheeler, stunning set pieces. I cant believe we got the abomonation that is Quantum Break instead of Alan Wake 2.
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Herr Schnitzel
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
I like this game, it's easy to master and it's creepy enough to make it fun
i enjoyed playing it and recomened it to horror shooter lovers
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FadeAway47
( 21.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
Ditched open-world in mid-developement for the sake of actual goodness.
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Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
WAKE ME UP

WAKE ME UP INSIDE

I CAN'T WAKE UP

WAKE ME UP INSIDE

SAAAAAAAAAAAAVE MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
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Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Step into the shoes of Alan Wake, a best-selling novelist who is going on vacation in hopes to relieve his writer's block. However, Alan has much more to think about other than his novel when his wife mysteriously vanishes, and pages of a manuscript that he doesn't remember writing suddenly begin to appear; ominously outlining events that are about to occur. Alan Wake is brought to us by the developer of Max Payne 1 and 2, Remedy Entertainment, and was initially released in 2010 for the Xbox 360 before finally making its way to PC in 2012.

Things start off normal enough, you're on a ferry with your wife Alice, headed to a remote destination in the forest for your vacation. Your writer's block has been killing your career, you need the escape. You're met by friendly locals who are excited that a big-shot such as yourself will be vacationing near their little town. You stop by a gas station on your way to the cabin that you and Alice have rented, but once you come out of the bathroom things begin to go haywire. However, it's when Alice goes missing at the cabin that things really heat up. She's scared of the dark, so badly that she becomes paralyzed with fear, and now everything is dark; save for what becomes illuminated by your flashlight, and your wife is nowhere to be found.

The storytelling in the game is absolutely fantastic, as Alan's inner monologue is spoken as though it is in book format. The game itself is set-up in a TV show format, where once you reach the next chapter you'll be greeted with a "Last Time on Alan Wake" sequence. The entire experience is like playing through a deranged horror show while listening to a coupling audio book. These unique factors only adds to the eeriness of the game, and they also add a different spin on the horror genre as a whole. For the time of release, the environments are lavishly detailed and come with a thick amount of ambiance such as fog, rain, and lightning. Most of your time will be spent in the dark, with only a flashlight to help guide you from one creepy destination to the next. While most of the baddies look the same, their potential of showing up always keeps you looking over your shoulder to make sure that you're not being chased by their near silent presence.

Equipped initially with only a flashlight and a pistol, you will later find yourself with more diverse guns to battle the onslaught of evil that awaits. Even though Alan Wake is fast-paced, the fact that you never know from which direction, and when, the devious shadow-people will make an appearance keeps tight tension in the air. Combat is simple, you must shine a concentrated flashlight beam on the shadow-people to dissolve their darkness barrier, and then fill them full of bullets. Paranormal entities are abound, and even inanimate objects become possessed and deadly. When you get overwhelmed, flares and flashbangs are your best friend when it comes to keeping these monstrosities at bay. Whatever you do, your ultimate goal is to stay in the light; that's the only place that you're safe in, but well-lit areas are few and far between.

To say that Alan Wake was, and still is, one of the best horror games of the last generation is an understatement. The game was initially a diamond in the rough when it was released on the Xbox 360, though it appears to have garnered the attention it deserves after being released on PC. Graphically, it doesn't even look that dated, it was very far advanced for its time when looking at other games of the same genre and time period, such as F.E.A.R. and Condemned: Criminal Origins. Alan Wake has a flair to it that no other horror title has yet to emulate, duplicate, or even attempt to replicate, it's one of the few games that have been left alone to be uniquely itself. Even six years later, this game stands as one of the horror games that must be played, but not for the price of $32.99 CAD; wait for a summer or holiday sale first.

Rating: 5.0/5.0 - An astonishing achievement, this game must be played.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Great game 10/10. Now afraid of the dark.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
82.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
Alan Wake ist ein besonderes Spiel. Es beinhaltet Elemente, die einem sonst nur selten begegnen. So habe ich persönlich das erste mal allein mit einer Taschenlampe böse Kreaturen bekämpft.
Die Grafik ist ok und das Gameplay nichts weltbewegendes, aber die Athmosphäre ist packend und fesselnd.
Auf jeden Fall einen Versuch wert ;)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
This game is mind bogglingly good. The story is rich with detail and it appears to be a new idea for the community. It plays like a third person shooter, but it's more of a mystery. The atmosphere with the sound and graphics creates a thrilling story. I enjoyed the game quite a lot. I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Alan wake is another classic and well done story written by one of my favourites, Sam Lake.

Without actually looking into the story prior to playing the game you will be absolutely blown away!

The combat system is suitable for the type of game it is trying to be, and at times it adds quite a large amount of difficulty whilst up against larger amounts of enemies. Even on the normal difficulty you will find yourself trying to avoid alot of battles due to the fact of having limited ammo/battery supplies, however the game still balances this out with environmental advantages.

A lot of other reviewers have tried to class this game as a "typical shooter genre", but i find this to not be the case. Though it does have some minor auto healing abilities the combat itself is quite unique and far from a typical shooter. To be honest a majority of the time you'd prefer to use enviromental light or obstacles to defeat enemies as opposed to your weapons.

Definately in my list of all time favourites, right with another Sam Lake written game "Max Payne". Well done Remedy!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
Played this a few years ago on the Xbox 360 and now got around to playing it on the PC. Overall I feel this game has a great story and I love the whole atmosphere to it and it is well worth experiencing.

The combat is interesting but my only complaint is it doesn't really change much throughout the game or have much diversity to it. Same with the enemies faced.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
If you are into books and living a very literate and highly expressing stories then I definitely recommend this game. I guarantee you thrills as you get extremely emersed in the world of Alan Wake.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
How do I enable my flashlight again?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
One of my favorite games of all time. It has the panache of a Stephen King's thriller novel and many references to popular culture (The Shining movie, Norse mythology, etc.) Also, the graphics are incredibly beautiful and Remedy (the team behind the excellent Max Payne series) did a really great job with Alan Wake. If you like mystery-driven games filled with a little psychological horror, you'll love it. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
Awesome game, some performance issues in places but no other preblems. Great story if a little confusing, characters are great and the design is very beautiful easily 8/10 for me1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Make sure you use your fleshlight well. Jumpscares everywhere!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
This is one of the best games of all time. Atmosphere, original gameplay, horror elements, story, one-liners, great characters, Barry Freaken Wheeler, stunning set pieces. I cant believe we got the abomonation that is Quantum Break instead of Alan Wake 2.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
While the Twin Peakseque atmosphere and narrative of this game is definetely intriguing, the combat sure as hell isn't. It's dull, overly repetitive and highly unimaginative. I uninstalled it after the second chapter, of which there are six. However, I'm looking forward to watching the story (and the Night Springs... series, similar to Max Payne's Adress Unknown) unfold on YouTube.
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Not Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Just finished the game on Normal as I couldn't play it on Nightmare as you have to beat Normal first and here are my thoughts.
I saw that this game had very positive reviews but for me this game wasn't that good. I don't know if I had to high expectations when I played it or what.
The story for me was a mess and was cut up in a weird order.
It was first when I got to episode 5 that I actually started to enjoy the game. Story was getting good and the gameplay were more fluent.
There is so many stop and goes in this game it didn't feel fluently for me. So easy to not stand correctly to press buttons and things.
Controls felt very slow to respond at times so the combat felt bad.
Well for me this game wasn't enjoyable until episode 5 and that is way to late for me to be able to recommend this game.
It just wasn't a game I could enjoy.
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Recommended
166.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
One of the best games in horror genre. It has great story, but obsolete gameplay.
If you want great story and don't mind obsolete gameplay than this is game for you!
9,5/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
Alan Wake * 9/10

To be honest I didn't know this title until it's been out from years and was already on heavy sale. Lucky me. I knew Remedy for their masterpiece, Max Payne, so when I realized Alan Wake was their latest game I took it without further inquiries. And I really believe I was right.

Alan Wake is a third action (and I dare to call it) survival shooter (considered the measured amount of ammos and the weak constitution of the protagonist). You are Alan Wake, a world best seller Writer... Kind of a Stephen King level of Fame. Due to the amount of stress after the writing of the last book Alan is retiring with his beloved Wife Alice in a small mountain town called Bright Falls. When they get to their cabin Alice is abducted by a dark entity and pulled to the depth of Cauldron Lake. Alan will then realize that there's something really odd and dark happening in Bright Falls and their citizens.
The game is structured as a classic third person shooter, but you won't have any mass destruction weapon, nor you won't have any huge amount of ammos. The most interesting concept in the gameplay is the contrast between light and darkness, so when the Takens (citizens possessed by darkness) approach you, you must light them with your torch first in order to get rid of their "protective dark aura" and be able to shoot them and eliminate them. Also there are few street lamps here and there that will give you protection against them (and serve as checkpoint as well). Besides, this game is definitely full of collectibles that will lead to various achievements.
Anyways this game It's not about the gameplay (which actually includes funny sections where you can drive a car which can be used to quickly enlight the takens and drive over them B-) ), nor about the graphics, which is nice and always shows beautiful landscapes and ambiences. It's about the story, which is not original but involving. Besides the unexpected end, the story is quite linear and explicative but its strong side is how it gets you involved with the main protagonist and other characters. And this is one of the few times it happened to me, because the game isn't what I'd call revolutionary or innovative yet I'm still playing it, or better, re-playing to attempt a 100% completion which is something I rarely attempt on this kind of games.
The story and the settings are quite dark, almost horror. Almost because you'll never jumpscare nor be afraid or stressed as in other games like, I don't know... Amnesia, maybe? But it's still a great setting anyways. The story doesn't end on its own as there are a couple of DLCs included: "The Signal" and "The Writer" Which follow after the end of the original game (no spoiler about it, as they're strictly bound to the end).

+++PROs+++
  • ALAN WAKE. This game is a story about the protagonist, his insecurities, his struggle to help Alice even though all the odds are against him. I liked the character and how he relates to the other caracters in the game, I like how he's narrating the facts and his thoughts as if he was reading pages of a book, not to mention te ending of the game.
  • GAMEPLAY. It's not a huge innovation but the way you need to face your enemies -(light them first, then shoot) is a very creative and fitting idea. Not to mention the huge amount of collectibles that might contribute in increasing the playability of the game. And don't forget the driving sections, taking downs enemies by night and breathing fresh air by day in those mountain streets...
  • LANDSCAPES And AMBIENCES. I definitely loved all the views this game offers you, mountains, lakes, rivers, valleys, not to mention the various locations.
  • MUSIC. There are tracks that really are great (just don't touch anything in the main menu and let go the trailer), not to mention the credit rolls at the end of each episode, while ingame there are some interesting tunes that will follow your action giving the right ominous or appropriate mood for the situation. Really a great job.
---CONs---
  • STAMINA. I understand that considering the survival side of the game you can't be a professional runner but seriously, I can run way more than Alan does, and I'm spending my entire days sitting at work...
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