Reviews for Alan Wake

79

Fantastic graphics and atmosphere

eduardXD | July 24, 2014 | See all eduardXD's reviews »

Excellent game. Interesting gameplay, excellent atmosphere accomplished, a story worthy of the best author and best of all, an unforgettable story. I do not consider it a horror game, but an adaptation of a book of terror, because its objective is to surround yourself in a world full of danger where a mysterious evil power trying to manipulate you to engender the evil. There are parts of the game that are repetitive and boring, so it is understandable that some people might not like this game. but the strong points of the game are its history, its lighting effects and its originality. I recommend this game to people who wants to play something different.

98

A very underrated game

77Bottles | July 16, 2014 | See all 77Bottles's reviews »

Alan Wake is such a great game and flies under so many radars. The soundtrack is very well made and fits the game perfectly. The story is incredible and I love every second of it. Captivating, beautiful, and intense. Such a great game.

100

Great game!

lynxil | July 8, 2014 | See all lynxil's reviews »

This game is really great, quite a masterpiece in my opinion, it delivers a powerful story which compels you to play, the game play is very fun, it's innovative where you need to hold your torch at your enemies because they're some kind of shadows creatures, and only after you brought them to light, you can kill them. the graphics are amazing as well, the lighting effects are just great, and the atmosphere is just breath-taking... this game is pretty much epic, you need to play it...

95

An intelligent and captivating thrill ride

BLUEKOOLAIDMAN7 | June 25, 2014 | See all BLUEKOOLAIDMAN7's reviews »

Alan Wake is a rare example of a game that I would recommend to everyone. No matter what game genre your forte may be, Alan Wake is scripted with such quality and attention to detail that I truly believe anyone could enjoy this master piece.

Alan Wake plays out in fashion similar to a T.V. show, segments of the game are separated by "episodes" linked by a narration. Its a creative and fresh way to dictate progress and levels within the game. This keeps the pacing crisp for the player, you never feel stuck in one area for too long, you always progressing through the story.

Perhaps the best and most important asset of Alan Wake is the story line. From the opening sequence until the end credits I was captivated and motivated to keep playing. This is reinforced by interesting cliff hangers at the end of the episodes that keep you guessing and interested. Alan Wake in a phenomenal game and should be a apart of your library, give it a chance and you'll see why it is so highly praised.

92

One of the finest games I've ever played.

cannibalwombat | June 10, 2014 | See all cannibalwombat's reviews »

One of the few single player games I have deemed worthy of re-play. Indeed, one of my favourite games ever.

Alan Wake is, I find, a unique achievement. The balance and interplay of light and darkness (which is the crux of both the story and gameplay) is so simple a concept, yet so well fleshed-out here. As a horror/thriller game it really succeeds, and the constant threat of the darkness and the intermittent relief of the light keeps your emotions in constant flux. It isn't a 'scary' game, but the tension it creates through the frenetic gameplay and limited means of mitigating the threat of darkness, is very impressive.

It's hard to explain how the game grips you. The story is a self-aware (and self-professed) homage to Stephen King's style, and it's a lot of fun to follow. The autonarration, episodic structure and even the Night Springs episodes really add to this, and it is truly charming. The ending is a little confusing and leaves you thinking that perhaps the writers of the game over-reached a little, but that said I haven't played the Specials so perhaps it all ties together a little better.

The game certainly has its quirks and, in some cases, immersion killers (such as poor lip-syncing, terrible jumping mechanic, occasionally bad voice acting). However, they don't change the fact that most of the time you will forget that you're playing a video game and not actually living Alan's life. This is helped by the 100% glitch-free status this game has achieved (for me).

Just a couple of simple points to add. The game is absolutely beautiful, and that's even by modern standards (since it originally came out in 2010). The sound design is also fantastic, so realistic that you find yourself noticing the little things like believable floorboard creaks and rustling of leaves and grass. A good pair of headphones is highly recommended. I find very little to criticise in the gameplay, particularly in how Alan controls. Yes he is slow, not agile and lacking in stamina, but that is wholly believable - he is a writer! I even enjoyed how terrible a driver he is! It is simply a joy to play.

The more I write the harder I find it to rationalise why the game impressed me so. I guess it will be for me to work out the more I think about the game, which I can see myself doing!

61

A horror game, annoying one.

drakso | May 15, 2014 | See all drakso's reviews »

Alan Wake is a game with a very very awesome horror story strapped to it. That and the great voice acting are the only things that this game has going for it. I am saying that because I was forced to go trough the bad gameplay and horrible camera angles and handling. It has this weird system for killing enemies and it gives you a very little ammunition to counter them so every bullet counts. It would be okay if there weren't more enemies than bullets that you can find before the shooting section. Honestly I was mostly running and dying trough the game, and only to see and hear the story. The story was really worth it and the voice acting and every person in the game are a very good reason to grab and play this game.

98

One not to be missed

Kalmado07 | May 15, 2014 | See all Kalmado07's reviews »

Graphics, story, gameplay. This game delivers. Right from the start you get sucked into the story and want to keep going and going. Somewhat reminds me of Max Payne games (Remedy) it does have it's own flavor that will keep you coming back for more. A sequel would have been great, but it's someone relieving to see a game have one story and stand so tall on it's own.

100

Gripping

VenuSV | May 14, 2014 | See all VenuSV's reviews »

Personally, Alan Wake was one of the best unique gaming experiences I've had. It's one of my all time favorite games and will be for ages. The storyline left me speechless everytime, one of the best I've experienced. This game is absolutely gorgeous! It has one of the best atmosphere I have seen. Outstanding forest environments, astounding lighting effects, smooth and fluid animations, amazing camera, perfect pacing, the attention to detail, the soundtracks, the acting and dialogues, the charachters development is all wonderfully done, and it all leaves you in an incredible cinematic experience.The presentation creates a genuine survival/horror ambience that's hard to shake and I couldn't imagine there's any way to improve it. Although the game might seem long and repetitive at some point, but with its gripping story and epic gameplay, you cannot help but want more. It is indeed a superb psychological action thriller that will keep you guessing the end. A brilliantly told ending that leaves you with questions more than answers. I think everyone needs to experience Alan Wake.

92

Immediately grabs you

Kalmado07 | April 22, 2014 | See all Kalmado07's reviews »

And sucks you into the story. Graphics are good and story is well done. Only thing I dislike, but am surprised we don't see it in more games, was the product placement. I wonder how much Lincoln and Energizer paid! Ironically this video game makes me want to read more books.

85

Alan Wake Review

Darkpeing | April 14, 2014 | See all Darkpeing's reviews »

The Great: -Deep and Rich Story.

The Good: -Intuitive combat. -Great character development and voice acting. -Night Springs and Radio Shows contribute greatly to the game's lore.

The Bad: -Gets repetitive at certain points. -Vehicle controls take you out of the experience.

88

Original plot and innovative gameplay.

coop | April 10, 2014 | See all coop's reviews »

This game have surprised me. The story is very awesome, and the gameplay is innovative. If you don't like horror videogames, don't worry: it's not horror, there are 2-3 scenes. It's separated in episodes, and it's a great idea, because if you play a new episode after 2 weeks, it will reminds you what's happened. And the PC port of this game is perfect.

80

A Wake Up Call

damodarko | April 9, 2014 | See all damodarko's reviews »

Alan Wake really surprised me. I am not a big fan of horror games. I picked this up as a friend recommended it and I haven't looked back since. This game is more of a thriller than a horror. I scare easily, I jump when things go bump and this game had me chasing shadows again, but all while being fun.

It's not your typical, if we scare them our job is done thriller, this game has depth. Wake is a game really well written, the dialogue is funny and witty. Alan himself is a writer going through a rough patch, and he's not afraid to moan about it. His cynicism and empathy is actually charming and I really warmed to him as a character early, along with his unconventional sidekick/agent.

It's a game driven by it's mechanics and story telling. Nothing is ever really scary except the unknown and this game literally leaves you in the dark. However, this is the only game I have played in a long while that made me want to explore and find out more. This game is a shining light in terms of solid pacing and content behind the main story.

85

Horror game that's good for anyone

Fazbott | March 25, 2014 | See all Fazbott's reviews »

Don't be put off by the fact that this game is a horror-thriller because it's not really that scary, but it's still a great game. Excellent game play and visuals makes for a riveting experienced accompanied by a decent story line. Would recommend for anyone that enjoys the darker types of games, but doesn't want to be soiling their pants for 10 hours.

90

Great game, spooky enough for us wimps!

radenthefridge | March 24, 2014 | See all radenthefridge's reviews »

For the hardcore horror fans, this may seem like a tickle compared to far more gruesome games, but I enjoyed it. I'd say this is a much more creeping fear, similar to H.P. Lovecraft's style of scariness. This will really hit home if you have a significant other as well.

Also really liked the episodic content, and helped keep the story fresh when often games can have you forgetting what happened, who that guy is, etc.

82

A beautiful love story in the horror genre

Igotboomed | Feb. 19, 2014 | See all Igotboomed's reviews »

I agree, many call this a horror but there is more to it than that, this has a unique and beautiful story. The best way to expirience this is pick the best difficulty in which you know you can handle so it will not distract you or take you away from getting involved in the story. The voice actors were a perfect fit to make you believe everything Alan was saying and going through, there was so much emotion through out it, after taking on some enemies and running, you come to yet another cutscene with great music in the background, narration, and great flashbacks. The top cutscene in the entire game, I think you can agree, is the clicker, it almost reminds you of someone in your own life, it was such a moving scene between a couple who are so I. Love, and Alan was there to protect her from her phobia, with a beautiful made up story on how to defeat her fear, the candles lit, cold weather outside. The game is just more of a beautiful story about a man protecting his wife, than a struggling writer, to me anyway. I may rant but yes the story was good, sometimes the controls feel awkward and unresponsive at times, it can get alittle repetitive at times running and shinning a torch, but the story you are following out does that. If a story is worth sitting through, then anything else shouldn't be to bothering

80

Fear of dark forest

cdp_star | Feb. 18, 2014 | See all cdp_star's reviews »

It was the first 3D action PC game I played and the beautiful scenes made me surprised. However, Alan was walking in dark forest almost all time of main story, so I could not enjoy the high quality graphics. He has to attack enemy by combination of gun and light. And sometimes escaping without fighting from enemies is the best solution to cross the dark forest. Such game balance was not so bad for me. Main story was not so long, and I could finish the game with moderate tension. But the search of meaningless items in the dark places, which are related to achievements system, was terrible. It made the play-time longer, without fun. In summary, the game was made minutely, but not perfect.

89

Action Adventure that has great atmosphere

AkiMatti | Feb. 10, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »

Many people define Alan Wake as a horror game, but I wouldn't necessarily make that case. True, it has a lot of tension and there are many points where the mood builds very nicely. But its always more in a B level horror style, kind of like X-Files or the like.

It is not a bad thing, I'm not saying that. The story is told well and the game can keep you on the edge of your seat great many times. There's just some sort of tongue-in-cheek touch in everything, if you look closely.

The game runs fairly well on older hardware, but will need a beefy video card to run properly. My GT440 barely managed to run it on low settings acceptably.

If you like a good story, 3rd person action games and beautiful graphics with well working control scheme, this is your game.

NOTE! Remember to diasble the HUD from the menu for the best experience!

90

A beautiful horror-thriller game

pyjamasbox | Feb. 10, 2014 | See all pyjamasbox's reviews »

Alan Wake is a beautiful game with horror/thriller style gameplay. The visuals are crisp and detailed with some of the best lighting i've ever seen in a video game, and the game runs well on even modest machines. You play as Alan, an author with writers block who vacates to a small town with his wife to help ease his mind. Unfortunately for Alan, horrors await. You'll spend the duration of the campaign (~10-12 hours) looking for your wife and fleshing out the mysteries of the dark little down you've stranded yourself in.

92

This game is a must have!

KatsumihD | Feb. 9, 2014 | See all KatsumihD's reviews »

The story is about Alan Wake,who is the main character of the game and have a problem with writting another story,so you go with your wife on a vacation. Soon you will get,that something is not right and Alice (your wife) disappeared and you go on to find her. Through out the game you will find some Pages,which are really important. The game is something different,you really feel helpless if you have no batteries or gun. Also this game has some special kind of monsters. There are normal,fast,strong and flying enemies. If you have not played this game already,I only can advise you to buy the game and play it.

95

Creepy, atmospheric, and a great story.

w0rdvirus | Jan. 29, 2014 | See all w0rdvirus's reviews »

Alan Wake seems to be a love it or hate it game. I personally love it. Sure it can be boiled down to a third person shooter, but it's really not. You have to decided when to fight enemies or when to flee for and area of light. (Enimies cannot enter the light, and it restores health.) Especially on higher difficulties you will not have the resources to kill every enemy so running and dodging becomes very important.

This is a horror/thriller game and where it excels is atmosphere it is a very creepy game, and the music and visual all add to this very well. Graphically it looks amazing on the PC if you can run it on the highest settings. Another plus for Alan Wake is the story it is extremely well written, a great idea with twists and turns.

If you are a horror fan you really have to play this game, if you don't you are missing out on a great experience. Even if you are not a big horror fan you can still enjoy this game as it does not rely on gross out tactics, but uses story and atmosphere.

86

Creepy Thriller

chataolauj | Jan. 24, 2014 | See all chataolauj's reviews »

This game is a one of a kind horror game. It's one of those games where you just have to play at night and in the dark. Your heart will pound non-stop. That doesn't really sound like a good idea, but whatever.

The only downside to this game is that it's pretty short. There could've been more to the storyline I would think because the story itself is already good enough. Don't know why they didn't make it longer. Only buy this game on sale because it's not long enough for it's current price.

80

Awesome thriller

AlejandroJ20 | Jan. 16, 2014 | See all AlejandroJ20's reviews »

This is like a TV Series, it's divided in chapters and tells the story of Alan Wake, a known fiction writer that went in vacation to a town named Bright Falls. When he gets there, weird things start to happen, his wife disappears, doesn't remember anything about what he did and creepy shadows haunt and try to kill him. Then he keeps doing all he's able to find his wife in a epic story from Remedy Entertainment.

In my opinion, it's worth playing if you like Action+Horror games with a good story, but the gameplay is repetitive, so you might get bored.

82

Creepy game with a magnificent story!

Nexxolae | Jan. 10, 2014 | See all Nexxolae's reviews »

Alan Wake is a great game from the horror genre. The story is magnificent with a lot of plot twists. The story really takes you into the game and it won't let you go. The controls for this game are also very intuitive. In my opinion, the graphics of this game are excellent and for what I have seen there are no clipping issues or things like that. If you love games from the horror genre I would really recommend playing Alan Wake!

90

Good and gripping story line.

fenhri | Jan. 4, 2014 | See all fenhri's reviews »

This game has a really good intro to the story which gives you a feel of actually experiencing what is happening in the game as if you were reading a book. A book tells a story better than most of the games by far and Alan Wake has acheived the same kind of quality when it comes to the story line and how it gets a grip of you.

After the first few encounters, I was hooked on this, I couldn't stop playing and had to finish it to see what happends next. I rarely experienced any fps-drops during the bigger events in the game such as when crows storm at you or when the game throws barrels or destroy a huge objects. I found it a bit hard a times though since the enemies had a weird angle where they came from when I was trying to prepare for a fight but was caught off guard very easilly. However, the game is not impossible nor too easy, it's kind of balanced and solid.

The game mechanics such as the flashlight, guns, flares and so on are somewhat cool and at the same time boring. The cool part is that you need to flash light on the enemies to make them vulnerable, the boring part is that you just have to shoot them down, as always...

The setting of the game makes it perfect to play when you're in a dark room with good sound since it will help you get more into the game a lot. Overall this is a very solid game and is a must buy!

85

Amazing story

gforcesa | Dec. 23, 2013 | See all gforcesa's reviews »

I didn't really think Alan Wake was good until it was released on the PC.The story of how Alan's book and everything he rights comes to life is a amazing.At first it was very interesting how you have to use your flashlight in order to defeat your enemies but a few hours later it gets repetitive.The game doesn't give you too much ammo but enough to survive(barely sometimes).The story is really interesting and there are many plot twists that you will never see coming.This game is a must play if you like horror games.

100

Twin Peaks The Game

MechaYakuza | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all MechaYakuza's reviews »

If you have an unhealthy love of David Lynch's Twin Peaks TV show from the early 90's like I do, please stop reading this and buy Alan Wake already!!!! Where Deadly Premonition was like a low budget take on Twin Peaks, Alan Wake is a big budget summer block-buster re-make! For the uninitiated this a cross between an H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King horror story taking place in the forests of the north-west. Told in episodic nature with "previously on Alan Wake" and end credits every couple hours (similar to the tragic Alone In The Dark reboot). Its not all horror, its not all action, its not easy, and its not cookie-cutter (which apparently got this game many enemies) but it is ALL atmosphere and ALL story. If that sounds cool to you, please join me and it legions of die hard fans in one the most amazingly realized video game worlds.

85

A Nice Story

itsjbro | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all itsjbro's reviews »

If by nice you mean "involving the forces of darkness". The Story presented in this game is top notch. While this "survival horror" game isn't going to scare the pants off you, you may find yourself jumping out of your seat at least a few times. The game play is pretty darn solid. Not the most fun you can ever have, but the story will keep you hooked until you've beaten it. I'm definitely glad I gave this overlooked gem a shot. (Ps. It's from the makers of Max Payne 1 and Max Payne 2 so you know they're some quality game makers who know how to tell a good story)

85

Something Different, But Excellent!

TrainRain | Nov. 22, 2013 | See all TrainRain's reviews »

The story in Alan Wake is amazingly good and creepy! While more and more "horror" games focuses on being gory and somewhat survival-ish Alan Wake takes a different approach and delivers an impressive story and great characters, and does so quite flawlessly. Keep in mind that it is not a scary in the sense that you will jump out of you chair screaming due to Alan Wake being a psychological horror game, but it still scary in its own way.

It delivers an amazing story, an excellent atmosphere and the soundtrack of the game is of one of the best ones I've ever heard.

95

Awesome story wonderful suspend

forces908 | Nov. 18, 2013 | See all forces908's reviews »

the game is about a writer. Thus, the game's story is really good. Alan Wake is not your ordinary game, it is about the adventure of the writer inside his own creation.

The graphic is good, although not the best, it compensate by the serious acting and fluid action throughout the games. Many of the aspect of the games are new. Shooting is now a two stage action, and two types of ammo needed to use side by side the challenge an enemy. the difficulties is there, but this made very encounter a challenge and achievement.

it is a great game needless to say, and in a very niche genre of its own if we examine it into depth. it certainly worth your money!

90

Amazing Story, Repetitive Gameplay

Patofilio | Nov. 15, 2013 | See all Patofilio's reviews »

Alan Wake is an amazing game, very well written and with a great ambience and characters, however that doesn't mean it's perfect.

First of gameplay, the basic combat mechanic for fighting is very interesting at first, basically you need to use a flashlight to drain the enemy's "shields" until you are able to take him down with a gun, but over the course of the game it grows a bit stale and repetitive, with little to no change at all. Trying the different weapons and traps whoever is pretty fun, you'll spend a lot of time trying to find creative ways to take down your enemies, although sometimes it is better to run. Ammo is scarce, which is nice for a thriller game and the way the story develops in game is pretty interesting (like finding the pages).

Now for story, this is where the game truly shines. It's incredible, worthy of a book even. Wake's story place nicely as a psychological action thriller that is well paced and keeps you engaged, the game also features some pretty interesting plot twists, making even the chapters in between battles pretty thrilling. The dialogue and characters are very well written, I can even recall several quotes now.

If you are a fan of Stephen King esque novels than this is the game for you, sometimes it may grow repetitive but that can be easily forgiving by the engaging story and amazing atmosphere.

Alan Wake is a game that proves to be more than what it seems, truly defining that "It is not a lake, it's an ocean".

85

Better Than Decent

Wiesler | Nov. 14, 2013 | See all Wiesler's reviews »

When Alan Wake was first released it received a massive amount of praise for its mechanics, story, and atmosphere. Maybe it was groundbreaking upon its release, but that's no longer the case. The game works by using light sources (flares included) to make enemies vulnerable;basically you shine a light on an enemy for awhile and then shoot him. It's not that ground breaking, and I feel like for most of the game, the story and focus of the game is fairly weak.

However the epilogue ends up being much better. During this chapter, the insanity of Alan Wake is brought into the spotlight, and it makes the game more enjoyable. The main game really feels like it's holding back, but the ending chapter is when the game seems to find itself. Not quite life changing, but still a great effort.

83

Superbly Scary!

cuneytarkin | Nov. 13, 2013 | See all cuneytarkin's reviews »

It's easy enough to draw parallels to both Stephen King and Twin Peaks, and sure they are both there as clear influences. Luckily, Alan Wake manages to do something on it's own and become an engaging and original story that lacks in some of the game-aspects of it. It gets somewhat repeating and non-scary, although there is a dreadful atmosphere constant all the time. Especially those creepy TV-shows that you stumble upon from time to time. To conclude; a great game worth playing if you are into atmospheric stuff.

90

Fantastic

KodaPOwER | Oct. 28, 2013 | See all KodaPOwER's reviews »

Remedy score another time! The fantastic story balance the sometimes repetitive gameplay, because after every action part you'll be rewarded with another part of the story. The fighting mechanic are really good and require some skill. Worth every bucks that cost!

88

Great Psychological Action Thriller

ADUAN | Oct. 19, 2013 | See all ADUAN's reviews »

This is a game made by Remedy, who made the first two Max Payne games. I enjoyed the storyline of those two game, and I found the storyline here to be quite engaging as well. The manuscript story mechanic adds a unique and interesting twist in the story, and I found myself wanting to know how it will all turn out.

The combat is reminiscent of most third person shooters, particularly like in Resident Evil 4. The flashlight mechanic can be quite challenging, although I can be sometimes quite irritating, but fortunately for me, that was few and far between. The weapons are okay, although I felt that the lack of a automatic weapon was a little disappointing, although understandable as it would have taken away from the atmosphere.

In conclusion, you should get this game if you want a good story, and some good gunplay. Getting the Collectors Edition is optional, as you might not need the extras, but it is also recommended if you have some extra cash to spare.

84

An interesting game wrapped in a solid PC port

jetpacksheep | Oct. 13, 2013 | See all jetpacksheep's reviews »

Alan wake is a strange kind of game that is half way between a horror game and a thriller TV series. The game presents itself as if it were episodic, recapping the previous events in every chapter, helping to ensure your always caught up on the story. Gameplay is a mix of tense combat and simple finding of items/switches to get around. You'll actually spend most of your time running away from the various enemies in the night heading for safety in the light rather then confronting the horrors head-on. The story is a strong point and stands out against other games although I thought the conclusion was a little confusing. Nordic and Remedy have done an excellent job bringing this to PC, Graphics are astounding with brilliant lighting and some real detail among the environments. Performance is equally brilliant, you wont need a top of the line card to get the most from this title.

Overall I would say to give Alan Wake a shot, it may not be to everyone's taste but the interesting story and eerie feel will sure drag you in to the experience.

92

A Make or Break Game

Qwertyfour | Oct. 3, 2013 | See all Qwertyfour's reviews »

This game is absolutely amazing. Granted, not everybody likes it, but it had everything I loved about a narrative driven story with great synergizing combat. The game is not really a horror, though, once you get a good grasp on how combat worked. For me, the first 3 hours of this game were absolutely terrifying because of how helpless I felt when I popped my last revolver round. There's just something really appealing to this game that I can't really describe. The plot was compelling (though sometimes a bit nonsensical), the combat was great, and the characters felt alive. Because this is the enhanced edition, you get the DLCs and its great on the PC. The graphics are very well done, upgraded from the XBox 360 and it feels very well optimized. One thing to note is that you cannot turn motion blur off which is a bit of a bummer (my memory is a bit foggy though, so it might actually be American Nightmare where you can't turn motion blur off)

Overall, very fun game, but not for everyone. I wish I could pinpoint why some people can't get into this game, but alas, I cannot.

84

Beware the Dark

rahnborshko | Sept. 30, 2013 | See all rahnborshko's reviews »

Remedy has a history for making cinematic games. Their first foray into gaming was with the shooter classic Max Payne. With Alan Wake, they have brought an interesting story with great production value shrouded in a horror theme. Alan Wake has a fun fighting mechanic that requires skill and concentration. The only things holding it back are poor facial animations and slight repetitive gameplay. However, for a Twin Peaks like gaming experience with fun fighting and puzzle solving, it is a good game to check out.

89

Excellent

Verdungo | Sept. 22, 2013 | See all Verdungo's reviews »

Remedy just did waht i want, after Max Payne. The story is incredibly good. it's noot epicly orginal or something, You just got a dosens of references to good old horror movies and books, and it makes very good mood. Here You can find a lot of oldschool gameplay, maybe it's repetitive, but every action in game is rewarded with another part of the story, which is really addictive. If You buy it it will be good spend money:)

88

Best story-telling game

Jimmysil | Sept. 19, 2013 | See all Jimmysil's reviews »

Gameplay is kind of stereotypical after a while. But this game is not that much about playing, it's more a story than a game. The story is however so deep and strong, that you wouldn't mind killing the same enemies all over again. You feel the urge to finish this game, just to know how the story ends. PC version also includes two bonus epizodes.

95

One of the best stories in gaming.

TheArtOfShazzam | Sept. 18, 2013 | See all TheArtOfShazzam's reviews »

The gameplay is somewhat fresh, though it can get repetitive at times. The third person perspective I found adds to the combat, though this is debatable.

The main draw to this game however, is the story. I have compared it to the Watchmen graphic novel as being a best in class story. And I will continue to do so. After playing the game I feel I would gladly have paid full price for it, but if you're looking to simply take a chance on some of the best storytelling in a game, I feel $30 or any kind of deal on the game would be highly worthwhile. I have reviewed this game based on 360 play using a controller, so I cannot say too much to the controls on pc, though I suspect they would be better.

If you can grab it for a good price, you will love the story and be thinking about it for years to come.

87

Unique and well made

nightassassin1 | Sept. 12, 2013 | See all nightassassin1's reviews »

I did not expect very much from this game and was hesitant to even start playing it after getting it in a Humble Bundle as I felt like it would not be very good. After about an hour and a half I started to like the game very much. The game is mostly a third person shooter about the fight between light and dark in a way you have never really seen before. The biggest thing I disliked about this game is that it was a bit too easy for me. You can beat the game with one set of flashlight batteries and a hand gun. Despite this issue, the game was still pretty great. If you are into dark shooters or light vs darkness games this is a good one to go for. The price is a bit high for a game that has been out this long and would be a great buy at $20, but $30 is a bit steep. Grab the game with a 20% off code (thanks GreenMan) and it is a gold buy.

77

Very good!

borgiswa | Sept. 11, 2013 | See all borgiswa's reviews »

Alan Wake is a game that should be played by anyone who enjoys a good story. With elements of Stephen King, among other authors, a reader would feel right at home within the horrifying atmosphere of the game.

Gameplay is fun, but repetitive.

85

What is it?

Bobafett2k6 | Sept. 6, 2013 | See all Bobafett2k6's reviews »

(review also on my Steam profile - Bobafett2k6)

I'm not sure what to call this, I wanted to say survival horror but it's not quite that, 3rd person action game? No, it's more of a psychological thriller. It's a brilliantly written, story driven gem of a game. It's presented beautifully, visually stunning and the audio kept the blood pumping for those moments in the game where I actually found myself panicking! The music between chapters is great too, especially the end credits. The developer Remedy Games have gone to the trouble of bringing this game to PC and have continually communicated with the community, updating it with several patches to date. The 2 DLC from console will also be included in your purchase (haven't played them but fully intend to)

Short version? Buy it, you won't regret it.

80

Tense

Xillion | Aug. 19, 2013 | See all Xillion's reviews »

Alan wake is a famous author who is haunted by some dark presence. I must say this game is not for everybody. The good thing about the game is it's story. The game play can get a little boring but its tolerable. I recommend picking this up.

80

Great story

Thoosa | Aug. 18, 2013 | See all Thoosa's reviews »

But this does not mean everything. Honestly, i am 15 hours in, i guess i homing on the end and i am driven just by the story, the gameplay is kinda repetetive, the controls are not that good. But, man, the story is a piece of art, it would function so well as a TV series. But anyway, the game is definetely worth every penny if you like good storytelling. And who does not, right ? :)

84

Alan Wake - review

Neapolis47 | Aug. 17, 2013 | See all Neapolis47's reviews »

Alan Wake, a successful writer, he went in the quiet town of Bright Falls with his wife Alice for a relaxing holiday. The real purpose of the trip, however, is to solve the serious "block" that haunts him for two years, making it impossible to create new stories. Alan Wake is undoubtedly a particular product, which bases its appeal on narrative content and offers us an experience that gives the best of itself when it is enjoyed at night, with a pair of headphones. The direction of the game is full of original ideas and effective, we move into a world plausible, rich in detail, which at night is a victim of so-called "taken" corrupt people from the darkness that wander in the woods guided by a insane homicidal, and with which we are dealing in more than one occasion. Covered by a blanket of "darkness" that makes them invulnerable to any weapon, these mysterious opponents to be addressed by resorting to the only element that really fear: light, revolver and rifle should be used only after you have made ​​the enemies tangible to our attacks on turning of their torch light for a few seconds. The removal of an opponent is made ​​more spectacular by the same bullet time which stresses a dodge reach the last second.

74

Focus on story

DanJamesStone12 | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all DanJamesStone12's reviews »

This game is definitely focused very heavily on the story and not so much on the actual gameplay.

I found the controls to be quite lackluster and confusing at points, with it being hard to actually control the character on screen, this said- you do eventually get used to it and begin to appreciate the beauty of the game and the phenomenal storyline to go with it.

There are certainly new, interesting concepts in this game- such as fighting the darkness with light, like some previous reviewers mentioned this does make you feel as though the game is good vs evil, which is certainly different.

Whilst the game is a huge contrast from a lot of games on the market today it definitely is worth a play.

95

Another story driven masterpiece

forgot2shave | Aug. 13, 2013 | See all forgot2shave's reviews »

As of late, there have been many games coming out that have had a lot of emphasis on story over gameplay (i.e. walking dead) while still doing a great job of creating a good gaming experience. Alan Wake, however, puts great emphasis on story while still putting a great control system. It's pretty thrilling as well. It's got some great elements from shooters and horror games all packaged with high quality story-telling. Definitely one of the greatest games of recent history.

90

a psychological thriller set in the American Northwest

suvojit91 | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all suvojit91's reviews »

Creepy atmosphere, fantastic combat, and clever storytelling make Alan Wake's quest thrilling from beginning to end.

In first it may seem boring but after a hour or so you will feel start to feel the game,its ambience, creepy atmosphere will make you stunned.Trust me you can't leave your pc at that point.

Positivity:

Fresh storytelling fleshes out the supernatural events in interesting ways
Satisfying combat mechanic makes disposing of evil creatures a blast Subtle lighting effects and a moody soundtrack create a disturbing atmosphere
Optional collectibles are well worth risking your life to grab.

Negativity

Lacks surprising, memorable gameplay moments.

Fill the shoes of one Alan Wake, a man who makes his living from the terror of others as a best-selling suspense novelist. Trapped in the deceptively peaceful Washington town of Bright Falls, where he came to escape the trauma of losing his fiancée, Alan must piece together a mystery to prevent himself from being trapped inside a nightmarish world forever.

An intense psychological thriller from Remedy, the creators of Max Payne, Alan Wake looks to raise the bar for future games, creating a true cinematic experience. Explore an expansive world filled with missions, unique puzzles, intense combat, and horrifying enemies. Dig into a twisting and multi-layered story filled with suspense, engaging characters, and shocking revelations.

A must-buy...

77

Good Story

ConorEngelb | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all ConorEngelb's reviews »

Alan Wake tells a good horror story, with a good-looking game world and interesting characters. Quoting Stephen King gives it a definite +10 points too. However, the gameplay is more than a little frustrating at times, testament to its Xbox roots. The story, if that's your thing, is more than enough to make you forgive the slightly rubbish controls though.

77

alright gameplay, great story

theunknowned | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all theunknowned's reviews »

A nice tense game wrapped in a beautiful yet dark atmosphere. The gameplay is fun, but its nothing GROUNDBREAKING. However I did enjoy the story quite a good bit. This title goes on sale all the time and I definitely recommend you pick it up next time you see it!

91

Before playing this game i thought it sucked, but after...

momoster69 | Aug. 6, 2013 | See all momoster69's reviews »

It was pretty good, loved the story kind of reminded me of Stephen king's books, and pretty excellent graphics. I recommend this game if your really into the mystery and horror.

85

An enrapturing atmosphere coupled with fun gameplay

lucaswrite | Aug. 1, 2013 | See all lucaswrite's reviews »

Alan Wake is beautiful. It's dark, twisted, and lovely all in one. The scenario is perfect, a darkness follows a writer in a quiet mountain town, and you control this writer as you witness everything go down. The creepiness factor in this game is present, but it's not as scary as games such as F.E.A.R, Doom 3, and Dead Space. Unlike all these other games, along with the scary aspects of the game, it offers a light side every once in a while. But surely, there's tons of darkness in this game, and a few times I found myself afraid to move on to the next room. The gameplay is addicting in Alan Wake, and throughout the whole game I didn't find myself bored. It's a unique challenge fighting to fight darkness with light, and it helps set the tone of good vs. evil. Get this game if you're a horror fan, get this game if you love adventures.

70

Decent game, good story.

sittinghawk10 | July 15, 2013 | See all sittinghawk10's reviews »

Story is pretty good. The rest of the gameplay is okay, but the story will make you want to finish it.

90

A Good Story

ZindDB | July 11, 2013 | See all ZindDB's reviews »

Alan Wake is a game revolving around a writer of the same name. He has a creative block and is persuaded by his wife to visit a remote small town for some relaxation and inspiration. The only problem is the supernatural infestation which haunts the city. Alan Wake is a shooter-adventure with some interesting new mechanics, which at times can be really frustrating - although most of the time they bring a unique flavor to the game. The really strong side of this game is it's well written storyline and progression. If you are a fan of good storytelling and want to play something different from a normal shooter, don't pass up on this game!

95

Absolutely amazing game

CM4fan | July 8, 2013 | See all CM4fan's reviews »

I absolutely loved this game. The story is amazing, the views are astonishing and the graphics are very good. I couldn't stop playing until I finished it, although the ending was a bit disappointing (the DLCs add up to it, but a sequel is a must have!). Also loved the sound and the general environment of the game and I am seriously thinking about playing it again in nightmare difficulty to try and get all the collectables.

The only reason for me not to give it a 100/100 is the camera on combat scenes, where the trees and other elements sometimes get in the way of the view. Apart from that, an amazing game that every gamer must try!

76

Nice game

MarcoCav | July 8, 2013 | See all MarcoCav's reviews »

Great story, told in a superb manner. The type of game is close to survival horror, Stephen King style. The control system and the camera are not the best, you have to get used to. Really nice soundtrack.

100

great game!

cammybear111 | July 8, 2013 | See all cammybear111's reviews »

first i want to say buy this game! you will love it the story and the gameplay are great you will get very into the story and has a very cool concept

85

A decent game.

MRRaul | July 7, 2013 | See all MRRaul's reviews »

Didn't think it'd be as good as it was, the way they did the story got me hooked. It's definitely worth the money, unless one gets scared to easily ;) The fighting scenes aren't too hard but don't forget to bring your batteries for your flashlight and a bunch of a ammunition. I like the music and I can't say I usually do with other games. It's not the flashiest game I've played, but that don't really matter cause I wasn't even thinking about that as the story line vent on. There are more plus then minuses in this game, so overall I'm pleased.

90

Amazing story

simodeso | July 7, 2013 | See all simodeso's reviews »

the first thing that i'm saying to you is: Buy this awesome game. It's perfect has a story very very beatiful that you can't imagine. Some people doesn't like the combat system, but it is an innovation and i liked it very much. There are a lot of achievement on steam and for map explorer there are a lot of secrets to find.. This game locked my soul and i had to play it in one shot.. and i'm still happy of my money spent well. I bought also the second chapter, american nightmare but the original Alan wake is much better. Discover the mistery of Cauldron Lake and kill every taken!

90

Welcome to Bright Falls

killsweet | July 7, 2013 | See all killsweet's reviews »

This game offers an interesting storyline and I loved this game because it reminded me of the old Silent Hill games. We have this feeling you can't control what is happening around you and you're trying to figure out what happened to Alan.

The characters are interesting enough to make you continue the aventure, and even if you're not hooked in first place I suggest you to keep trying because it is getting more intensive after the first hours.

My only complaint so far is that the game is kind of action centered on some part, but you won't have the same feeling as in a Resident Evil game and I think you will still feel the tension in the air.

72

Story is good. Combat not so much

stalze | July 4, 2013 | See all stalze's reviews »

The story of this game is really interesting and i like the sequences when you meet and chat with locals whilst you try to unravel the mystery of what is going on. Sadly, the game is crippled by the horrible dodging system that will have you replay parts over and over until you finally get past those pesky enemies that keeps killing you or till you quit out of pure irritation. Not one of the best games i have ever played but the story is quite interesting and makes the game worth checking out.

80

Amazing Story

wire306 | July 3, 2013 | See all wire306's reviews »

I have found the story to be the most amazing aspect of the game. At some points you will even feel like you are part of a movie. Surprisingly the driving scenes work really well and it almost feels like what you would expect from GTA 5. Fighting scenes can get very repetitive and once you are out of ammo it becomes almost impossible to continue. Overall I think it's a well rounded game with some great story telling aspects.

90

Powerful story and strong gameplay

awestover89 | July 2, 2013 | See all awestover89's reviews »

Alan Wake is first and foremost a story told in game format. You play as a famous horror author who is on vacation with his wife trying to resolve a problem with writer's block. There is a strange darkness, however, and the vacation becomes a nightmare as Alan struggles to learn about the history of the small town and stop the darkness.

The gameplay is strong, but the story is definitely the selling point. It is captivating and to get the most out of the game you really need to pay attention to the dialogue and cutscenes.

Combat is handled uniquely; you have to first weaken enemies with a flashlight before you are able to actually shoot them, but some weapons such as a flare gun or a flash bang grenade can serve a double purpose, both weakening and then killing the main enemies of the game, known as Taken. You can use light to blind and slow down the enemies, and you can dodge roll out of the way of their attacks, but other than that combat is relatively straight forward.

The game is mostly open world, there is a set linear path to follow for the story but you can explore a bit to find hidden items. It becomes almost a scavenger hunt, searching for manuscript pages, thermoses, TVs, and radios.

It does get repetitive, many 'episodes' of the game start out with something happening causing you to lose your weapons and flash light, but as long as you stay immersed in the story it never gets old.

My one primary complaint relates to the camera. The camera is set third person but at a slight angle. This made moving in a straight line difficult for me. I also had to take somewhat frequent breaks because I actually started feeling motion sick if I played too long with a lot of movement.

On normal difficulty with finding about 80% of the secret items I got about 10 hours of game time. Trying again on a harder difficulty, or spending more time to find all the secrets could easily push the game to 15-25 hours. The story was a bit hard to follow the first time, but I do feel once you have a full understanding of the story the replay value is weak.

90

Awesome story and "TV" style

TGAlan | June 29, 2013 | See all TGAlan's reviews »

A masterpiece and one of the best games I've had the pleasure of playing. Long, with a compelling story, an excellent gameplay, and a great setting. This game reminds me a lot of what Alone in the Dark made me feel about 15 years ago. I never thought a game could make me feel that way again. It has everything a game of the genre needs, and more. It even includes a great soundtrack witin it, ranging from songs from famous artists, iconic songs, and songs made exclusively for the game! And it is based in episodes, just like a TV series, it even has a briefing of the previous episode going like "Previously in Alan Wake...", a GREAT touch for a game like this because it totally has a story that is better when coming in an episodic package. I repeat, once again, one of the best games I've played in my life, and I hope there's more of Alan Wake in the future, because it is a franchise that has a lot to offer.

91

Brilliant and Spooky

p3pz | June 28, 2013 | See all p3pz's reviews »

Alan Wake is a horror video game, but it feels like a novel or even a movie. The story is amazing and very clever (it's hard to explain how genius it is without spoiling any plot points).

The game has some problems running on average/medium systems, as Anti Aliasing, which takes a huge toll on performance and FPS, is required at 2x (no lower). Make sure you have the rig for the game or at least know that the game won't go higher than 30-40 fps on absolute low settings with, let's say, 1 GB of VRAM.

The game is in fact genuinely scaring, with a mix of cheap jump scares but also situations and levels that actually feel eerie and will push you to the edge of your seat.

If I had one complaint about this amazing game, it would be that sometimes the game feels a little too action-centered (on very rare occasions); sometimes there are areas with 10+ enemies all coming at you and the objective is "survive" until, let's say, your buddy unlocks a door. These objectives don't add much to the game are not scary, only tedious.

95

Another excellent game that comes from Remedy.

sergebelanger22 | June 27, 2013 | See all sergebelanger22's reviews »

As you probably know, Alan wake is a writer. He needs some vacation because he suffers from the writer's block. So, his wife and him decide to take some vacation in Cauldron Lake, when she gets kidnapped. Throughout the game, you will try to find her. You will get helped by your manager, Barry, as well as by few other characters. I have to say, the story is good but is really hard to understand at some times. By chance, there are some manuscript pages that you can find throughout the game that help you understanding it. I recommend you to search for them, and to read them all in the order.

In the game, there are also some coffee thermoses, TVs, radios and some other stuff that you can find, but they really are as useless as the feathers in Assassin's Creed. You can find some weapons caches that you can find that will help you a lot since you will not have too much ammo very often, except when you are close to a boss fight.

Speaking of weapons, you will use mainly your flashlight, which is used to remove the darkness over the enemies, and then and only then you will be able to kill them with your gun (handgun, shotgun, rifle, grenades, etc...).

The graphics look great, even for an old game. The music is very good. Everything in this game is about atmosphere, and the music fits perfectly with it. When you are in the woods and the music starts, you know that there is something coming, but you don't know where the enemies will come from. It is very stressful. Also, since you are a writer and not an athlete, you will not be able to run for long, so starting to run for your life is though since you will become breathless quite fast. You really have to use the objects and the light to your advantage.

Since I bought the game new, both dlcs were included (The Signal and the Writer). I would not pay much for them, but since it was free, I cannot complaint. They are ok, not more.

When starting a new game, there are only 2 modes available, normal and difficult. I played it on difficult. If you are a beginner or not very experienced, I strongly recommend you to play it on normal. If you search a lot for hidden objects, I would say that it may take up to 15-20 hours to finish it. Then, you unlock the Nightmare mode, in which you will be able to find some additional manuscript pages that were unavailable at the other 2 difficulty levels. I don't know it that is sufficient to tell you to replay the game though.

The only downside to this game is that every hidden items are shinning, even in the darkness. This removes a bit of the atmosphere when you see a thermos several feet away from you in the forest. Also, you will always know where to go since Alan will often tell you that you should try to do this or that.

If you have not played Alan Wake yet, run to the store and buy it now.

82

Play this game like it's a TV show

Supraballs | June 19, 2013 | See all Supraballs's reviews »

Seriously, if you play one episode every few nights, you will really appreciate this game. It's dark and gloomy and it isn't very long at all, but it really does move like a show. You finish one chapter and the next recaps and throws you in the mix, again, like a show. Play the game at night as well for the right feel of the game as that is really how it was meant to be played. The combat is decent and just know if you play this, choose the easiest setting because if you don't, the enemies are damage sponges and you will hate this. It's a cool atmosphere with a cool story and I recommend it.

87

Excellent story

InsaneHien | June 14, 2013 | See all InsaneHien's reviews »

Alan Wake is all about fighting the Taken. You weld a flashlight, some guns, flares, and flash bangs, which are very useful in tough situations. The story is great, and is presented in a television show through episodes. Gameplay can get a bit repetitive. I'd say it is average. Great physiological thriller video game.

92

Amazing Story

thegaminglyfe | June 11, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »

Alan Wake has one of the most amazing stories that I've played in a long time. In the first hour, the story will have you sucked in and you will desperately want to know what happens next. The gameplay is new and original requiring light to weaken your enemies before killing them. This game is a true survival and if you don't manage your bullets, flashlight batteries and flares, you will die. The game is creepy and scary and will scare you at times. Definitely buy this game if you're a fan of horror and games with a rich story.

94

Beautiful horror game after a long time

spycid | June 10, 2013 | See all spycid's reviews »

There has been a dearth of good horror game in gaming universe for a long time. This game fills up all those voids with an intense gameplay, gripping storyline and marvellous music. It is a must play for all psychological thriller and horror lovers. Best way to play is lights out and headphones in.

70

Good story, poor gameplay

Bynn | June 10, 2013 | See all Bynn's reviews »

Even though alan Wake has an interesting story, with some nice plot twists, the game overal is kinda mediocre. Repetitive shooting scenes, running around in the dark with a flashlight pointing at things... Just shine your enenmies and then shoot.

82

A mediocre horror game.

CrysisX | June 8, 2013 | See all CrysisX's reviews »

This game has as interesting story and I must say some of the parts in game are pretty spooky for me. Gameplay is kinda unique but it's repetitive and might get boring fast. The graphics in the game looks stunning but sadly it is poorly optimize and I'm getting low frames on a good laptop. Nevertheless, this game should be pretty enjoyable for those who like story driven type games.

80

Creepy, well-written, exciting -- we need more games like this.

chrismccart | June 7, 2013 | See all chrismccart's reviews »

Alan Wake is an awesome game; very linear but with a very cool storyline, a lot of interesting ideas & great music. The game is presented as episodes of a television show, with 6 main episodes & 2 special feature episodes, and this only increases the coolness of the theme. It's dark, spooky - sometimes outright scary - and the gameplay is creative. It also never stops evolving. The story keeps you interested while the gameplay changes here & there, never enough to make you feel you have no chance, but enough to keep you looking about, thinking things through and being tactical - especially when stressful moments arrive, like when your friends are trying to get a helicopter running and the shadow-infested citizens of the town of Bright Springs (or the Taken) start coming out of the woodwork in droves. The closest thing I can liken Alan Wake to is the first few seasons of the TV show Supernatural - intelligent, tense and moving between spooky & scary while retaining a clear air of cool. Well worth it.

80

Story driven

Eyeless42 | June 3, 2013 | See all Eyeless42's reviews »

Let's get the actual gameplay out of the way. This game is your standard survival horror experience, pretty enervating and blood pumping at times, low choice of weapons, all of that. You do get a flashlight that doubles as weapon, but it actually kill anything. The graphics are pretty good. But what really did it for me was the story line. It's compelling and interesting. If you like good thrillers/horror adventures this is a good game to delve into.

90

Into the darkness...

ptrl | June 2, 2013 | See all ptrl's reviews »

Game is pretty much decent. Main story and all characters are created well, it's fun to discover every aspect of plot. Combat is very repetitious, but it gaves fun. If you're looking for thriller game with ascetps of horror it's great choice. And for fans of Remedy it's must have game.

75

Great game with minor issues

WillisKid | May 31, 2013 | See all WillisKid's reviews »

Overall, a great game with many high points, but at points can become dull and repetitive. Once on sale, this game is a must buy!

50

Boring

wagstaffer | May 31, 2013 | See all wagstaffer's reviews »

I bought this game from the humble bundle, even at 1.00 this game is repetitive and dull. If you like stories this might fit you, but for me its a no go. Games known for their story such as; The Witcher, Fallout series, Tomb Raider, hell almost any game is better than this.

Graphics are top notch, gameplay is boring, and the shooting mechanics are the weakest part of this game use flashlight then shoot rinse and repeat.

Some people obviously love this game so don't just take my word some will like it most wont. If you like playing games don't get this one.

75

A Nice Break...

ebeaver1016 | May 29, 2013 | See all ebeaver1016's reviews »

I normally play open world adventures. This game is more so a "ride the rails" adventure. I am glad I purchased it when it was on sale....It isn't compared to any of my favorites and didn't enjoy it enough to start playing the sequal that I also purchased.

I entitled this as a "nice break" because sometimes after I play open world games, I feel somewhat exhausted. This game gave my brain a nice break. In my opinion, there isn't much to it. The playthrough gives you a nice dark thrilling story.

I don't think I will openly recommend this game to just anyone. It is my belief that it would definitely have to be your style of play. For example, when I first starting playing it, I thought it was cool. So then I recommended to my gaming buddy who also likes open world style. Now I feel awkward after the playthrough because he bought the game. Fortunately for me, he got a good deal.

70

Good story - Average gameplay

britishlad | May 10, 2013 | See all britishlad's reviews »

From the makers of Max Payne comes Alan Wake - The story is the main draw of this game. It is excellent, and somewhat reminiscent of Stephen King, if you're into that at all. The music, graphics and voice acting are all excellent!

However the actual combat is nothing really special, and can get frustrating at times (especially one part involving a bulldozer). It is also linear and the combat and get repetitive after a while. It's still a good and interesting experience but it terms of gameplay there is very little replay value....

85

An amazing adventure!

Laudes | May 4, 2013 | See all Laudes's reviews »

I'm a adventure player, I enjoy those really good adventure games. However I am not a big fan of buying AAA games all the time that has the mark "Adventure" on the side. This game is a true adventure with a thrilling story.

The combat is very innovative and it was far more enjoyable then the standard point - click - kill enemies. I found the game extremely hard, however when I had completed the game I got an achievment for playing the game on Hard! Well with that being said, if you're looking for a challenge the Hard difficulty setting sure is hard, however not impossible.

I found myself running around doing about nothing just to get to a place where I had to be at, which I got a little bit frustrated about. Of course, every game is more or less like that, they add small things to make the game last longer. The game wasn't that long anyway, it took me 11 hours to complete it. Of course it has a TON of replayability with all the cofee-cans and manuscript pages, and God knows what you can collect!

The TV shows and small extras around the game is interesting at times, but in total I would say those are also just a waste of time to make the game last longer for people interested in such. But, other games like Deus EX and Skyrim, all has for example emails and books to read throughout the world. Think of these TV-Shows and radio programs as such, but a little bit more interesting I would say.

A must buy for adventure players! The soundtrack is great aswell, lots of good music.

79

Has its moments

lehemake | April 30, 2013 | See all lehemake's reviews »

Alan Wake is a 3rd person view action-horror game with a spooky story. Famous writer fights its way against the Darkness to save his kidnapped wife in little town of Bright Falls. The main story has 6 cinematic style episodes and two bonus episodes continuing story. There's about 12-15 hours of gameplay (which was enough for me). First episodes are somewhat dull and repetitive - running through woods and killing enemies. The scenery offers boring trees and rocky paths at the beginning but later episodes give more variety and different places around Bright Falls and bonus episodes are insane remixes of main story and thus fun, interesting level design.

The game has (too) much fighting with enemies. Besides the most important "weapon", flashlight, Alan can use guns and flash grenades. Pointing flashlight toward enemies and then shooting them is the way to survive against ambushes of "the taken". Also keeping distance and dodging attacks are important maneuvers to do. And there are no melee weapons, regrettably. Enemies tend to spawn when the darkness lands and sometimes its better to ignore mobs and run towards light (usually checkpoint) than waste time by fighting. Exploration isn't very inspiring at this game because the level design is very linear and all you may find is some collectible coffee thermoses or ammo stashes which maybe needed but getting those usually tend spawn some enemies nearby. NPCs are well done in game. Their dialogue is usually good, even funny and they can defend themselves at action sequences so you don't have worry about stupid AIs.

Usually graphics and audio are well done so the atmosphere is fine during the game but the cinematic scenes are blurry and outdated that could have been much better looking just rendering by the game's own graphics engine.

Recommended bargain buy.

89

Quite fun!

acloggedtoaster | April 30, 2013 | See all acloggedtoaster's reviews »

A surprisingly creepy game! The opening is very intense, and never loses the survival horror theme that so many "survival horror" games of this generation fail to capture. The only real problem is that it is a mediocre pc port and that for weaker rigs, Anti aliasing must always be turned on, hammering frames per second. visuals do look quite nice! Would recommend!

90

A Great Game with Few Flaws

Agerion | April 27, 2013 | See all Agerion's reviews »

The developers of this game weren't just looking for a way to make extra cash by porting it from it's home consoles to PC, this game really takes the PC Power and pumps what it can into the game. The fighting mechanic is tense and exciting since you must keep track of both your ammo and battery on your flashlight and all enemies are invulnerable until the darkness has been burned off of them. The game plays out like a TV show which is a big plus for College Students like myself. You play through an episode, it wraps up nice and tight, and when you come back next week you get a recap of what happened. This can be a problem for those gamers looking to complete the game in a single sitting, however. That coupled with the fact that, in cinematic, facial animations are comically stiff, are the only gripes I had with the game. Alan Wake is worth both your time and money.

89

Frightening and Well Executed

sl1ck | April 24, 2013 | See all sl1ck's reviews »

Remedy have outdone themselves with Alan Wake's frightening horror atmosphere and immersive game environment.

Players face a world of horror through the eyes of Alan Wake, often alone and without anything other than a flashlight and a small firearm. The game involves a lot of dark environments and tense bursts of action that will keep you riveted throughout. The story is the center of the game, unlike many shooters which use a story as an afterthought.

Alan Wake is a game that ties in an engaging storyline, scary environments, and entertaining gameplay to create a truly memorable horror title.

95

RUN!!

Kaieh1234 | April 24, 2013 | See all Kaieh1234's reviews »

I found myself screaming "RUN!" a lot of the time in an effort to find some distance between me an enemy to shine my torch on them and pop off a few rounds into them, as repetitive as this notion was, I thoroughly enjoyed this game. Normally I absolutely despise collectibles in games, although this one, the little TV Show was rather amusing to watch, it brought a sort of clarity to the game.

The game itself is gorgeous, the graphics are excellent, a lot went into the making of this game, including the little mini-series that went out before its release.

The game shares alot in common with the whole over the shoulder cam, featured in Capcom's newer Resident Evil titles (4+) although, the story telling for this game is second to no game within its genre. Most definitely worth your time, get it played!

93

Instant Classic!

israel_hlc | March 1, 2013 | See all israel_hlc's reviews »

Alan Wake is a game born to be a classic. Everything in the game fits very well in the excellent plot, from the environments to the soundtracks.

The graphics are very good. Not that it could be considered one of the best graphics in the year, but it is very good indeed. Great part of the game is played in the night, and the darkness effect fits the game perfectly. When under daylight and outdoors, we can see beautiful environments, especially due to the very well made lighting effects.

The gameplay is good, ammo is not that scarce, but you will want to save it as much as possible. The flashlight-based battle in very welcome, but sometimes felt a bit of a repetitive task.

The plot is excellent, which would also fit perfectly well in a book or a movie. The game progresses through chapters, from the point of view of the writer of the book. Even if you don’t like darker games very much, I totally recommend it.

85

Another gem by Remedy

barniman | Feb. 26, 2013 | See all barniman's reviews »

After years of waiting PC gamers finally got their version of the game and it was definitely worth the wait. First of all the pc port is great, luckily our version is not inferior to the console one, it looks and runs great, the keyboard+mouse combo is a perfectly viable option for controlling the game and we got both DLC packs for free with the game, so there's quite a lot of content there. The gameplay is somewhat different from what you've expect from the creators of Max Payne, less shooting, more running away from your enemies, but this goes with the thriller genre.

75

Finally on the pc

georgecopos | Jan. 31, 2013 | See all georgecopos's reviews »

Yes, finally on pc after a long wait, the graphics although old, looks very good, the level design is more than ok and the sound quality is of a top one. On the gameplay side, the game suffers; the main guy being a writer and the story wants to be from a book, but unfortunately the story is pretty dry without mystery and very predictable. The combat is boring and repetitive with the same monsters and same situations over and over again, and even if the game uses an interesting light dynamic system, that too becomes boring. There is a small freedom movement and exploration but there is nothing interesting to be found, so its just a waste of time and somehow a memory of the once announcement of the game as being open world.

90

Alan Wake - review

carlyle | Jan. 29, 2013 | See all carlyle's reviews »

Alan Wake is undoubtedly a particular product that gives its best when enjoyed at night, with a pair of headphones. The action component of Alan Wake is implemented with great competence based on the contrast between light and dark, the credibility of the tools available to the protagonist, and that's a gun that shoots flares becomes absolutely our most effective weapon, and revolvers and gun should only be used after making enemies tangible to our attacks on them turning the flashlight for a few seconds. The removal of an opponent is made more spectacular by the same bullet time emphasizing a dodge reach the last second, and in this sense the control system is perfect. The title Remedy bases its appeal on narrative content and distinctive features of the scenarios has never been so beautiful and detailed thanks to the unique graphics optimizations, as well as a fun and spectacular action component. Above all, therefore, a compelling storyline, a great atmosphere.

90

One of my favorite games

Caspernomnom | Jan. 27, 2013 | See all Caspernomnom's reviews »

Once you get passed the initial story telling and "tutorial" parts the game just grabs you . About 10-12 hours of great story and gameplay. The graphics, scenery, writing in this game is just amazing. Would recommend to everyone on any platform.

87

The REAL Max Payne 3.

angruss | Jan. 27, 2013 | See all angruss's reviews »

I LOVED the first Max Payne, but felt that Max Payne 3 was lacking, little did I know that it was the third Max in name only.

The true Max 3 was Alan Wake, by Max 1+2 dev Remedy. Where Max 3 by Rockstar took the character and bullet time, they missed out on the run and gun fun of the original in favor of a cover-shooter. Alan Wake captured that and beyond with it's lack of cover and amazing light-mechanics.

The atmosphere and mechanics of Alan Wake are nothing short of amazing, and yet the story manages to outshine almost everything else in gaming. Very few games deserve the same respect as a novel, and Alan Wake is definitely one of them.

89

A memorable story , great design, and overall just fun.

fable2 | Jan. 27, 2013 | See all fable2's reviews »

For me, playing games is as much about the story as anything else. So, when I hear about games like Alan Wake I get interested pretty quick. I enjoyed this one thoroughly from start to finish though some might find portions of it a bit annoying.

Visually, Alan Wake is a beautiful piece of work though, admittedly, by the end of the game you sort of wish there was more variety. Too, artistically, with it being told like a television series, it provides a somewhat unique take on how it tells the story and paces things. For me, the pacing of the game was one of the best aspects of the game as they intermixed action sequences with well-crafted story segments that all tied together quite nicely. Though the last episode seems to stretch things just a little bit too long, it does wrap up things quite nicely in anticipation of another game.

The gameplay was generally pretty good though in a few cases I found myself frustrated with annoying camera angles and/or the tactics of a particular sequence. Most noticeably, the game play proceeds quite normally but then in one of the earlier episodes the challenge just jumps up a bit dramatically. Once you get used to this it is no problem but initially it sort of takes you by surprise which caused me a little frustration. I couldn't help but laugh at the reality that this is likely the only game in history where you'll fight garbage bins and farm equipment. lol As odd as that sounds to someone who might not have played the game, all of it fits in fine when it's all said and done.

Alan Wake, in my opinion, is definitely one of the better games this generation. It demonstrates that a well crafted story CAN also be fun and doesn't have to entirely be caught up with running around shooting things hour after hour. Unfortunately, it is too often the case that there is a compromise in one aspect of a game but, thankfully, with Alan Wake things are generally pretty balanced.

85

The most atmospheric game ever

Stebsis | Jan. 25, 2013 | See all Stebsis's reviews »

Alan Wake is really interesting game. At parts it doesn't even feel like a game at all, but more like a TV-show. There is combat, but the overall atmosphere of the game is like from episode of Twin Peaks or Twilight Zone where it clearly got some of its style. You play as Alan Wake, really famous writer who has kind of a writers block. He hasn't been able to write in some time, and he arrives to this little town, Bright Falls, with his wife. They arrive to their house on a little island in the middle of Cauldron Lake. Something goes wrong and Alan's wife goes missing in the middle of the night, and later no one seems to know any island on the Cauldron Lake. You basically try to just get his wife back and unravel the mystery. Combat is quite unique, you use your flash light to shine light towards enemies covered in darkness for some time, and when they're vulnerable you shoot them. It gets kind of repetitive after a while, but dark atmosphere around you at night, when darkness appears, just makes you want to go on and find out what happens next. There's also a really nice Twilight Show ripoff called Night Springs that you can watch in TV's that you find on your journey. Alan Wake is great horror action title, it keeps you on your toes as you never really know where the darkness might come at night because it's basically all around you. If you're looking for little bit different take on third person horror game, Alan Wake is your choise.

80

A good game with great atmosphere

Jray264 | Jan. 22, 2013 | See all Jray264's reviews »

There really isn't a game out there like Alan Wake which is why everyone should try it. The game is dripping with atmosphere which is a rare thing in games now a days. It's not really scary but very engaging and entertaining. The light effects are jaw dropping, and they should be because light plays a key part in this game. You use light to wipe out the shadows, which act like shields, on enemies and quickly dispatch them with a wide range of guns. The story is good and so are the characters. Try this game. You won't regret it.

87

Finally a PC release for an awesome game!

backslashio | Jan. 14, 2013 | See all backslashio's reviews »

This was originally supposed to be a PC game yet suddenly became a Xbox 360 exclusive. The game was in development for years and only in the final few months did that news become apparent! Thankfully Alan Wake has eventually arrived to PC and its backed by a superior port to make this the best experience ever.

Its a very story focused game and no wonder since the main character is a writer who goes on holiday to escape the pressure of writing his next award winning novel. Instead he slowly descends into darkness as darkness consumes the town & its people and his creations come to life. Only he can write himself out of this nightmare and the light is the 'key'! With a movie-like experience you'll feel like you're in an entertaining horror flick. You'll be connecting with characters, desperately stocking up on batteries for your torch 'weapon' and collecting manuscript pages scattered around the forest to find out how this nightmare happened in the first place.

A great game and one to be experienced with the lights out and the surround sound turned all the way up!

93

When Max Payne becomes a horror story

abelfs | Jan. 14, 2013 | See all abelfs's reviews »

These guys of Remedy are genius. While I was playing, Max Payne 1 and 2 came to my mind, even when the gameplay and atmosphere are completely different. Alan Wake is a game where you fight shadow monsters who are invincible until they are hit with light. The story is suspenseful, mysterious, and with that particular sense of humour made in Remedy. Highly recommendable.

Play it if you're looking for a more unique action/adventure game with a nice story.

90

A game that we waited for a long time

Lippe1989 | Dec. 26, 2012 | See all Lippe1989's reviews »

Alan Wake is a very interesting game. I think that everyone who had a Xbox 360 heard something about it. The game was promised to be lauched hundred of times as Gran Turismo 5 in Playstation 3. The game was never done. But, one day, they finished it. And the result was very good. Really very good. They did a good job making the light (or its absence) something important for the game. It affects the gameplay because you will need something more than a simple gun. Everyone who played Obscure series will remember the way that it was. So, it contributes to give us the sinister atmosphere and the fear to go to a place or enter in some dark place. The graphics are excellent. As it was an exclusive Xbox 360 game during a time they did the things on the best way to give us the best results. I recommend a lot this game because we do not have many of this style nowadays.

90

Alan, wake up!

Lekes | Dec. 24, 2012 | See all Lekes's reviews »

This is in my top 20 games of all time easily, the play on not just having to survive madmen but the force of pure darkness is something that has stirred the minds of people all over who have played this game, including myself. The darker nature of this game, delving into nightmares, the atmosphere, the intensity, all of the side stories which tie into the theme of madness and the book pages to collect make the games replay value quite high even though not a true “different every time” game like skyrim with its different races for example. I give it a 9/10 the last point being for the free dlc. The only thing to me that seems odd... why aren't you able to knock someone out with a flashlight or an empty gun? even if just for the sake of being able to defend yourself a little better. unlike other people on my pc it runs fine, my hardware over a year old and in its day top of the line. I've suffered absolutely no lag, the story is a good as ever graphics are better on pc, the only reason I had this on xbox was for the sake of playing a great game, the only reasons I have an xbox, forza motorsport, dante's inferno and alan wake. In short the pc port of this is great, bugless from what I can see so far. the only reason it doesnt get a 10 from me is the fact xbox came first, and pc took so long.

82

Feels like playing through a Stephen King novel

CJV | Dec. 24, 2012 | See all CJV's reviews »

Alan Wake sets itself apart with it's great atmosphere. The game feels like a Stephen King novel, which for me means its not really much scary. You must use light as your weapon in order to defeat your enemies taken by the dark presence, which implies some nice light effects and some different ways to take your enemies out versus your standard third-person shooter. It has some great levels that by themselves are worth playing the game.

90

Great game

antonioli84 | Dec. 24, 2012 | See all antonioli84's reviews »

Everyone knows that this game had a lazy launch. We expect a lot of years until it be finished. But all I can say is that the wait worth it. It is a really good game. The atmosphere is something peculiar and wonderful. It is dense and immersive. You will really feel the things that happens with Alan. The graphics are great, very polished as we can expect during the time that was waste to do it. The mechanics are also good specially reagarding the luminosity that interfers on gameplay. It was a smart choice to give an importance to the light and dark to create de atmosphere and difficult the gameplay. The dialogs are algo an interesting part of the game. This is not an action only game but it has action. Action combined with horror and thriller, all these things well balanced. I really recommend this game for anyone who looks for something different and likes a mystery.

75

Frustrating and Uninspiring at Times

ROKET | Dec. 23, 2012 | See all ROKET's reviews »

I bought Alan Wake a while ago during a sale and figured Id get to it soon enough with its action and good story telling elements. Months and months passed buy and I only just gave the game a chance. Overall I cant say Im terribly impressed.

Gameplay wise the game is smooth with decent animations and responsive gunplay but Alan is a generally out of shape whiny oddity to say the least. The gameplay also got very repetitive, dull, and predictable at times. I often found myself asking WHY out loud as I walked up to stretches of forest or parking lots. I understand keeping the game intense but it was intense in the same exactly way too often than not.

The story of Alan Wake is good but annoying at times. You find yourself wondering what to believe and Im not so sure I want to play Inception the game when Im investing 10ish hours into playing and finishing the game. You gain clarity as you progress and thats nice but the game doesnt really pick up until episode 4 of 6. You keep wondering if you're ever going to make any progress. They also dont really give you upgrades until around episode 5. What were they thinking?

The presentation of the game is probably the highlight. You gain good atmosphere from the graphics and everything is crisp and mostly high rez. I liked what I saw and the vast landscape was quite ominous. As others have said, the game isnt really scary, its just startling at times with an annoying death looming if you dont have your wits about you. The lighting and animations were nice if a little rigid.

Overall, not so great. Give it a go if you want story. You can get the complete pack for pretty cheap these days.

85

A storyteller's paradise would be the perfect irony.

archisbhatt | Dec. 12, 2012 | See all archisbhatt's reviews »

So you're a famous author who sets off to an eerie location with his wife to get some "creative" ideas only to get into a living hell. The game's intro says this best with its commendable narration.

After progressing to the game's core, there are many things to be found that are alike no other horror game. Your character will narrate his feelings of certain locations and incidents you encounter from time to time - Which if played alone makes you feel YOU'RE Alan Wake. The superb soundtrack just adds to the emotions running through the character which will get down into you, making you desperate for getting back to the normal world.

The graphics are amazing and some locations are jaw dropping. The developer has given some time to even make the characters look like the people they are in within. And in this game, every characters bring some kind of charm and even discomfort - Making the game an absolute treat.

Considering the gameplay, some control mechanics for the PC port could've been improved. Getting spammed with too many possessed objects and fallen can be a huge pain to deal with. However if you have the correct weapon, some kills can be tremendously satisfying.

The free DLC/added levels are something I really appreciated since I really wanted more of the eerie feel the game gave me - Till the very end.

The game's performance can be an issue and you need a good card to enjoy the game to the fullest. This is one of the few games where you should enjoy every tiny detail the game has (The developer commentary in the Collector's Edition can be helpful if you want to learn more about the game).

95

Like playing a movie

FJosep | Dec. 11, 2012 | See all FJosep's reviews »

This is exactly the feeling when playing Alan Wake. The atmosphere, the characters and the superb script makes what it would be another "kill monsters" game into a masterpiece.

In terms of story, I would even say that stays close to Mafia. Is that good.

It's true that gameplay it's not THAT great, and one would write it down in the "cons" list, but the story is so great you feel grateful that it doesn't distract you from what's going on.

92

Very cool

Darder | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all Darder's reviews »

It is just like watching a movie! You play through the game and you constantly wonder what is going to happen next. You get scared by the monsters following you, the darkness overwhelming you, but you want to progress!

A fun game, no dead times. The story line is one of the best Ive witnessed in my gamer's experience. The concept of killing enemies with light is just marvelous. Good purchase.

85

Such a great experience.

digitalpunk | Dec. 8, 2012 | See all digitalpunk's reviews »

Alan Wake is not scary, it's more of a mystery/thriller.That's all i'm saying about the story, it's a good story so i'll let you unveil the mystery. Now about the game. The best part: Atmosphere. It's GREAT. Play it with headphones or surround system for the best experience and of course at night or with a dim light. Gameplay wise it's nothing spectacular, 3rd person shooter usual stuff

If you are a Twin peaks fan, Shining fan or just a Mystery/Horror fan (as I am) you'll love this game.

80

Fun but not frightening

sweetcuppincake | Nov. 7, 2012 | See all sweetcuppincake's reviews »

I finally broke this game out for Halloween and finished it a few days after. While it tells a spooky story and puts you in the middle of paranormal happenings, I didn't find it scary. There were a few tense moments when you're up against a large number of Taken, but nothing suspenseful. That's not to say Alan Wake isn't a fun game. I enjoyed the mechanic of weakening enemies with your flashlight before you are able to injure them. The setting was good and they managed to keep it fresh throughout the game. The plot kept me interested and I appreciated that it had some depth to it. Overall a good game, just not scary like Amnesia or the Silent Hill series.

86

A good thriller

panz3r88 | Oct. 29, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

Alan Wake is an action game where the protagonist, a writer, must fight against his nightmares that become real. In the game your main weapon is the light: you must use flares, flashlight or other light source to weaken the beasts that attack you and then kill them with a pistol or a shotgun. The best element of the game is the story,very interesting: you can also find many details related to what's happening finding various manuscript pages during the various levels. Alan Wake is a good horror: the atmosphere and the monsters are quite scary and every time you reach a new zone you can expect a general anxiouness at every turn. The PC version of Alan Wake contains also the DLC, so the main story plus this content guarantee many hours of gameplay.

96

Suspensful, thriller, survival horror

Damien_Azreal | Oct. 11, 2012 | See all Damien_Azreal's reviews »

This game is a must play. From it's gorgeous lighting engine, to the wonderfully crafted story and characters. It simply begs to be played. Remedy step away from the Max Payne series and create a new masterpiece.

Alan Wake is a writer, suffering from writers block. And in an attempt to "get away from it all" he heads to a small vacation house on a lake with his wife to try and recenter himself. But, an ancient evil draws him in, taking control of his mind and his reality and forcing him into a nightmare he has little hope of surviving.

Shifting away from their strong third person action gameplay of the Max Payne series. Alan Wake plays closer to a survival horror game. With a strong need to find ammo, batteries and safe places to regain health and save. From the TV series episode setup of the levels (full with 'Previously on Alan Wake' transitions) to the completely intense and atmospheric forests you'll spend the game wondering through... this is a shinning example that video games are art.

80

Cool game

dark2025 | Sept. 26, 2012 | See all dark2025's reviews »

Alan Wake is a game where you fight shadow monsters who are invincible until they are hit with light. The story is suspenseful and mysterious, and the gameplay is intense. It's very dark (literally and figuratively), but good looking.

Play it if you're looking for a more unique action/adventure game with a nice story.

93

A wonderful cinematic experience

Tholdor | Sept. 24, 2012 | See all Tholdor's reviews »

Alan Wake plays like a tv show. It's divided into chapters (or episodes), each one with opening and ending credits and structure similar to a standard hour-long drama. The plot is very similar to your average Stephen King's novel, full of mysterious shadows, creepy locals, a few charismatic people here and there, and a main character who works as a writer. Alan Wake by himself is very reminiscent of some of King's main characters, he even dresses with 80s clothes.

The plot starts pretty standard, Wake and his wife rent a lake cabin, his wife disappears, but Wake escapes. Then, and only then, the plot thickens and remains so until the very end.

Speaking about them, the game is nicely done. Graphics-wise, it's pretty convincing, and the pine-trees and mountains, being a favorite set of mine, are very nicely made. The game is in third person, same as when shooting or aiming the lantern. The lantern is essentially your main weapon: it provides light, said light provides protection against the shadow people. However, you still need a normal gun (usually a revolver, but you can find shotguns and rifles eventually) to kill them for real.

Overall an well-made game, with good plot, decent graphics, and fluid mechanics.

88

Play it or the Dark Presence will come for you !

JohnySVK | Sept. 17, 2012 | See all JohnySVK's reviews »

It's really great piece of Finish work(no i'm not from Finland i just like their games). Alan Wake a game from one of the best games studios in the world Remedy Entertainment(Max Payne,Max Payne 2:The Fall of Max Payne). I never play horror games or just scary games but I tried it because of Remedy and...it was the best try of my life.The story from Sam Lake(writer of MP1,MP2) is excellent, the gameplay is little slow but made up for by the graphics which look really great after two years from the original X360 game. No i wont tell a thing about story except it's gripping and...it's about bestseller writer Alan Wake who move with his wife Alice (you will remeber her name after you'll finish the game) to a small city/village Bright Falls where he wants to write a new horror book,but he really chose a bad place. You have to play this.

86

Awesome adventure!

schroff | Sept. 13, 2012 | See all schroff's reviews »

A common complaint about this game is that it is linear. Alan Wake is story heavy and you ofcourse have to go by the script, it will be bound to be linear. Since when did "linear" become a bad word anyway? The presentation is fantastic - it makes great use of lighting and is most noticeable when maxed out on the PC (just go easy on the SSAO and you can easily max this one out). The sound is alright. Gameplay is unusual, as is the story (read Wiki if you want spoilers :P), you have to use your flashlight to "stun" and remove the shadow "shield" of your enemies and run or shoot at them while collecting story pages along the way. The collecting the pages bit is very important as you learn about what's going on with Alan himself even though he wrote the thing but can't remember it. It can be played on the good ol' keyboard mouse combo but if you don't want to torture your hands, use the 360 controller. Plays for around 10 hours, 16 if you're a completionist.

93

A masterpiece

DrHouse | Sept. 6, 2012 | See all DrHouse's reviews »

Alan Wake is a masterpice, and like other masterpiece it will remain in out memories for the rest of out lives. Alan Wake provides a unique story comparable to Half-Life, Bioshock or Splinter Cell. It's engaging, it's new, it's fresh and it's interesting and clever. Better than the majority of games and movies ever made. The graphics are awesome. They use new technologies and a very optimized engine, so you can have a good framerate while enjoying amazing graphics. The music score is impressive. It makes you feel immersed in the game. It's beautiful by itself. And this is accompained with very high quality sounds and voice acting, which is good too. These reasons and more is why Alan Wake has become an instant masterpiece. If you haven't bought it yet you should do even at full price, because such a good game deserves it.

93

A little masterpiece

Zinzun | Sept. 6, 2012 | See all Zinzun's reviews »

Alan Wake is a really enjoyable game. It's long, about 16 hours, the porting from the 360 version is really good. Remedy patched the game several fimes following the community tips to make it better and better. Graphic is good, but the soundtrack is wonderful, thanks to Poet of the Fall themes. It's not a survival, it's like a thrilled Max Payne, there are many collectibles and 3 different difficulty settings. The Pc edition containt the two DLC for free! Buy it, it's really worth it every single cent you spend on it.

92

A thrilling experience

Chack | Aug. 30, 2012 | See all Chack's reviews »

Alan Wake is an awesome game. I should tell you, this is NOT a horror game, it's more of a thriller adventure, the game has an exciting story, great narrative, beautiful graphics, and nice gameplay. If you are looking for something dark, but not something to scare you, this game is ideal for you, it's simply amazing.

90

Alan Wake

maciej2601 | Aug. 22, 2012 | See all maciej2601's reviews »

TPP game in climates horror created by the studio Remedy, which the authors Max Payne series. The production takes on the title of a writer who comes to a peaceful village with his wife. Suddenly, the woman disappears, and Wake is attacked by a strange creature. Title boasts a remarkable story, many pop culture references to the works and great graphics.

90

From the writer of Max Payne - Excellent game

StewartX | July 30, 2012 | See all StewartX's reviews »

When I heard that Sam Lake (writer of the Max Payne games 1 + 2) was the writer behind Alan Wake I knew I was in for an enjoyable work of art and I wasn't disappointed. The game contains a eerie atmosphere that had me at the edge of my seat and remains challenging giving you limited resources and not unlimited ammunition. This is a single player game only (I usually only get games that are multiplayer but make this your exception) and is well worth the purchase. Graphics: 8/10 Gameplay: 9/10 Story: 10/10

90

A Very Good Game. Worth every penny

xann89 | July 23, 2012 | See all xann89's reviews »

First of all, this is a PC-port, but make no mistake about it, it is a well-polished port. The developer is listening to our feedback and constantly improving the game and patching up those nasty bugs. Second of all, this port comes with enhanced graphic, and it really looks good, and that makes the system requirement fairly high. (I'm using Pentium E2160 and HD6670. Set everything to low 1440x900 reso, pretty playable)

Now, it's a horror-survival game. Replace the zombies with a shadowy-ghosty-human, and add a torchlight to your left hand, and you have Resident Evil 4. The gameplay is good. All you do is running around, killing enemies and collect a bunch of stuffs. BUT, this game IS NOT boring, I repeat, ISN'T boring. Instead, it has a very interesting story to it. Apart from that, this game has a evade mechanic which means you can evade your enemies' attack. Plus, if you like novels, you will definitely love the narration of the game and menuscripts (which you've to collect it throughout the game).

Conclusion, although this game gave me a few goosebumps, but It is very much worth the full price that I paid for. I highly recommend it. Very satisfying story and action. Go get it. Hope it helps.

90

A real page turner.

GAMERamble | July 19, 2012 | See all GAMERamble's reviews »

Bright Falls, Washington is an idyllic little town on the Northern Pacific Coast. It is to this tranquil setting that author, Alan Wake is dragged by his wife in the hope of helping him with his writers block. Alan has written a few bestsellers in his time but in the two years since his last book hasn't managed to pen a word. With his marriage on shaky ground and pressure mounting to write another book Alan agrees to the vacation but what he finds in Bright Falls is not what he expected.

The game is split into six "episodes" and each has a day and night cycle. The day parts give you a chance to catch your breath and watch as the plot unfolds while the nights are filled with action and terror. Alan's wife is seemingly kidnapped shortly after they make themselves at home in their new cabin on the lake. Alan sets off in pursuit but wakes up a week later with no recollection of what happened in the meantime and scattered pages of a manuscript all over the place. These pages detail events that took place and even ones yet to happen but Allan has no memory of ever writing them. These manuscripts have been a source of controversy as some people feel they spoil the suspense by revealing too much. I found them to be fascinating and blundered off into the darkness on many occasions to make sure a flash of whiteness in the distance wasn't a page. More often than not this lead me straight into the clutches of the "Taken." These wretched souls serve as the main enemies in the game and while they were once human they are now filled with darkness and shrouded by shadows. Fortunately Alan has the foresight to carry flashlights or lanterns with him at all times and these can be used to "burn" the shadows away making the Taken vulnerable to conventional weapons. This can lead to some tense situations where you have to not only reload your gun but flashlight as well during battles. Enemies wield axes, hammers, chainsaws and other unpleasant instruments so letting them get up close is not a good idea. At times I found myself sprinting to the nearest light source like a moth to a flame just to escape the onslaught. Light acts as a safe haven but Alan is not very fit and the game sometimes cruelly snatch away the light when you reach it which results in even more tense situations. Running through a dark forest, at night while being pursuit by armed assailants spouting gibberish is tense no matter what other people might try to convince you.

Playing through the game was an engrossing and entertaining experience. New episodes in the form of DLC is now part of the package so PC has something to smile about. Alan Wakes story might become a bit too tangled for those that dislike complicated plots but that's their loss. I was hoping for a few more puzzles to round out the running and killing but this was not to be. This game took its sweet time reaching the PC but it was worth the wait.

90

Alan Wake

Xyberly | July 9, 2012 | See all Xyberly's reviews »

I first played this game on Xbox 360 and I loved it. I just couldn't stop myself from buying it one more time just to play it the way it was meant to be played.

Remedy really did a great job with the port of this game, it's one of the best looking lighting I've seen in a game to date and it runs pretty good.

The game is about Alan Wake, a famous writer, who is going on a vacation with his wife. Almost immediately strange things start to happen around Alan. After an unnatural event Alans wife disappears and now Alan have to find her. By his side he has his trustworthy friend Barry who will do anything to keep Alan safe.

What I liked: The story isn't overstaying it's welcome and the game feels just long enough. The graphics are really good. Great sound effects and soundtrack.

What I didn't like: The enemy variety could have been better. The controls can feel a little weird at first but you get used to them after a while.

Great game and I hope we don't have to wait as long for a PC version of Alan Wake 2 as we did with this one.

91

It's not a horror game, but an amazing mystery thriller

Kradath | July 4, 2012 | See all Kradath's reviews »

As a fan of Remedy due to their amazing Max Payne Series this was a must buy for me and I wasn't disappointed at all.

Storywise this game is one of the best single player experiences you can get at the moment. The storytelling is simply amazing and breathtaking, as are the nice vistas and the very good graphics.

The gameplay is very action oriented but in a different way than it was with the Max Payne series. This time evasion is your tactic, not bullet time. The enemies can become a bit repetitive with the time but the story will simply catch you and you won't mind the gameplay flaws at all.

A must buy for Remedy fans and those of Twin Peaks and the X-Files.

Very highly recommended.

87

The Story Is Where It Is.

POOTDISPENSER | June 8, 2012 | See all POOTDISPENSER's reviews »

Mixed with Resident Evil 4 styled gameplay and Stephen King-inspired horror story, this is one game that you either hate or love.

Your torchlight's your best friend, and so is your wits. The graphics are stunningly gorgeous from the start to end. Admire the scenery, until your nightmare starts. The game really starts off very well, before you lose yourself in the confusion of the story. You will want to find out what is really haunting Bright Falls.

Unlike Resident Evil 4 where you go through masses of enemies, running to light sources (where you are safe from enemies) is the much wiser option, should you encounter a horde of Taken.

A game I will recommend, if you actually focus on the story.

92

Alan wake

Ranker | June 1, 2012 | See all Ranker's reviews »

alan wake lembra um pouco sillent hill,a cidade montanhosa e sempre com muita nevoa e é até mesmo igual ao inicio de um jogo da série sillent hill, más em geral com aspectos são diferentes, Alan wake é um atmosfera de suspense diferente que vale cada centavo a ser jogado

87

A diamond in the rough.

albeenox | May 12, 2012 | See all albeenox's reviews »

I had written this game off before I had played it. From it originally being a sprawling open world horror/thriller experience on the pc, the developer updates instead told of a game gradually changing into a linear console-based dumbed down experience. I went into it, expecting to hate it. Long story short, by the end of it, I WANTED MORE! I wanted to return to Alans dark world, I wanted to continue his characters journey.. this game kept me thinking about it for days... weeks.. after I finished it.

One thing that blew me away, was the artistic design. The models are kinda low quality, the mouth-sync on the characters when they spoke was terrible, and the textures were the traditional low resolution you expect on most ports... but wow did the attention to detail and the richness of the design put into the world make up for it! The game is... theres no other way to put it, its BEAUTIFUL. The combat is a bit repetitive and there is a really silly gimmick that the game employs to really ruin the immersion, wherein the game pulls back and slows down showing you where all the enemies are when they show up (im not kidding, it really can be a flow/immersion breaker!), but its a minor issue in what is otherwise a very strong game atmospherically. The story (especially in the first half) is gripping, and Alan is a fantastic character to join along for his journey.

Yes, the game is linear, but thats not necessarily a bad thing here. It definately keeps the pace going, and keeps the tension high; exactly what you want for a game like this... and it delivers. Check it out, especially if you love dark and atmospheric thrillers. This could very well be my game of the year, even with the flaws it has.

88

Alan... Wake up

kalil | April 22, 2012 | See all kalil's reviews »

This game is unlike any game I've played, the first thing I want to point out is that there is a horror game is a thriller-themed paranormal. Alan Wake (a famous writer) that has not written anything for a rough patch and decided to go with his girlfriend Alice to spend a vacation to a small town, where supernatural things begin to happen that will go deep in a good story, with a touch of television series.

The pros: -Good graphics. -Very good sound and dubbing into our language (I love it, especially Barry's voice). -Good story. -The campaign is quite long.

The cons: -Little variety of enemies. -The gameplay you can play tricks. -A few moments of the game can be a bit repetitive. -No multiplayer.

I recommend it, because for me it was a pleasure to play something different, but beware of the dark!

85

Intense.

scottnat | April 16, 2012 | See all scottnat's reviews »

Jumps straight into it. Loving the pacing of this one. Right from the opening sequence, without spoiling anything, there's bad characters brandishing weapons yelling and taunting and charging at you with force in the dark in a horrific manner. Sort of took me back to the panic i felt playing Resident Evil 4 on the Wii. Puts the adrenaline in overdrive.

As for the story itself, there's a lot of Stephen King nods - the writer, the returning to a small picturesque town - but stylistically the horror has touch of a Lovecraftian vibe (tone very much reminded me of the movie 'In the Mouth of Madness'). Could elaborate more but really would be spoiling things. The unfolding of what's going on in Bright Falls is really half the fun.

It is linear, which is a let down versus what the game was originally intended to be way back when it was first previewed on quad core computers (for those who followed it early), but having said that if can look over what it might have been and judge for it is and is trying to be, it does the linear style with a lot of panache.