Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. The Signal doesn't change the gameplay nature of Alan Wake, but it delivers a shake of innovation into its formula.
  2. So I'd rather play an erratic instalment of Alan Wake than a highly polished cover-shooter clone, because even when it fails, the former gives me something to think about in the ensuing days. Put another way, The Signal gets better the more I don't play it.
  3. Continues the narrative and challenges the player the way it should in the atmosphere and the environment. It is a good first sample of the depth of the story created and leaves us eager for the next episode.
  4. After playing through both The Signal and The Writer, the biggest impression I'm left with is that these two chunks of game (hateful combat aside) are better than anything that came on Alan Wake's retail disc. They illustrate Alan as a character, they immerse him in a world of his own internal madness, and they play to the strength of the premise in a way that actually makes sense. I can honestly say that if these levels had been included in the main campaign, my overall evaluation would've been significantly higher.
  5. The Signal is a great addition to the Alan Wake story but there is not enough here to really understand the reasoning behind it.
  6. The Signal is a really cool, twisted and somewhat frightening expansion to Alan Wake, but doesn't have much story to it. Still highly recommended to all fans of Alan Wake.
  7. The story in Alan Wake's first downloadable episode lacks a purpose, but exciting combat and a moody atmosphere make this a good addition.
  8. This doesn't solve any of the original's problems with storytelling and variety, it just makes them worse.
  9. Alan Wake fans will want to check it out, if only for the morsels of story it gives them.
  10. The franchise's future looks - ahem - brighter, but we'd be best advised to withhold assent until the second extra episode, The Writer, is released later this year.
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Aug 29, 2010
    9
    The first dowloadable Alan Wake DLC, which comes free with new copies of the game, is an intense and satisfying DLC. You continue where theThe first dowloadable Alan Wake DLC, which comes free with new copies of the game, is an intense and satisfying DLC. You continue where the game left of. You will se new strange places and meet new enemies. The DLC is not exactly long, its between 55 minutes to 1h and 10 minutes. But its just perfect. You will find out more about the darkness in this DLC to the game that in my opinion shoud be GOTY 2010. A 9/10 Full Review »
  2. Sep 22, 2010
    2
    This DLC was a complete waste of my time and money. I loved the game. I thought it was fantastic but this DLC just sucks. Sure it adds moreThis DLC was a complete waste of my time and money. I loved the game. I thought it was fantastic but this DLC just sucks. Sure it adds more story (just a little) but a game should have more fun gameplay too. This howevere is the most incredibly dull DLC i've ever played. Don't worry about any jump scares because there wont be because youre told ahead of time exactly what happens. There is very little combat and what combat there is, is meant to be avoided. You will spend a good majority of the DLC just shining your flashlight on words. That's the opposite of fun. It drags on too. Trust me by the end of the dlc you'll be so bored you will either quit or be begging for the end which just seems to never come. Full Review »
  3. Dec 21, 2011
    9
    Great DLC, it's intense and challenging and it gets you to understand what happened after the incomplete ending, it's just a great additionGreat DLC, it's intense and challenging and it gets you to understand what happened after the incomplete ending, it's just a great addition that keeps scaring. Sure, we have already done most of the things in the main game but this DLC brings new stuff that you haven't seen. You should really get this DLC if you loved Alan Wake just like me. Full Review »