Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Oct 22, 2010
    The Writer simply offers a lot of really cool amazing general stuff. Combat takes a bit of a backseat in favour of gigantic spectacle, but you will still have your fair share of frantic reloads and cinematic dodges.
  2. There are some intense moments here, from working your way through a rotating house (while struggling to stay alive) to killing "shadow people" with the help of explosive barrels, which you summon with your flashlight. It's very cool.
  3. Jan 15, 2011
    Alan Wake: The Writer is a stunning farewell.
  4. Dec 13, 2010
    Offering up a different, but complementary, experience to The Signal, The Writer is an excellent way to cap off the first "season" of Alan Wake.
  5. Remedy has a masterpiece with Alan Wake and with each new installment I enjoy the universe more and more.
  6. The Writer was the best part of whole Alan Wake "Season 1": Nicely drawn together story parts, variations in fights, innovative ideas, and a story driven content make the DLC a must-have for fans.
  7. The Writer is a terribly short but so entertaining experience, full of fantastic settings drowned in the surreal and game situation of great intensity and singularity. A must buy for every Alan Wake fan.
  8. There have been a few bumps getting here, but The Writer caps off the experience to near-perfection.
  9. Oct 21, 2010
    The pacing is one of The Writer's biggest strengths but also the means to what some might consider its greatest weakness.
  10. While surely not the tidy bow that gamers who wanted a finale would hope for, especially with many questions left unanswered, The Writer does do what it is intended to do, get Alan back to a somewhat sense of reality and get you geared up for Alan Wake 2.
  11. Jan 16, 2011
    The Writer, is an interesting addition to the game and one that fans will no doubt lap up, however, if you're not overly bothered then waiting out for a price reduction might be more worthwhile.
  12. AceGamez
    Dec 13, 2010
    In essence, Alan Wake: The Writer is just the conclusion to Alan's current journey. There is very little new content. What's there is brilliant; the gameplay is straightforward and fun, the animation is top quality, sounds are spot-on and there are some really innovative set-pieces.
  13. Official Xbox Magazine
    Dec 13, 2010
    "Quotation Forthcoming"
  14. Oct 25, 2010
    The Writer focuses on the type of psychological subject matter that Alan Wake has been best with since its initial release, making it one of its better, more interesting episodes, despite its brevity.
  15. Oct 22, 2010
    The Writer is the perfect wrap for Alan Wake's jouneys in to his twisted mind, and in just 90 minutes it conveys all the best we have seen and played in the original game. Unfortunately is too short, and a little bit easy but it's a great experience, almost unforgettable.
  16. The DLC as a whole doesn't take long to complete, a couple of hours at the very most, but it's incredibly well paced, peppered with memorable set pieces, some narrative bombshells and just the right amount of combat to stitch everything together.
  17. The Writer is a much more confident and focused piece of content than The Signal. Above all else, it solves the problem of creating a canonical piece of post-game content that's neither required nor unnecessary. Not quite essential, but hardly regrettable either.
  18. 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.
  19. The Writer follows in the footsteps of The Signal. In terms of gameplay, thanks especially to a better, more daring level design, it will serve fans with some nice sequences. And story-wise, well, it wouldn't be a compelling thriller setting if all questions were answered, but it still delivers a fulfilling end to this first season, while leaving a door open for a second one. But if we are to dive in it one day, it will need to rise up to an entirely new level in terms of gameplay, this time.
  20. 80
    A must-play for anybody that downloaded The Signal as it wraps up the mini-story arc.
  21. Players who are prepared to forego closure for intrigue are in for a treat.
  22. The last chapter of Alan Wake is without any doubt the best one among the DLCs released up to now, but it's a little bit too expensive considering you will complete it in around one hour and a half. Same goes for The Signal, but that one was for free with the original game.
  23. It's a good bonus chapter, as it has all the best features from both the original game and The Signal. But it fails to amaze as the previous games did, and its story is not as great as we all wanted it to be. A great game for lovers of the original, but it could have been something more.
  24. Alan Wake's second (and presumably final) episode is going to mess with your head! With its creative level designs and moody atmosphere, this episode reminds me why I enjoyed the original game in the first place. Unfortunately it's short on answers and a little too convoluted for its own good!
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 53
  2. Negative: 10 out of 53
  1. Apr 20, 2011
    Sometimes I don't really get the ones down-rate for "no multiplayer", "short gameplay time" ... This is a highly story oriented game aroundSometimes I don't really get the ones down-rate for "no multiplayer", "short gameplay time" ... This is a highly story oriented game around one man's journey, not a free for all fest in the forest. And for God's sake, this is just a DLC for less than 300 MS points now!

    This second Special Feature Episode is a true sequel and a great ending to Alan Wake: Season One. Several secrets are revealed now, several questions answered - most of them about The Signal, of course - and they still left the season ending open in a smart way that both DLC players and the ones who missed them can connect the parts of the story, continue with Alan Wake 2 (titled as 'Return' maybe?) The atmosphere is still gripping, the scenes are twisting (oh yeah) and although several parts have the talented and spectacular, fast paced action, (the lighthouse scene is simly fantastic!) there are still enough emotional and unfolding scenes in The Writer to shine it's drama side. - It worths every points!
    Thanks Remedy! I'm waiting for Alan Wake : Return!
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  2. Dec 21, 2011
    This DLC is absolutely amazing and better than the signal in my opinion, it changes the formula and manages to impress a lot. This DLCThis DLC is absolutely amazing and better than the signal in my opinion, it changes the formula and manages to impress a lot. This DLC continues the story right after the signal with some impressive fighting. After, you get to do some platforming which some people didn't like but I just loved it, every platform element manages to impress and the gameplay overall never suffers. I'm proud of both DLC's and this DLC is just amazing, i can't wait for the Alan Wake sequel. Full Review »
  3. Nov 24, 2010
    just a half game need more work for aw 2 just grafics need more poshiment the gameplays is poor have many bugs and dont have a oline mode, thejust a half game need more work for aw 2 just grafics need more poshiment the gameplays is poor have many bugs and dont have a oline mode, the microsoft made to much hype over this games Full Review »