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  • Summary: In “The Writer,” the second Game Add-on for the highly acclaimed Xbox 360 exclusive “Alan Wake,” Wake fights for his life in an increasingly surreal and treacherous world where nightmares are reality, and the greatest danger comes from within. His only hope of survival is “The Writer.” Expand
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  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  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 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!
  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 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. Collapse
  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, the microsoft made to much hype over this games Expand