Alan Wake Remastered Image
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critic Reviews What's this?

User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 181 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: In this cinematic action-thriller, troubled author Alan Wake embarks on a desperate search for his missing wife, Alice. Following her mysterious disappearance from the Pacific Northwest town of Bright Falls, he discovers pages of a horror story he has supposedly written, but he has no memoryIn this cinematic action-thriller, troubled author Alan Wake embarks on a desperate search for his missing wife, Alice. Following her mysterious disappearance from the Pacific Northwest town of Bright Falls, he discovers pages of a horror story he has supposedly written, but he has no memory of. Wake is soon forced to question his sanity, as page by page, the story comes true before his eyes: a hostile presence of supernatural darkness is taking over everyone it finds, turning them against him. He has no choice but to confront the forces of darkness armed only with his flashlight, a handgun and what remains of his shredded mind. His nightmarish journey to find answers to the mind-bending mystery he faces will lead him into the terrifying depths of the night. Alan Wake Remastered offers the complete experience, with the main game and its two story expansions - The Signal and The Writer - in stunning new 4K visuals. The tense, episodic story is packed with unexpected twists, heart-stopping cliff hangers, and intense bursts of combat where it takes more than bullets to banish the darkness. The game’s cutscenes, quirky cast of characters, and the majestic Pacific Northwest vistas have been enhanced for an experience that delivers as much on its visual impact as its unnerving atmosphere. Expand
Buy Now
Buy on
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Oct 4, 2021
    90
    Alan Wake was already considered an exceptional game and over a decade later, this adventure holds up strong. Finding myself completely captivated, Remedy left me wanting more, even after completing the DLC. It’s regrettable that Remastered’s cutscenes have problems and I hope they can be patched, but ultimately, it’s a fine job. If you’re a fan of mystery thrillers, I cannot recommend Alan Wake Remastered highly enough.
  2. Oct 4, 2021
    88
    Alan Wake Remastered is a much profound work that you may think. The change in engine and all the improvements, makes it a great return to Bright Falls.
  3. 85
    Alan Wake Remastered is a prime example of if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. The story, and the way it’s told is truly timeless, and it's a game that everyone should experience. Some of its design might be stuck in the past, but none of it ever feels detrimental to the overall experience, and the visual facelift just makes the experience that much better. Whether you’re a new fan of Remedy’s work, or a long-time player, there’s never been a better excuse to visit or return to Bright Falls.
  4. Oct 4, 2021
    80
    But even if you miss all of that beautiful metatext, Alan Wake remains a tense thriller that will keep players on the edge of their seats and is a testament to how sometimes less can be more, even in relatively big-budget game designs. Alan Wake Remastered presents an opportunity for a new generation of players to experience a gem that never got its due, and they'd be foolish not to take advantage. Still, they may want to keep on the lights when they do.
  5. Nov 5, 2021
    80
    Alan Wake Remastered is an example of what can be a good remaster of a videogame without an abusive price, it fixes some of the main issues that prevented a good game to make sense in today’s standards. Its ideals and the writer’s story would easily fit in any period of the gaming history so if you haven’t played it, this is an ideal opportunity to do it and the best way to fuel the hope for a potential sequel.
  6. Oct 4, 2021
    80
    If you’ve never played Alan Wake before and love spooky games with strong stories and plenty of action, consider this remaster a must-have. Thanks to its upgraded visuals, ardent Alan Wake fans are likely to want to pick it up, too, and they won’t be disappointed. This is a game that has stood the test of time, and now being available on more formats than ever before, it’s time for it to step into the light and truly be seen.
  7. 50
    The original was always highly simplistic and repetitive, and neither the passage of time or being in 4K can do anything to improve this disappointingly trivial actioner.

See all 44 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 57
  2. Negative: 6 out of 57
  1. Oct 7, 2021
    10
    This is by far one of the best remasters I've played ever, might have some problems with the facial animations, but what can I ask for aThis is by far one of the best remasters I've played ever, might have some problems with the facial animations, but what can I ask for a remaster that's using a 2010 engine. Apart from that, everything about this remaster is amazing and for the people who haven't played it yet, this is the best moment to do it. Expand
  2. Oct 13, 2021
    10
    It should be called Alan Wake Ultimate Edition, because that's what it literally is. Everything looks so much better than before and it wasIt should be called Alan Wake Ultimate Edition, because that's what it literally is. Everything looks so much better than before and it was nice looking game already. Would recommend. Expand
  3. Oct 7, 2021
    10
    This is basically same, what Resident Evil 4 did with Ultimate HD Edition. No ghosting effect anymore, better textures, better draw distance,This is basically same, what Resident Evil 4 did with Ultimate HD Edition. No ghosting effect anymore, better textures, better draw distance, improved cutscenes, better foliage. Absolutely the best version of this game from now on. Expand
  4. Dec 19, 2021
    9
    We are already looking forward to the freshly announced second part of the series. Fans can directly relive the story with this title and thenWe are already looking forward to the freshly announced second part of the series. Fans can directly relive the story with this title and then directly get involved in the sequel in 2023. We are very excited and look forward to the coming hours with "Alan Wake Remastered". Expand
  5. Oct 12, 2021
    7
    the game still pretty much the same so its literarily remastered means if someone already finished the first one there's no need to replay itthe game still pretty much the same so its literarily remastered means if someone already finished the first one there's no need to replay it but still a very unique game anyway with a very unique story and gameplay. Expand
  6. Nov 24, 2021
    7
    Alan Wake is the type of game that stirs fond memories for the cult following that embraced the game back in the day. I missed the firstAlan Wake is the type of game that stirs fond memories for the cult following that embraced the game back in the day. I missed the first release in 2010 so this was a good chance to see what I missed. While I'm glad to have had this opportunity, Alan Wake has aged quite poorly in some areas but remains a worthwhile adventure.

    The graphics of AW are good, with character models benefitting from the remaster treatment. One thing I noticed was framerate drops on occasion and even during cut-scenes, which is odd for a remaster. AW also doesn't get many opportunities to display graphical power when much of the game takes place in the dark, but the brief moments spent in daylight allowed for some interesting views and the graphics overall have not aged as badly as the gameplay.

    The gameplay of AW falls into a one-dimensional approach that is a bit protracted and aged now. There is quite a bit of walking to be done, as well as standing waiting for AW to catch his breath as he is realistically depicted as unfit to a fault. The concept of weakening enemies with the torch and then killing them with guns is fine, but by the end of the game this is quite a tedious mechanic and there really isn't much else to the gameplay.

    AW involves puzzles and traversal, but these are probably the worst aspects of the gameplay. I found it rather arduous to enter an area, have the camera pan to my target, and show me the distance I needed to travel and the switches/doors I needed to resolve en-route. These areas were then predictably hindered by spots of enemies exactly where you would expect them to appear, making them a nuisance rather than a horror.

    I give kudos to AW for largely generous checkpoints, as it is curiously easy to die in this game. There were a few areas that took a few attempts and what I learned was not to be conservative with ammo as you lose it all so bloody frequently anyway.

    The story of AW is what brings the game to a quite positive rating for me. A tale of trying to rescue your wife soon becomes immersed in all sorts of mystery and supernatural elements that you should explore for yourself rather than have it spoiled here. There was a lot of faff with reading manuscripts that I barely bothered with and it didn't hinder my experience. The small cast of characters you meet do a good job of making themselves likeable or unlikeable as intended by the writers.

    Overall, Alan Wake is a good and innovative game considering it was released around 2010. In 2021 it feels dated in some ways but the concept and premise it brought to the table still work really well. I realised that these are the same developers who made Control (which is awful) and Max Payne (which is awesome), and the influences of this is visible in AW also. If you have never experienced AW before, this is a good way to do it although it could probably lose a chapter of the game for a more concise experience. If you played the original, this is hard to recommend.
    Expand
  7. Oct 16, 2021
    0
    per trash! starts out kinda fun. then all of a sudden no ammo no direction to many enemies

See all 57 User Reviews