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  • Summary: Alan Wake is a psychological action thriller, a unique new take in the world of gaming. The game is set in an idyllic all-American small town and its surroundings in the state of Washington. Alan Wake, the game's protagonist, is a bestselling horror writer, who writes a novel about hisAlan Wake is a psychological action thriller, a unique new take in the world of gaming. The game is set in an idyllic all-American small town and its surroundings in the state of Washington. Alan Wake, the game's protagonist, is a bestselling horror writer, who writes a novel about his darkest nightmares. In the game, those nightmares come true. As with Remedy's previous games, story and atmosphere are fundamental elements. The game features a massive, open world for the players to explore. The game design is mission based with the player as the driving force behing the action, and as with their previous games, Remedy again focuses completely on delivering the best possible single player experience. The use of light is a significant gameplay element. Remedy has developed proprietary new technology to support the gameplay of the title and to push the high definition visuals to the next level. [Remedy] Expand
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  1. Positive: 87 out of 100
  2. Negative: 0 out of 100
  1. A brilliantly told story, excellent voice acting, and an atmosphere so unnerving you'll sleep with the lights on for a month. If only it came with a bottle of instant amnesia so that you could play it for the first time more than once.
  2. Despite it's flaws, Alan Wake is not a game you can miss out on.
  3. While its not the generation defining game the epic development schedule might've hyped, Alan Wake is still a fantastic, 10-hour-plus play-it-on-the-couch linear action game - with brains required or not depending on your preference.
  4. 85
    A challenging and genuinely frightening experience...As a survival horror, Alan Wake succeeds admirably, and comes highly recommended. But as a self-proclaimed "psychological action thriller", it falls short of its ambition.
  5. Alan Wake is a strange beast - a great story, told clumsily and strewn with odd characters saying vaguely unbelievable things in an earnest way that might or might not be a joke. However, as baffling as it can be, it really does hold its own, keeping you nervous, excited and rolling your eyes indulgently so regularly that it simply won't occur to you to stop playing.
  6. There’s certainly a feeling throughout the experience that what the game gives you with one hand, it quickly takes away with the other. Ultimately though, the survival-horror genre is in desperate need of a new poster boy, and Alan Wake just about fills that remit.
  7. 60
    When presented with an infinite number of possible resolutions, any answer is going to feel arbitrary. Alan Wake starts strong but finishes weak; neither the gameplay nor the story deliver on their potential by the time the credits roll.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 183
  1. May 11, 2017
    10
    For sure if you are into Stephen King's stories or Twin Peaks, this is THE game for you. A wonderful mystery thriller mixed with reallyFor sure if you are into Stephen King's stories or Twin Peaks, this is THE game for you. A wonderful mystery thriller mixed with really satisfying action elements. After 7 years it's release I still tend to replay it every year. I truly hope Remedy will continue Alan's story as it left us with many questions unanswered. Expand
  2. May 23, 2012
    10
    One of the best stories a videogame ever had plus simple but fun-packed gameplay presented with very good-looking graphics. The atmosphere andOne of the best stories a videogame ever had plus simple but fun-packed gameplay presented with very good-looking graphics. The atmosphere and sound will surprise and thrill you too through this thrilling game. The way this game plays with light and shadow is just awesome and almost unique in the gaming-industry. The psycholgical touch is brilliantly presented too. If u love Max Payne you will love Alan Wake. Thank you Remedy! Expand
  3. GunGraveTZA(JackW.)
    May 18, 2010
    10
    This game is truely a masterpiece. It has one of the most exciting and satisfying stories for any video game (and the ending isn't crap This game is truely a masterpiece. It has one of the most exciting and satisfying stories for any video game (and the ending isn't crap nor does it require the DLC, it just doesn't answer some questions clearly, and that's great as it opens up the ending to interpretation and makes it even more interesting), the gameplay is simple yet always fun, and the graphics are really wow for a game that's been in development for 5 years. Truely one of the best games of this generation. Expand
  4. Feb 2, 2015
    9
    While not the best shooter if it's time, the game is a glory to play for any fans of horror writers. No one will really be getting cheap jumpWhile not the best shooter if it's time, the game is a glory to play for any fans of horror writers. No one will really be getting cheap jump scares in this, it's all tension and a feel of oppressive terror. If you're particularly good with shooters, starting immediately with the hardest difficulty will have you challenged and sometimes flat out running away, but generally successful.

    The only downside of the game in my experience was a couple sections where the camera seemed to be unable to center on my character, leaving my open to attack, but the obvious answer of moving out of the corner worked wonders.

    Music was very appropriate and soundtrack available from the game menu will have you playing a couple of your favorites after you've unlocked them in your game.

    If you've bought a game like the Evil Within and felt disappointed, I'd highly recommend trying Alan Wake, it does everything right where EW went wrong.
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  5. Sep 19, 2010
    8
    Alan Wake. Alan Wake,
    About 5 years in the making, Alan Wake has finally reached our store shelves. Created by famed developer Remedy,
    Alan Wake. Alan Wake,
    About 5 years in the making, Alan Wake has finally reached our store shelves. Created by famed developer Remedy, responsible for gems such as Max Payne, Alan Wake is a psychological thriller about a writer called Alan Wake who takes a much needed holiday with his wife to Bright Falls. As soon as they arrive, nothing goes to plan, his wife is kidnapped by a mysterious force known as the Darkness and Alan brings it upon himself to discover her whereabouts.
    The game was originally conceived as an open world, sandbox title and I was a little disappointed upon release when it was revealed that this had been taken out. The game takes place as episodes like a tv series with daytime being your story progression and night-time being the action orientated fight against the Taken, the name given to the people who have been overcome by the Darkness. This, ruined one of the strongest appeals for me. I had envisaged taken my car out for a drive to suddenly being overcome by the Darkness, with light the only source of comfort.
    But Alan Wake is good, but not great. The daytime sequences only exist to expand the narrative and provide a sense of a believeable open world which in fact is quite linear. The night is the main bulk of the game and is where Alan Wake's story lies. Armed with only a torch and a few weapons, Alan must traverse a variety of woodland environments to meet his objectives to try to find his wife, Alice. The environments are incredibly spooky and the game is very atmospheric but unfortunately it is just not scary. I played the game on the 'Normal' setting and this is what most people will play and the game constantly tells you when the Taken are going to ambush you, defeating the element of suprise. I don't know if this can be turned off.
    Despite this, the game is still an enjoyable experience. I think, had the game not spent so much time in development, then it would be getting 9's across the board.
    The only other negative is the story. The story is good but incredibly confusing if you don't analyse everything. About half way through I didn't really have a clue what was going on!
    However, in an industry saturated with 'space marine shooters', Alan Wake is a refreshing change. It's not a masterpiece but it is a brilliant experience not to be missed.
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  6. Aug 8, 2013
    8
    After playing through Alan Wake, I'm no longer afraid of the dark. For a supposed psychological horror title, that's pretty bad. But despiteAfter playing through Alan Wake, I'm no longer afraid of the dark. For a supposed psychological horror title, that's pretty bad. But despite this, I liked it. I waited this game for years. The prime reason I actually got myself an Xbox 360 was because I heard this one was going to be an exclusive. I got it on the release day and expected and wanted it to be a 10/10 game. I was pretty disappointed when it was only an 8, but these things happen.

    My first impressions were great. The game looked pretty good and the setting and the atmosphere were great, plus I loved the Twin Peaks references. There's also the traditional Remedy storytelling, which as you might guess is something I greatly appreciate.

    Then the plot kicks in. You find yourself running around in dark forests chased by shadowy enemies than are sensitive to light (and bullets). The gameplay is solid enough, but here's where the problems start. It is, as almost all games today are, a tunnel. Aside from very minor sidepaths, there are no alternate routes or anything. This is pretty disheartening considering the game was supposed to have an open world. Not to mention only having a single path through an entire forest feels pretty dumb.

    Then there's the main character. In a traditional horror fashion, he's portrayed as slow and weak. However, the control scheme is simply too effective. After playing for a while, I realized not a single enemy can ever touch me. A few hours from that, I realized you can pretty much predict all the jump-scares by observing the environment. On a side note, upping the difficulty didn't make the game any harder for me. There are other issues as well, for example the game wanting so badly to be a TV show instead and the shortness of it.

    The plot was pretty nice overall. Even though I've seen other people complain about how it ends, I thought it was pretty fitting. I thought a more open like this is better suited for "a psychological horror" title anyways. The collectibles in this game also deserve a special mention. While there are maybe too many of them, especially considering most of them are really pointless, the book pages that give vague hints of what's about to happen next were a great addition. I feel I need to mention that the extra pages that only appear on the toughest difficulty were the biggest disappointment in the game, though.

    I may have voiced a lot of criticisms, but despite all that, I still played the game through multiple times, collecting everything and so on. It wasn't anywhere near a perfect product, but it was fun and the atmosphere was still great.
    As for the DLCs, while I think they offer some worth, I also think they're like DLCs usually are, which is to say boring. They do more of what the core game does, except everything about it is slightly worse.
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  7. May 19, 2021
    0
    2/22/21-3/7/21 100% Story

    Not really great! If you're a fan of stories that are weird for the sake of it, you'll love it. Not my thing.
    2/22/21-3/7/21 100% Story

    Not really great! If you're a fan of stories that are weird for the sake of it, you'll love it. Not my thing.

    Alan Wake is a famous writer who goes on a cabin-by-the-lake vacation with his wife to a small (weird) town where things begin to go awry pretty quickly. His wife disappears and a creepy darkness starts making everyone crazy(er).

    Most of the game is walking through the woods, and more walking through the woods. That, plus the non stop flashlight tag with the enemies before you can shoot them, makes the game very bland.

    Alan Wake is a very dull protagonist overall. The other characters are meant to be endearing, but mostly everyone is just irritatingly odd. I never really got in to Twin Peaks either, so that might tell you something.

    The controls and shooting aren't the greatest, either. Every death feels cheap and having the darkness throw objects at you made me put the game down in frustration for quite a while.

    The only redeeming thing about this game is that it is referenced quite a bit in the game Control, which is a far superior experience. I'm glad I played it through if only to get those references.
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