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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 188
  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 6, 2012
    10
    Alan Wake izvrsna igra,nezaboravan doživljaj s kakvim se niste susreli unatrag nekoliko godina. Zato ga bez dvoumljenja nabaviteAlan Wake izvrsna igra,nezaboravan doživljaj s kakvim se niste susreli unatrag nekoliko godina. Zato ga bez dvoumljenja nabavite i odigrajte ako ste u moguÄ 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. Apr 14, 2016
    8
    My Favorite Xbox 360 Exclusive, Alan Wake is an action-adventure psychological horror third-person shooter video game developed by Remedy

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    My Favorite Xbox 360 Exclusive, Alan Wake is an action-adventure psychological horror third-person shooter video game developed by Remedy

    + Atmosphere
    + Flashlight and Dark Mechanics
    + Feel Like TV Show
    - Ending
    - The Facial Animation and Lip Synching
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  6. Jul 29, 2013
    8
    An excellent game, feels fresh and unique. The first ten minutes were quite scary, but the rest of the game was not scary at all. I won't callAn excellent game, feels fresh and unique. The first ten minutes were quite scary, but the rest of the game was not scary at all. I won't call this a horror game. I can't stop playing the game, finish it in two days and never feel bored or rushed. However, the ending to me is not good enough and it decreases the replay value for me. I give this game a solid 7, but since Remedy is a Finnish company and I live in Finland, so one point for that. Expand
  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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