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Alan Wake

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Remedy Entertainment

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Release Date:

2/16/2012
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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 his darkest nightmares. In the game, those nightmares come true.

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Alan Wake is a great third-person action/psychological horror title that came out in 2010 from Remedy Entertainment, the studio that brought you Max Payne. The writing is great and the game play and mechanics work well. It is hard to put down once you fire it up. The experience is ramped up if you play at night with the lights off. Highly recommended; can't wait for a next generation sequel.
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Yet as a finished result and, finally, as a product with an interactive purpose, Alan Wake suffers enough from trying to mix so many influences, ending very close to the "you love it or hate it" model. Eventually, maybe these are just the "pains of childbirth" for something more complex or for something else as deserving as interactivity, a new „species" that needs to be judged less for its interactive aspects and more for the ones that regard its style.
80

"A gripping rollercoaster ride." - Stephen King. [Apr 2012, p.52]
81

Alan Wake is an amazingly good PC port, all things considered, with a fair price point and prepackaged DLC so you get the complete experience without breaking your wallet.
86

It took its sweet time, but it's still a genuinely skin-twitching survival game with an original twist to the combat. [May 2012, p.78]
85

The game just gets weirder and weirder, as you keep playing, and it's an all-in move from Remedy to just keep pushing its story to its absolute limit of insanity. It reaches its zenith of crazy by the last episode of the game, and it's just such a great culmination of everything that's happened before, that if there were such an award as Best One Hour of a Game, Alan Wake would take the prize.
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An example of a perfect console-to-PC port – we got a complete game with two DLC's that looks better than the original X360 version. The loading times are very short, mouse and keyboard controls are perfect and even an old PC is enough to enjoy Alan Wake. [April 2012, p.56]
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The alpha and the omega of the game is the chilling mood. A man from the city, unaccustomed to dangers and hazards, is asked to survive in the middle of nowhere, alone versus all. It is an exemplary drama and as such, the psychological pressure on the protagonist manages to affect us, as well. It's like living the whole thing, like actually being there. [April 2012]
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Alan Wake is a superb game that will satisfy anyone looking for a slight twist of horror blended into their third person shooters.
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The long road for the PC with Alan Wake was not in vain. It brings an excitement, fear, anxiety, enthrallment and alleviation. Those are the feelings you will experience all by yourselves directly from the young writer. And that's definitely worth it.
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