• Alan Wake
83
Based on 25 scores, 30 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    13
  • Good:
    8
  • Average:
    3
  • Bad:
    1

Pros:

  • Tweaks make for more challenging gameplay.
  • Still lots of fun.
  • Engaging, mysterious storyline.

Cons:

  • Takes only about four to five hours to finish.
  • Does not advance the main story.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Computeractive on

Poor old Alan Wake. One moment he's a successful Stephen King-style author with a beautiful wife, a scenic lakeside holiday home and a mild case of writer's block. The next minute he's stumbling around a creepy forest with only a flashlight...

By PC Gamer on 86

It took its sweet time, but it’s still a genuinely skin-twitching survival game with an original and tense twist to the...

By Gaming Nexus on 85

Remedy’s high-concept horror drama, Alan Wake, spooked its way onto the Xbox 360 back in 2010, after a protracted 5-year development cycle that included false starts, scrapped ideas and even a shift from sandbox gameplay to linear exploration. It...

By Gaming Age on 85

I was always under the impression that Alan Wake was touted as being an Xbox and PC title. Then, as it neared closer to the game’s launch, Remedy announced the decision to cancel the superior PC version (zing!), opting instead to go 360 exclusive...

By GameSpot on 85

Darkness is a powerful force. Not knowing what lies beyond the safety of the light can be absolutely terrifying to those with an overactive imagination. But fearful fantasy turns deadly in the bucolic town of Bright Falls, Washington, where the...

By Neoseeker on 80

Horror game Alan Wake was released nearly two years ago on Xbox 360. Though initially shown off on PC extensively prior to this, with plenty of hype surrounding its technical features, this version of the game was scrapped -- it seemed publisher...

By Strategy Informer on 70

Let's play a game. It's a game where you have to forget you ever heard of Alan Wake and, for a bonus point, erase any memory of playing the Xbox 360 version. Done? Then we can begin in...

By Games Radar on 80

Remedy's Alan Wake, an oft-delayed but critically acclaimed Xbox 360 exclusive, is getting a re-release on the PC--complete with all of the DLC add-ons--and we’re digging back in for another trip to Bright Falls to battle the Dark Presence in...

By GameSpy on 60

Given that Alan Wake first came out on Xbox 360 in May 2010, this late-to-the-party release of the horror thriller on PC might also be called "I Know What You Played Two Summers Ago." A competent, if somewhat cliched psychological spook-fest, it's...

By VideoGamer on 90

Alan Wake Review1 2 This review was originally published for the Xbox 360 version of Alan Wake, published by Microsoft in 2010. The PC version uses Steamworks and is being self-published digitally by developer Remedy Entertainment, with the retail...

By IGN Gear on 90

Remedy has built a world that, despite being a fantastical realm of twisting shadows and realities, is solidly anchored in authenticity. Outstanding environmental design and some brilliant visuals and sound make Bright Falls and its mountainous...

By ITP.net on 80

Incredible atmosphere, exciting and engaging gameplay combined with superb visuals and audio make Alan Wake a masterpiece that everyone should play....

By TechCentral on 90

Overall, Alan Wake: The Signal is a fun addition to the game and since it's free for most of us, it's well worth the download. Even if you don't have the download code for it in your copy of the game, it's still worth forking over the...

By GadgetRepublic on 70

This creepy game oozes the kind of atmosphere that Stephen King novels are rife with. Horror fans: enjoy.Alan Wake has a problem. Several, in fact. He's a professional writer with writers' block. He's ill at ease with his own fame. And his...

By The Review Crew on 80

Alan Wake is an important game. It demonstrates a new way of video game storytelling that will likely be copied in the near future. Downloadable content has proven that people are willing to pay for games in smaller portions and Alan Wake proves that...

By ElectricPig.co.uk on 100

It may have been half a decade in the making but Alan Wake is unquestionably worth the...

By Good Gear Guide on 80

It isn’t perfect, but Remedy’s oft-delayed Alan Wake is an enjoyable and tense survival horror title that boasts a gripping plot, gorgeous environments, and an inventive "light versus dark" battle mechanic....

By Stuff NZ on 80

When it comes to videogames, a reliable maxim is that the longer the descriptor, the greater the cause for concern. All too often, titles that blend together elements and borrow from other genres become curdled. So when writer Sam Lake describes his...

By PC Mag on 90

Alan Wake finds the sweet spot that many horror games miss: a slick combination of action sequences and genuine frights....

By Play TM on

Which action title featured bullet-time gameplay and appropriately dramatic combat sequences years before it titillated us so much in Stranglehold? Which shooter also featured an engrossing and well-told plot a very long time before BioShock landed on...