Alan Wake Review

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Posted: 8 months ago, last updated 6 months ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.


Bright Falls is the sleepy Midwest setting for this Twilight Zone-style horror game. The action focuses on surviving attacks from possessed ‘Taken’ locals. You use flashlights to burn away the possession before dispatching them with firearms. It’s violent but the hammy horror script makes the unfolding drama as creepy as the shooting.

Alan Wake started development as an open-world game, before gaining a more focused, linear direction. This grants Bright Falls a substantial geography that adds to the brooding sense of darkness. As the drama unfolds, and you rush from the safety of one well-lit area to the next, you discover you are caught in the pages of the protagonist’s novels, and things soon spiral in a surreal Twin Peaks direction.

Easily dismissed as just another horror game, Alan Wake’s detailed environments and open geography create a world that is both full of foreboding and inviting to investigate.


Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/05/2010

Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting.



Duration: This game will take between 16 hours and 35 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

There are two additional chapters you can buy. "The Signal" and "The Writer" that add new narrative and challenges to the game.

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This game was rating PEGI 16 for violence. The Alan Wake's American Nightmare content was rated PEGI 18 for violence.

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.


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