Alan Wake

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Alan Wake
Basic Information
Video Game
Remedy Entertainment
Remedy Entertainment
Action, Adventure
Digital DownloadDVD-ROM
Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360
Steam Release(s)
Retail Features
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This title has been classified 15 by the BBFCThis title has been rated T by the ESRBThis title has been rated 16 by PEGI
Retail Localization Information
Interface Language(s)
EnglishGermanFrenchItalianKoreanSpanishRussianJapanesePolishTraditional Chinese
Audio Language(s)
Steam Minimum Specifications
Operating System(s)
Windows XP SP2
Intel-logo.svg Dual-Core 2.0 GHz
AMD Logo.svg Dual-Core 2.80 GHz
2 GiB
DirectX 9.0c-compatible
Graphics RAM
512 MiB
Microsoft Windows DirectX
DirectX 9.0c
HDD Space
8 GiB
DirectX 9.0c-compatible
Steam Recommended Specifications
Operating System(s)
Windows 7
Intel-logo.svg Quad-Core 2.66 GHz
AMD Logo.svg Quad-Core 3.20 GHz
4 GiB
DirectX 10-compatible
Graphics RAM
1 GiB
Microsoft Windows DirectX
DirectX 10
United Nations International Release Date(s)
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February 162012
European Union European Release Date(s)
Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360
May 142010
CanadaUnited StatesMexico North American Release Date(s)
Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360
May 182010
Australia Australian Release Date(s)
Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360
May 202010
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Alan Wake is a psychological action thriller by Remedy Entertainment. The game is set in an idyllic American small town (Bright Falls) and its surroundings in the state of Washington. Alan Wake, the game's protagonist, is a best-selling 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.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Alan Wake, of whom is a best-selling writer, has not managed to write anything in over two years. His wife, Alice, brings him to the idyllic small town of Bright Falls to recover his creative flow. But when she vanishes without a trace, Wake finds himself trapped in a nightmare. Word by word, his latest work, that is a thriller of which he cannot remember writing, is now coming true before his eyes. Yet he somehow knows that it's his story without any memory of writing it.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The story will play out in an episodic format, with a television show-style presentation. Remedy has confirmed that Alan Wake is only the first season of a bigger story, opening the door for future sequels.

Light plays a significant role in gameplay and strategy. The enemies, called dark forces in-game, are sensitive to light, encouraging the player to take advantage of environment light sources and placing significant emphasis on the flash-light as a primary weapon. Players also have the ability to set traps which illuminate when triggered, either damaging or temporarily immobilizing an enemy.

Remedy also promised a free-roam, sandbox-style city, similar to those seen in the Grand Theft Auto series. Due to a mistranslation from the magazine Pelaaja, it was thought that Remedy had removed the free-roam however, Thomas Puha, Creative Director for Pelaaja, announced that there was a mistake in the translation and that the open-world side of Alan Wake would still be included. Puha said, "There is still an open world, but due to the story the action is more directed to tell the story better as you’d expect from Remedy".