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Alan Wake is a survival horror video game developed by the Finnish Remedy Entertainment and published by Microsoft Game Studios that was released in Europe on May 14, 2010 and in North America on May 18, 2010 exclusively for Xbox 360. A psychological thriller, the plot follows thriller writer Alan Wake in uncovering the mystery behind the disappearance of his wife while both on vacation in idyllic small-town Bright Falls, and having to deal with blackouts and visions of characters and ideas from his latest novel, which he cannot remember writing, coming to life.


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The story plays out in an episodic format, with a television show-style presentation where each episode/chapter brings another piece to the puzzle of the main plot. 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. The enemies, called "the Taken" in the game, are sensitive to light, encouraging the player to take advantage of environmental light sources and placing significant emphasis on the flashlight as a primary weapon.

A major element of gameplay is the discovery and collection of manuscript pages, which describe scenes that have yet to occur and act as warning and instructions for proceeding through the episodes. Other collectibles include collection of coffee thermoses, discovering TV shows, radios, and signs in the game world.

Originally, Remedy promised a free-roam, sandbox-style city, similar to those seen in the Grand Theft Auto series. However, in an interview with Finnish magazine Pelaaja and British magazine Edge, this feature is stated to have been removed, with Remedy opting to focus on a compelling storyline over sandbox-style gameplay. "That being said, this path that the player is on is quite wide at times and all through the game there is a lot for the player to explore, but it's not a free-roaming sandbox," said Sam Lake of Remedy.

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ESRB:  T
Number of Players:  Single-player
Publisher:  Microsoft Game Studios
Developer:  Remedy Entertainment
Console:  Xbox 360
Genre:  Shooter
Release Date:  May 14, 2010
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review by . June 05, 2010
There are some games that get by on simple things.  Simple gameplay and fun.  That's Alan Wake.  Others get by almost entirely on their story alone.  That is also Alan Wake.  Yet in many video games getting that expert blend of both can be tough.  I won't try to tell you that Alan Wake doesn't have it's problems, only try to explain that in terms of blending gameplay and story, Alan Wake does it in a way that it's easy to see something special about …
review by . June 06, 2010
"Stephen King once wrote Nightmares exist outside of logic, and there’s little fun to be had in explanations; they’re antithetical to the poetry of fear" This is the quote that begins the journey of Alan Wake through the small mountain town of Bright Falls, and the dark corners of his own imagination.  Anyone who has read my reviews knows it's no secret that I'm a horror junkie and while I was preoccupied anticipating the arrival of Dead Space 2, a little gem …
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