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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Alan Wake 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Ben Kendall and updated 11 weeks ago.
You play crime novelist Alan Wake as he and his wife go on vacation to the sleepy midwest town of Bright Falls. When your wife mysteriously vanishes into the waters of the lake, you start having strange visions and hallucinations that guide you on a path that's equal parts Twin Peaks and Stephen King. 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 into the surreal.
Play focuses on surviving attacks seemingly from the darkness itself and from possessed ‘Taken’ locals. You use flashlights to burn away the possession before dispatching them with firearms. When in darkness, you are more vulnerable to attacks, so you need to conserve your flashlight's battery and quickly move between the patches of bright light scattered about.
The result is a game that takes its unique narrative and pairs it with gameplay that keeps you moving and you swap between flashlight and gun attacks. 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.
Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Violence, Blood, Use of Alcohol And Tobacco, Language.
13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need some proficient shooting skill. To understand the interwoven fact-fiction story you also need good comprehension and understanding ability.
Alan Wake Remastered
Alan Wake's American Nightmare
Alan Wake: The Signal
Alan Wake:The Writer
- In-Game Purchases: 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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Release Date: 14/05/2010
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 16
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
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