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Alan Wake (2023) II is a survival-horror shooting game where you play two intertwining lives in a dark psychedelic story. Across two worlds, one real and one nightmarish, you use your flashlight to stun hideous monsters, then kill them with your limited ammunition to discern the supernatural mystery. The first game stood out for bringing Stephen King novels to life in game form, the sequel pairs detective and horror genres similar to films like David Fincher's Seven.

You play, Alan Wake, a horror novelist, who's been trapped in a twisted alternate dimension for over a decade. In a last-ditch attempt to escape, you begin to write a story about an FBI agent named Saga Anderson investigating the location of the original game. As the story progresses, you play both these characters - author and protagonist, as the sinister mystery unfolds - in the hope that this will free Wake from his nightmare.

Play is split between sections where you control Wake in an apocalyptic vision of New York and Anderson as she explores Bright Falls. Like the original game, you defeat enemies by burning off possessions with your torch before shooting them with your gun. As Wake, the focus is on exploration and discovery by manipulating the world around you and unlocking different paths. As Anderson in Bright Falls, the play focuses more on pure combat. You need to constantly monitor your ammunition and find infrequent refills to ensure you don't end up defenceless.

The result is a game that creates a tense, intricate experience where you never know what's real and what's just your imagination. The detective and world creation elements take things in a more narrative direction than the first game. But still, whether you're jumping at your own shadow, taking on horrific monsters, or wrapping your head around the mind-bending story, it's a mesmerising dread-filled adventure from which you can't look away.

Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Alan Wake 2 8 months ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 9 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure, Narrative and Shooting game with Action, Puzzle and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 13 hours and 17 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 for Violence and Language. The use of shotguns can result in dismemberment while live-action cutscenes include the sight of a ritual ceremony in which a heart is cut out and another scene in which a restrained individual is shot in the head. Dialogue includes the use of strong language ('*!@?*'). The game also includes verbal references to suicide, although suicide is not shown, and scenes of threat, including jump scares and characters being chased.

Skill Level

14+ 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. It's a game that's aimed at older teens and adults; you need to have proficient shooting skills, and also be able to manage your limited resources and ammunition well. To understand the interwoven fact-fiction story you also need good comprehension and understanding ability.

CostsCosts

Alan Wake 2 usually costs £49.99.
 

Alan Wake 2

XBox Store Xbox X|S £49.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £49.99
Steam Store PC -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
There are two versions of the game; the Standard and Deluxe Editions. In the Deluxe Edition, you get the game plus additional story content, along with some exclusive cosmetics. You can buy the Deluxe Edition content in-game if you get the Standard Edition. 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 27/10/2023

Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Shooting (Action, Puzzle and Traversal)

Accessibility: 29 features

Components: 3D Third-Person and Filmed

Developer: Remedy Games (@RemedyGames)


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