Videogame Review

Alan Wake

Alan Wake | Alan Wake
Alan Wake

Microsoft
Rated T (for teen)

You're the titular best-selling novelist, stuck in a spooky Pacific Northwest town with a missing wife, pages from a manuscript that's somehow coming to life, and a whole lot of possessed bad guys. Structured like a serialized TV show (including ''previously on'' recaps), Alan Wake works reasonably well as an attempt at gaming-as-storytelling, like a more conventional take on February's bleaker and freakier Heavy Rain. The eerie settings look fantastic, but the convoluted plot borrows a little too heavily from Twin Peaks, The Twilight Zone, and Stephen King, and the game itself could use some more polish and invention. B

Originally posted May 13, 2010 Published in issue #1103 May 21, 2010 Order article reprints
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