Alan Wake

June 01, 2024

I’m currently playing Alan Wake. It’s a psychological horror game that was originally released in 2010. I’m playing the remastered version that was released in 2021.

I played the original on my Xbox 360 back in 2010 when it was released but never finished it. Playing the remaster reminded me that the section where you first have to fight a possessed tractor was too difficult and back then I was too “cool” to turn down the difficulty level. I’m playing on easy now and I’m enjoying the story and atmosphere a lot more.

Completed the main story and loved it, now I’m working through the DLC. I love the abstract storytelling and the way the game plays with light and darkness. The combat is a bit repetitive but the story and atmosphere more than make up for it.

June 07, 2024

I finished all the DLC a few days ago. The DLC is more difficult than the main game was, especially the first DLC and initially I was pretty frustrated with it because the combat is not my favourite part of this game and it was heavy on that side of things. But the second DLC I enjoyed a lot more and the story always kept me going. Luke has told me I should play a “palette cleanser” before I start Alan Wake 2 but I’m actually pretty keen to get stuck into it. From what I understand it’s quite different anyway. I’ll probably play something else, maybe the Mad Max game, in between.