Alan Wake

Genre(s): Action Adventure
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UK Publisher: Nordic Games
US Publisher: Nordic Games
Developer: Remedy Entertainment Ltd.
Age Rating: ESRB Teen | PEGI 16

Remedy's Stephen King-inspired thriller certainly took its time coming to PC - with a Microsoft spokesman famously declaring that it was "best played from the couch in front of a larger TV screen" - but our patience was rewarded with a shinier, sexier account of one man's descent into David Lynch-esque madness.

The episodic story follows thriller novelist Alan Wake as he investigates the sudden disappearance of his wife, which occurs while the pair are vacationing in the unsettlingly idyllic town of Bright Falls. As he gradually uncovers the truth, shoots shadow monsters with a handy gun-flashlight combo, and rocks the tweed jacket/leather elbow-patches look without a hint of irony, the plot of his latest novel - which he does not remember writing - plays out in real life.

There are quirks, like Alan's inability to hold onto a weapon between each of the game's six chapters, but Max Payne developer Remedy's talent for atmosphere and storytelling - not to mention their endearingly strange sense of humour - wins out. Essential for fans of King, Lynch, or creepy North American towns.

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OS: Windows XP SP2