A captivating journey into the supernatural that left me both enthralled and occasionally exasperated. Let me break it down for you.
The story is an absolute gem. What sets it apart are the delightful tidbits of lore scattered throughout the game. From the manuscripts to the TV shows and other collectibles, the depth of storytelling reeled me in. Remedy Entertainment also deserves praise for their commitment to expanding the game's universe through outside canon material, which adds a layer of richness to the experience.
The setting and atmosphere of the game really sold it for me. As someone who's a sucker for the Pacific Northwest's eerie charm
, the cabin-esque interiors and the overall ambiance spoke to me. The sense of place is so palpable that it feels like another character in the story.
One of the game's standout features is its presentation through episodes. The cliffhangers at the end of each episode had me hooked and eager to uncover more of the mystery. It's a brilliant narrative device that keeps players invested in the unfolding drama.
However, the gameplay can be a bit of a mixed bag. While it offers thrilling moments, the combat can also be frustrating at times. An issue I encountered was the increase in difficulty in the DLC episodes. While the added challenge makes sense from a story perspective, it occasionally detracted from my enjoyment. I found myself running from threats more often than I'd like, which stopped me from exploring and taking in the story.
Overall still a highly recommended experience with a fun story and atmosphere. It's a love letter to the Pacific Northwest that draws you in with its mysteries and keeps you on the edge of your seat with its episodic structure. However, some frustrating gameplay moments and a noticeable spike in difficulty in the DLC episodes can be a slight blemish on an otherwise fantastic experience. If you're a fan of supernatural tales and atmospheric settings, this remastered version of Alan Wake is well worth the journey.
♪Also Old Gods of Asgard slap and I'm so glad they're on Spotify♪