Over a decade after the original release, former Xbox exclusive psychological thriller Alan Wake is finally making its way to PlayStation consoles as Alan Wake Remastered. For existing fans, this is an opportunity to soak in the nostalgia and revisit a beloved title from yesteryear, now looking better than ever. But PlayStation owners used to best-in-class third person narrative adventures experiencing Alan Wake for the first time in 2021 might be left scratching their heads and wondering just what all the fuss is about.
The game begins with a dream sequence — an opportunity to teach you how combat works without being quite as crass as to just overtly tell you it’s a tutorial. Once it’s out of the way, the story begins proper: Alan Wake is an author of thrillers suffering from writer’s block who travels to a log cabin in Bright Falls, Washington with his wife. She hopes the picturesque surrounding will get his creative juices flowing, and maybe it will, but not in the way she thinks.
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