It’s survival horror. This story-focused experience is not just one step forward, but a giant leap. the compelling storytelling, the blend of various media, live-action sequences, a cast of larger-than-life characters, intricate world-building, atmospheric settings, mystery, quirky humor, and a nightmarish blend of psychological and supernatural horror – and pushed it all beyond our wildest imaginations.
This game is a brutally harrowing experience, but it’s not all about fear. This is an Alan Wake adventure with many facets. While darkness brings horror, there are also daylight scenes, quirky characters, plenty of humor, and a profound mystery to delve into. This blend ensures that when the chills set in, they’ll remain fresh throughout the entire game, and you won’t have a chance to become desensitized to the suspense.
There are two vastly different worlds to explore, two parallel stories to follow, and two playable hero characters: the tormented writer, Alan Wake, and our new Remedy hero, FBI Agent Saga Anderson, renowned for her uncanny ability to solve impossible cases through logical leaps. I’m thrilled for you to get to know Saga.
These two heroes, although very different, share unexpected connections that are integral to this story and experience. Saga brings a fresh perspective to the supernatural lore in Alan Wake’s world, making her the perfect character to introduce new players to the Remedy universe. At the same time, she offers profound depth for returning fans delving into this new mystery.
Alan Wake 2 leans into clever puzzle-solving.
In Alan Wake 2, fighting the bad guys is slower and needs careful thinking, just like in a spooky game. You have to shine your flashlight on them to make them weak, and then use your guns to finish them off. If you’re outnumbered, you’ll be in trouble, because Saga and Alan aren’t super tough – they’re regular folks. So, you really need to get the hang of dodging attacks to stay alive.
While you’re playing, you’ll find hints about the big mystery you’re trying to solve. These hints can be found all over the place or by chatting with the people in the game. After collecting these clues, it’s up to you to put them together like a puzzle. You can do this on the Clue Board, a tool inside Saga’s mind.
At first, the Clue Board might seem a little tricky to use but don’t give up. With a bit of practice, you’ll appreciate it. It helps you organize what you’ve found on the wall and piece together the story’s puzzle.
Wake from the Dark Place
When I played as Alan, I had a go at his fifth mission, “Room 665,” and that’s when things got really strange – because I found myself in the Dark Place! There were messages on the walls warning Alan not to write, a payphone that wouldn’t stop ringing, and a bright sign drawing him to the Oceanview Hotel.
In this mission, Alan has a special lamp that can instantly change what’s real – don’t worry, it’ll make sense when you start playing the game from the beginning. This means that things in front of you can change in an instant, opening up new paths. When Alan finds clues, he can change how things happen in his mind using a thing called the Plot Board. One moment, you’re looking at one thing, and the next, it’s all different.
Just like before, the game mixes live-action scenes that feel natural and unexpected. They add an extra layer of mystery and excitement to a story that’s already full of it.
Live-action scenes also work their way into the story in organic, unexpected ways.
I really enjoyed playing Alan Wake 2, but it’s hard to explain exactly why. The story is a big part of it, and it’s more engaging than in most survival horror games. You get to be a part of the story by connecting clues and changing things as Alan. The game looks great, and the spooky atmosphere with a mix of horror, drama, and sometimes funny moments makes Alan Wake 2 feel special. I can’t wait to play the rest of Alan’s new adventure, and I hope this is just the start, not the end.
Alan Wake 2 will be available digitally on the Epic Games Store for PC, as well as on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, starting on October 27th.
How long is the Alan Wake 2 game?
It will take players 20 hours to complete Alan Wake 2’s main story and see the credits roll. It will take between 25 and 30 hours for those looking to complete absolutely everything the game has to offer.
Is Alan Wake 2 an open-world game?
Alan Wake took over five years to create. The game was originally developed as an open-world survival game as an anti-thesis to Remedy’s prior linear Max Payne games but struggled over three years in merging the gameplay with the action-thriller story they wanted to tell.
Is Alan Wake 2 first person?
Remedy confirmed the game would remain in the third-person perspective despite the switch to survival horror.
How do I prepare for Alan Wake 2?
I’d prepared for the hands-on by playing through the original Alan Wake, the stand-alone game Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (2012), and Remedy’s last hit Control (2019).
What are the two campaigns in Alan Wake 2?
The game features two distinct campaigns, one where you play as the titular Alan Wake and one where you play a new protagonist, Saga Anderson.
What is the enemy in Alan Wake 2?
The human-like enemies of Alan Wake are called the “Taken.” They were once humans that are now possessed by a “Dark Presence.” Taken have a shield of darkness that protects them from injury. Use a light source to take away this shield and then can kill them with normal weapons.