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Alan Wake II

Alan Wake II

Horror, Survival
Alan Wake II is a survival horror game developed by Remedy Entertainment. (wikipedia.org)
Franchise: Alan Wake
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Its AAA graphics, sound and atmosphere invite you to expect the same standards in game mechanics and design. But Remedy isn't an AAA studio, and although they have released titles that played comparatively smoother (e.g. Control), Alan Wake 2 has just too many stale and frustrating gameplay aspects keeping it from being a truly great...well, game. Its weird, lynch'esque narrative is worth the experience, though it should've been tied up with the same amount of love it was set up with.
While full of minor (and a few major) flaws in design and gameplay, I've never had more fun playing a narrative videogame since Half-Life 2. If you're into Remedy games and the lore of Alan Wake, this game will be a mesmerizing survival horror classic.
I'm a wimp when it comes to horror games, but this is one of the few where I forced myself to keep playing. Atmosphere and story are top-notch. Gameplay is fluid, shooting feels good, light mechanics work. The case board is lame and I don't know why you have to place the images yourself; it would work just as well if it did so automatically and you could just refresh whenever you want. Took me out and actively annoyed me, I don't understand its inclusion.
I recommend this game, but with some caveats. Alan Wake II could have easily been a 6/6, but a few key things hold it back. It really wears its inspirations on its sleeves, and it shows too much. The most obvious one is Twin Peaks, specifically season 3. It almost succeeds in establishings its very own identity, and it doesn't even have to, but the mediocre writing and hit and miss acting drags it down. Lastly, Alan Wake really isn't such an interesting character, and neither is Saga, honestly.
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