For those who still haven’t experienced Alan Wake – and it’s been out for two years on the Xbox 360, so why not? – you’ll finally have the opportunity to kick it up a notch on your PC. The game will certainly look prettier on a nice home computer (as if it had issues with that before), the problem is the actual playing of the game. While the story and presentation were fantastic, as soon as you needed to flick sticks around and mash buttons, the experience became much less enjoyable. In fact, I kind of dreaded actually playing the game after a big cutscene.
As many of you may remember, the game was in development hell for roughly half a decade before it released. Remedy is self-publishing this version through Steam and it’ll be available next month (that’s February for those playing at home) and will have the game’s later chapters/DLC (The Signal and The Writer) bundled in as well so you get the entire experience. I think it’s a neat move to release this in the few months before Alan Wake: American Nightmare releases on XBLA and I really wish that Remedy gets to make cool games, despite somewhat of a misstep with Wake.