Alan Wake 2 review: Worth the wait

Alan Wake 2 review: Specs

Platforms: PC, PS5 (reviewed), Xbox Series X
Price: $59
Release Date:  October 27, 2023
Genre: Survival horror 

It’s sort of miraculous that Alan Wake 2 exists. Released in 2010, the first Alan Wake was far from a commercial smash, but it developed a much-deserved cult following over the years. Developer Remedy subsequently moved on to other projects, and for a while, it seemed the chances of the original’s cliffhanger ending being resolved were remote. 

Fast forward 13 years, and it’s surreal to say that Alan Wake 2 now actually exists. And it gives me great pleasure to confirm that this long-awaited sequel is just as esoteric, surreal and downright bizarre as its predecessor. But, that’s not to say Alan Wake 2 doesn’t carve out its own unique identity. Remedy has smartly tightened up the gameplay and switched Wake from an action-shooter to a full-blown survival horror experience. 

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