YOU are the light!
Written by Wade, from the Gamer's DungeonAlan Wake. What a helluva game. I remember back in 2010 when I was 12, and played it for the first time in my best friend's Xbox 360. I was truly scared-yet amazed at the scope and story of the game.
I've always been a sucker for thrillers, and noires and such. In fact, it is one of the things that shine the most in this game. I love how the levels are presented in a T.V. detective show kind of format, like "In the last episode", or "On the next episode".
I am not going to get into major spoilers, but I am going to give you a little bit of context on the story.
You are Alan Wake, the titular hero of the story. Alan was once a successful and respected writer. However, he was not able to write a single page in 2 years. It's pretty obvious he has writer's bloc. Happens to the best.
Anyways, Alan's wife, Alice, decides to go with his husband to a little town in the middle of nowhere with the intention of reigniting Alan's imagination, and help him deal through his creative crisis. Shortly after arriving, Alan notices things are not how they seem. I fact, Alice disappears, and it's up to you, to figure out what the heck is going on in this town, and where Alice is.
Now that we got that out of the way, let's talk about gameplay. It is truly fun to battle the forces of darkness with a flashlight, a gun, a shotgun, or whatever gun is at your disposal. You can also use flares, flashbangs, anything that can dispose of shadows is good actually. Heck, if you turn the lights on, they'll be gone!
Now, about visuals, I personally enjoy the horror movie feel of it. All dark, moody, without any signs of positive emotions. It really accompanies the mood of the whole story and narrative, but hey, what can you expect from Remedy, the guys that made Max Payne?
About the music, nothing particuarly interesting about it, besides the fact that it's quite good.
Overall, I think Alan Wake is both a great game, and great story on it's own. It's lengthy, it's great, and the story is just awesome.