Games Reviews: Alan Wake


Format Xbox 360

Publisher Microsoft

Suffering from writer’s block, Alan Wake takes respite at Bright Falls, a town with more secrets thanTwin Peaks. Before too long, his wife is kidnapped and Wake – suffering from a week-long blackout – finds himself prey to the mysterious “Dark Presence”. Flawless pacing ensures a compulsive experience, while the interweaving of light and dark creates intense moments as hostile forces are repelled by torch and flare. With a plot out of a Stephen King novel and the slick editing of a US TV series, Alan Wake is the kind of experience the current console generation was made for.