The latest look at Alan Wake 2 demonstrates the oppressive atmosphere of the upcoming Remedy title. As expected from the developer, it melds blisteringly beautiful visuals with intense cover shooting with the classic flashlight mechanics the series is known for.
If you're a fan of some of the best horror games then Alan Wake 2 should be at the top of your list. The game releases on October 17, 2023. The raw unedited footage shows off a part of the game where we play as the other playable character (the game is split between Alan himself, and this other playable character " about 50/50 according to Sam Lake) and shows an encounter with a monster in a spooky cabin in the woods - where things rarely go well if Evil Dead has taught us anything.
Alan Wake 2 has to be one of the most exciting upcoming games to date - and continues the story set out by the excellent first game.
In the first game, Alan Wake, we played the writer as he experiences severe mental block and travels to a small town in Washington State. Here he witnesses a "darkness" take over humans and animals - and even inanimate objects. The tension and battle between light and darkness played a central role to the game, and each episode of the game felt like a great thriller TV series.
While the original Alan Wake did get a remaster recently to bring it up to the 'standard' of modern games, this sequel and its footage looks like it came right out of the Control playbook. Combine the third-person, low-behind-the-shoulder perspective, and the supernatural horror and mystery and there is a lot of classic-Remedy and Control-themes channeled in here.
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