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Alan Wake 2 is Another Sensational October Launch, Reviews Claim

The first reviews of Alan Wake 2, a sequel to the popular horror game from more than a decade ago, have appeared online. Critics unanimously praise the production by Remedy.

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Tomorrow marks the premiere of Alan Wake 2, the direct sequel to the 2010 horror game, telling the story of the titular writer who must face mysterious dark forces.

In the second installment, we once again take on the role of Wake, but in addition to him, players will play as FBI agent Saga Anderson. Our writer is trying to free himself from a dimension called The Dark Place, into which he fell thirteen years ago while searching for his missing wife.

First reviews of the survival horror game from Remedy Entertainment have appeared online, and they show very high ratings. Critics practically do not go below "9s" on a ten-point scale.

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Alan Wake 2 - selected reviews

  • GRYOnline.pl - 8,5/10
  • Gamepressure - 9/10
  • GameSpot - 10/10
  • Screen Rant - 10/10
  • Dexerto - 10/10
  • God is a Geek - 9.5/10
  • GamingBolt - 9/10
  • IGN - 9/10
  • OpenCritic - 90/100 (average of 42 reviews)
  • Metacritic - 89/100 (PS5, average of 32 reviews) / 92/100 (PC, average of 24 reviews).

Judging by the words of reviewers, Alan Wake II appears to be an excellent production that surpasses its predecessor in every way. The game has an atmosphere that is as dense as in the best horror novels, and the farther into the woods, the better it gets (thanks in part to the audiovisual layer).

It is praised for its ambiguous, thought-provoking plot, thanks to which we will sometimes catch ourselves by the head, pondering "what just happened?".

An interesting mechanic included in the game is the system of combining facts in the cabinet of thoughts, where both Alan and Saga perform specific tasks to solve puzzles that stand in their way.

Unfortunately, although most of the survival horror aspects were done at least well, critics point out the clunky combat, which can take away some of the enjoyment of the game. While the idea of smashing enemies' auras with a flashlight light beam was interesting in the first part, Alan Wake II is said to fail to develop this mechanic, and simply shooting enemies tires you out.

Nevertheless the title is praised for a mass of unusual solutions and flavors or the demolition of the fourth wall, which, according to reviewers, makes it a self-aware and unique production.

You will be able to see for yourself what it is like to plunge into this spiral of madness tomorrow, when Alan Wake 2 debuts on PC (on Epic Games Store only), PS5 and XSX/S.

Michal Ciezadlik

Michal Ciezadlik

Joined GRYOnline.pl in December 2020 and has remained loyal to the Newsroom ever since, although he also collaborated with Friendly Fire, where he covered TikTok. A semi-professional musician, whose interest began already in childhood. He is studying journalism and took his first steps in radio, but didn't stay there for long. Prefers multiplayer; he has spent over 1100 hours in CS:GO and probably twice as much in League of Legends. Nevertheless, won't decline a good, single-player game either.

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