ARS: Alan Wake has a pretty good life, all things considered. He's a successful author, he has a beautiful wife, and his agent is just waiting for the next book. The problem is that for two years, Wake hasn't been able to write. The words simply aren't coming. So his wife has an idea: take a vacation to the small town of Bright Falls to get away from everything.
Alan Wake, an Xbox 360 exclusive from Remedy Entertainment, has been in production a very long time; usually not the best sign in this business. We have a retail, final copy of the game in our office, and I spent last night delving into the world of a writer whose imagination may be a little more powerful than he realized. We're allowed to talk about the first "episode" of the game, so let's dig into what makes this so impressive.