"There's a moment in Alan Wake, where the titular protagonist reads a passage that goes, "The new one will be a masterpiece, I know it! You must tell him not to listen to the trolls in the forums saying 'Departure' will never get finished. He should take his time and make it perfect. I can wait." Normally I'd view such a passage as a random piece of filler, but it seems especially apropos in light of the time and the near-vaporware status that Alan Wake has obtained over its long development time. Did Remedy make Alan Wake perfect while taking its time? I wouldn't go that far, but Alan Wake is still a damn fine game."