Worthplaying writes, "To call Alan Wake a "game" is to do it a disservice. While technically correct, Alan Wake is more than just another video game. Much like Batman: Arkham Asylum, Alan Wake is a carefully crafted narrative experience. Yes, there is action and combat, but they aren't the focus. Remedy's goal with Alan Wake was to craft a carefully balanced world that looks normal on the surface, yet hides a dark side within. To this end, the team has succeeded brilliantly, and the resulting roller-coaster ride is well worth the investment."