MEGamers: "Alan Wake is not a bad game. It was a decent game to put my 10 or so hours into. It’s just a victim of its own hype and the years it took in development. In this day and age, after games like Bioshock, Mass Effect and Heavy Rain that successfully blended high quality storytelling and solid gameplay mechanics, Alan Wake doesn’t exactly set new boundaries. By comparison, it comes off across as a derivative and dated affair. The linearity of the game is its biggest flaw, and while the game has its moments thanks to its well woven atmosphere, it is not exactly very original, and certainly not as exceptional as one had hoped for."