Seth Schiesel from The New York Times Tags this review "A Game That Thinks It’s an Eerie TV Drama" and proceeds "Among the more interesting aspects of the video game world is that the sequels are often better than the originals. After all, continual creative iteration is the heart of game design. Most of that process should take place before the game is released to the public, but there are plenty of franchises that have not come into their own until a second title addresses the flaws of the first. (My favorite games of 2009, Assassin’s Creed II and Uncharted 2, provide recent examples.)
I hope that is what happens with Alan Wake, the new suspense game developed by Remedy Entertainment of Finland and released this week by Microsoft for the Xbox 360. I hope the inevitable Alan Wake 2 delivers the emotional depth and gameplay range this first title so clearly lacks."