Remedy Entertainment has announced that Alan Wake Remastered is real, and I think it’s probably going to be a game we all absolutely have to play. Alan Wake is one of those games that started out with a cult following and has steadily grown to adopt a fan base that’s so much bigger than you’d expect. It’s like an indie game growing to have the same sized community as a triple A title, it barely ever happens, but when it does, everyone has to stop and pay attention. This is one of those, and there’s no escaping it.
Alan Wake is a game that I’ve never even played. I think I owned the collector’s edition at some point, but I’ve long since sold that. It’s a title I never really thought I’d get into. However, having looked in on what it actually contains, I’m happy to say that I was dead wrong. The game is all about spooky paranormal stuff and diving deep into the protagonist’s inner mental turmoil. I love the idea of it, and the fact that it ties in with control is just a bonus. I can’t think of anything better to be honest.
When Alan Wake Remastered finally launches, it’s just one of those games you’re going to have to pick up and play because it’s now essential. It’s almost like the required reading for your class in school. You’ve got to read it, even if you don’t want to. However, you right find that you actually enjoy it if you let yourself. I think there’s a lot to be said for people putting an opinion on a game they’ve never played and using it as a crutch to never play it. To be honest, I’m tired of the major releases these days, and I’m happy to be getting more remasters so I can go back and enjoy titles I missed.
Alan Wake is said to be a masterpiece, and with a Control tie-in, I can’t see why it wouldn’t be. There’s a lot to explore, and a lot to enjoy. If we all just put our prejudices aside for one week or so to let ourselves absorb it, I think the games industry will come out better and stronger for it, with new ideas and stories being told as a result.