Another mysterious survival horror/action title set in the Pacific Northwest, Remedy Entertainment’s Alan Wake centers on an eponymous author struggling with a severe bout of writer's block, who sequesters himself in the quaint Washington town of Bright Falls to attempt to reinvigorate his writing. He encounters "the Dark Presence," an entity trying to overtake our reality.
Being set in the Pacific Northwest is one thing, but once you include Cynthia Weaver, the Lamp Lady – Alan Wake's well-lit take on Margaret Lanterman's Log Lady, as well as the game's otherworldly forces and you don't have to be a member of the Bookhouse Boys to see the similarities. Like Agent Cooper, Alan must confront a dark doppelganger of himself before it can replace him. That said, seeing Wake fight against an evil presence with a superweapon called the Clicker – yes, a light switch – is a slightly less affecting ending than Coop smashing his head through a window while demonically cackling. Unfortunately, Alan Wake was pulled from online stores as of this past weekend due to music rights issues. Hopefully we don’t have to wait 25 years for its return.
A 30-minute promotional series filmed for the game’s release, Bright Falls, brings the game's colorful secondary characters to life. Make sure to catch one of the most uncomfortable renditions of "Happy Birthday" ever performed.