A lot of times nowadays, plot is an afterthought when it comes to making games. It’s more about lots of explosions, big guns, and an endless swarm of enemies to mow down. What would happen though if you had a writer as your main character and were forced to focus on the plot? You would probably have something along the lines of Remedy Entertainment’s newest Xbox 360 exclusive, Alan Wake.
Alan Wake follows the title character through his mundane life as he struggles with a horrible case of writers block. It’s been two years since Alan has written anything of note and he is plagued by insomnia and nightmares. Finally, at the behest of his wife Alice, Alan decides to take a vacation with her to the quiet and tranquil town of Bright Falls in Washington.
Alan immediately feels out of place as a city boy in this rural backwater town. Everyone from the local radio DJ to the waitress at the main street diner begin to swoon over the great Alan Wake’s presence as he realizes this is probably the closest thing most of these people ever get to touching Hollywood. Alan rushes to find the local grease monkey who seems to be in charge of his cabin’s key, but comes across a haunting old woman instead who says the mechanic is indisposed at the moment, but left the key for him with her.