Alan Wake’s Flashlight Shines Bright on PCs February 16th

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Once planned to be a PC and console title from the beginning, Alan Wake eventually shipped as an Xbox 360 exclusive in 2010 and developer Remedy Entertainment never sounded particularly optimistic about the continued development and subsequent release of a PC version.

A couple years later, Alan Wake’s nightmarish psychological thrill ride is finally ready to knock PC gamers’ socks off with its gloomy atmosphere and superbly narrated tale of light versus darkness. Although intense and suspenseful, the gameplay does fall into a bit of a rut over the final couple hours, with very little in the way of puzzle solving or combat variation to push the experience that extra mile towards true classic status. But it’s still a great game overall, and PC folk, particularly anyone with a fondness for the works of Stephen King and Alfred Hitchcock, are surely going to want to give a whirl.

Alan Wake will make its PC debut on February 16th via Steam digital download, including The Signal and The Writer DLC episodes for a grand total of $29.99. A $34.99 Limited Collector’s Edition will also be available through Steam, however details on its contents are still forthcoming. Releases on other digital download channels and a boxed retail version, with help from Nordic Games, are planned for sometime after the Steam launch.

PC players can also look forward to higher resolution graphics, stereoscopic 3D and multiscreen support, and other refinements. Here’s a list of the touted upgrades:

The Key PC Version Enhancements

· Experience Alan Wake’s Pacific Northwest in higher resolutions and higher fidelity than ever before.

· Refined and fully configurable mouse and keyboard support (or if you prefer to play with the Microsoft gamepad connected to your PC, you can do that too!)

· A wide selection of customizable graphics settings and support for 4:3, 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratios.

· Multithreaded engine that takes advantage of quad core CPUs.

· Additional options our fans have sought after, such as field of view adjustment as well as “hide HUD”.

· Works with AMD Eyefinity 3D 3-screen mode.

· Works with NVIDIA NVISION2 Stereoscopic 3D.

Remedy’s self-published PC port isn’t the only Alan Wake title due out in February either. Standalone Xbox Live Arcade spin-off Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is slated to follow the PC launch the following week. Mark February 22nd on your calendars for that one, and be sure to have 1200 MS Points saved up in your Xbox Live piggy bank.

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