Alan Wake was all about the dialogue and the music, and Alan Wake 2 is no different. It’s atmospheric, it’s uneasy, and when it comes to the licensed music, Remedy has smashed it out the park once again here. Throw in some brilliant characters and performances, and you have something really special here.
From a fidelity standpoint, you can’t fault Alan Wake 2. It’s up there with the best-looking games ever made. It does, however, suffer from bugs and a few frame rate issues every so often, which takes the sheen off of it a bit.
Taking what made the original so successful and adding new layers to it, means that Alan Wake 2 is by definition 'a proper good sequel'. With the Mind Place and Wake able to rewrite realities, Remedy certainly hasn’t rested on its laurels. Alan Wake 2 takes some bold gambles, most of which pay off.
Whether you’re playing as Saga or Alan, each campaign offers something truly unique and engaging. And whichever campaign you’re in, you’ll be on the edge of your seat from start to finish. A truly wonderful experience with pitch perfect pacing, that almost never outstays its welcome.
The trophies boast a decent amount of variety, and do encourage exploration and experimentation. Sure, we’d have liked a bit more creativity in them, but otherwise a great list.