The highly-anticipated Alan Wake Remastered officially launches this Tuesday (October 5) across all platforms, and the first reviews have begun dropping across the web today, including here at Pure Xbox!
Here's what the verdict is so far (spanning both the Xbox Series X|S and PS5 versions):
Pure Xbox (9/10)
"If you've never played Alan Wake, this is the best possible way to experience the game. For anyone who loves horror or Remedy's other titles, there's a ton to unpack here with an engaging narrative and stellar gameplay.
The remastered enhancements bolster the game even further, giving it a place in today's gaming world, and while the gameplay doesn't perhaps hold up as well as it did in 2010, Alan Wake Remastered is still as joyous as it was back then and a perfect treat for the Halloween season."
Video Games Chronicle (4/5)
"Where you land on the remaster, and whether to justify a purchase, depends on your past with the game. At the top of the pile are PlayStation owners, who get to experience Alan’s misty mystery for the first time and in a very shiny form to boot. They’re followed by Xbox Series S/X players who get to see what the 2010 release really should have looked like. But for PC owners there’s not a great leap from what is already available on Steam for half the price."
"I think this is an excellent game with a memorable narrative and some of the best forests I’ve ever ventured through in a video game. Yes, you can feel the skeleton of the 360 original throughout it — and yes, some of the bits inspired by Twin Peaks are really on the nose — but that’s more than negligible when everything else about it beckons you to keep playing."
"Playing Alan Wake Remastered is a bit like taking an old horror hardcover off the bookshelf and wrapping it in a glossy dust jacket; it looks brand new on the surface, but the experience of actually thumbing through it remains the same and some of the edges of of its well-loved pages are starting to look a bit dog-eared."
Push Square (6/10)
"For existing fans, this no-frills remaster is the best way to experience the 2010 game on modern consoles, but in 2021, much of the title simply doesn't hold up. Without the benefit of nostalgia, Alan Wake doesn't work as horror because it's not scary, as a thriller because long stretches of the game are fantastically boring, or as an action game because the combat is uninspired and repetitive. There's an interesting central mystery here, but like Alan Wake himself, you'll have to go through hell to find it."
Reviews are still slowly pouring in for Alan Wake Remastered at the time of writing, but the Metacritic score for the Xbox Series X|S version is currently sitting at 84 based on 8 reviews. Not too shabby at all!
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