Alan Wake vs Alone in the Dark: Same game, different quality

Similarity #4: Unnecessary driving

Both games include vehicle sequences, and both feel somewhat out of place, as most of the games are spent on foot, fighting enemies in the woods. Alan Wake's driving does enable you to move around Bright Falls a bit faster, but is mostly unnecessary. In Alone in the Dark, though, these sequences quickly become showcases of frustration in which the game's technical flaws are put on glaring display, with your car flailing about unrealistically and bouncing off trees.

Similarity #5: Sentient terrain and flying objects

When Wake isn't fighting backwoods rednecks engulfed in shadows, he's fighting things like floating trashcans and poltergeist bulldozers. The ground twists below your feet launching, at its most terrifying, a whole train at you.  In Alone in the Dark, you often find yourself running (or driving) away from sentient ground as it launches cars and other assorted giant heavy things at your face.

Similarity #6: Helicopter spotlights are your only salvation

Obviously, the games look very similar at a quick glance.  When I say there is a dude with a gun and a flashlight shooting at monsters in the woods, I could be describing either Alan or Alone.

But crazier still, even some of the specific sequences from each game are reminiscent of one another. Like in the video below, where you have you a dude, with a flashlight and a gun, trying to make sure to stay in the spotlight of an overhead helicopter so as not to get engulfed by the darkness. Quite a coincidence.


  • philipshaw - May 26, 2010 10:51 a.m.

    Alone in the Dark did look good at one point but then I played it and it was awful. I haven't played Alan Wake
  • AFTERLIFEJOSH - May 26, 2010 3:52 a.m.

    I remember when they were both announced back at E3 05 and until Alone in the Dark came out, I thought they were the same game.
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  • elpurplemonkey - May 25, 2010 7:51 a.m.

    I really enjoyed the demo of Alone in the Dark and was sorta sad to hear about its crippling technical problems. I could tell it had rather neat ideas though. It seems like all of the main concepts of Alone in the Dark are in A.Wake (minus the looking in your coat instead of an inventory screen part.) I might actually check A.Wake out now.
  • WillisTron - May 25, 2010 1:53 a.m.

    Playing Alan Wake right now at the moment, and it's very addicting - very much like a good book
  • k1ng94 - May 25, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    I remember I preordered the special edition of alone in the dark. I regretted the purchase 10 minutes after playing the game. However I am super excited for Alan wake but sadly will have to wait a few weeks for all my gaming funds are going on Red Dead.
  • Cyberninja - May 25, 2010 12:45 a.m.

    are you guys going to make this a normal weekly feature because you guys already did kratos and max paine

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