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.
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