Alan Wake vs Deadly Premonition – 12 startling similarities

The sheriffs

Not only do the town sheriffs of Greenvale and Bright Falls play big parts in their respective games, they even follow similar character arcs. While neither one really hinders your progress, both Alan Wake’s Sheriff Sarah Breaker and DP’s Sheriff George Woodman (along with deputy Emily Wyatt) initially treat you with a little bit of suspicion.

Give them a little time, though, and pretty soon they’ll let you completely usurp their authority and lead the charge while they follow behind, procuring transportation and whining plaintively about how you should really think about letting them do their jobs sometime.

Above: OK, so he’s got a reason, but what about Wake?


And in Deadly Premonition, they even have to tolerate things like you showing up at their houses late at night to ask unbelievably inane questions.

The FBI agents

While DP’s York and Wake’s Agent Nightingale obviously have completely different relationships with the player – one’s the main character, the other’s an apparent villain who wants to kill or arrest Wake, and who seems to know what’s really going on – they share a couple of important standout traits. First, they show up in their respective small towns and almost immediately take charge, acting like a pushy dick toward the local law and generally rubbing everyone the wrong way.

Above: Choad lessons, courtesy of Agent York at his smarmiest

Second, they both might just be completely insane. On the one hand, you’ve got York and his alternate personality, Zach, with whom he constantly has one-sided conversations. He also seems to regard it as fairly normal when ghost-zombies creep out of the woodwork to attack him, and nobody else seems to even notice the passage of time when he’s been battling them for hours. So it’s almost as if these sequences are just happening in his head.

Above: Sure thing, crazy gunman

Nightingale, meanwhile, is a man obsessed, and it’s never really clear how he knew what the hell Wake is up to before he came to Bright Falls, or why he’s important.

Maybe the upcoming DLC will shed some light on that, but until then we’re forced to assume he’s just kind of unhinged.

Completely overwrought writing

Alan Wake is actually a pretty well-written game, but Alan’s prose – which appears in typewritten manuscript pages and his constant descriptions of what’s happening onscreen – tends to come off as more than a little silly.

In Deadly Premonition, meanwhile, every word that nearly every character utters is unbelievably inappropriate, awkward or otherwise laughably written. Which, by the way, is what makes it so damned entertaining.




  • Kijib - January 2, 2015 9:14 p.m.

    both are also brilliant masterpeicess
  • tomservo - December 12, 2010 1:41 a.m.

    I really liked Alan Wake, but I'm currently loving Deadly Premonition...but which is best? Only one way to find out...FIGHT!
  • thelegendaryX - February 17, 2014 11:13 a.m.

    Depends on what you're looking for in a game. They certainly do have a LOT of similarities, but they still play quite differently and have very different stories.
  • WayByWind - July 26, 2010 10:19 p.m.

    It also should be said that SIGOURNEY (pot lady) from DP and Cynthia WEAVER (lamp lady) are both inspired by the log lady from Twin Peaks. That's a pretty interesting coincidence. Also, big props to the Giant Bomb endurance run of DP, I would recommend watching it.
  • EroticInvisibleMan - July 24, 2010 4:48 a.m.

    @DarkTone You're not very smart are you? Nearly everything in Alan Wake was taken from somewhere else. It's pretty much a terrible ripoff of Silent Hill and Alone in the Dark. Or y'know maybe, the devs of both games read the same books, watched the same movies, television and grew up in the same era. Goddamn, try using your head.
  • thelegendaryX - February 17, 2014 11:16 a.m.

    Alan Wake was phenomenal! It wasn't a rip-off of any game by any stretch of the imagination. And even though they did borrow from WRITERS such as Stephen King and directors like Alfred Hitchcock, the story itself is actually quite unique, as is the gameplay.
  • Dvsshark - July 23, 2010 10:35 p.m.

    It sad ,but strangely funny, that every one in DP has Parkinson's disease.
  • Vitoruss1 - July 23, 2010 6:43 p.m.

    Alan Wake's manuscripts are definitely terrible, but Deadly Premonition... wow. Was that intended to be so horribly tacky or can the Japanese (it's Japanese, right?) just not write Western-styled stories? Although the 'previously' segment in Alan Wake is better than the one in Deadly Premonition, they too are definitely poorly done. BUT, the real reason why I comment: The scariest disembodied deer head ever was in Timesplitters 2 (or maybe it was "Future Perfect"?) when, during the haunted house level, a mounted deer head explodes through the wall to reveal itself as the "Deer Haunter" and it pretty much just keeps charging you and hitting you a lot.
  • thelegendaryX - February 17, 2014 11:19 a.m.

    Alan Wake's manuscripts are "terrible" because they were not his own works written his own way on his own terms, but incantations essentially written by the Dark Presence. The game provides you with two pages from his original writings, which are quite good and show that Alan Wake the author is actually not a bad writer at all.
  • YuGiOhisbetterthanMagic - July 23, 2010 6:07 p.m.

    i actually want to buy deadly premonition now, it looks like the best game ever, in th history of everything, but only in an alternate universe were video games dont exist.
  • IamNOTatalkingpony - July 23, 2010 3:22 p.m.

    Deadly Premonition for president, barring that GOTY!!!
  • philipshaw - July 23, 2010 10:44 a.m.

    Deadly Premontion FTW, I watched the gaint bomb endurance run of it and it was so funny. Nothing beats getting Vinny and Jeff in a room together
  • oryandymackie - July 23, 2010 9:50 a.m.

    Deadly Premonition actually sounds better than Alan Wake.
  • thelegendaryX - February 17, 2014 11:20 a.m.

    Depends on what you're looking for. The games aim to do different things and place emphasis on different aspects. I enjoyed Alan Wake more personally, but I can see why people would like DP better.
  • kingbubba - July 23, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    @Tomsta666 - It does, releasing Sept 17th courtesy of Rising Star Games. I am creaming my pants in anticipation :D
  • Tomsta666 - July 23, 2010 5:16 a.m.

    I wish Deadly Premonition would get a UK release :(
  • phoenix_wings - July 23, 2010 4:04 a.m.

    Mikel, > It's never explained in the game unfortunately, but in the Alan Wake Files, through his 'field notes' that Nightingale's partner died in circumstances similar to what's going on in Bright Falls. He feels that, being a writer, Wake is behind all of the stuff that's happening and wants to stop it, either by arresting Wake or killing him. Apparently after his partner's death, he started drinking and the progression to being a total dickhead was just natural :D
  • JohnDagger - July 23, 2010 3:42 a.m.

    One thing I must say though is that Deadly Premonition is better bang for your buck. You pay 20 dollars to get 50 hours of hilarity wheras in Alan Wake you pay 50 dollars for 8 hours of awesome.
  • thelegendaryX - February 17, 2014 11:24 a.m.

    I disagree. I'm on my seventh playthrough of Alan Wake as we speak, whereas one journey through Deadly Premonition was enough for me. But it really depends on what you're looking for in a game.
  • JohnnyMaverik - July 23, 2010 3 a.m.

    Deadly Premonition is GOTY material. No, actually that's beneath it, its gamings Citizen Kane. Your right though, the similarities are kinda scary...

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