Alan Wake vs Deadly Premonition – 12 startling similarities

The heroes talk to themselves a lot

It’s hard to tell what’s stranger: Wake’s frequent narration of the objects and events that you can clearly see onscreen, or York’s near-constant “conversations” with his secondary personality, Zach, which often involve detailed musings out loud about the casts and crews of various ‘80s movies. After all, they’re both appropriate to the characters and plot: as a writer, Alan’s narrating his own story, and York has mental issues.

No, wait, it’s easy to tell which is stranger: the one that involves an in-depth, stream-of-consciousness monologue about actor Joel Grey’s character in the 1985 film Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins. Alan’s narration is the one that’s irritating.


Coffee fixation

Deadly Premonition is probably the worse offender here, as Agent York frequently talks about coffee, makes a point of saying he's picky about coffee and sees mysterious letters and entire fortunes in his coffee.

Meanwhile, Alan Wake just spends the entire game going out of his way to collect thermoses full of coffee. It's not even fresh coffee; it's (presumably) lukewarm dregs that other people have left lying around, frequently abandoned by the roadside or near piles of garbage. He doesn’t talk much about coffee, but of the two, who has the more serious addiction, really?

Above: Ignoring obvious danger for the sake of one more fix? Hmmm…

Clumsy driving

Alan Wake’s driving sequences, while relatively enjoyable, are kind of pointless; since there’s no real free roaming, you’re usually limited to driving through small, enclosed areas or down long stretches of highway that only exist to justify the existence of cars. And while the cars themselves have weight and destructibility, they also tend to disintegrate if you’re ever surrounded by a group of machete-wielding Taken.

Above: At least it's a pretty drive

Meanwhile, driving is totally necessary in Deadly Premonition, seeing as the game world is huge and open. But it’s a miserable experience, as the slightest twitch of the stick can send you careening into oncoming traffic. Not that it really matters much, because the cars can absorb a serious beating without ever showing damage, and collisions never feel like they have any weight or real impact.

Above: Rain makes cars constantly veer off the road in real life, right?

Not much of a similarity, really, but it’s strange that each one got something right about driving that the other game got wrong.




  • 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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