Alan Wake vs Deadly Premonition – 12 startling similarities


Before every “episode” of Alan Wake – and again if you ever quit the game and come back later – you’ll get a TV-style recap of the things that happened in previous episodes. You’ll get the same thing in Deadly Premonition – although as far as we can tell, it’s exactly the same every time.

Running like a bitch

Alan Wake and Agent York are men of action, unafraid to spend most of their games using a ton of firepower to effortlessly destroy one terrifying horror after another. Once in a while, though, their respective Big Bads will rear their respective heads, and what only seconds before was an orgy of ass-kicking suddenly turns into an exercise in running scared.

Above: It also throws cars at you. That sort of thing commands respect

In Wake’s case, this is more understandable, seeing as the villain of his game is an unknowable force referred to only as The Dark Presence, which likes to take the shape of a debris-filled tornado and chase him around. In Deadly Premonition’s case, however, the central villain is a glowy-eyed, axe-wielding creep known as the Raincoat Killer, and every time York sees him he can’t seem to wet his pants fast enough.

Above: Gracious, a man in a hood? Why, that’s the scariest thing ever!

When York isn’t chasing after Raincoat or dispatching his mobs of spooks with a shotgun, he’s helplessly dodging his attacks, or hiding in lockers from him, or running down hallways in awful quick time sequences made more awkward by the system-taxing decision to add a split-screen of Raincoat’s view.

Above: Not seen: visual stuttering

Terrifying, animated deer heads

Actually, Deadly Premonition’s deer head, which appears in York's pause-screen dreamscape, is less terrifying than it is mildly unsettling. Stare at it for a while, and it becomes almost friendly and reassuring, as it looks around casually, flutters its ears and occasionally nods to itself in a self-satisfied way.

The one from the Cauldron Lake Lodge in Alan Wake, however…


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  • 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...
  • Redeater - July 23, 2010 2:56 a.m.

    Dear Christ I tried to play Deadly Premonition.....that game was a nightmare. Usually I can put up with a lot of crap controls and game devices but that clunky turd played like a low budget ps1 game. It's such a same. I really love weird for the sake of weird.

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