(www.alanwake.com/) Rated T for Teen by ESRB. After waiting for more than five years for Alan Wake game to launch, fans of the series were pleased in learning that they only had to wait two months for some fresh episodic content featuring our favorite virtual author.

Picking up where the original story left off, Alan is now left with the fallout of writing oneself into your own horror story only to learn that you are now trapped inside your own mind. Without spoiling any of the juicy revelations of the game, Alan is forced to confront perhaps the most dangerous enemy he has ever faced: himself. In The Signal, Alan’s words still are the driving force behind the plot but his newfound delirium turns the original campaigns straightforward level design into a world that only a deranged mindscape could create. 

(www.alanwake.com/) Rated T for Teen by ESRB. After waiting for more than five years for Alan Wake game to launch, fans of the series were pleased in learning that they only had to wait two months for some fresh episodic content featuring our favorite virtual author.

Picking up where the original story left off, Alan is now left with the fallout of writing oneself into your own horror story only to learn that you are now trapped inside your own mind. Without spoiling any of the juicy revelations of the game, Alan is forced to confront perhaps the most dangerous enemy he has ever faced: himself. In The Signal, Alan’s words still are the driving force behind the plot but his newfound delirium turns the original campaigns straightforward level design into a world that only a deranged mindscape could create. 

       

In addition to learning more about the complexities of Alan’s psyche, gamers do get to experience a new flashlight to ward off evil-doers as well as 8 more achievements to bolster their gamer score. Although I found portions of this episode to be challenging, achievement hunters need to be forewarned – ‘Run-On Sentence’ is one of the hardest achievements I’ve ever encountered and requires dedication, perseverance and some luck.

       

If you liked the first game, The Signal is an essential additional to your gaming catalogue. The addition of a more surreal level design changes the dynamic of how you interact with the objects in the game and does a great job with creatively exploring a world from the perspective of a fractured mind. With the next and final chapter of the story releasing in October, now would be a good time to catch up with Alan before he heads into his next five-year writer’s block.

       

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