Alan Wake, you say? Yeah, I remember that one. Hard to forget, really. Alan Wake / awake, right? That game from the Max Payne guys that doesn't actually exist. Vapourware, you know, a la the oft-cited Duke Nukem Forever.
Wait, what? It came out?
...well. Then, surely --- I mean, it's got to be a bit rubbish, right, taking that long?
And then the lights go out.
Alan Wake is not without its faults, then, but a touch here and a touch there demonstrate that Remedy have poured a whole lot of love into this game, and between its wonderfully pulpy narrative which pits you against the world, good against evil and light against darkness, its near-enough unique episodic structure, its gorgeous looks and atmospheric audio, there's no shortage of things for those of us on the receiving end of the experience to love about it either.