"Stephen King once wrote that nightmares exist outside of logic and there’s little fun to be had in explanations; they’re antithetical to the poetry of fear." That is how Alan Wake opens, Remedy's 2010 entry.
Although Alan Wake did not receive huge amounts of attention like some of the other games on this list, that does not mean the game does not belong in this list. What Alan Wake brought to the table was an incredible story that is presented in moment by moment segments and pieced together like a television show. It should also be noted the end of each chapter in the game ends like a TV show would, credits and all. Taking lots of queues from all sorts of books, television, and music, most notably Stephen King, Alfred Hitchcock, and Twin Peaks. This action-suspense title pits the main character battling not only his inner demons but supernatural threats as well in the town of Bright Falls. After his wife goes missing on a trip he takes it upon himself to find her and bring her back. Alan Wake does what lots of games fail to do and that is grab the player. Constantly Alan finds himself talking out loud letting the player know about hints, the story so far, and information about other characters. Along the way Alan finds manuscripts extending the story even further. Collectibles, re-playability on harder difficulties, and very solid DLC bring this titles length to a healthy dose. Remedy didn't hit the big time with Alan Wake, however if they decide to make a second outing lets hope that gamers out there pay attention this time around.