I finally got around to returning some not-being-played titles to Gamefly. And what showed up in my mailbox? Alan Wake. (The limited edition is on extreme sale right now... OMG, get it while you can! I did. I'm itching to get the soundtrack on my iPod.)
Normally, I'm a zombie girl... but "the taken" can give zombies a real run for their money. Even with the lights in full-on brightness mode in the living room, this game can make you jump, but won't cause you sleepless nights. The game very fluidly takes you from novice to expert without overly annoying tutorials. The monsters are spooky without being garishly bloody, and the plot is well-written even if the ending is ambiguous. Well, it's a game about a writer... one would hope the plot was given more than one trip through the word-processor.
I've finished it once in Normal difficulty. I'm currently going back to clean up some achievements before heading into Hard and Nightmare territory. So far, I'm not chafing at re-playing material I've already covered, so I would concede that it has re-play value.
Plus, there's so much that's satisfying about wielding a flashlight as a weapon.
Once my purchased copy gets here, my rental copy will be headed back to the Gamefly warehouse. Give it a try.