How scary is Alan Wake 2?

How scary is Alan Wake 2?
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Written by 

Jack Roberts


28th Oct 2023 14:22

If you’re excited to dive into Alan Wake 2 but you’re wondering just how scary it is, then look no further than how scary we’ve found the game in our playthroughs.

Alongside the likes of Resident Evil 4 and Dead Space, 2023 has been a great year for the horror game, and Alan Wake 2, with its terrifying enemies that will have you wanting to create multiple manual saves, the question is just how scary is Alan Wake 2?

Well, you’re just going to have to read on and find out what horrors await you in Alan Wake 2.

Is Alan Wake 2 a horror game?

In essence, yes, Alan Wake 2 is a horror game. While the original Alan Wake contained horror elements, particularly in its enemies and story, its focus on combat made it much more action-oriented than its sequel.

Alan Wake 2 embraces its Lynchian horror roots and creates more of a psychological supernatural survival horror akin to some of the best games like it. After all, a game that encourages its characters to be afraid of the dark has to be scary… right?

How scary is Alan Wake 2?

Some moments, like these coffee thermos mascots break up the tension in Alan Wake 2
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As a boy who loves his horror games but is terribly skittish, Alan Wake 2 is very scary at times, particularly when it comes to atmosphere and jump scares. But, that isn’t to say it doesn’t have its Twin Peaks-esque moments of brevity that only add to its uncanny valley.

While there is certainly some gore (particularly when it is setting up its story), its horror is mostly found in the otherworldly presences that haunt Bright Falls and The Dark Place. Thankfully, the residents of Bright Falls have some pretty great moments that break up the horror.

Additionally, its enemies are much more brutal this time around, especially on the higher difficulties. The best way to compare just how scary is something along the lines of the Resident Evil 2 remake.

That’s everything you need to decide on just how scary Alan Wake 2 is. While horror is subjective, you’re undoubtedly going to get a few frights in this game. You should also check out Alan Wake 2’s shotgun code so you can get a weapon that should make you feel a little bit safer.

Jack Roberts
About the author
Jack Roberts
Jack is a Guides Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) & MA in English and Creative Writing, he was also the Gaming Editor for The Indiependent. When not pondering which game has the best cup of coffee (and drinking far too much of it himself), he can often be found playing Dead by Daylight, Street Fighter or making yet another build in Bloodborne.
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