Games Like Alan Wake

Games Like Alan Wake
Games like Alan Wake set you in haunting worlds that try to spook you at every corner. These games tell captivating stories and immerse you with fantastic sound. In Alan Wake, the protagonist is on the search for his wife as she’s disappeared during their peaceful vacation in Bright Falls.

Alan Wake is a best-selling thriller writer who now must confront darkness and his own mind, as he finds pages from a thriller book that he doesn’t even remember writing before. The story is divided into episodes and plays out just like a TV series, with various twists and excitement.

During your adventure, darkness rules the small town of Bright Falls. The shadows take control of various objects such as knives and chainsaws in order to attack Alan Wake. To stop the darkness, Alan must use light to shine through. With only a firearm and flashlight, you must carefully make use of your flashlight and weapon as battery and ammo are limited.

Next to the precious, trusty flashlight, Alan can also make use of flare guns and even objects such as streetlights to your advantage. Each enemy is protected by a certain amount of darkness that you must slowly destroy with light in order to finish off the enemy with your firearm. Some enemies are faster than others, and some can even teleport, so be prepared for anything in this intense world.

Great gameplay, sound & story help Alan Wake feel like a horror game any fan of the genre should play. Mixing peaceful day scenes with action-packed, scary nights helps with pacing and gives a great, atmospheric experience. If you haven’t played Alan Wake already, then you definitely should. (Unfortunately, Alan Wake is not available to buy on Steam anymore due to the expiration of music licenses).

Looking for more great games like Alan Wake? Then check out this list of spooky games packed with thrills, horror and just story rich games.

13 Best Games Similar To Alan Wake

Beyond: Two Souls

Beyond: Two Souls preview

In Beyond: Two souls, you play as a woman who has been guarded by a supernatural entity for as long as she can remember – whom she affectionately calls ‘Aiden’. Together, you and Aiden travel the United States, danger seeming to follow your every move as you try to navigate being gifted with also just trying to survive in day-to-day life.

About the game:
Released: (PS3) 8 Oct, 2013 / (PS4) 24 Nov, 2015
Genre: Action, Adventure
Platforms: PS4, PS3
Developer: Quantic Dream
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
System Requirements:

Metacritic Rating: 72

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 10 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 12 Hours
  • Completionist 26 Hours
  • All Styles 12 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Drama, Interactive, Multiplayer, Sci-fi, Singleplayer, Stealth

Until Dawn

Until Dawn preview

A group of young adults journey into the Canadian mountains to a remote cabin, hoping to spend a short vacation having fun in the snowy forest. However, when their friends slowly begin to go missing one by one, it quickly becomes clear that someone, or something, does not want them there.

About the game:
Released: 25 Aug, 2015
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Survival
Platforms: PS4
Developer: Supermassive Games
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
System Requirements:

Metacritic Rating: 79

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 8 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 9 Hours
  • Completionist 18 Hours
  • All Styles 9 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Adventure, Drama, Horror, Psycho, Singleplayer, Survival

Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy

Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy preview

Indigo Prophecy, or Fahrenheit, is hailed by many as a breakthrough in interactive storytelling, and it is easy to see why. IN this amazing game, you take control of one of several characters at time, and every single choice you make has the potential to impact one or all of them further on in the story.

About the game:
Released: 16 Sep, 2005
Genre: Adventure, RPG
Platforms: iOS, Xbox 360, Xbox, PS4, PS2, PC, MacOS, Linux, Android
Developer: Quantic Dream
Publisher: Atari Inc.
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8
  • Processor: Intel Core i3, AMD A10
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 512 MB ATI HD4450 | 512 MB nVidia 8800 GT | Intel HD 4400
  • Storage: 15 GB

Metacritic Rating: 61

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 8 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 9 Hours
  • Completionist 9 Hours
  • All Styles 8 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, Choices Matter, Cinematic, Detective, Female Protagonist, Horror, Mystery, RPG, Singleplayer, Story Rich, Supernatural

Metro: Last Light

Metro: Last Light preview

Metro Last night is the popular game with many incredible features as visual and action components. The story is placed in the city of Moscow and you will meet the streets of the city in the deep war. During the war, a superweapon comes up with the possibility to destroy the rest of the humanity.

About the game:
Released: 14 May, 2013
Genre: Action, Shooter
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: 4A Games
Publisher: Deep Silver
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP (32-Bit only), Vista, 7, or 8
  • Processor: Dual Core CPU (2.2+ GHz Dual Core CPU or better)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTS 250 (or AMD equivalent e.g. HD Radeon 4000 series) or higher
  • Storage: 10 GB

Metacritic Rating: 82

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 10 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 13 Hours
  • Completionist 34 Hours
  • All Styles 12 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, FPS, Horror, Multiplayer, Open World, Post-apocalyptic, Shooter, Singleplayer, Stealth, Story Rich, Survival

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead preview

In this amazing episodic telltale game that has left gamers wanting more and more, you will, at first, take the roll of Lee as he struggles to survive the zombie apocalypse while protecting Clementine, a small girl Lee took under his wing. This story about hope and tragedy will keep you hooked until the final moments.

About the game:
Released: 24 Apr, 2012
Genre: Adventure
Platforms: iOS, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, PC, Ouya, MacOS, Linux, Kindle Fire HDX, Android
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows  XP Service Pack 3
  • Processor: 2.0 GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB RAM (Not recommended for Intel integrated graphics)
  • Storage: 2 GB

Metacritic Rating: 89

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 12 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 13 Hours
  • Completionist 24 Hours
  • All Styles 13 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, Comic Book, Drama, Episodic, Horror, Mature, Point & Click, Post-apocalyptic, Singleplayer, Story Rich, Survival, Third Person, Zombies

The Evil Within

The Evil Within preview

In this intense horror game published by Bethesda, you play as a detective who gets a call to visit an abandoned insane asylum. When you arrive on the scene, you discover it is not entirely abandoned, and your world as you know it becomes a dark place, inhabited by terrifying creatures.

About the game:
Released: 13 Oct, 2014
Genre: Action, Horror, Survival
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC
Developer: Tango Gameworks
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
System Requirements:
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 SP1/Windows 8.1
  • Processor: i7 or an equivalent with four plus core processor
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: GTX 460 or equivalent 1 GB VRAM card
  • Storage: 50 GB

Metacritic Rating: 75

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 16 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 20 Hours
  • Completionist 42 Hours
  • All Styles 18 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, Cinematic, Dark, Horror, Open World, Psychological Horror, Singleplayer, Story Rich, Survival, Third Person, Zombies

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier

The Walking Dead: A New Frontier preview

A new Frontier version of the Walking Dead game is a new adventure with two main characters Clementine and Javier. The heroes can progress in the story by collecting objects and entering in the conversations with other players. During the story, you will need to make the choice and avoid being killed.

About the game:
Released: 20 Dec, 2016
Genre: Adventure
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 7 64Bit Service Pack 1 or higher
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTS 450+ with 1024MB+ VRAM (excluding GT)
  • Storage: 8 GB

Metacritic Rating: 71

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 7 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 7 Hours
  • Completionist 8 Hours
  • All Styles 8 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, Casual, Choices Matter, Choose your own Adventure, Comic Book, Episodic, Female Protagonist, Horror, Post-apocalyptic, Singleplayer, Story Rich, Survival, Violent, Zombies

The Evil Within 2

The Evil Within 2 preview

The Evil Within 2 is a 3rd person survival horror where you play as detective Sebastian Castellanos, who must return to the terrifying world of STEM to save back his loved ones. Fight disturbing creatures head on or use the shadows to survive this painful world. Use the crafting system to craft various items such as traps and ammo.

About the game:
Released: 13 Oct, 2017
Genre: Action, Adventure
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Developer: Tango Gameworks
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2400 / AMD FX-8320 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD 7970 3GB or better
  • Storage: 40 GB

Metacritic Rating: n/a

How long to beat?

Tags: Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, Cinematic, Dark, Horror, Open World, Psychological Horror, Singleplayer, Story Rich, Survival, Third Person, Zombies

L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire preview

L.A. Noire really lives up to its title. In this game, which takes heavy cues from noire style movies, you play as a detective in the running to bust one of the most notorious crime syndicates, and make your career in the process. You will have to shoot, sneak and interrogate your way through the city to do it.

About the game:
Released: 8 Nov, 2011
Genre: Adventure, Strategy
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Developer: Team Bondi
Publisher: Rockstar Games
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 7 / Windows Vista Service Pack 1 / Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Processor: (Intel) Core 2.2 GHz to Quad Core 3.2GHz / (AMD) Dual Core 2.4Ghz to Quad Core 3.2Ghz
  • Memory: 2GB to 8GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512MB to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1536MB or Radeon HD3000 512MB to Radeon HD 6850 1024MB
  • Storage: 16 GB

Metacritic Rating: 83

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 21 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 27 Hours
  • Completionist 40 Hours
  • All Styles 26 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Cinematic, Crime, Detective, Investigation, Mystery, Noir, Nudity, Open World, Puzzle, RPG, Singleplayer, Story Rich, Strategy, Third Person

The Walking Dead: Season 2

The Walking Dead: Season 2 preview

After Lee saved Clementine through the cost of his live, Clementine continue her survival on her own. The whole world is in the hell and Clementine needs to seek for the survivors and bring tough decisions.

About the game:
Released: 17 Dec, 2013
Genre: Adventure
Platforms: iOS, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, PC, Ouya, MacOS, Android
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo 2GHz or equivalent
  • Memory: 3 GB RAM
  • Graphics: ATI or NVidia card w/ 512 MB VRAM
  • Storage: 2 GB

Metacritic Rating: 83

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 9 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 10 Hours
  • Completionist 10 Hours
  • All Styles 9 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, Choices Matter, Choose your own Adventure, Cinematic, Comic Book, Drama, Episodic, Female Protagonist, Horror, Mature, Post-apocalyptic, Singleplayer, Story Rich, Survival, Zombies

Metro 2033

Metro 2033 preview

Battle for your life and for the continued survival of mankind in this gritty, dark survival horror game. Metro 2033 takes you into the post-apocalyptic landscape of Russia, where mankind has survived by barricading themselves into the system of metro tunnels under Moscow. But you are called to do greater things, and so you must venture into the darkness, with the dangers it brings.

About the game:
Released: (PC/Xbox 360) 16 Mar, 2010 / (PS4/Xbox One) 26 Aug, 2014
Genre: FPS, Horror, Survival
Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PC, MacOS, Linux
Developer: 4A Games
Publisher: THQ, Deep Silver
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP, Vista, or 7
  • Processor: Dual core CPU (any Core 2 Duo or better)
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 9, Shader Model 3 compliant graphics cards (GeForce 8800, GeForce GT220 and above)
  • Storage: 12 GB

Metacritic Rating: 81

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 9 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 12 Hours
  • Completionist 19 Hours
  • All Styles 11 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, FPS, Horror, Multiplayer, Open World, Post-apocalyptic, Shooter, Singleplayer, Story Rich, Survival

Heavy Rain

Heavy Rain preview

In this film noir thriller game, you will take control of four different characters, who are all tied in some way to the mysterious Origami killer. The lives of these four individuals are in your hands, and your actions as one can lead to fatal consequences for the others.

About the game:
Released: (PS3) 18 Feb, 2010 / (PS4) 1 Mar, 2016
Genre: Action, Adventure
Platforms: PS4, PS3
Developer: Quantic Dream
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
System Requirements:

Metacritic Rating: 87

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 10 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 12 Hours
  • Completionist 22 Hours
  • All Styles 10 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Drama, Multiple Endings, Mystery, Quick-Time Events

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter preview

In this stunning and beautiful game, you play as a Private detective hired to investigate the case of a missing boy named Ethan Carter, who has proven to be incredibly hard to track down. You will track Ethan through eerie towns and dense forests, but what will you discover when you finally catch up to him?

About the game:
Released: 26 Sep, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Indie
Platforms: PS4, PC
Developer: The Astronauts
Publisher: The Astronauts
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or equivalent AMD
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX11 compliant card with 1GB of VRAM
  • Storage: 9 GB

Metacritic Rating: 82

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 4 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 5 Hours
  • Completionist 5 Hours
  • All Styles 4 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Adventure, Atmospheric, Detective, Exploration, First Person, Horror, Indie, Mystery, Open World, Point & Click, Puzzle, Singleplayer, Story Rich

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