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.

17 Best Games Like Alan Wake

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 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 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

 

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

 

Mass Effect

Mass Effect preview

Mass Effect is the popular game where the main protagonist Commander Shepard fights against Saren Arterius who wants to conquer the galaxy. In the pursuit, Saren is enslaved by the Reapers and sent to Citadel space where he has to start with the cleaning of organic life and fulfill the cycle happening each 50,000 years.

About the game:
Released: 28 May, 2008
Genre: Action, RPG
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
System Requirements:
  • OS: Microsoft Windows XP with SP2 or Windows Vista
  • Processor: Intel P4 2.4 Ghz or faster / AMD 2.0 Ghz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM (2 GB for Vista)
  • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible, ATI X1300 XT or greater
  • Storage: 12 GB

Metacritic Rating: 89

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 17 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 29 Hours
  • Completionist 43 Hours
  • All Styles 27 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, Character Customization, Choices Matter, Dark Fantasy, Female Protagonist, Open World, RPG, Sci-fi, Shooter, Space, Story Rich, Third Person

 

Mass Effect 2

Mass Effect 2 preview

Mass Effect is taking place two years after the first part of the game. As humans disappear from the colony and Commander Shephard needs to discover the reason. He makes the alliance with the Cerberus organization and fights against Collectors race and many other characters.

About the game:
Released: 29 Jan, 2010
Genre: RPG
Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Windows Vista SP1 / Windows 7
  • Processor: 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent AMD CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM for Windows XP / 2 GB RAM for Windows Vista and Windows 7
  • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support)
  • Storage: 15 GB

Metacritic Rating: 94

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 25 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 36 Hours
  • Completionist 51 Hours
  • All Styles 36 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, Character Customization, Choices Matter, Classic, Female Protagonist, RPG, Sci-fi, Shooter, Singleplayer, Space, Story Rich, Third Person

 

Mass Effect 3

Mass Effect 3 preview

Mass Effect 3 is the last game in the fantastic 3rd person action RPG trilogy that lets you finish your journey as Commander Shepard. Bring past choices made in previous games and continue on as you make more crucial, intense decisions for a final conclusion. An improved combat system and the addition of 4-player online co-op help deliver more action-packed gameplay next to an intense story.

About the game:
Released: 6 Mar, 2012
Genre: Action, RPG
Platforms: Xbox 360, Wii U, PS3, PC
Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
System Requirements:
  • OS: Windows XP SP3, Vista SP1, Win 7
  • Processor: 1.2 ghz
  • Memory: 1 GB for XP / 2 GB RAM for Vista/Win 7
  • Graphics: 256 MB VRAM, NVIDIA GeForce 7900 or better; ATI Radeon X1800 or better
  • Storage: 2.5 GB

Metacritic Rating: 89

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 24 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 36 Hours
  • Completionist 50 Hours
  • All Styles 35 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Adventure, Atmospheric, Character Customization, Choices Matter, Classic, Female Protagonist, RPG, Sci-fi, Shooter, Singleplayer, Space, Story Rich, Third Person

 

Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mass Effect: Andromeda preview

The newest iteration of the critically-acclaimed Mass Effect series, an incredibly popular science fiction RPG by Bioware, Mass Effect: Andromeda is an open-world style, third-person shooter. Mass Effect works on a party system, where you choose a few NPCs out of a large variety to accompany you in battle, depending on how you want to tackle a situation.

About the game:
Released: 21 Mar, 2017
Genre: Action, RPG
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC
Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Electronic Arts
System Requirements:
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 660 2GB, AMD Radeon 7850 2GB
  • Storage: 55 GB

Metacritic Rating: 72

How long to beat?
  • Main Story 20 Hours
  • Hours Main + Extra 64 Hours
  • Completionist 90 Hours
  • All Styles 66 Hours
  • Learn more
Tags: Action, Fantasy, Multiplayer, Open World, RPG, Sci-fi, Shooter, Singleplayer, Space, Third Person

 

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