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Alan Wake PC version compared, American Nightmare PC teased

PC gamers have been waiting a long time for their right to play Alan Wake, Remedy's quirky horror-adventure. One new feature that makes the game appear dramatically different: a revamped lighting system.

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PC gamers have been waiting a long time for their right to play Alan Wake, Remedy's quirky horror-adventure. To compensate for the lengthy delay, the PC version is a "Complete Edition" of sorts, including all sorts of bonuses over the console original. One new PC-exclusive feature makes the game appear dramatically different: a revamped lighting system. Remedy's Oskari Häkkinen says that the new lighting makes the graphics "even more realistic." But take a look for yourself. For all the comparison screenshots, click here.

PC version

Xbox 360 version

"With the lighting playing such an important part in the story, in the combat mechanics, getting that crystallised fidelity in the lighting and the darkness, the Pacific Northwest looks gorgeous," Häkkinen told Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

PC version

Xbox 360 version

Alan Wake will be available for digital download later today, with a retail release to follow next month. However, can PC gamers expect a port of American Nightmare, the upcoming XBLA action-oriented spin-off? "So far it's exclusive," Häkkinen said. "But based on everything I just said about how much PC gaming means to us, you can be guaranteed that we would put as much effort into bringing... well, you can read between the lines."

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    February 16, 2012 7:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Alan Wake PC version compared, American Nightmare PC teased.

    PC gamers have been waiting a long time for their right to play Alan Wake, Remedy's quirky horror-adventure. One new feature that makes the game appear dramatically different: a revamped lighting system.

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      February 16, 2012 7:09 AM

      Do want (at half price)

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      February 16, 2012 7:19 AM

      It's not horror, it's thriller.

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      February 16, 2012 8:14 AM

      We've been waiting for the right to play? Was Alan Wake's appearance on PC a civil rights contest?

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        February 16, 2012 8:59 AM

        Wasn't all of this dung started in 2006?

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      February 16, 2012 8:26 AM

      looks like they're brightening it up and removing the fog? the game is all atmosphere and i think that kind of takes away from the gloominess of Bright Falls

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        February 16, 2012 8:40 AM

        I was kind of thinking the same thing

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        February 16, 2012 8:50 AM

        yes looks like they took off the close depth of field effect. hopefully they made it so you can change to whatever you want, because those PC screens look kind of plain.

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        February 16, 2012 9:01 AM

        It could be that the PC version has more accurate, per-pixel fog effects. It's probably how it's suppose to look, but the XBox muddies it up.

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          February 16, 2012 10:28 AM

          it could be but either way this looks like it could muddy up the atmosphere of the game.

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            February 16, 2012 10:54 PM

            Fog effects are fine after playing it. The clarity is awesome looks so much better than the xbox... only thing that i hate is that the xbox resolution cut scenes look horrible in comparison to the actual game.

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      February 16, 2012 1:46 PM

      Greenmangaming.com has it for $20.10, CE for $23.45 with coupon HALFT-ERMHO-RRORS