Alan Wake

You know when hearing a special song or eating a certain food unleashes a torrent of nostalgia? I was not at all prepared for the tidal wave of memories that this game hit me with. Alan Wake is a “psychological action thriller,” it says so on the box, but this game means more to me than scares and gunplay. Released May of 2010 by Remedy Entertainment, the third person shooter, Alan Wake had a surprisingly profound impact on yours truly. At the ripe age of 14, I was infatuated with games.


Imagine Friday the 13th, a group of teenagers isolated in a forest, and a murderous psychopath on the loose. Take that context, put the teenagers on an island, and make it a psychological thriller instead of a slasher, then you’ve got the setting for Night School Studios’ Oxenfree.