Alan Wake

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Alan Wake
Alan Wake cover
Remedy Entertainment
Windows Nitro Games
Nordic Games
Release dates
Windows February 16, 2012
Alan Wake
Alan Wake 2012
Alan Wake's American Nightmare 2012

Key points

PC version features high resolution textures, texture filtering, high quality shadows and more PC-specific features.
Excellent, well-optimized port.[1]

General information

Official forums Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums for game series


The only places where the soundtrack can be bought are, Origin and Steam.
The bonus content of the Collector's Edition can be found in the installation folder of the game.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Base game includes all DLC released for the Xbox 360 version.
Name Notes
Alan Wake Collector's Edition Extras
Alan Wake Bonus Materials Free

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\videos\
  2. Delete or rename startup_mgs.bik and startup_remedy.bik

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) and save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Remedy\AlanWake_GOG_Version
Steam %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Remedy\AlanWake\Steam\userdata\<user-id>\108710
resolution.xml controls screen resolution as well as debugging information.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Advanced options for graphics.
Advanced options for graphics.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Use Windowed Borderless Gaming.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Cannot be switched off as an option, as the game is designed with 2x MSAA as a minimum.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Suggested values by aspect ratio:
16:9, 16:10, 15:9 >> FOV 11
21:9  (2560x1080) >> FOV 13
15:4  (3840x1024) >> FOV 15
48:10 (5040x1050) >> FOV 19
48:9  (5760x1080) >> FOV 20

Input settings[edit]

Controls settings.
Controls settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Mouse acceleration
On by default. Enable "Direct aiming" in the controls to disable it.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput controllers only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Two layouts only.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback

Binding Enter or Backspace to actions[edit]

Edit keybinds.xml
  1. Open keybinds.xml found in game data folder.
  2. For the action you want to set to Enter use key="0x1c", or use key="0x0e" to set to ← Backspace.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Separate controls for music, effects, speech, and cinematic.
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 7.1 output[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio CC Notes
Traditional Chinese
Includes localization for Spain and Latin American[4] countries.
Use Alan Wake - %100 Türkçe Yama.

Latin American Spanish localization[edit]

Features its own dubbing.
Configure the game in Latin American Spanish
  1. Connect to Steam and download the language pack.
  2. Right-click on Alan Wake - Properties.
  3. Click Set Launch Options on the General tab.
  4. Write this command: -locale=esm

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Alan Wake for better 3D support.
TriDef 3D

Issues unresolved[edit]

Commentary audio volume too high[edit]

The volume for audio commentary cannot be changed and may be too high for some users. It was lowered slightly in 1.02 to be "more sensible".

Issues fixed[edit]

Low frame rate and stuttering[edit]

Disable forced anti-aliasing
  1. Open the control panel for your graphics card.
  2. In the relevant section, disable forced anti-aliasing and instead adhere to the application settings.

"No World Loaded" error[edit]

This is caused by a corrupted download.
Fix corrupted files
Use the Steam client's "Verify Integrity of Game Cache" option or redownload the game installer from

Everything is black and white on Intel graphics[edit]

This glitch causes all the graphics in the game to appear white, black and dark grey, while all the lighting and shadows seem to work.
This occurs on (even slightly) older Intel graphics drivers (confirmed with the one that ships with Apple's Boot Camp drivers for Windows 8).
Update graphics driver
Download and install the appropriate driver for your graphics adapter and OS from Intel's Download Center.

Nvidia Control Panel Forced AF cancels "Darkness Effect"[edit]

On Nvidia cards, if anisotropic filtering is forced through Nvidia Control Panel, "Darkness Effect" post processing (Swirls, blur) is missing. Issue is solved by changing AF in Nvidia Control Panel to application controlled and having 16x anisotropic filtering within game options.

Other information[edit]

Disabling blur effects[edit]

Turn all blur effects off

Start the game with the command line parameter -noblur.

Turn only motion blur off
  1. Download this archive and unpack it.
  2. Copy VectorBlur.obj to folder shaders/build/pc/ found in the installation path of the game.

Command line parameters[edit]

Set these parameters to change certain hidden settings or force different options at start-up.[5]

Command Notes
-hX Screen height (e.g. -h720).
-wX Screen width (e.g. -w1280).
-window Force windowed.
-novsync Disables Vsync.
-showfps Shows frame rate counter.
-forcesurround Forces 5.1 speaker mode.
-forcestereo Forces stereo speak mode.
-nosound Disables sound.
-cleancloud Deletes save games and settings for Alan Wake from the Steam Cloud.
-noblur Disables the in-game vector blur.
-locale=xx Forces a selected locale.
-rigidcamera Modifies mouse aim behavior.
-directaiming Removes all mouse acceleration, also enables -rigidcamera.
-nativekeys Fixes Windows language bar or input language disappearance.
-developermenu Unlocks all episodes and allows you to play at Nightmare difficulty without completing the game first on lower difficulties.
-freecamera Pressing the right thumb stick enables/disables freecamera mode. There is no keyboard switch.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2 7
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Dual core 2.66 GHz Quad core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
AMD Radeon 4890
Nvidia GeForce GTX260
1 GB of VRAM


  1. Alan Wake PC Review: A Port That Gets It Right | Game Front
  2. New 120Hz Games Report
  3. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  4. Latin American Spanish Language Pack is available - Remedy Community Forums
  5. Alan Wake PC Support FAQ and Known Issues FAQ - Steam Users' Forums