Alan Wake

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Alan Wake
Alan Wake.jpg
Release dates
February 16, 2012
Alan Wake at SteamDB
 Alan Wake at Wikipedia
Alan Wake
Alan Wake 2012
Alan Wake's American Nightmare 2012

Key points

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

General information

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


Source DRM Notes Keys Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GamersGate Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
GameStop Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg DRM-free
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Humble Store DRM-free Includes Alan Wake's American Nightmare. Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Origin Availability Table Icons - Origin.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Information The only places where the soundtrack can be bought are, Origin and Steam.
Information The bonus content of the Collector's Edition can be found in the installation folder of the game.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

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

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix 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]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

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

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Information 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.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration Native support On by default. Enable "Direct aiming" in the controls to disable it.
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support Native support XInput controllers only.
Full controller support Native support
Controller remapping No native support Two layouts only.
Controller Y-axis inversion Native support

Binding Enter or Backspace to actions[edit]

Fix 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 Native support Separate controls for music, effects, speech, and cinematic.
Surround sound Native support Auto configures up to 7.1 output[3]
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions No native support
Mute on focus lost Native support


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
Traditional Chinese Native support No native support Native support
French Native support Native support Native support
German Native support Native support Native support
Italian Native support Native support Native support
Japanese Native support Native support Native support
Korean Native support No native support Native support
Polish Native support No native support Native support
Russian Native support No native support Native support
Spanish Native support Native support Native support Includes localization for Spain and Latin American[4] countries.
Turkish Native support No native support Native support Use Alan Wake - %100 Türkçe Yama.

Latin American Spanish localization[edit]

Information Features its own dubbing.

Fix 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 Unknown Unknown icon.svg
Nvidia 3D Vision Native support GG3D silver.svg Use Helix Mod: Alan Wake for better 3D support.
TriDef 3D Native support GG3D silver.svg
iZ3D Unknown Unknown icon.svg

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]

Fix 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]

Information This is caused by a corrupted download.

Fix Fix corrupted files

Information 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]

Information 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.
Information This occurs on (even slightly) older Intel graphics drivers (confirmed with the one that ships with Apple's Boot Camp drivers for Windows 8).

Fix Update graphics driver

Information 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]

Fix Turn all blur effects off

Start the game with the command line parameter -noblur.

Fix 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