How long to beat Alan Wake 2

Alan Wake 2 is a fantastic survival horror experience, but with two main playable characters and that shift to a slightly different genre, how long is it? We kept track of the time we spent in-game until the credits rolled, and how long it takes to beat Alan Wake 2.

Our game time in Alan Wake 2 was around 15 and a half hours, generally following the main quest lines and only branching off to complete side quests and explore areas in depth on a few occasions.

Alan Wake 2 – New York

Of course, every gamer’s mileage will vary on this. There’s the aforementioned secondary quests and exploring the world to grab every Word of Power and secret possible, so a completionist run will be a good bit longer.

What’s interesting is how this compares to Remedy’s other games within the same narrative universe. Consulting How Long to Beat, the original Alan Wake was 11 hours if you stuck to the main story, or around 13 hours with a bit of side exploration. Meanwhile, Control was 11.5 hours, stretching toward 17.5 hours for their “all styles” metric. With this in mind,  Alan Wake 2 feels like it is comparable in length to Control, from these measures.

Alan Wake 2 Saga

If that sounds a little short, then not to worry, because Remedy is promising a New Game + mode that will add in new manuscript pages that alter the story somewhat. Known as the ‘Final Draft’ this will come around one month after launch, alongside a new Nightmare difficulty level.

Then, in 2024, Remedy will be working on two expansions. Night Springs will come out in ‘late spring 2024’, while The Lakehouse is ‘tbd’.

In the here and now, Alan Wake 2 is an absolutely fantastic game. In our Alan Wake 2 review, Nick wrote, “Just as it gives equal screen time to its two protagonists, Alan Wake 2 is a fine blend of equal parts narrative and survival horror. Both aspects are brought together in brilliant fashion to create a game that is going to mess with your head, scare the hell out of you and make you grin about it as you plunge forward once more, eager to see what’s next.”

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