No, the combat doesn't get better later in the game at all.I never could stomach very much of Alan Wake. I'm not sure how far I got when the game finally came to PC but the combat, which Remedy nailed with the Max Payne games, was so dogshit I gave up within an hour or two. Does it eventually get better? The Steve Kang styled narrative also didn't keep me hooked or made up for the shit gameplay. This series seems to be condemned to always play second fiddle to the far superior J-jank of Deadly Premonition, which did make up for the gameplay flaws with charm, atmosphere and audacity. It also delivered on the open town format that I think that Alan Wake aimed for, or so I remember reading in early previews, before cutting it out of the game during development hell. Even the turn towards sheboons was handled better by Deadly Premonition 2.
Was thinking of revisiting it to see if anything of value was lost with the Netflixation of the sequel, but maybe it's just more trash piled up on an already terrible foundation.
Low standards. I would rate it 4/10. Maybe 5 at best. Everything is shit and worthless, but the setting is mildly interesting sure...yet mainly for ripping Twin Peaks. Can you even assign 5 adjectives to the setting beyond "dark" and "foggy"? We learn fuck all about this setting. It's pathetic. Silent Hill 1 is a far superior Twin Peaks riff. Even shitty Deadly Premonition's setting is more established and mildly more intriguing.Alan Wake is the quintessential 6.5/10 good for what it is background noise game, maybe 7/10, something in that range but most def. not higher than that. The setting is pretty good but everything else just plays sooooooooo safe, from the combat to the rest of the mechanics and objectives. It also overstays its welcome by quite a lot, game would've been better if it was 5h shorter but with higher quality and more memorable set pieces.
Exactly the reason why I don't feel the least bit inclined to upgrade my 3070. Even if I were interested in playing the decline popamole du jour, I could never justify paying through the nose to get assrammed by unoptimized sub 1080p garbage.RTX 3070 to play at 60 FPS on Medium preset at 1080p with DLSS Perfomance setting. DLSS Performance at 1080p is what, 540p rendering resolution? Amazing stuff. And here I thought using any DLSS mode that isn't DLAA at 1080p was unacceptable.
As with everything, DLSS is a slippery slope. Frame gen is the biggest con in computer hardware I can remember, and I've been through a lot. People's standards have fallen so far it's laughable.