Alan Wake is definitely a third person shooter. You get to use a variety of weapons such as a pistol, a shotgun and a flare gun while fighting enemies or even inanimate objects controlled by the dark presence.
The majority of the game takes place in dark, mysterious, horror settings trying to imitate the writing style of Steven King which it achieves in many situations. Since the primary enemy in the game is darkness, a malevolent presence hunting you down every corner, then it goes without saying that your primary weapon can only be light. Yes. Light sources are your primary weapon and lit areas act as safe heaven. Light from your flashlight makes enemies vulnerable while greater light sources such as flashbangs can kill enemies outright. This “light” thing is what makes this game truly unique and to stand out from standard shooters.
Graphics are ok and the same goes for sound effects. I don’t remember any in game mucic except when you finish an episode. Then you can listen to a whole song before starting the new episode.
In terms of story, I can’t say I fully understood everything (typical of Steven King’s style) or I can’t say that everything made sense, but who cares. The standard story is easy to understand so you can follow the course of the game.
The game is recommended to have an enjoyable time. Your money is well spent but there is nothing too much exciting or memorable in the game.