It took me a little while before I picked up this game.  I wanted to get it, but I never got around to it for some reason.  Then my girlfriend started to get more into gaming and she loves horror games.  I was trying to think of games she should get into and I remembered that Alan Wake was supposed to be good.  I found a copy of it and it was an awesome experience that I had trouble putting down.  It was not outright terrifying, but there were some good jump moments and it has a creepy atmosphere.  The real star, though, is the story.  The story kept driving me forward and I couldn't wait to find out what it had in store for me.  In fact, I liked the story so much that I actually prefer this game to other horror games like Dead Space.  Although I find Dead Space a lot scarier and I think the gameplay itself is better in that series, the story has not grabbed me the way Alan Wake's did.  Do yourself a favor, if you have not bought this game yet, find it and play it.  You will not regret it.