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The Besties: Alan Wake 2 is Weirder Than You Could Possibly Imagine

An illustration of a white trophy with four black figures. One is lifting the bottom of the trophy, another is waving from the top, another is climbing the handle, and the last figure is standing next to it with its arms outstretched. The background is gold. There is a light yellow light shining out from the trophy. Above it says, “The Besties” in black serif font with an orange laurel on either side.

Thirteen years ago, a troubled fictional author by the name of Alan Wake stumbled into our hearts, yelling about shadow monsters and nightmares made manifest. Now he’s back, and he’s got a friend! What’s changed in the intervening decade-plus-change? And how much of the original Alan Wake do we remember? (Hint: Literally none of it.)

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