Just FYI, I am posting it here for all the 360/PC owners on this board (and I hope all the PS3 owners reading this will branch out).
I finally finished Alan Wake last weekend, and I don't know what the hell took me so long. This is the best game the 360 has to offer as an exclusive in the console arena.
Its brilliantly written and told, capturing alot of great characters in a X-Files/Twin Peaks-esque series of connected episodes all being a part of a larger horror/mystery plot. It leverages off of all these cliches in small ways, paying homage to them by interweaving them in the narrative. If you let it, it will suck you in like few games ever will. Putting other horror-focused games like Silent Hill to shame (except Silent Hill 2, the lone quality title in the series), and taking you to the finale that is both satisfying, but leaves you with so many questions...
Its the type of game that makes you realize that people who claim gaming isn't innovative or is dead are just blind.
Seriously, its 10-30 bucks. Available on the 360, PC, XBLA, and Steam. GET IT NOW!