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Darker Darks & Brighter Lights

Preset for Alan Wake
Created by GraveATX
Added April 18, 2021
Updated 20 Apr 06:53 CEST
Shader used: ReShade
Preset description:
Preset used with all Game Settings at Max and about 30% brightness. These settings make the game feel scarier and possibly increase the difficulty, are you up for a challenge? After finding the basic shaders/brightness settings of the game were pretty terrible, I was finally motivated enough to try using ReShade, something my friend has been using for a while now and I was just too lazy till now. So I whipped up this preset, and I think it turned out pretty well. I've played the game before on Xbox 360, so I knew what kind of atmosphere and such the game had, and I wanted to try and make it even creepier and darker. I played with the Levels the most, making the darker colors black and bringing out the light more, ultimately coming up with this Preset. - The shadows are now MUCH darker, and without a light source of any kind around or pointed at it you will not see anything. This makes the game more difficult I found, but also more exciting. - The light sources of the game now "pierce" the darkness a lot more and feel much more enveloping and safe in contrast to the shadows. I also noticed a bigger visual difference between the smallest flash light and the biggest one, and the upgrades you find for your flashlight along the way feel more rewarding because of this I think. - I brought out the colors a bit, giving light sources a slight golden glow, and the moonlight throughout the game becomes much more blue. It also made the colors of the flares look pretty neat with the lighting effects. - As I mentioned, the effects make the game a little more difficult, especially in the darker areas of the game. I played through the entire game with these settings, both special episodes as well, and the hardest part was near the end of the 2nd special episode were stuff REALLY gets dark, I wont spoil it but you may want to have your effects keybind toggle handy, or stock up on flares.
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