I got my free download of the Alan Wake DLC Part 1 yesterday. The email with my code didn't show up until 3:30 pm. I was starting to get worried that I had gotten screwed over but thankfully not.
The DLC takes the game to the next level of crazy but helps make more sense of the end of the game with the words showing up in the last level. It actually gives it more purpose to me now as I didn't like that part at all in the game.
Alan seems to have lost his memory but regains it as he is running around. It's interesting how they are using the original game and slightly changing the atmosphere to give it a different feel. I had read an article that they went away from the story and did more on gameplay. The story is there to me but they reason they are saying that is because it does jump from parts of the original story to the next really quickly as Alan is regaining his memory.
It took me about an hour to finish the DLC. I picked up and remembered the controls pretty quickly. I think I found half the posters and about 2/3 of the clocks for the collectibles for just barely looking around. So they did put stuff in places that you would really have to look around to find them. I did die once as I wasn't ready for this massive on slaught of guys. I'll definitly not die on my next run through.
I haven't played the game since I beat it but it was so enjoyable to play it again. This is one of the best games I've ever played. I hope the next DLC comes out soon. Mainly because I want o play it before a good trade in deal shows up at Gamestop or I'll be trading it in. It'll be hard to part with this game though.
I did a 2nd run in the game last night and I missed 1 card board cut out and 2 clocks. Some how my cardboard character achievement popped on the first one in the game. I was sure I read that but it popped, so I actually found them all on the first run through.
Now the 2 clocks I missed. One was out on a dock that I just didn't walk out on for some reason. The 2nd one I missed was in the light pole area where the taken keep spawning in. That was rough stuff. Don't plan on finding it without dieing. That was rough finding where it was located at.
A good tip, hold onto 4-5 flare gun shots until you get to the end with the TV's. You'll finish it off so fast by shooting your flare gun you'll laugh.
Last update because I've had this happen to me a few times. So wanted to warn you.
When you beat the DLC and the end movie starts playing. Don't hit B to skip it. It has frozen up on me every time I've tried to skip it. Luckily when I reloaded it back up after going to the dashboard, it popped my 50 point achievement for beating it without dieing.