-Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10
-Offline: 58 
-Approximate amount of time to 1500: 25 Hours
-Minimum number of playthroughs needed: 2 playthroughs
-Number of missable achievements: 22
Main Game: "Boob Tube", "Medical Opinions", "Drink ‘Em Both Up", "Child of the Elder God", "Heavy Metal", "Iron Horse", "Meet the Deadline", "An Idyllic Small Town", "Gunless Wonder".
The Signal: "Fast and Furious", "Run-On Sentence", "License Revoked", "Words Will Never Harm You", "Tick Tock", "Cardboard Companions".
The Writer: "Go Gentle Into That Good Light", "No Punctuation, "Iron Will", "Whirlwind", "Licensed Properties", "Creative Space", "Heartbreaker".
-Do cheat codes disable achievements?: None
-Does difficulty affect achievements?: Yes
-Glitchy achievements: None
-Unobtainable achievements: None
-Extra equipment needed?: None
Welcome to Alan Wake. After being in development for over 4 years, the time has finally come to delve deep into the world of Bright Falls. The game has 50 achievements with a total of 1000. The game can be completed in less than 20 hours if you plan out your playthroughs. This game has plenty of collectibles, but nothing that will completely tear away at your sanity. Except, you know, the Taken…
Depending on which difficulty you play on, you will earn 12 or 13 achievements out of 50. (12-205 for playing on Normal. 13-245 for playing on Hard.) If you decide to obtain all (291) collectibles during your first playthrough, you will earn yourself all 10 of the collectible achievements gaining 250. Click HERE for a list of the collectibles.
Playing through the game for your first time will earn you each of the weapon based achievements. Now, you can try and obtain all of the Misc. achievements on your first run through, i.e. "Iron Horse", "Heavy Metal", "Gunless Wonder", but you don't have to. Doing this have less work for you to do on your miscellaneous playthrough.
After completing the game for the first time, now would be a good time to go back and pick up any of the achievements that you may have missed. "Meet the Deadline", "An Idyllic Small Town" and "Gunless Wonder" to name a few. Note that the "Drink ‘Em Both Up" achievement REQUIRES you play the jukebox twice in ONE playthrough. You will have to start a new game and play both of them again.
After playing through the game for the first time, obtained all collectibles, and achieved all miscellaneous achievements, it’s time for your Nightmare playthrough. Play through the game, and remember to:
- Aim to hit. Don’t ever shoot unless you KNOW you will hit your target. Ammo gets less and less frequent during Nightmare difficulty, and having ammo will help indefinitely.
- Head for the light. If you are surrounded by Taken, head for the nearest Safe Haven. Have it restore your health, and continue onward.
- Run. Although Alan is quite “out of shape” compared to others, running is one of the best strategies to use in situations where you are surrounded by Taken.
- Don’t go out of your way. DO NOT go out of your way for collectibles on Nightmare (except for Nightmare manuscripts). Going for these items could be your downfall if you manage to corner yourself.
Collect all 15 of your last manuscripts. When done, you will now have the full 1000 in Alan Wake.
The Signal DLC
This DLC episode can be played by selecting "Episodes" and choosing The Signal. The episode will not take long, but will earn you "A Friend In Need" and "A Friend Indeed" without doing anything else. Check the guide to find all clocks, and all cardboard standees. Be sure to NOT enter a car to earn the "License Revoked" achievement. Use the Flaregun and flares to beat the boss within 1 minute and 30 seconds to earn you the "Fast and Furious" achievement, and blast all furnaces to earn the "Words Will Never Harm You" achievement. For getting "Run-On Sentence", refer to all the tips for completing the game on Nightmare, and use those.
The Writer DLC
This DLC episode can be played by selecting "Episodes" and choosing The Writer. You will earn "Ding" and "Kill Your Darlings" by playing through the story. Keep calm and play through the entire episode without dying/reloading a checkpoint and you'll earn "No Punctuation." Be sure to check this guide for the collectibles as missing them will cause you to replay the episode again. There will be a long conversation will Dr. Hartman during the episode, with a recorder near by. Pressing on the recorder after the conversation has ended will earn you the "Heartbreaker" achievement. Other miscellaneous achievements can be completed during or after your first run.
All in all, Alan Wake is very easy to complete. The collectibles can be a bit of a pain if you manage to miss one, but follow the Collectible guide religiously, and there will be nothing to worry about. Plus, the game is so much fun to play, you’ll be upset once the adventure is done. Congratulations on your newest completion!!
[x360a would like to thank Yunder for this Road Map]