The diversity of the gameplay (i.e. shooting things) is much better this time and the excellent atmosphere and setting (this time Wake battles through a Arizona like desert town) remain as Alan Wake battles his evil double Mr. Scratch.
The big issue is that the central conceit of the story is a time shifting thing that leads to you replaying the game's three levels over and over again. Thankfully each level is more streamlined as you play through it and you can have some interesting conversations with the townsfolk each time. Still, it can get a bit tedious.
The added in time attack mode is a pretty nice bonus that adds some value to a game that really needs it.