1 was pretty neat but 2 is mind blowing in comparison. Altogether the games are amazing.
I thought 1's story was a little tighter, but 2 had much better characterization of the team and perhaps a more grandiose and certainly more complex (in terms of actual gameplay) ending. I also liked the changes to inventory and streamlining of combat but I know people who really disliked those changes and complained that they moved it further from an RPG and closer to an action shooter game.
Just played through Alan Wake: American Horror Story and it wasn't bad. Nowhere near as epic and cerebral as the first AW game but I can see this drawing in new fans through its more action-ey gameplay style.
Everybody good, plenty of slaves for my robot colony?