Alan Wake's American Nightmare

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In this brand new standalone experience, Alan Wake fights the herald of darkness, the evil Mr. Scratch!

A thrilling new storyline, hordes of creepy enemies, serious firepower and beautiful Arizona locations, combined with a fun and challenging new game mode make this a must for Alan Wake veterans, and the perfect jumping on point for new players!

Key Features:

  • Play the full-fledged Story Mode: You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you fight to stop your murderous evil double to take back your life... and change reality itself!

  • Fight till dawn arcade mode: In the action-packed Arcade Mode, you’ll need to master the Fight with Light mechanic to stay alive until dawn and beat your friends on the Leaderboards. Can you survive until sunrise?

  • Face the darkness: Twisted and dangerous enemies stalk you in the shadows. Dispatch them with the powerful arsenal of weapons at your disposal.

Customer reviews


A Solid Spin-Off

darkhorse441 | Feb. 17, 2016 | See all darkhorse441's reviews »

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is a stand-alone follow up to the cult game Alan Wake. But how is it? Well let’s break it down: Gameplay: The gameplay is similar to the original Alan Wake, but with more focus on shooting and action than survival horror. Ammo is plentiful and shooting is less restricted and more rewarding and reactive than the first game. The number of different guns to unlock has increased, though many of them do not handle too differently from another. The maps are also more open-ended than the original, with three pseudo open-world locations rather than linear paths. In addition to the story mode, the “Fight ‘Til Dawn” survival arcade mode has been added to give the game some replayability. Graphics: A net improvement from the first game. Colors seem more vibrant, animated cutscenes are replaced with live-action, and while the game engine appears to be the same, everything has been given a fresh coat of paint. For a 2012 game that was download-only, I really have no qualms. Story: Coming off the excellent story of Alan Wake, does American Nightmare hold up? Well, sort of. In an effort to make it more “stand-alone”, the devs made the connection to the original game tenuous so as not to discourage new fans but still similar so as to satisfy AW fans. Characters and events from the first game are mentioned but the exact details are left somewhat blurry. As I mentioned, the cutscenes are live-action, with in-game interactions being rendered live. The dialogue is a bit wonky at the start of the game but gets better as it progresses. Honestly, the story is decent, but nowhere near as good as Alan Wake. Gaming experience: Great! I experienced no bugs or crashes. My only complaint was that the game seemed a bit too easy, though I was not playing on the hardest difficulty.


Not bad spin-off.

Furrek | Sept. 9, 2015 | See all Furrek's reviews »

If you loved the Strony in Alan Wake, then you won't find something similar here. Well, there is something, but that's all is excuse for some good killing. Music is amazing, visiting the same locations less. It's not expensive like main game because it doesn't deliver this much fun. Also, it's veeery short. I managed to beat it in around 4 hours and it probably can be beat in shorter time. It's not recommended to play it shortly after Alan Wake's main game because you will want more - and sure, there is more but it's nothing like you would expect it to be ;) If you never played Alan Wake game then stay away from this - it's only for the people who played it and know what's going on.


Decent sequel

PlayTyrant | June 14, 2015 | See all PlayTyrant's reviews »

Despite of the bad critics, this sequel is very decent. Sure, the budget decreased, but the first game wasn't perfect either (not that is something serious but.. that Wake's mouth design!). The gameplay is based in zones, and I understand it might get a little bit repetitive, but so was in Alan Wake 1, leaving aside the 'real world' part. I won't be more specific to avoid spoilers. If you enjoyed Alan Wake, this is a good sequel. A new one is been promised too!


Not Quite The Sequel We Wanted

FaketoastFT | March 31, 2015 | See all FaketoastFT's reviews »

American Nightmare is a game that shows it received less budget than the original. The story in American Nightmare feels like it was written quickly on the back of a napkin and then taken to production. It is pitifully short. Those coming from the original looking for fulfillment/conclusion from the first game may walk away wishing for more. The gameplay was improved quite a bit, though. The combat feels smoother and the additional weapons are a nice touch. There is also a horde-mode-esque survival game type which is convenient if you have 10 minutes to kill and want to test your reflexes against waves of enemies. Honestly I really enjoyed this game. Was it necessarily the follow up to Alan Wake that I wanted? No. But the game runs smoothly, is fun, and there was never anything about the game itself that hindered my enjoyment of it.


The Devil is in the details

KingTed | March 27, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »

First things first, I haven’t played the main game so my review of this DLC is from a very “fresh” perspective. American Nightmare is a standalone DLC for Alan Wake. Set after the event of the main game, I guess, American Nightmare’s story is all about the fight of the Champion of Light (Alan Wake) and his evil twin, the Herald of Darkness (Mr Scratch) taking place in a small place in Arizona called Night Spring. Mr Scratch tries to unleash the Darkness and your goal is to close the dimensional portal. In order to do that, you must perform a few task, making one of Alan’s manuscript a reality. The areas of the game are quite “opened”. You can go almost anywhere on the map but the structure of the game is very linear and there is always a marker on your radar to tell you where to go next. During your adventure you will have to fight the “Taken”, people possessed by the Darkness, and a few other things to. The controls are a bit clunky (Especially the evasion system) but the fights are cool. It’s too bad that fighting is almost mandatory. (The Taken run faster than you, so you can’t escape them except when the story tells you it’s possible) The only problem is <Spoiler> that you are stuck in a Time Loop. It means that you have to repeat all your task a few times to complete the game (Which is, fortunately, short). It can get tedious pretty quickly. </Spoiler> The visuals have aged a little but the game remains pretty atmospheric and creepy thanks to Mr Scratch's tv shows. There is also an “Arcade Mode” but since the combat system is not that great, this mode has not so much interest...