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!
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.
Not Quite The Sequel We WantedFaketoastFT | 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 detailsKingTed | 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 [HTML_REMOVED] 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. [HTML_REMOVED] 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...
Let's do the time warp againMadDemon64 | Feb. 26, 2015 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »
Alan Wake: American Nightmare is not as good as Alan Wake, but few games can be as good as Alan Wake.
Alan Wake: American Nightmare follows the continuing adventures of Alan Wake as he continues his battle against the darkness. Enemies still are immune to weapons fire until you shine a light on them, but the gameplay feels less like a horror survival game and more like a third person shooter.
Two of Alan Wake: American Nightmare’s biggest flaws are in the story and the setting. The story has you visiting the same locations over and over again in a time loop, trying to fix what went wrong in an admittedly classic Twilight Zone kind of way, but this makes the game seem far too repetitive. The setting also suffers since you are no longer in a New England coastal town/forest, a locale known for being beautiful during the day and foreboding at night. This setting helped elevate Alan Wake even higher, and its removal is sorely missed.
Alan Wake: American Nightmare is Alan Wake with the rewind button being pressed every so often and without the beautiful setting of the original. Despite all of this, it is still a solid game that should be played by people who finished Alan Wake wanting more, which should be everyone who played Alan Wake.
Odd but fun DLCvipe_1 | Dec. 10, 2014 | See all vipe_1's reviews »
Alan Wake's American Nightmare is a strange concept, as it takes the character outside of the world in the original game and throws him into a completely different Southwestern desert environment.
The gameplay is a little big Groundhog Day, some Twilight Zone, and a lot of weird. The same narration style from the original game is present, along with story pages. The new desert landscape is interesting, but not as much as the Northwest forests of before. Characters are sparse, so this is mostly Alan Wake's story.
There are also some new abilities/weapons. This overall is a solid DLC that is mostly for major Alan Wake fans. On it's own the content is only a minor thing that goes best with the other game and content.
Alan Wake's Groundhog Dayskymt | Aug. 13, 2014 | See all skymt's reviews »
Alan Wake's American Nightmare is a smaller-scale follow-up to Alan Wake, moving the action from a Pacific Northwest forest to the Arizona desert. The level structure is radically different this time around. Instead of Alan Wake's traditional linear design, American Nightmare consists of 3 large and relatively open areas, each of which is visited 3 times over the course of the game. Each visit has Alan tread a lot of the same ground. This repetition is the biggest fault of the game; unlike the original, I was growing tired of American Nightmare by the time it ended.
Combat has had some subtle refinements, including a few new guns and a flashlight that charges quicker but doesn't last as long. The addition of new enemy types is quite welcome and adds some variety to the fights. Subtle changes to the combat design add up to a snappier feel and faster pace. I would have liked to see these changes brought back to the original game in an optional mode.
As in Alan Wake's DLC episodes, little happens here to advance the plot. On the plus side, American Nightmare offers an amusing framing (the game is an episode of the fictional Twilight Zone-style show Night Springs) and a colorful, memorable villain (Mr. Scratch, Alan Wake's demented doppelganger).
In addition to the story mode, American Nightmare has a wave-based arcade mode. With the improvements to the combat, some players might enjoy it. I didn't find it engaging without the story there to push me forward.
A proper sequel to Alan Wake has been promised, and we'll have to wait for that for the story to pay off. Until then, if you want more Alan Wake, this will do.