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


Odd but fun DLC

vipe_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 Day

skymt | 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.


Mister Scratch is back.

Obsessor | Aug. 1, 2014 | See all Obsessor's reviews »

I enjoyed playing another Alan Wake title, even if it's not a survival horror anymore. More like a third person shooter, but retaining all the mechanics from the original. Which is good.

Again you face the Taken, but this time your antagonist is noone else but Mr. Scratch, Alan's "evil twin". I really enjoyed watching him on television, discovering what new madness he would conjure. Even though American Nightmare is not a survival horror, it has very interesting main character(s).

As it is more of an action game you get more guns, and ammo never runs out. You can unlock additional weapons by gathering pages(thing we did in first Alan Wake). There is also Arcade mode which will make you stick to the game longer, trying to get higher scores in survival type missions.

Bear in mind - it's not a stricte survival horror, but another Alan Wake game with good characters, interesting plot and witty monologues of Mr. Scratch. Everything feels a bit like Twin Peaks.

Try it!


Stay into the light.

hateah | July 28, 2014 | See all hateah's reviews »

I can call the game more horror than action... It scares me every time i play it.. Shadows are chasing you behind every corner, you have to run into light or kill them with your flashlight, otherwise they'll kill you. You start by being chased by few shadow killers, and you have to reach a gas station where the light will save you from them. It's very cool indeed, but i found it pretty scary. The graphics are filled with reality, the movement is very good, the aiming and shooting too as well. The mainstory is well written and i can't complain about it. If you are searching a horror/ action game that's the game for you. It will drain every drop of safety if you decide to play it.


Repetitive and somewhat of a let-down.

PrimalHunter779 | July 26, 2014 | See all PrimalHunter779's reviews »

I am an absolutely massive fan of Alan Wake; it's one of my favourite games of all time, I've finished it countless times on the Xbox 360, and I have a blast every time I play it. With that said, I found this standalone sequel to be rather disappointing in comparison to the brilliant first game; bear in mind that I do not think this is a bad game, it just falls rather falt and disappoints after the first game. Alan Wake's American Nightmare is intended to play out as an episode of the fictional TV show called Night Springs, and is narrated by Lloyd Floyd, who provides an interesting narration to the story.The game has Alan Wake trapped in a sparse desert area, and who must find a way to escape the recurring nightmare he is stuck in. And that leads to my first problem with the game; because Alan is stuck in a nightmare which repeats itself, you are forced to endure the same hour of gameplay THREE TIMES in a row until you finish this game. The exact same missions and locations, repeated three times. The first time is fun, the second time is kinda uninteresting, and the third time is downright boring and repetitive. This is a lazy way to repeat locations in a game, and it also reflects the poor writing skill of the writers. The story is rather weird and disjointed. Throughout the entire game, you do a lot of things for unexplained reasons which aren't apparrently clear when you do them or even at the end of the game. The whole story is weird and quirky, but not in a good way, as it barely makes sense. The characters, apart from Alan and the absolutely BRILLIANT Mr Scratch, are boring and are just as quirky as the story itself. However, I found the live action cut scenes rather good, which was a surprise for me. The gameplay is exactly the same as the first game, except that you can use new weapons like sub machine guns and nail guns. That's it. Zero changes made to the gameplay. There's also a survival mode, which is actually quite fun. It's intense, challenging, and a fun way to compete on the leaderboards with your friends. I found this mode better than the campaign to be honest. Overall, this is certainly not a bad game; it merely fails to innovate, and doesn't capture me the way the first game did. I still love Alan Wake, but this game disappointed me quite a bit. If you don't mind an extremely repetitive story, even with the game's shining parts, then pick t up for $3 on sale. 5 / 10.