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.
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Alan Wake's American Nightmare is not a sequel, but a standalone DLC. Although there are new weapons, opponents and a great soundtrack, the DLC can not quite keep up with the main game. If you have the story mode through, you can still enjoy the arcade mode. In arcade mode you have to survive as long as possible, earning points through kills. Since there are leaderboards, you can compete with your friends and the rest of the world. In addition, there are still achievements. Alan Wake's American Nightmare is interesting for fans of the main game, for all others rather less.
This game is an improved version of the original Alan Wake, but much shorter in length. More weapons, more focus on combat, more enemies, more open world vs. the linear, on-rail-ish experience of the former, better incentives to try to find all the collectables (you seemed to collect them for the heck of it in the original game). In short, they fixed pretty much all the things. Another cool thing was the live action film for the cutscenes. Still a bit repetitive with the gameplay but less so than the last. The story was pretty good. There are only 3 areas in the game but they cleverly made it work by making the story about time travel. Overall, if the game goes on sale pick it up.
Picking up after the events in the original Alan Wake, American Nightmare puts you against your evil doppelganger, Mr. Scratch, as he tries to take away everything in your life. You have the ability to rewrite reality which you have already used to escape the end of the original game and find yourself in Night Springs, Arizona. But will your new talent be enough to stop the darkness? PROS: + A short, sweet DLC-like addition to the original + Cuts out the monotony + Improved graphics + New weapons + A couple of interesting environments CONS: - Story isn't as immersive as the original - A few crazy combat moments - Not a full sequel Overall, only buy this if it is on sale as it is not a complete sequel and only a few hours long. This was only made because they were working on a sequel, but it got scrapped. That being said, it's a good, short "ending" for fans of the original.
Too short to be a game, too long to be a DLC. Alan Wake's American Nightmare would have worked better as a DLC for the original one than a standalone title. If you end up buying this game have that in mind, but also be sure that, if you liked the first one, you'll probably like this one too, specially if you missed more gameplay based structure instead of that stroy driven masterpiece that Alan Wake was. Because this game gives you a main story, but it is kind of repetitive and it is far from the majesty of the first establishment of the series. It is kind of like a spin off, but also brings an end to the game, which is something some missed from the first game. This main story mode is really short, but you may still play American Nightmare for many hours since they've included an arena mode where you have to survive waves of enemies till dawn. It is weird, but this mode really works even though Alan Wake is not the best third person action shooter in the world. I really enjoyed American Nightmare thanks to this mode, and that's something that doesn't happen to me in almost any game. Have in mind that this is a big DLC with a suitable arena mode and you'll be fine with it. Don't expect too much from it.
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.
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