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  • Summary: The main story mode in Alan Wake's American Nightmare is part of the 'Night Springs' TV show fiction and offers an exaggerated pulp action adventure where the horrors of reality have the all too easy habit of coming true. Alan Wake finds himself stuck in an altered reality filled withThe main story mode in Alan Wake's American Nightmare is part of the 'Night Springs' TV show fiction and offers an exaggerated pulp action adventure where the horrors of reality have the all too easy habit of coming true. Alan Wake finds himself stuck in an altered reality filled with dangerous shadows; he must leap into action and pursue his evil doppelganger, Mr. Scratch, across the Arizona mesa towards the town of Night Springs. Scratch, a supernatural serial killer, has his evil plans set on Wake's wife, Alice. Wake must learn to control reality itself and unravel the secret to Mr. Scratch's demise while using the power of light to put an end to the darkness. Expand

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. PC Master (Greece)
    Aug 31, 2012
    86
    There's something vaguely heroic when you have set your desperate, one-in-a-million trap and you pull the lever, just when Kasabian's 'Club Foot' crashes in and you witness the satellite plummeting from the heavens, while oil-rigs explode all around you and the Taken scream for your blood. American Nightmare is a journey that you can't abandon, until you have reached its end. [August 2012]
  2. May 22, 2012
    86
    Don't await too much of a story but a good piece of action with this spin off from the mystery drama Alan Wake. A nice and new way to find new players for a franchise.
  3. May 31, 2012
    85
    As a standalone "episode" of Alan Wake, American Nightmare is something PC gamers should be checking out, particularly if the craziness of it appeals to you. For $15 there's really no excuse; and if it ever goes on sale, the trigger on this purchase should be pulled without hesitation.
  4. Jun 13, 2012
    75
    By rights, Alan Wake's American Nightmare should be utterly underwhelming. The core game is changed not at all from its parent's lukewarm style, the story is thin and hackneyed, hell it even has live-action cutscenes. But somehow, the gameplay is challenging enough to keep you clicking that left mouse button and listening to that weird, not quite Rod Serling voice telling you to survive until morning just one more time.
  5. 74
    But just as its predecessor, it remains a game sentenced to struggle on the line between interaction and presentation, a space where compromises must be made by at least one of the sides, with the game proper still taking the larger hit. Because when it comes to its interaction degree, Alan Wake really doesn't have much more than a flashlight, a gun and, occasionally, a flashbang.
  6. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jul 29, 2012
    70
    We all had hopes American Nightmare would be more of a "full-featured" title. Though it's more like a stand-alone DLC. Nevertheless, fans of the original game should not avoid it. [July 2012]
  7. Jul 28, 2012
    55
    If American Nightware were an episode of an actual television series, I would have switched the channel long before the end of the first act.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 57
  2. Negative: 17 out of 57
  1. Jul 22, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. When I started to play AWAN I was ready to see the continuation of Alaln's journey not through real forests and real ppl, but through the place which won't let you go so easy, the place filled with darkness and evil, the place for which Alan's suffering as a loving husband who lost his wife, friend and normal life is the best food. I was ready to see his struggle, and I saw it. He's a writer, so his best weapon is his mind and typewriting machine.
    I think that the action that we've seen in AWAN is only his first attempt to run away from darkness, I'd even say - we've seen a draft of his new novel "Return".
    Advice - find all the pages to clearly understand all the things that happened in the story. AWAN is not a regular arcade game, it's the game which can easily distract from main things with all the shooting, but the seeking one will find all the answers and new food for thought here.
    So be patient, be attentive. Nothing happens out of blue in the game, and the game is simply splendid.
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  2. May 23, 2012
    8
    American Nightmare isn't so immersive, as Alan Wake was, but it's still really interesting to play. Gameplay became more dynamic, but theAmerican Nightmare isn't so immersive, as Alan Wake was, but it's still really interesting to play. Gameplay became more dynamic, but the feeling of fear was lost. Nevertheless, the storyline is good, Mr. Scratch is a perfectly-written character. In addition, it was really interesting to find out what happened with other characters of the franchise. I was glad to hear their voice again :) It's a spin-off, not a sequel, and i didn't expect something extraordinary from this game. So, it justified my expectations. Good game. Expand
  3. Jun 4, 2012
    7
    This is a pretty solid release. The real game is the 'survive til dawn'. Remedy was awesome enough to include a somewhat meaty single playerThis is a pretty solid release. The real game is the 'survive til dawn'. Remedy was awesome enough to include a somewhat meaty single player campaign as well. Essentially, this is two different games mashed together in a single release, so I'll review them both seperately:

    Survive til Dawn: Awesome, fun, challenging, many levels to unlock. Keep you busy for many many hours. Definitely worth the 10 bucks.

    SP Campaign: Ungh. I wasn't a huge fan of the Alan Wake story. It was absurd and hokey, but the presentation and the characters made it work and kept me engaged throughout the games run time. Ironically, the biggest failing of Alan Wake for me was the WRITING in the manuscript pages. The prose was abysmal. The monologues, cringe inducing. I thought this was an intentional jab at King and Koontz's increasingly sloppy prose...but as I progressed through the game, I don't think this was the intention. Fast forward to the tacked on American Nightmare SP campaign. All pretense in a plot is completely abandoned. Wake's invented characters not only break the 4th wall from Wake's perspective...but then Wake and his characters break the 4th wall from OUR perspective. It's not clever. Characters even say things like, "I don't really get why this is happening either, all I do know is it IS happening, and I can fix it." I don't mind linear games, but I would like there to be some sort of actual meat to the story telling. The plot in the SP campaign is strictly a pantomime of absurd unexplained contrivance upon contrivance. The time loop was an interesting idea. I thought perhaps there was some game mechanic in there for the player to take advantage as to influence what happens in subsequent loops. Nope. You just play the same three levels, three times, slightly more abbreviated with every iteration.

    Buy this game for the survival mode, which really feels much more developed than the poor SP campaign. If the survival mode does not interest you, I would recommend giving this game a pass as the SP is pretty dull, the story is beyond stupid, and the writing nauseating.

    Survival Mode: 8
    SP: 5
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  4. Dec 23, 2014
    6
    I was very disappointed. Continue of Alan Wake the game looked at first pretty good, but then, you had to visit the same three locations threeI was very disappointed. Continue of Alan Wake the game looked at first pretty good, but then, you had to visit the same three locations three times and it was really boring. Everything was saved by good story narration, but in the end, I an not rate the game more than 6/10. Maybe it could be 5/10, but it depends... Expand
  5. Aug 28, 2012
    5
    This game feels a lot more like a concept demonstration, intended for internal use among the developers of Alan Wake, than a commercialThis game feels a lot more like a concept demonstration, intended for internal use among the developers of Alan Wake, than a commercial creation. It shares most things with the original game, except the production quality. The environments are poor and reused. The story and characters are underdeveloped. The whole thing lasts a couple of hours. Very disappointing. If you don't want to taint the excellent experience of the original, don't bother with this one. Expand
  6. Jan 12, 2016
    4
    I absolutely loved the original Alan Wake. The first game had an addicting combat system, excellent writing, and an engaging storyline thatI absolutely loved the original Alan Wake. The first game had an addicting combat system, excellent writing, and an engaging storyline that made me not want to put the controller down. It was the first game that got me hooked on singleplayer story-driven games.

    So, naturally, I had to buy American Nightmare when it was on sale, and I have to say: had I played this first, I wouldn't have felt the same way.

    The great combat system is still there, and Arcade Mode utilizes it very well. However, story mode is severely lacking. It's boringly easy (ammo is everywhere) and intentionally repetitive. Literally, the same three locations and the exact objectives are copied and pasted three times to lengthen the game.

    And don't expect the same enthralling story, either. American Nightmare brings nothing to the table that the original game didn't already do. Unlike in the original, I just didn't care for the characters or the situation they were in. There was nothing particularly memorable that got me hooked.

    I love Alan Wake, and American Nightmare's Arcade Mode is nice, but I can't help but think this expansion is a blatant cash-in. If you're an Alan Wake fan, just watch a Let's Play of this game and wait for the real sequel.
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  7. Jun 13, 2014
    0
    This **** of **** is hard this is why this game it's so hard that i hate it i want a refund from steam because of this abomination of a gameThis **** of **** is hard this is why this game it's so hard that i hate it i want a refund from steam because of this abomination of a game ant its zombies are hard as ass in the beginning **** this game and you kids never play this game it's so hard in the beginning for noobs never play this game play Minecraft instead Expand

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