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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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. 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: 20 out of 49
  2. Negative: 13 out of 49
  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. Feb 18, 2013
    8
    The story of original game was a line of six episodes that kept you wandering of what was going to happen next. Following the story were twoThe story of original game was a line of six episodes that kept you wandering of what was going to happen next. Following the story were two episodes of DLC and "Alan Wake's American Nightmare". These were not as good as was expected by many. Both DLC added Alan's travelling in his nightmares, that basically did not add anything to the original story. So if you missed them, you would still know everything from the main storyline. But both DLC and "American Nightmare" added much of action moments, that could keep you enjoying the world of Alan. Regarding the plot of "Alan Wake's American Nightmare" there is not much to say. The game itself is a horror action. If you enjoyed action sequence in original "Alan Wake" then you should probably try "Nightmare". I was one of those who enjoyed action but was bored of storyline in "Nightmare". It seems that it was supposed to be three times shorter (if you played through, you know what I mean).
    You should not think that "American Nightmare" is an original game, think of it as of a big piece of DLC.
    Anyway, I would recommend it to fans and to those who liked Alan's gameplay, because not only new weapons might be used, but also a new horde mode can be played. It requires staying alive for specific time on a map (till dawn to be exact), meanwhile you are attack by enemies. Horde mode is not an original thing nowadays, but in "Alan Wake's American Nightmare" it was better than in many other games you know.
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  3. 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
  4. Dec 30, 2014
    6
    Basic principles are same as in original game. Which is good, and action scenes are fine.
    Story is not so strong but what is nice is that you
    Basic principles are same as in original game. Which is good, and action scenes are fine.
    Story is not so strong but what is nice is that you meet some old friends through radio broadcastings.
    Main enemy is pretty sick.
    What is getting this game down is repetitve levels. You have to actually go through same locations three times and do almost same things. So there is not much new content. Pity
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  5. Jun 15, 2013
    5
    I started to play this right after the original Alan wake.
    And what a disappointment. From survival horror to action adventure.
    Really
    I started to play this right after the original Alan wake.
    And what a disappointment. From survival horror to action adventure.

    Really short gameplay, you are just running up and down picking items or "pushing buttons", with practically unlimited ammo on three repeating maps.
    I did not unlocked all guns, but even first few guns (which you will unlock at beginning) are much more powerful than anything that you can get in Alan Wake.

    not good. not good at all.
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  6. Aug 2, 2013
    4
    Having struggled with the action sequences of the original, I was strapping myself for more of the same, but the prospect of a continuation ofHaving struggled with the action sequences of the original, I was strapping myself for more of the same, but the prospect of a continuation of what seemed to be a finite story captured my interest.

    I am an optimistic fool. This is a rehash of the engine, with a few tweaks added to facilitate the experience, such as a map with mission waypoints, a faster charging flashlight and a handful of new weapons for you to enjoy. The story is disposable and is actually an insult to its predecessor in every way.

    This add-on, call it what you will, is Remedy's lazy way to monetize on the engine by offering you a survival mode that has you pitted against waves of enemies, a weak plotline and some of the most cringe-worthy live action scenes performed by Ilkka Villi who acted as Alan Wake.

    The only thing this game does better than the first is the enhanced combat which now comes with 90% less cheap deaths at the hands of off screen enemies.

    If you are a die-hard fan of the original game, nothing I say will convince you not to play this. However, if you are merely as intrigued as I was, do yourself a favor and skip this, even on sale.
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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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