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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 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: 18 out of 44
  2. Negative: 11 out of 44
  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. Jul 18, 2012
    9
    Great value. Gameplay is the same as the original (that is to say, very good once you get used to it). The story isn't bad, it's just not on par with the original Alan Wake in terms of scale. I loved the setting (Arizona), thought it was a perfect change. For the price I can't give this anything less than what I gave the original Alan Wake - 9/10. It may not be a full fledged title but it still leaves me tweaking for more. You listening, Remedy? Take my money! Expand
  3. Aug 26, 2013
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Alan Wake's American Nightmare was amazing in the beginning, but once you've got to the time loop thing, it becomes a bit repetitive. The time loop idea is nice, but they should have added more new things for each time loop. It's a good thing that they added some new weapons and a new story, so it's not too bad at all. Not as good as the original but you should get it if you like the series. Expand
  4. Feb 16, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A very disappointing pseudo-sequel: completely unchallenging, no exploration required (due to the minimap) and somehow inferior graphically.
    Worst it's three small levels which you just play through three times EACH and they barely change from visit to visit.
    The new wepaons are not just overpowerful but you get an absolute surfeit of ammo so never come close to running low on rounds or batteries.

    If you do play it I recomment using the Nightmare difficulty because Normal is actually insultingly easy.
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  5. Nov 28, 2012
    5
    This DLC was part of Alan-Wake-Franchise at Steam. I have played it through in a couple of hours on one day. Its not bad, but it has not much in common with the original Game. Expand
  6. Jul 10, 2012
    5
    This game is somewhat of a disappointment compared with the original Alan Wake. But, it was still interesting to play. I just wish the game wasn't so difficult to operate the controls. Expand
  7. Aug 5, 2013
    0
    Anyone else notice a trend with Remedy titles?
    Max Payne (2001) 89
    Max Payne 2 (2003) 86
    Alan Wake (2012) 83
    Alan Wake American Nightmare
    (2012) 73
    Death Rally (2012) 62

    The lesson is clear, stop buying ****y games from the broken shell of the company formerly known as Remedy.
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