Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic 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 15, 2012
    82
    Heavy on action and light on survival horror: despite its shortcomings, American Nightmare is a must have for Alan Wake fans.
  5. Jun 12, 2012
    82
    American Nightmare is a good comeback for our favourite writer. It's a bit too small and its structure could use some more variety. But, given the price of admittance and the sheer quality of its elements, it's well worth playing.
  6. Jun 15, 2012
    80
    It doesn't hurt that the gun play is extremely well realised, with each weapon feeling distinctive, and even, dare it be said, approaching realism.
  7. May 23, 2012
    77
    Quotation forthcoming.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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]
  11. Jun 20, 2012
    70
    Even though the game has lost its thrilling moments and the story feels like filler in the grand scheme – making me not care much about Alan this time – Alan Wake's American Nightmare is still a good and entertaining shooter. The story will last around four hours and the Arcade Mode will keep you coming back if you enjoy that type of gameplay.
  12. May 31, 2012
    70
    Wake's journey gets less creepy and more shooty in the fun but flawed American Nightmare.
  13. Jul 12, 2012
    68
    The biggest problem is that despite the increased focus on action, combat remains unchanged--a couple of new monsters, but few new tricks. [Sept 2012, p.71]
  14. Jul 3, 2012
    60
    Not bad as an exercise in softcore shooting, but why wasn't this Alan Wake spin-off more, you know, Alan Wake? [July 2012, p.59]
  15. 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.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 197 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 44
  2. Negative: 11 out of 44
  1. May 29, 2012
    3
    The only excuse for this big disappointment of a game (sincerely speaking it feels more like a pile of leftover bits and pieces) is its low price. In comparison with the original game, Alan Wake's American Nightmare is not scary at all, and its story is so weak that it hurts. The gameplay itself is ok, but there are only three separate locations to explore in the game (each revisited three times though - that's Repetitive with a capital "R"), not that small, but still somewhat arena-like and the Taken spawn in the same places each time. Full Review »
  2. May 22, 2012
    7
    It does'nt have the bite of the first one; the scary feel. It just turns into a fetch and step with a mediocre storyline. Not as immersing; but o.k. I guess. Full Review »
  3. May 31, 2012
    5
    American Nightmare is much smaller than the original, I played the whole story-mode on both difficulties within 6 hours. There was many things that made me laugh but the core of the story was a bit thin. As it makes player go through same scenes three times it could have been more like an DLC with price of 4-8e. The other game mode Arcade is quite fun and brings to mind distantly Remedy's previous series Max Payne. Storytelling isn't as good as in the previous one. New weapons are nice addition, I hoped there would have been more off them. Full Review »