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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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Score distribution:
  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: 22 out of 83
  2. Negative: 19 out of 83
  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. 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
  3. Mar 25, 2021
    8
    Хорошее продолжение много видов оружия много видов новых монстров жаль что в конце не было ни какой финальной схватки но так игра получиласьХорошее продолжение много видов оружия много видов новых монстров жаль что в конце не было ни какой финальной схватки но так игра получилась очень даже хороша. Expand
  4. Jun 1, 2012
    6
    OK. This is a cheap version of Alan Wake in every sense. Really really short. Very few locations and less developed in terms of atmosphere,OK. This is a cheap version of Alan Wake in every sense. Really really short. Very few locations and less developed in terms of atmosphere, character and plot. It is cheap. Its short enough to be a DLC but sold on it own which is niether good nor bad in my opinion.

    For me, while it was worth the low price, it was very unsatisfying as it was over in one gaming session and didnt last a full evenings gaming but balancing it out, it was nice to see Alan and his world again, even such a very very small part of it. Personally, I dont like these shortened low price games so having bought this one I wouldnt buy another follow up like this but nor does it put me off buying another full Alan Wake game either. I like the first very much indeed. Slightly disappointing even for the low price.
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  5. Jun 26, 2020
    6
    It's not quite as deep as the main game, however the live-action scenes do give the game a little more depth. Overall it was a pretty mediocreIt's not quite as deep as the main game, however the live-action scenes do give the game a little more depth. Overall it was a pretty mediocre addition to the series with one major flaw in that people do not like repetition, no matter what plot point it'll ultimately unravel. Expand
  6. Aug 1, 2013
    5
    A solid stand alone from the original borrowing the concept and most of the gameplay. However this is more action focused and for me it reallyA solid stand alone from the original borrowing the concept and most of the gameplay. However this is more action focused and for me it really lost the atmosphere with this gameplay that made the original great. Expand
  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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