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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: 23 out of 87
  2. Negative: 19 out of 87
  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. sft
    May 18, 2014
    8
    The light fantastic (revisited)

    I enjoyed Alan Wake, although I had some pretty serious gripes about the gameplay. Thankfully all the
    The light fantastic (revisited)

    I enjoyed Alan Wake, although I had some pretty serious gripes about the gameplay. Thankfully all the things that annoyed me about the original game (control being temporarily wrenched away from the player every time enemies approached was the worst) have gone from this follow-up. As a result this short episode is a much more satisfying, if brief, experience (there are only about 6 hours of main story gameplay here, although there is an arcade game tagged on, which is basically a survival mode where you’re pitted against waves of enemies). The story has an unusual, Groundhog Day structure which entails the player repeating tasks several times in an effort to defeat the main enemy, Mr Scratch. This sounds dull but it isn’t because the atmosphere and combat are enjoyable enough to remain fresh through the few hours it takes to complete. I also liked the use of FMV cutscenes, which, sadly, are a rare thing these days (it took me back to 90s -- the heyday for FMV games). Overall AWAN is an improvement on the original game. I do feel, however, that Remedy will have to come up with a stronger storyline to keep the player’s interest for a full-length campaign in AW2.
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  3. Jun 9, 2012
    8
    It certainly lacks the jolts and thrills of the original and the combat although highly satisfying gets a bit repetitive, however story-wiseIt certainly lacks the jolts and thrills of the original and the combat although highly satisfying gets a bit repetitive, however story-wise American Nightmare contains lots of references to the previous installment and altogether does a great job in serving its fans. 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. Feb 6, 2021
    6
    Пытался несколько раз пройти игру, но до конца оба раза не осилил, после оригинала данная поделка смотрится уныло, сюжет слабоват. 6/10Пытался несколько раз пройти игру, но до конца оба раза не осилил, после оригинала данная поделка смотрится уныло, сюжет слабоват. 6/10
  6. Jul 16, 2017
    5
    No, it's not Alan Wake. This is a cheap copy. I can't believe this game was made by Remedy. The developers this time made Alan Wake is in theNo, it's not Alan Wake. This is a cheap copy. I can't believe this game was made by Remedy. The developers this time made Alan Wake is in the spirit of Tarantino. This game was easy. Alan Wake is Stephen king, not Tarantino! From the plot there are only scraps: it's been 2 years since the first game, Alan Wake has transferred itself to the TV and tries to kill his evil twin. This is the whole story! No surprises and plot twists. The game and looks very cheap. Staging is lame, the graphics are too bright for a "dark" game.

    The game has 3 locations. They are not interesting. On lacazia there is one female character. These female characters are boring and flat. The dialogue was dull verbiage. In the original game was an exciting plot, interesting dialogues and characters. In AMERICAN NIGHTMARE all gone! But the developers have much improved combat system. Gameplay is now more alert, and the opponents become more diverse. For example, we have razvivayuscikhsya enemies, enemies that turn into crows, and spiders. Gameplay became more cheerful, which is good, and shoot enemies is not boring. The whole game is shooting enemies.

    You can still collect the pages that are still fun to read. The radio is interesting to listen to, since there we learn the fate of our familiar characters. TVs remained the same, only this time we see our evil twin, who creates different mess. It's funny, but pointless.

    The whole game was amusing, but pointless. It's not Alan Wake! In Alan Wake the main story, not mindless shooting. The game is boring, except sterby there's nothing here.
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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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