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  • Summary: After the events of Alan Wake, our eponymous hero finds himself embroiled in a new adventure in Arizona, where his own words again hold the key to defeating his evil twin, the malevolent Mr. Scratch, who spreads darkness where he goes. Now more experienced at dealing with the weird andAfter the events of Alan Wake, our eponymous hero finds himself embroiled in a new adventure in Arizona, where his own words again hold the key to defeating his evil twin, the malevolent Mr. Scratch, who spreads darkness where he goes. Now more experienced at dealing with the weird and horrific, Wake is determined to turn the tide. [Microsoft] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 72
  2. Negative: 0 out of 72
  1. Feb 29, 2012
    95
    This is what I hope the future of downloadable games will be; top notch AAA production values in the form of small $12-$15 packages. Alan Wake's American Nightmare is an excellent game, which will surely whet the appetite of fans of the original for the sequel.
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    Feb 13, 2012
    86
    Interesting and understandable plot, less running in a dark forest but more action. New Alan shows how XBLA games should be done. [Feb 2012]
  3. Mar 23, 2012
    83
    Fans of Alan Wake and the paranormal should immediately add American Nightmare to their download queue.
  4. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    A bite-size chunk of great downloadable action and horror.
  5. Mar 1, 2012
    75
    Alan Wake's American Nightmare provides us with a new story and an arcade mode. It is the arcade mode that stands out and makes us want to play the game over and over. It is however to bad there isn't a multiplayer included. The story is short and it repeats itself but remains worthwhile. American Nightmare is quite enjoyable, but we'd rather play a proper sequel.
  6. Mar 1, 2012
    70
    This is a game for the fans, featuring an appreciative amount of exposition even if it's fairly inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.
  7. Feb 23, 2012
    50
    A downloadable spin-off that, while reasonably good value for money, manages only to underline how shallow and repetitive the combat was from the first game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
  1. Feb 23, 2012
    10
    The story of Alan wake was goood , but it was too easy. I dont understand why there is no nightmare mode in story too. But the game was stillThe story of Alan wake was goood , but it was too easy. I dont understand why there is no nightmare mode in story too. But the game was still very great. Fight till dawn was good too. Expand
  2. Apr 11, 2012
    10
    Two years later of the apparition of Alan Wake on Xbox 360 appear this "spin-off", and is amazing, Alan is most "wild", the story is epic, andTwo years later of the apparition of Alan Wake on Xbox 360 appear this "spin-off", and is amazing, Alan is most "wild", the story is epic, and obviusly because Alan Wake is a fantastic game. This is a great game. Expand
  3. Feb 22, 2012
    10
    Well, it makes a lot of fun and the Horde Mode as well as the Story is pretty cool. Especially the weapons are much more better than in AlanWell, it makes a lot of fun and the Horde Mode as well as the Story is pretty cool. Especially the weapons are much more better than in Alan Wake and the atmosphere is just amazing; as it used to be in an Alan Wake title. Makes much fun, looks fantastic, feels awesome and a 100% recommendation. Fair Price!

    If you like Alan Wake you will love the Nightmare!
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  4. Feb 22, 2012
    9
    The Single-Player is Great. The main Villian Mr Scratch is oozing with Physco and Then there is the fact that whilst Still fantastic it startsThe Single-Player is Great. The main Villian Mr Scratch is oozing with Physco and Then there is the fact that whilst Still fantastic it starts to get a bit Repetitive Especially combat. Combat is more widespread and it is a lot less creepy and dark than the original's Backdrop of Bright Falls. It also has a Horde mode titled as "Fight Till Dawn" Which is great and Will pump the adrenaline right into your Veins (Especially on the harder maps) Expand
  5. Jun 14, 2018
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The repetition is real on this one. But it's still a great game. I like how Alan tells the gamer on what the people are experiencing. My favorite was the girl in the dark and belt. If you know what I mean Expand
  6. Mar 3, 2012
    8
    This Arcade spinoff DOES what it was subject to ... Gives both Alan Wake fans and title-newbie shooter fans the ride for an estimated 5 hoursThis Arcade spinoff DOES what it was subject to ... Gives both Alan Wake fans and title-newbie shooter fans the ride for an estimated 5 hours and delivers the old school sci-fi mystery series episodes atmosphere (e.g Outer Limits) for both the thrill and the action! In my opinion Remedy studio managed to bring us a perfect 'DLC' episode for the price (1200 MS points). Shooting through the Story gives avid Alan Wake 'readers' the feeling and the experience they were looking forward since the last DLC ended ... and on the other hand the Horde-like challenge mode is also a great fun to make through, you only have to live long enough to see the sunrise! I personally hope though that this one episode is only a bridge to genuine Alan Wake 2 ... Keep up the good work Remedy! Thanks Expand
  7. May 24, 2012
    2
    Nothing of value was experienced, the first game was cheapened, and generally this was one of the most tasteless and vapid games I have everNothing of value was experienced, the first game was cheapened, and generally this was one of the most tasteless and vapid games I have ever played. It was like eating a bread sandwich. The gameplay mechanics offer no challenge, the story goes nowhere, there are no characters to speak of, the delivery is nonsense and it feels nothing like the original. The main villain is like Jason Vaughees if he was played by Eddie Murphy.


    If you enjoyed the original, avoid this game. It is a complete betrayal and even taken on its own principles the story is terribly executed, the design is lazy and the combat is somehow even more boring the original. At least there you felt threatened. It also makes you play through the same three levels three times before you can finish the game. You thought Bioware took the piss recycling the same map over and over again? Try recycling your entire GAME. I award you a great, big, round fail, and may the deity of your choice offer pity, for I have none. Remedy, you have been moved off my 'must buy' list, and into the 'avoid unless world sequels with delight at passing' list. I made it just for you.
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