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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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  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 35
  2. Negative: 5 out of 35
  1. 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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  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Mar 1, 2012
    8
    Alan wakes nightmare is a very good game the torch you get isn't that good but its ok the wepons are cool u get the usual guns like smgAlan wakes nightmare is a very good game the torch you get isn't that good but its ok the wepons are cool u get the usual guns like smg assault rifle but u also get nail guns and things like that wich are very effective and work well against the demonic forces of the dark that you have to face. All in all a good game and fun arcade mode is multiplayer and very cool u get a few different maps and are able to go on a killing spree with your matyes very fun. Expand
  5. Feb 22, 2012
    8
    My opinion having played it now: if you liked the original game, you'll like this one.

    The game tells the story of an alternative Alan Wave,
    My opinion having played it now: if you liked the original game, you'll like this one.

    The game tells the story of an alternative Alan Wave, which appears in the introduction of a TV show that is playing on a roadside Motel, and this show is happening in a small roadside Motel of Arizona, and in an episode of Night Springs (that Alan wrote in the past), where he must try to escape, while facing his nemesis, Mr. Scratch, his alter-ego.

    The gameplay follows the same principles of the original retail game, with you walking across the landscape, facing many different enemies from the shadows, with your flashlight to weaken them (LT) and a gun to kill them (RT, with a range of weapons such as guns, nail guns, signal pistols, etc.).

    Spread across the scenarios there are collectibles (manuscripts), which are also used to open special weapons caches, that contains more powerful guns; these caches are spread both in Campaign mode and in Arcade mode.

    The points of the the objectives are shown with stars, in a top screen radar, and other things like ammunition, each one with a different icon: also at the Motel that exists in this town, there is a garage where he meets characters from the previous game, and of course the classic spots below the lamps, where he regenerates and is protected by the light above.

    The graphics are very good for an XBLA game, though not having all the full refinement of the Retail version, but that's a barely noticeable deatil: also the lighting effects are good, but not as much as the original, in variations and shadows. The opening CG is made with a mixture of real shooting and CG footage, very cool indeed.

    Regarding the game's audio, it features music and performances really well done, one of the highlights in the game, plus a atmosferic narrator for the story.

    American Nightmare also features an Arcade mode, where, in many different scenarios you face Wave after Wave of enemies, with ammunition and weapons scatered around, to survive these waves (similar to Horde mode in Gears). The aim in this mode is to try to survive till dawn (there is a clock with 10 minutes on the top screen, which is the remaining time until dawn), and try to attain a maximum score, killing the enemies.

    The game, in resume, is clearer than the previous one, and the enemies and weapons are more varied, with an improved enemy AI, while maintaning the core gamplay of the original Alan Wake: the game is more than recommended for 1200MS Points, for those who enjoyed the first, which will not be disappointed at all. My score fo this one: 8,6.
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  6. Jul 2, 2017
    8
    I was pleasently surpirsed by this game, while it understandably can't compare to the original Alan Wake it still takes a lot of what makesI was pleasently surpirsed by this game, while it understandably can't compare to the original Alan Wake it still takes a lot of what makes the game great and puts a spin on it. Give the game a chance, (without giving spoilers) make sure you stick with it a few times around. Expand
  7. Jan 29, 2020
    1
    Mouais bah... je me rappelle plus trop de ce Sieur Wake (je suis pas bien réveillé sans doute) mais il ne m'avait pas semblé aussi chiant queMouais bah... je me rappelle plus trop de ce Sieur Wake (je suis pas bien réveillé sans doute) mais il ne m'avait pas semblé aussi chiant que ce "cauchemar" amerloque ici présent plus ou moins ambulant et déambulatoire. A moins cela dit que les souvenirs n'enjolivent forcément un peu (beaucoup) ce qui n'était pas si réussi à l'époque, jadis. Mais tout de même.

    En tout cas, je me suis bien fait chier dans cet "AW AN" et s'il reprend pourtant il me semble les mêmes mécaniques, ça ne fonctionne plus ou alors c'est tombé en panne... La répétition s'installe en effet trop rapidement tandis que la pseudo-histoire est... inexistante. Lampe-torche, tire, esquive, lampe-torche, tire, recharge le flingue, recharge la putain de lampe, esquive ou... du moins, essaye parce qu'avec cette caméra dans les endroits un peu confinés, bonjour les dégâts...!

    Du coup, depuis ce "jeu" et celui d'avant et même "ceux" d'avant et vu ce qu'ils ont fait après et bien après, y compris cette grosse merde de "Control", je me rends compte (quand même) qu'il faut bien se rendre à l'évidence : Remedy fait un peu trop souvent de la merde !
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