A thrilling new storyline, hordes of creepy enemies, serious firepower and beautiful Arizona locations, combined with a fun and challenging new game mode!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (1,978 reviews)
Release Date: May 22, 2012

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In this brand new standalone experience, Alan Wake fights the herald of darkness, the evil Mr. Scratch! A thrilling new storyline, hordes of creepy enemies, serious firepower and beautiful Arizona locations, combined with a fun and challenging new game mode make this a must for Alan Wake veterans, and the perfect jumping on point for new players!

Key Features:

  • Play the full-fledged Story Mode: You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you fight to stop your murderous evil double to take back your life... and change reality itself!
  • Fight till dawn arcade mode: In the action-packed Arcade Mode, you’ll need to master the Fight with Light mechanic to stay alive until dawn and beat your friends on the Leaderboards. Can you survive until sunrise?
  • Face the darkness: Twisted and dangerous enemies stalk you in the shadows. Dispatch them with the powerful arsenal of weapons at your disposal.

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP SP2
    • Processor:Dual Core 2GHz Intel or 2.8GHz AMD
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 10 compatible with 512MB RAM
    • DirectX®:10
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible

    Recommended:

    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Quad Core 2.66GHz Intel or 3.2GHz AMD
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX 10 compatible or later with 1GB RAM
    • DirectX®:10
    • Hard Drive:8 GB HD space
    • Sound:DirectX 9.0c compatible
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54 of 74 people (73%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I enjoyed the original Alan Wake immensely: for me it is still one of the prime examples of how an action-adventure 3rd person game can be made into an exciting and scary experience. So I started playing Alan Wake's American Nightmare with high expectancies, but quickly the game let me rather down own this. American Nightmare is not really a sequel nor a prequel to the original, it's more like a standalone game on the same "universe", but on a much smaller scale, so in the end it felt like some sort of expansion pack to me, using the same protagonist, game mechanics and of course game engine.

This engine still stands firm and delivers more than decent graphics: it's great in creating an atmosphere thanks to superb lighting, something which the original game used to immensely scaring effect. Although graphics are fine in this new installment, the actual gameplay is not. It felt almost painful to see the original game's tension and feeling of being utterly desperate while fighting off the forces of darkness turned into some Rambo-like experience. In the original game, guns, ammo and the ever-important batteries for the flashlight (sometimes it was the ONLY weapon to fight of enemies) were so scarce at moments that it almost drove me crazy, but the feeling of relief and accomplishment after finally getting further in the story, was all the more satisfying for it. American Nightmare uses the same game mechanics, but provides such an arsenal of over-powerful weapons, an almost endless supply of ammo and a flashlight that recharges in a matter of seconds. As a result of these changes, the entire gaming experience changed from an exciting horror adventure to a lacklustre shooter where I just blasted my way past hordes of enemies. Were it not for the obvious comparison to the original game, I'd probably have enjoyed American Nightmare a bit more, especially since after finishing the story there are a number of arcade-levels where the goal is just to get as many kills and as high a score as possible. These are played on fairly large and well-developed maps, and felt like playing more natural than the story.

The story, perhaps the main protagonist in the original Alan Wake, is perhaps the weakest point in this newer installment. It's made coplex in an unnatural feeling way and lacks focus. But most problematic of all, it forces the player to play through the three locations (only three!!) three times, each time "altering history" a little bit, but in the end this feels more like a gimmick and the net result is simply too repetitve a game.

I'd loved to give this game a heartily recommendation as a worthy addition to the brilliant original one, but it really fails to do so. As it stands, it's not a bad game, but it did not live up to my expectancies at all.

Gameplay: 15/30
Graphics: 14/20
Sound: 8/10
Technical: 6/10 (it felt like being slower and less well optimized)
Replayability: 6/10 (SP only, but the arcade levels add some extra challenges with leaderbords)
Steam integration: 5/10 (no cards, a small bunch of achievements, while the original game really shined here)
Personal appreciation: 4/10

Overall score: 58/100
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
It's not a bad game, but it's also not great. The graphics, sound, and voice acting are all good. The gameplay is fun. But it just feels empty. The story is a little too deep and convoluted, therefore you're not missing much if you don't play Alan Wake first. That being said, it would probably spoil some of the story from Alan Wake.

Anyway, it's like they looked at Alan Wake and said, "Our target demographic likes lots of action, shooting, and sexiness. Just take the first game and add in lots more guns and some hot chicks." With the plentiful guns and ammo, the game is fairly easy. American Nightmare is just a quick, fun little game and it's probably best not to think about it too much.

(based on the story mode, not arcade mode)
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
American Nightmare would have been better entitled 'Deja Vu You', or 'Today is Tomorrows Yesterday' or rename some characters and title it 'Dead Pete Repeated', or even Ground Hog Night, of course without the burrowing rodents who easily frighten at the sight of their own shadows, which in this case, could have worked in the game because these shadows are not factors in how long a season is going to be but how long you live. Luckily, you are armed with the preferred weapon of mall cops everywhere and a shadows worst nightmare, a flashlight. Yes, forcing your will on those weaker than you with a flashlight has never been more enjoyable, except for in Alan Wake's predecessor game and maybe Knights of the Old Republic.

The best part of the Alan Wake series is the solid game engine it’s built on. American Nightmare runs so smoothly maxed out on my 7 year old processor and the graphics have improved over the prior installment. Though the other exception to the graphics in this game is that some of the characters are portrayed by live actors in cut scenes. They were not bad but it felt like they could have done more with CGI models rather than the actors being filmed on green screens, using CGI backgrounds. It made for bland effects.

The campaign for this sequel seemed like it could have been more of a side mission that would be play throughout different part of the first Alan Wake as you basically play the same 5 levels over and over, with the narrator for The Scary Door helping you relive the nightmare over again. The maps generally stay the same, though some parts of the levels do change slightly but most objects can be found in the same spot every time. For me, I found no replay value in this part of the game once I beat it.

To counter for the repetitiously repetitious campaign repetition, they threw in some wave based shooter survival maps they call 'Arcade Mode.' You get a couple different levels and luckily they are outside of the campaign maps. It gives this a little extra value but after finishing those, American Nightmare now sits in my "completed" archives in the cloud with Alan Wake.

I also found the demented and sick humor included on every tv screen in the game mildly amusing but I quickly lost intrest. They were not as well done, lacked the satire, nor did they have the variety as in the first game.

American Nightmare is great third person shooter outside of the small disappointments. If you like third person shooters it's worth checking out, especially enjoyed the first one.

Overview
Gameplay: Third Person Horror Shooter
Graphics: Amazing! Love this engine!
Sound: Creepy good
Controls: Awesome.
Replayability: Little, I got 7 hours out of it.
Overall: 8/10

All round it's a great game that reminds me of almost any of M. Knight Shyamalan films...

...it ends with disappointment.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
As a huge fan of Alan Wake, I have to say I found Alan Wake's American Nightmare rather disappointing. What this game does well is the atmosphere, the gameplay, the voice acting, and other minor technical details. What is doesn't do well is the story.

The game gives you 9 missions, but it's more like 3; you essentially play 3 missions 3 times each. I won't go into detail, but each time you repeat one of the missions there is different dialogue and slightly modified objectives. You'll see what I mean after you finish the game. I think if the story hadn't been set up do this, it would have been a much better game. The game is actually labeled as a spinoff from the original set in the same universe, and man, ain't that the truth. If you were hoping to get any significant continuation of story from the original out of this game, I'm sorry to tell you, but you won't find it here. I would have been truly upset if this was the sequel.

Nevertheless, I still found the game enjoyable for everything it did right. If you are a die-hard Alan Wake fan, I recommend this to you. If you have not played Alan Wake before, I strongly urge you to play the original before playing this. If you played original Alan Wake and it wasn't necessarily your favorite game/you thought it was just alright, you might be better off waiting for the true sequel. Otherwise, this is a great game to pick up on a sale.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
With independent additions happens that they are often quite different than what after the contact with the basic version players expect. Wake's journey gets less creepy and more shooty in the fun but still somehow manages to be entertaining.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I played this and the original Alan Wake. In this one I only played the story mode. The graphics are beautiful, it's easier than the previous one. The story here is quite nice. I wasn't on the edge like the previous one. Maybe because I got used to the setting. But please don't think you'll make 100 hours playing it. I finished it in one day (6 hours). This game and the original one are definitely worth playing if you grab it on an offer.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Can't say much good about this DLC. First off the story has you revisit the same places three times over. I don't care how good your story is (it's not), that just reeks of laziness. And then there is the fact the DLC is laughabily easy and not at all scary compared to the main game. Sorely disappointed. Pick it up cheap if you want to play everything in the franchise, but otherwise I'd not spend money on it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
just like the first one i love this one but it could have been longer but if you like the first one well you will love this game
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
While Alan Wake's strongpoint was it's narrative and storytelling, American Nightmare seemed to think it was the gameplay. Because of that, Alan Wake's American Nightmare is a definite step back from the original, and unless you really liked the combat of Alan Wake, to the extent you'd play a mediocre game just to have a more refined version of said combat, then don't bother with Alan Wake's American Nightmare.

The game take place at an indeterminate time after Alan's been stuck in Cauldron Lake, he escapes by rewriting reality, and he ends up in Night Springs. It turns out Alan is some "Champion of Light", trying to defeat the "Herald of Darkness"... who the hell wrote this ♥♥♥♥? This isn't Alan Wake, it's some weird pseudo-fantasy cliched bullcrap. Anyway, he's looking for his doppleganger, Mr Scratch, who is the Herald of Darkness, and seeks to destroy him. Along they way he meets secondary characters who seems to completely oblivious to everything that's happening, and just sorta wait for ♥♥♥♥ to go wrong.

Eventually they do, and Alan goes to a new version of reality where he didn't ♥♥♥♥ up. Rinse and repeat a few times until Fin. The story is uninteresting and unnessarily padded, with the same sequence of events happening 3 times over. The villain is just a ♥♥♥♥ version of Alan Wake. He's not even like some evil destroyer of worlds, or some Orange/Blue Morality Nethergod or something; he's just slightly more dickish Alan Wake.

Aside from the ♥♥♥♥♥♥ plot, combat in the game has been changed a bit. It features more weapons and noticebly faster than in the original game. While the combat is more enjoyable, it still doesn't make up for the bad narrative.

If you liked Alan Wake (at least for the reasons I did), then skip this one, it's not worth your time or your money.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
I liked this game far better than the first. It's way more action intense and really messes with your head a little. I hope the epic saga will continue on... in Night Springs!
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
This was an OK experience. It was fun and quick which is a positive. Definitely not worth more than 5 bucks in my opinion. Compared to the original Alan Wake experience this is nothing compared to that. The animation is lack-luster, the same settings are re-used (although it makes sense why, the settings get a bit stale). There is next to no challenge, and there isn't even a final boss battle. I wouldn't recommend this game unless you can get it for a couple of bucks and play it as an arcade game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Great Game, good Graphics, Beat it in about 4 hours not long but Short and sweet. works well with steam No bugs or odd programs to run. Worth a BUy
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Overal rating: 8/10

Good:
+Rotation and Flashback events
+Good Story
+Good Arcade Mode
+Awesome graphics
+Collectables

Bad:
-Unstable controls sometimes
-Random lag during cutscenes

Conclusion:
If you're fan of such type of games definitely worth getting, the game follows Alan Wake just like the original game, yet another awesome horror if we can call it like that game in the industry.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Definitely,absolutely,positively not recommended...This is not a game but just a minimap played four times over from the beginning.It was obvious from the install that something was wrong because the whole game was just about two gigs...Takes an hour or little more to finish.Steer right away.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Alan Wake game was good, the gameplay is not without issues namely the framerates slows down even on low settings. American Nightmare was a bit of of an improvement although the narrator was different and the UI is not similar as well. The story is not satisfactory, it is like a B-movie follow up of the original Alan Wake game. Then the 2nd part of the game gets the ultimate stick-up-your-♥♥♥ surprise, you will repeat the whole game again with slightly harder opponents. Although I appreciate the evolved opponents the idea of repeating the game is annoying WTF moment. I like the first Alan Wake so I continue playing then bam! You will repeat the first chapter thrice! 3 ♥♥♥♥ing times! I gave up and decided to write this review to give the American Nightmare it deserve, A ♥♥♥♥ing NIGHTMARE!! playing MMO with repetitive quests is already annoying but an action-adventure game to have this kind of story is just ♥♥♥♥ed up!! So I cannot recommend this American Nightmare. Play Alan Wake original and just watch a video of the gameplay of AW:AM on youtube, for it will destroy what you love about Alan Wake.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Not as good as the original game, but still worth the play.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
What is next for the champion of light?

Alan Wake's American Nightmare is the predecessor to Alan Wake, although not directly it sequel its more of a spin off type thing!

This game unlike Alan Wake is inspired by the television seires The Twighlight Zone and possiblly even the movie groundhog day XD.

Again you play as Alan Wake, the champion of light! 2 years and Alan Wake is still missing! The story again is written and played as in Alan Wake but this time the horror story that comes to life is about Alan Wakes doppleganger, a warped and twisted version of himself known only as Mr. Scratch. As this is Alans own story he must battle though the Arizona desert and rewrite reality to stop his doppleganger from re-entering reality as Alan Wake and to prevent himself from being trapped in the darkness forever!

The story is about stopping your nemesis but how the story progresses is quite different. To defeat Mr. Scratch you must gather the whole storyline (manuscript pages) by revisiting parts of the story Déjà vu and in each instance you will go back in time until you find the correct pieces of the story and join them together, as Mr. Scratch has warped reality he will send you back in time to discourage you from finding the story if that makes sense lol XD

Gameplay is identical to the orignal except for a few new weapons and of course SPIDERS! YES ♥♥♥♥ING TAKEN SPIDERS!

Pros:
-Again Light as a weapon
-Great story has some backstories in it like how Alice and Barry are doing etc etc
-Like its successor distrubing and horrifying
-Narration takes a different approach similar to how it is done in the twilight zone
-The arcade feature is lots of fun :P
-Great looking game

Cons:
-The game is pretty short. a whole universe of American Nightmare would've been good
-Again facial animations lol
-Gameplay is pretty linear right at the start and the fact you have to revisit parts of the game although cool can be boring!

But a crtitical success like its successor, ticks all my boxes! 10 Foxes out of 10 foxes!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Alan Wake's American Nightmare is a fun game. But compared to its predecessor, it is definitely not as good. It doesn't live up to the first Alan Wake, mainly because they didn't put as much effort into it.

On the good side of things, Alan Wake's American Nightmare presents a brand new story that is very interesting, but it is a bit of a stretch from the first game. The weapon system is fun, making you collect manuscript pages to unlock new guns. The enemies are also new, improving on the plain minions from the previous installments. They introduce an all new Arcade Mode as well, and it provides entertainment for those that have finished the Main Story. Plus the game improves on the graphics, looking better than ever.

But, there are some bad things. The story is extremely short, especially taking into account you go to the same areas 3 times. Yes, it is a part of the story, but they should've considered making it more interesting. Increasing the difficulty each time isn't going to win you Game of the Year. The story in itself gets pretty boring. Fans of Alan Wake will enjoy it more, but it just doesn't pull you in. It doesn't do very much to keep your interest, relying on the gamer to finish the game just because they paid money for it, and they should get their money's worth. The new characters (everyone except Alan) are not that enticing either; they don't make you sympathize/get attached to them. And finally, the game is easy. I beat the game in three hours. That's just unprofessional.

It may sound like I hate the game, but I don't. The story is an episode of Night Springs that Alan wrote, putting Mr. Wake in a time loop set by his dark side. Alan must perfect everything in order to defeat his evil self, or be sent back in time to relive the defeat all over again, until he suceeds. The ending is decent, and it isn't that bad of a story overall. But it fails to make an impression that rivals the previous game or any other best seller. There is some replay value, but not much. The Arcade Mode is pretty much the only reason to go back to the game.

In summary, this game is for fans of Alan Wake. So make sure you've played that one first. The game has an okay story, but some great improvement, like new enemies and better graphics, but it just isn't as good as the first.

Score: 7/10 - Good
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Great game! 9/10

I bought this game on sale for $2.99 and didn't expect much. I played the first game and loved it so I couldn't pass this one up. I am so glad I didn't pass it up, it is worth buying even if it is not on sale!

While this game is not nearly as long as the original, the story will draw you in. I had a hard time putting the game down once I began playing the story mode. It is similiar to the originial in that there are manuscripts to collect, radio shows to listen to and also T.V. recordings to watch. You will also see some familiar characters.

The combat system is so very fluid! The combat in this game is addicting in itself and outside of the story there is plenty of arcade levels to enjoy the combat! The mechanics are nearly the same as the original but there are tons of weapons to find and unlock in this game! There are also several new enemies that were not in the original, each which requires a different tactic to take down effectively. And that brings me to my last highlight of the game..

Mr. Scratch! After seeing him in this game he is now my favorite villain of all time. He is so different from anything else I have seen in a game and he is definitely the biggest highlight of the game. The actor that plays him(and Alan Wake himself) is phenomenal!!

I can not wait for another sequel!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Good DLC, obviously not close to the greatness of Alan Wake but solid attempt
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