A thrilling new storyline, hordes of creepy enemies, serious firepower and beautiful Arizona locations, combined with a fun and challenging new game mode!
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Mixed (33 reviews) - 63% of the 33 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (3,088 reviews) - 73% of the 3,088 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

    • 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
    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Alan Wake's American Nightmare
Another part of the adventures of Alan Wake which in my opinion departs from the original. The game is also hard to be considered a full-fledged production. Why? Since the beginning of the game might be interested for the player but after passing game again throws us at the beginning of the game and we have to do everything from the beginning. Of course, the game was too bad for players so each time is easier to do the things that we need to do to progess. The game happening in Arizona near the road 66. Story looks average. Our hero finds that he went into the series of TV program "Night Springs" which he wrote the script and must defeat his enemy Mr. Scratch. The game still runs on the same mechanics, we use light to defeat the enemies and the game turned into a shooter. A large number of different weapons gives you some fun. There is also an additional mode "Fight Till Dawn", where our goal is to survive wave after wave of enemies until dawn and collect points and compete with your friends. The game is not as good as the original but it gives you a bit of fun especially since you can get this game cheap on sales.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
I only have about 5 hours on this game. In those five short hours of playing, I finished the story, and played the "Fight Until Dawn" mode a good few times. Honestly, there's just not enough content here, the story in this one hails in comparison to the original, and the whole game is just passing through one area three times. The absolute definition of repetitive. I loved the first Alan Wake, and while this game was fun for the five short hours I played it, it's not good enough. Feels like a lazy cash-in on the fans of the original, to be honest. If you absolutely must have more Alan Wake, and you've already beat the original, just go play the DLC for the original.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
What can i say about this game? Well, I think the story was well put together and gameplay was fun. The voice acting was a little bit effy, but i really actually enjoyed this game! I even got it at a cheap price (99 cents) so that's nice. I would like more because it is short, like 3 and a half hours long. Yes i did have some bugs, but not game breaking and i only had it crash once. I like it, it was fun.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Save the world from evil!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
If you enjoyed the Alan Wake main game, this works well as standalone DLC. Very fun stand alone DLC, but a bit lacking in some spacial context. I picked it up on a good sale, and was very happy with it. Don't know that I would buy at $10, but I would say that I'm craving more alan wake and know I wont get it; So I would pay $10 to have my memory of playing it whiped to play it again fresh... soooo meh. Thumbs up.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
Good game! Picks up from the story told in "Alan Wake", but doesn't require you to have played it.
A bit on the short side, but well done. The finale is quite powerful and I was happy to have spent my time on it.

If you enjoyed "Alan Wake", I strongly recommend playing this one!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
This is a horribly made game.

*The storyline is OK at best, not like the first one.
*The gameplay is the same, same moves, same wepons, but you get all the ammo in the world and as long and you go to an ammo box your fine. not like the first one where it was a challenge on the shots and the battery life.
*The game does not give you a chance to keep looking even after the "chapter" is done, it should ask if I want to go to the next stage. It gives no warning and just forces you to go even though you might want to keep looking for things.
*There are light glitches, not when you shine on the enemy but when your running around the world you will see parts of the ground that are kinda bright and than it goes to normal.
*you can tell this game was just pushed through to make a little money off the first game.

***Please dont buy this game unless you are getting it in a bundle pack. and at that dont waste your time. there are better games to play beleieve me.***
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118 of 138 people (86%) found this review helpful
49 people found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2015
If the original game is a stephen king book, this is a quentin tarantino movie.
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69 of 77 people (90%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 31, 2013
American Nightmare is a fun combat focused episode set between the original game and the not-yet-if-ever-released sequel. In this chapter Alan is trying to escape from the Dark Place by writing a script of a twisted TV show, where he can alter reality and defeat his doppelganger, Mr. Scratch as he tries to take over Alan's life in the 'real world'.

The game brings some fixes of its prequel. The horrible and non-reactive controls are - fortunately - things of the past. It's a much more combat focused game, which is proven by a wast array of weapons you can find, from UZI to combat shotgun. The game introduces some - though not many - new elements and mechanics. There are new enemies like the Splitter, who splits into two when your flashlight is pointed at him. The area map and HUD are reworked, where scripts and points of interest are indicated. It's a nice addition since on the contrary of the first game, here you are encouraged to find those "damn" sheets of papers. You can get better weapons and it is fun, too.

While Alan Wake's story was controversial but well written, the same can't be said about this chapter. It sometimes feels rushed and underdeveloped. At least the ending is much more clearer now. The part where the game disappoints the most is the level design. There three only three levels non of which are large to say the least. In addition to this, each of the levels are reused 3 times. In the frame of the story it is understandable but still disappointing. To make it clear, it is not a full fledged game, but neither is a rip off DLC. It's something between, a full game with arcade length.

Alan's newest script shouldn't take longer than 4 hours to finish (6 with all the collectibles). Be aware though that normal in this game is easy compared to the prequel, so if you are up to it, try Nightmare difficulty. This can be explained by the combat focused nature of the game. You'll never have to roam trying to find ammunition and your flashlight recharges a lot faster than in the first game. There is a new game mode called Arcade Challenge. It's a simple addition where you have to survive until dawn and score as many points as you can with limited ammunition. You can squeeze a couple of extra hours out of this game mode, but don't expect dozens of hours of fun. On one side this game mode should have been in the first game, but with those horrid controls nobody would've played it.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare is not a propel sequel to Alan Wake but it's a nice side story which every fan will enjoy. The game falls short in some places to the prequel (story, level design) but bests it in other areas (controls, combat).

Rating: 71/100; Replay Value: 2/5; To Beat: 4 hours; Played on: normal.
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5.4 hrs
Posted: September 28
I really enjoyed Alan Wake (the original) and hoped American Nightmare would continue a great story. It did not!!! Why the developers bothered to release this half baked excuse for an expansion is beyond me. Don't play American Nightmare as it will tarnish your fond memories of the original.
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Barrfind V.
4.7 hrs
Posted: September 26
Presenting itself as an episode of a Twilight Zone-esque television show called "Night Springs," complete with a Rod Serling soundalike narrator, Alan Wake's American Nightmare sees the titular hero facing off against an evil manifestation of himself, called Mr. Scratch. Scratch has taken up residence in a small Arizona town, and has turned most of the population into zombie-like hostiles called "the taken." Much of Alan Wake's American Nightmare's gameplay involves dealing with the taken, who attack Wake at regular intervals. The taken are usually protected by a cloak of shadows, which must be "burned" away using Wake's flashlight beam before he can then employ firearms to permanently put them on the other side of the dirt. Dodging enemy melee attacks is a heavily emphasized element of the gameplay: successfully doing it both slows down time and lets Wake get some distance from bad guys.
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9.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
The only reason I recommend this is because some people may find this as the "closure" to the first game. Other than that there's really nothing special about this. The game experience is just meh.
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Obsessed Dahaka
13.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
Its the wrap up of the Alan Wake story, its shorter than the original game and the story lacks a something to make it good, i personally liked it since its more combat orientated and finishes with a "good" ending the alan wake story.
(I say there should be a button in between thumb up and thumb down)
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Resonant Drifter
4.3 hrs
Posted: September 23
Picking up after the events in the original Alan Wake, American Nightmare puts you against your evil doppelganger, Mr. Scratch, as he tries to take away everything in your life. You have the ability to rewrite reality which you have already used to escape the end of the original game and find yourself in Night Springs, Arizona. But will your new talent be enough to stop the darkness?

  • A short, sweet DLC-like addition to the original
  • Cuts out the monotony
  • Improved graphics
  • New weapons
  • A couple of interesting environments
  • Story isn't as immersive as the original
  • A few crazy combat moments
  • Not a full sequel

Overall, only buy this if it is on sale as it is not a complete sequel and only a few hours long. This was only made because they were working on a sequel, but it got scrapped. That being said, it's a good, short "ending" for fans of the original.
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3.9 hrs
Posted: September 22
If you are looking for a sequel to Alan Wake, you will be disappointed when you search here. However, Alan Wake's American Nightmare can be hold as an stand-alone addon, with some more weapons and a slightly different story. As a fan of Alan Wake I can recommend this game to you but with the hint, that this is not a whole new Alan Wake game.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: September 21
Boring garbage. Stay away.
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