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 (36 reviews) - 61% of the 36 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (3,109 reviews) - 73% of the 3,109 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
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Product received for free
This game shouldn't be compared to original Alan Wake, this is just a spin off - tv episode going live. This game introduces us further to Mr. Scratch, doppelganger of Alan Wake. Game is more action oriented, and it fits this episode really well. You should approach this one with no expectations - take a coke, take a whole day for this one, and enjoy.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
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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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I got this game because the original Alan Wake was a great game. The gameplay and graphics were almost the same. There were some changes, like new weapons and stuff, but overall there is a lot less content in this game compared to the original one. The story was okay, but not even close as good as the original one. It also gets repetitive, because you're going to be moving through the same places over and over again. Overall, I had fun playing it, but by the end of it, I felt a bit bored, because I kept going through the same places and doing the same things over and over. I'd still recommend it though if you have a few hours to waste and have enjoyed the first one, you might as well like this one.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Sadly, Steam does not allow a "neutral" review, because this game might deserve that, but since I can only choose "yes" or "no" I'll have to go with the latter.

Alright, do you remember the great atmosphere and story of the original Alan Wake as well as the 2 DLC episodes? No? Then play those. If you already did that, you may kindly skip American Nightmare if you're into the game for those reasons.

Story spoilers if you have not played the original Alan Wake and bonus episodes:

AN puts you into the shoes of our favourite writer again, though this time you are up against Mr. Scratch, the evil doppelganger that was hinted at at the end of the first game. In order to defeat him Alan has written himself into one of his Night Springs stories, Return, which is coincidentally also the name of the novel he is writing at the end of the base game to escape the Dark Place.

The game takes place at 3 locations, which you will each visit three times, because time loop. Yay. Each time the story adapts to what you previously did. No, this does not mean player freedom, it's strictly linear. On your journy you will battle Taken (some new and cool enemies, which sadly don't change the combat system at all) with new weaponry (yes, assault rifles, yawn), save damsels in distress and collect almost unmissable manuscript pages.

Combat: Like I said it's just more of the same, no real new stuff.

Setting: Arizona. Desert. Boring as ♥♥♥♥. It's just an action slasher setting instead of a claustrophibic "omg I'm going to die" one. Not feeling it.

Collectibles: The manuscript pages are utterly boring. Most aren't even related to actual events in the game. They're just wasted money for the voice actor to speak these lines. The TVs are also back. Unfortunately what was a really great feature in Alan Wake has turned into an egocentric ♥♥♥♥ show of Mr. Scratch taunting you every time. The first TV was already boring, but omg it gets worse...
And some radio stations are also back again...and equally boring. They're only about the Old Gods of Asgard and Barry Wheeler as well as Alice Wake's movie. So 2 interviews in fact and some random callers in between. Jesus, how can you mess something like this up?

Story: Don't even get me started here. The little actual dialogue there is in the game is terrible and inconsequential. The narrator does an "ok" job, but the story itself is so badly written you don't care about that anyway. You just wish you could skip the ♥♥♥♥ing cutscenes instead of watching the same oil derrick get smashed 3 times in exactly the same way. ♥♥♥♥ that.

Overall AN offers nothing that would really add to the universe. You will complete the story on "normal" (only 2 difficulties this time around) in about 4 hours at most without dying. Ammunition and supplies are plenty, only health can be an issue if you take a surprise attack and can't regenerate a complete health bubble (once it's gone it's gone and you need a light source). When you're done with the "story" you can play arcade battles. Yay. This is not what Alan Wake is or should be about imho, but ok...you may pick it up during a sale. 10 bucks is still too expensive imho.

I dearly hope we will actually get a good AW successor at some point...or none at all, I was ok with the original ending.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
The story was mediocre if not bad in content and the way it was told. Puzzles/investigation were awful considering all you had to do was to follow a star on the map and press B once you reached that point. I loved the original Alan Wake, and though I understand this is not a sequel but rather a spin off, I can't find a good reason to recommend this game to anyone. It was a waste of time.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Product received for free
This game is not a horror and is extremly short ! 3 maps that you will do 3 times over !
Almost no characters, bullets laying everywhere for some reason Done in a couple hours if rushed. Seriously this a disgrace compare to the first one. Story is really lacking and the characters have no depth to them at or barelly.
Feels like a third of a game.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Alan Wake is to LOST as Alan Wake's American Nighmare is to LOST's sideways world.
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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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86 of 105 people (82%) 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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3.7 hrs
Posted: October 23
The developer is lazy as ♥♥♥♥
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2.7 hrs
Posted: October 22
Very reptitive...
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7.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
Alright i love Alan Wake but American Nightmare i hate. Well ok , it is fun for like 4-6 hours put after that it's repetitive as hell, it's the arcade version of the game where you just shoot and run. It might be fun with friends , i played it alone mostly and it bored me i wouldn't recommend this game unless it's on sale and you don't have anything better to do , or if you are an achievement hunter=).
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6.5 hrs
Posted: October 18
Good Game
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5.0 hrs
Posted: October 16
Different than the linear gameplay of the first, but just as much fun. Love the story, game controls and mechanics. This is also probably my favourite game to play with the Steam Controller. Haven't messed with the Arcade mode yet, but am just about to try it.
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4.1 hrs
Posted: October 13
Not great, it has it's moments but wouldn't recommend unless you're really bored
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3.1 hrs
Posted: October 11
I haven't played the prequel or anything like it. I found this game to be very repetetive and boring. Felt like the developers half ♥♥♥♥♥ it with the plot.

Did i waste 3 hours of my life, maybe.
Felt like putting my ♥♥♥♥ in a toaster for 3 hours would have been more amusing
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Shootin Pootin
4.2 hrs
Posted: October 7
this is more like a DLC then an actual game but fun nontheless so dont buy the game for more then $5
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