Rating: - "Grab it during a sale"
Traditional Rating: 6/10
Genre: Action Adventure/ Survival Horror
Alan Wake was a thrilling and meaty surprise of a game that blended action and survival horror together perfectly until its rather lacklustre and convoluted ending. It was also a bit too long in the tooth as Remedy seemed intent to one-up Stephen King which induced the "padding" effect which resulted in the game eventually buckling under its own weight. Due to this - Alan Wake got rather tiresome and repetitive towards the end. However, even though the sum of its parts didn't all add up it's still is a game I can heartily recommend just for the experience alone.
They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions and in an attempt to address the concerns of the first game - apparently many complained about its repeating enemies and limited weaponry - American Nightmare mostly stumbles and falls. Firstly a whole new array of weapons are added to the game and whilst certainly fun to engage with they tend to be overpowered making light work of the enemies you encounter turning bookish Alan into a Stallone-like Commando. Though shorter in length than the original game and with a larger enemy variety the game makes you repeat its events not once but three times before arriving at another stagnant conclusion making this addition feel even more repetitive than the original. The narrative is even more muddled and convoluted (echoing Stephen King's The Dark Half to a less desirable effect).
American Nightmare is still a very pretty game to look at and it plays like a hot knife through butter with all the settings ramped up, however, as a diversion until a proper sequel is released, American Nightmare is only just slightly above passable.