After playing a few hours with it, I can say that Alan Wake's American Nightmare's survival mode, officially dubbed Fight 'Til Dawn, feels spiritually closer to Resident's Evil's survivor mode than Gears of War's Horde mode.

The emphasis is on surviving, not on mowing down schloads of enemies with your chainsaw gun (though if you manage to do that, I'm sure you would get more points). Mechanically, the game is exactly the same as the previous Alan Wake. There are new weapons, the most interesting being the crossbow which doesn't require you to use your flashlight first in order to kill with it. The trade-off is that you can only shoot it once before having to reload.

In games that have some sort of survival mode, I usually just try to hole up with my back to the wall somewhere. American Nightmare's was different in that regard though, for two reasons. The first reason is the two step nature of killing a Taken. Flashlight first. Then gun. It's difficult to quickly kill multiple Taken when you can't backpedal, waiting for the flashlight to do its work. The second is that the maps encourage you to explore. They tend to be quite big and have goodies, like ammo or new guns, liberally scattered around, making it sort of like a zombie-adrenaline-fueled scavenger hunt. Which is the best kind.

American Nightmare's survival mode is tense, difficult, and fun. I probably couldn't play it for too long in one sitting (because I'm a sissy and this game stresses me out), but that doesn't mean it won't be worth your time when the game comes out next week.

Feb 16, 2012
Community Announcements - sidetwo
I won't bore you all as I'm sure you just want to play the game, so click <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/108710/">here to head to the Steam store</a>!
Product Release - Valve
Alan Wake is Now Available on Steam! Purchase before Thursday February 23rd 10AM PST and receive the Collector's Edition DLC Free.

Presented in the style of a TV series, Alan Wake features the trademark Remedy storytelling and pulse-pounding action sequences. As players dive deeper and deeper into the mystery, they’ll face overwhelming odds, plot twists, and cliffhangers. It’s only by mastering the Fight With Light combat mechanic that they can stay one step ahead of the darkness that spreads across Bright Falls.

Includes Alan Wake Special Episodes “The Signal” and “The Writer”

Feb 16, 2012
Community Announcements - sidetwo
Miss out on the Alan Wake PC Q&A we held last night? Well fear not! We've just posted it up!

Have a read <a href="http://bit.ly/AqYUKa">here</a>.
Community Announcements - sidetwo
There's only 23 hours to go till Alan Wake releases on Steam and already the first review of Alan Wake on PC has hit!

So <a href="http://bit.ly/zYfV7C">click here</a> to see IGN score us a very respectable 9 out of 10!
Community Announcements - sidetwo
Since Alan Wake is about to released on PC we thought it would be cool to hold a Q&A session on IRC about the release of Alan Wake on Steam!

So come chat with us at 5pm GMT (so around 30 minutes from this post!).

Full details can be found here:

Hope to see you all there.

PS. Don't worry if you can't make it, we'll post up the chat log at the end :)
Community Announcements - sidetwo
We're all so excited over here that there's only a day left till Alan Wake finally comes home on Steam.

Head over to the <a href="http://store.steampowered.com/app/108710/">official Steam store page</a> for more info!