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Alan Wake's American Nightmare

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
74
3.9
Xbox 360
78
3.5

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Platform Votes Score
Windows 13 3.9
Xbox 360 5 3.5
Combined MobyScore 18 3.8


The Press Says

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88
Xbox 360Canadian Online Gamers Network
When you consider the $15.00 price tag, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is a solid purchase for not only fans of the original, but also for those looking for a unique Xbox LIVE Arcade experience. As it stands now, there is nothing like it on the Xbox LIVE Arcade and overall it is a very good game. The combat is enjoyable, the varied enemies offer up a decent challenge, the visuals are slick, and the sound is solid. That being said, the story can come across as a jumbled mess and the character development is simply not there. At the end of the day American Nightmare was a great experience it is one that has me looking forward to perhaps a true sequel.
82
Xbox 360Gamesbeat
Remedy has succeeded in challenging the conventions of what makes an Xbox Live Arcade game. Once again, the writing is really good and the manuscript pages are a pleasure to hear as the Wake character narrates them. The voice acting is excellent. The heavy metal songs that play during the action scenes are apt. Among them is a new single from the fictional Old Gods of Asgard band. Once in a while you feel like you are moving through a dream, rather than a video game. But Remedy didn’t entirely succeed in making both the story and arcade modes equally fun. I actually enjoyed arcade mode much more than the story, and that is the main reason why users can have hours and hours of fun with this game. Let’s hope that the game does well enough to justify the publication of Alan Wake 2, and I certainly hope that game will be a full three-course meal, not just a good hamburger.
81
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Im Gegensatz zu manch einem Dauernörgler, liebe ich das Hautspiel und seine morbide Atmosphäre! American Nightmare ist dagegen deutlich plumper und weniger tiefgründig – Remedy will wohl unbedingt aus der „Horror für Akademiker“-Ecke raus. Spielerisch wird indes zwar wenig Neues, aber viel Gutes geboten. Und zu dem Schnäppchenpreis kann man wirklich nicht meckern. Für den (hoffentlich bald erscheinenden) zweiten Alan Wake-Teil müssen dann aber deutlich mehr Innovationen her!
80
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is mechanically a better Alan Wake. The only thing holding it back is its brevity (six hours for me), but it’s highly enjoyable, especially if you loved the first game.
80
WindowsStrategy Informer
It doesn’t hurt that the gun play is extremely well realised, with each weapon feeling distinctive, and even, dare it be said, approaching realism. The animation also, bar the occasional ‘I’m looking at the ceiling’ conversation standby is great. Overall, American Nightmare is highly polished, with a consistently good quality in everything it does. It’s not the deepest game out there, but it strikes an admirable balance between cerebral thematic content and a pinpoint focus on action and atmosphere and the relationship between the two.
80
Xbox 360GamingLives
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare shows XBLA how it should be done, presenting an innovative and entertaining compact version of what we would expect from a full Wake title. From the impressive visuals and cut-scenes, new Taken, and the returning fight with light mechanic which so defined the original game, there is much to enjoy.That said, the flaws are grating, with not only some unnecessary tweaks to the gameplay, but the repetition which ultimately irritates far more than it should do, somewhat stifling enjoyment. The unclear elements of the main story don’t help matters, and newcomers who don’t take the time to fill themselves in with the back-story are at risk of feeling disconnected from the character and his motivations. However, the familiar voices and ‘where are they now nuggets’ offer a treat to fans who have been waiting for something Wake related for a long while.
80
Xbox 360IGN
Alan Wake's American Nightmare is an extremely impressive experiment, created with the aim of releasing an essentially fully-fledged retail game through Xbox LIVE Arcade. American Nightmare absolutely succeeds in this regard, with action-packed gameplay, a cool theme, and an exciting Arcade Action mode. However, as a follow-up to the awesome original game, the story comes up short and the whole experience lacks suspense and thrills.
77
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ich bin etwas enttäuscht. Mit dem Setting des ersten Alan Wake hat American Nightmare kaum mehr etwas gemein. Das Ding könnte auch »Norbert Nagelpistole auf Monsterhatz« heißen. Pure Action-Orgien stehen dem Protagonisten einfach nicht so gut zu Gesicht. Wer jedoch auf Ballereien mit Pulp-Anleihen steht, dem bietet das Spiel etwa fünf unterhaltsame Stunden mit einigen netten Momenten. Eine absolute Unsitte stellt jedoch das extreme Backtracking dar und mag es im Rahmen der Story auch noch so viel Sinn machen.
75
WindowsIGN
By rights, Alan Wake's American Nightmare should be utterly underwhelming. The core game is changed not at all from its parent's lukewarm style, the story is thin and hackneyed, hell it even has live-action cutscenes. But somehow, the gameplay is challenging enough to keep you clicking that left mouse button and listening to that weird, not quite Rod Serling voice telling you to survive until morning just one more time.
74
Xbox 360PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Alan Wake's American Nightmare zet het duistere sfeertje van het origineel geslaagd verder, maar offert jammer genoeg wat te veel narratieve en survival elementen op voor meer actie.
74
WindowsComputerGames.ro
At first sight, American Nightmare could be a different Alan Wake, a bit more open, somewhat more colorful, allowing a bit more time for accommodation and attachment to its characters, correcting at least a part of the original’s shortcomings. But just as its predecessor, it remains a game sentenced to struggle on the line between interaction and presentation, a space where compromises must be made by at least one of the sides, with the game proper still taking the larger hit. Because when it comes to its interaction degree, Alan Wake really doesn’t have much more than a flashlight, a gun and, occasionally, a flashbang.
70
WindowsGameSpot
American Nightmare is a more streamlined affair that lacks the weight and impact of its predecessors, and is the least creepy entry in the multifaceted saga. While that's by design, the gritty action focus and scaled-back story don't jibe as well with the series' overall atmosphere. The adventure boils down to a flawed but entertaining pit stop with some cool moments to tide you over until the next proper full-length installment.
70
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Bien que se replonger dans l'univers d'Alan Wake soit des plus délectables, on pourra néanmoins regretter la dimension «action» omniprésente. Si on peut comprendre qu'il était difficile de développer les personnages ou bien encore l'histoire via le format «jeu téléchargeable», on regrettera l'aspect spin-off de l'histoire originale même si le tout entretient bien entendu des liens très forts avec cette dernière et une construction honteusement redondante légitimée par son scénario. Cependant, entre les nombreux hommages à Rod Serling et Stephen King, la réalisation efficace, l'excellente bande-son, la nouvelle panoplie d'armes et le plaisir procuré, on aurait tort de bouder notre plaisir d'autant qu'Alan est encore loin de s'être complètement réveillé.
70
Xbox 360Factornews
Une ambiance fantastique, mais un gameplay un peu répétitif.
70
Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Bien que se replonger dans l'univers d'Alan Wake soit des plus délectables, on pourra néanmoins regretter la dimension «action» omniprésente. Si on peut comprendre qu'il était difficile de développer les personnages ou bien encore l'histoire via le format «jeu téléchargeable», on regrettera l'aspect spin-off de l'histoire originale même si le tout entretient bien entendu des liens très forts avec cette dernière et une construction honteusement redondante légitimée par son scénario. Cependant, entre les nombreux hommages à Rod Serling et Stephen King, la réalisation efficace, l'excellente bande-son, la nouvelle panoplie d'armes et le plaisir procuré, on aurait tort de bouder notre plaisir d'autant qu'Alan est encore loin de s'être complètement réveillé.
55
WindowsAbsolute Games (AG.ru)
Остается лишь верить, что неизбежная Alan Wake 2 будет увлекательнее, чем эта серость. Будь American Nightmare эпизодом настоящего телесериала, я переключил бы канал еще до вступительных титров.