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Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 4.2
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.4
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.8
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 3.8
Overall User Score (8 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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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.
85 (Feb 26, 2012)
Alan Wake’s: American Nightmare, while not being a sequel to the first game, thus offering no real answers yet to what is going on overall, is another great game from Remedy. Like the first game, the unusual story manages to hook you from the get go again, and keeps you playing. From the amazing graphics and the wonderful sounds, Alan Wake’s second adventure is well worth your time.
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.
GamingLives (Feb 21, 2012)
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.
IGN (Feb 17, 2012)
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 (Feb 24, 2012)
Mit American Nightmare macht Remedy seinen psychisch labilen Schriftsteller endgültig zum strahlenden Action-Helden, der mit Uzi, abgesägter Schrotflinte und Sturmgewehr alles wegputzt, was sich in den Lichtkegel seiner Taschenlampe wagt - im neuen Arcade-Modus sogar mit Stoppuhr und Punkteregen. Schaurig ruhige, geheimnisvolle Szenen sind selbst im Storymodus kaum noch vorhanden. Neben Alan und Gegenspieler Mr. Scratch gibt es eigentlich nur drei sprechende Figuren in der überraschend weitläufigen Einöde Arizonas. Action liebende Horrorfans kommen aber gut auf ihre Kosten, freuen sich über neue Waffen sowie Gegner, sammeln fleißig Manuskriptseiten und Highscores und genießen einen vor allem audiovisuell schmackhaften Höllentrip.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Mar 31, 2012)
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.
Factornews (Feb 29, 2012)
Une ambiance fantastique, mais un gameplay un peu répétitif.
70 (Feb 24, 2012)
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.
Giant Bomb (Feb 22, 2012)
Alan Wake's downloadable debut features a neat story with a clever twist, but one that sadly outstays its welcome.