Excerpt: Very few games have sent a shiver down my spine for quite a few years now but the originality of Alan Wake, its divine story telling and outstanding pace combined with Hitchcockesque suspense left my nails shredded and my heart beating a lot faster than it should. The skillful crafting of a game that, in my mind, redefined a genre and the excitement that surrounded its release was whittled out pretty quick as the mighty Red Dead Redemption, released at the same time,...
Summary: Ask any fan why they like Alan Wake , and you'll hear different stories. Some will talk about how they enjoyed the Stephen King, Twin Peaks , and Lost inspired storyline and setting. Others will laud the tense experience on the Hard and Nightmare difficulties, or the use of music. None of them will try to convince you that Alan Wake was by any means a perfect game but, more than anything, they will all tell you how much they want another title.
Excerpt: From the creators of the highly successful and critically acclaimed Max Payne series comes one of the most anticipated games of 2010 - Alan Wake. The development team at Remedy has been working for years on Alan Wake. Like the Max Payne series, Remedy has not only created a video game, but an identifiable character within a captivating setting. Alan Wake is a writer that is experiencing writers block and is visiting Bright Falls with his wife to take a vacation.
Excerpt: Last month brought us a double dose of Alan Wake with the original game’s long awaited port to PC, and a brand new adventure with Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. What’s most exciting about American Nightmare, other than the new story, is the way it’s being delivered. Alan Wake is a series that was made for the world of episodic gaming.
Excerpt: Alan Wake is a man as mysterious as his first game, an enigmatic title that ended its long development with a release that was impressively ambitious. Of course, not all those ambitions were fulfilled, but the creepy adventure was successful at telling a story that left a dedicated audience clamoring for more.
Pros: Returning to the unique world of Alan Wake, The shooting is more fun than ever, Arcade Action adds lots of replay value
Cons: So many fetch quests, World is smaller than it seems, Not as scary as the it once was
Conclusion: Alan Wake’s American Nightmare still shares some of the problems seen in the original game, such as some unfair, frustrating moments during combat, and these prevent this game from being considered elite. The story doesn’t have the same impact as the first game, but this was a sacrifice that needed to be made given the budget price. This sacrifice was also a way to allow the exploration to not affect the narrative. Overall, it’s not as dark, but it’s just as fun.
Summary: Overall, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is not the most approachable game for a newcomer to the story. But if you have played it, it is a fantastic game for those who are fans of the series. It has plenty of what made the original Alan Wake made great and builds on it and improves from it. And while it may not be the biggest or most perfect sequel, it certainly is worth the $15 (1200 Microsoft Points) for those looking to continue Alan’s adventure.
Excerpt: Perhaps it's fitting that Alan Wake's titular character is a writer because the original game often felt like it was lost in the exposition of the story. For the Xbox Live follow-up though, the folks at Remedy Games have gone a completely different route -- and the result is Alan Wake's American Nightmare , a slightly beefed up and better paced adventure title than what came before it.