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Alan Wake’s American Nightmare

Reviewed by on Apr 18, 2012
Screenshot of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare

Alan Wake was one of the most fun games I’ve played this generation, so I was pretty stoked for a sequel. Thankfully, American Nightmare does NOT disappoint. You still take command of Alan as he fights for control over reality, facing off against his dark copy, Mr. Scratch, and the army of Taken. I don’t say “army” lightly, either. There are literally TONS of enemies, because this game is much, much more combat-focused than the last one. The good part is that the combat has been given a major overhaul, and Alan has lots of new toys to dispatch his fearsome foes with (sawed-off shotguns, assault rifles, and crossbows, to name a few). He’ll need to use them all to take out some of the new evolutions of Taken that have begun to seep into our reality. Despite the game being more combat-focused, the story is still fantastic and will have you glued to your seat the whole way through. If you actually enjoy the new combat, then there’s also a great survival mode that pits you against the Taken. If you like great gunplay and a wonderful story, you have got to check this out!

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Responses to Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
  1. avatar
    Alex Kidd on Apr 24, 2012
    can you enjoy this game if you never played the first alan wake?
  2. avatar
    Captain Joel on Apr 26, 2012
    You'll enjoy it, just not as much.
  3. avatar
    Alex Kidd on Apr 30, 2012
    without giving away any spoilers, what would i miss out on if i played this before allan wake 1?
  4. avatar
    Captain Joel on May 1, 2012
    There's quite a few references to things that happened in the first game and the DLC for the first game, and there's some rules in the game's world that the game kind of just assumes you know because you played the first one. Mainly, it's just a LOT of story and some cool gameplay things you'll miss out on if you jump right into this.
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