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sidetwo
02-04-2012, 05:35 PM
Metacritic: http://bit.ly/L4Xcfk

The below list is all currently released reviews sorted by score (from highest to lowest):

Kotaku (http://bit.ly/zO6ykk) - N/A
ArsTechnica (http://bit.ly/AwtgLU) - Buy it!
XXLGaming (http://bit.ly/AiVQNp) - 9/10
Cheat Code Central (http://bit.ly/Ni6y5J) - 4.5/5
Official Xbox Magazine (http://bit.ly/zhQObi) - 8.5/10
Destructoid (http://bit.ly/yHepSV) - 8.5/10
EGM (http://bit.ly/wAdkiH) - 8.5/10
Rely on Horror (http://bit.ly/JOIvhp) - 8.5/10
Nave360 (http://bit.ly/LJoenz) - 8.5/10
JVN (http://bit.ly/KfKtqo) - 17/20
1UP (http://bit.ly/zV8uhJ) - B
Joystiq (http://aol.it/wPZs5P) - 4/5
IGN (http://bit.ly/wlJFC7) - 8.0/10
About.com (http://bit.ly/wrQz06) - 4/5
Digital Trends (http://bit.ly/xTcNmf) - 8/10
GamesRadar (http://bit.ly/xwwtNz) - 8/10
Game Informer (http://bit.ly/y3RAcz) - 7.75/10
CVG UK (http://bit.ly/L0zm0a) - 7.5/10
EuroGamer (http://bit.ly/LM5BTX) - 7/10
VideoGamer.com (http://bit.ly/MaXpiD) - 6/10


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thebestbit
02-04-2012, 09:40 PM
Nice. Dont need reviews myself as ive allready got the points ready to buy i just hope it gets lots of good scores and does really well for Remedy sales wise.

ScofGR
02-10-2012, 02:34 PM
When we should expect the first reviews to roll out?

Dusk Golem
02-11-2012, 06:41 PM
When we should expect the first reviews to roll out?

I'd expect in the next week/week and a half.

ScofGR
02-11-2012, 07:10 PM
I mean when the reviews embargo(if there is any) is over..

Wane
02-14-2012, 04:00 AM
Pelit (Finland)

86

Interesting and understandable plot, less running in a dark forest but more action. New Alan shows how XBLA games should be done.

http://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-360/alan-wakes-american-nightmare

LonelyGreyWolf
02-17-2012, 02:48 PM
GameReactor gave it an 8/10.

Commander Shepa
02-17-2012, 05:30 PM
IGN gave it an 8/10 as well.

Simon_V
02-17-2012, 05:56 PM
My Score:
Alan Wake's American Nightmare - 9.1/10

Best XBox Live Arcade Game I ever played.

ShockBox08
02-17-2012, 09:22 PM
My Score:
Alan Wake's American Nightmare - 8.8/10

I didn't play the game jet, but I know it will not disappoint me. Will not change the score... 5 days 'till Nightmare :hyper:

PS: If Alan Wake's American Nightmare will be better(I know it will), I will change my score.

... what?

How does... why do... never mind. -_-

Wane
02-17-2012, 10:16 PM
"You can't spell ignorant without IGN"

djshauny1
02-17-2012, 10:49 PM
"You can't spell ignorant without IGN"

bravo :eek:

djshauny1
02-17-2012, 10:50 PM
Anyone who thinks 8/10 is a bad score then, well, it just isnt.

el butterfly
02-18-2012, 09:41 AM
Oh good god lets not turn this into "Hate out of ten" kind of thing. I dont like IGN either but 8 is a really good score.

thebestbit
02-18-2012, 10:26 AM
Anyone who thinks 8/10 is a bad score then, well, it just isnt.

Its sad but some do. Ive seen people say they wont buy a game new because 1 or 2 sites give a game a 7 rather than an 8 or even 7.9 rather than 8.0

Its rather sad really and im suprised anyone still takes what reviews say when buying games. I mean according to most reviews COD is the god of gaming :lol:

LonelyGreyWolf
02-18-2012, 11:44 AM
"You can't spell ignorant without IGN"

Seriously, that's so immature and old. I hear it every single day on every single review that IGN makes. Come up with some original, will you? Why can't people just accept that everyone has different opinions. If the IGN reviewer felt like 8 was a good score, then so be it. It's his opinion. Saying this like that goes against the foundation of our society. In our worlds -- in modern-day Europe, North America and far-eastern Asia -- democracy rules. In dictatorships, people aren't allowed to freely express their opinion, but in a democratic county, everyone should be able to do so. Unfortunately, that's not the case. On other forums, I've expressed love for Dragon Age 2, and dislike for Halo. Whenever I do that, I get trolled and insulted. Because guess what, people aren't allowed to have their own opinion.

Your unoriginal comment, which again is used every single day, goes against our belief. Move to China or North Korea, maybe there you'll be able to censor reviews and change the score to whatever you please.

ScarletSnake
02-18-2012, 10:57 PM
"You can't spell ignorant without IGN"

:rolleyes:

Wane
02-18-2012, 11:24 PM
Anyone who thinks 8/10 is a bad score then, well, it just isnt.Score is fine, but review felt a bit nit picky.

Wane
02-18-2012, 11:25 PM
Seriously, that's so immature and old. I hear it every single day on every single review that IGN makes. Come up with some original, will you? Why can't people just accept that everyone has different opinions. If the IGN reviewer felt like 8 was a good score, then so be it. It's his opinion. Saying this like that goes against the foundation of our society. In our worlds -- in modern-day Europe, North America and far-eastern Asia -- democracy rules. In dictatorships, people aren't allowed to freely express their opinion, but in a democratic county, everyone should be able to do so. Unfortunately, that's not the case. On other forums, I've expressed love for Dragon Age 2, and dislike for Halo. Whenever I do that, I get trolled and insulted. Because guess what, people aren't allowed to have their own opinion.

Your unoriginal comment, which again is used every single day, goes against our belief. Move to China or North Korea, maybe there you'll be able to censor reviews and change the score to whatever you please.Welcome to the Internet.

pnoozi
02-19-2012, 01:21 AM
Lonely, by exiling Wane to North Korea you'd be guilty of exactly what you're alleging.

He didn't say IGN should be shut down, FFS, he just called them ignorant. You're a hypocrite. For someone who's such a fan of opinions, you sure don't like Wane's. You're the one who has trouble letting other people have opinions. You should learn how to disagree.

KoulisHHH
02-19-2012, 01:52 AM
Seriously, that's so immature and old. I hear it every single day on every single review that IGN makes. Come up with some original, will you? Why can't people just accept that everyone has different opinions. If the IGN reviewer felt like 8 was a good score, then so be it. It's his opinion. Saying this like that goes against the foundation of our society. In our worlds -- in modern-day Europe, North America and far-eastern Asia -- democracy rules. In dictatorships, people aren't allowed to freely express their opinion, but in a democratic county, everyone should be able to do so. Unfortunately, that's not the case. On other forums, I've expressed love for Dragon Age 2, and dislike for Halo. Whenever I do that, I get trolled and insulted. Because guess what, people aren't allowed to have their own opinion.

Your unoriginal comment, which again is used every single day, goes against our belief. Move to China or North Korea, maybe there you'll be able to censor reviews and change the score to whatever you please.

Immature is the fact that Alan Wake,it's DLC's and American Nightmare are written by three different reviewers.Immature is the fact that this particular so called reviewer hasn;t finished The Writer because if he had, he would have understand why Alan is in a Nightsprings episode and why he hunts MrScratch.The things we're about to see in American Nightmare are the first Paragraph or CHapter of "The Departure"
SHeeesh! I got that out of me.So I'm entirely against IGN on that...

PS: I'm not getting mad at you but at the reviewer;)

MikkiRMD
02-19-2012, 03:00 AM
Ooookay, let's not get sidetracked here, please.

ShockBox08
02-19-2012, 02:24 PM
Immature is the fact that Alan Wake,it's DLC's and American Nightmare are written by three different reviewers.Immature is the fact that this particular so called reviewer hasn;t finished The Writer because if he had, he would have understand why Alan is in a Nightsprings episode and why he hunts MrScratch.The things we're about to see in American Nightmare are the first Paragraph or CHapter of "The Departure"
SHeeesh! I got that out of me.So I'm entirely against IGN on that...

PS: I'm not getting mad at you but at the reviewer;)

I'm not trying to doubt you but how do you know he hasn't finished the writer?

If he hasn't then im 100% on ur side.

Fixit
02-20-2012, 04:02 PM
Seriously, that's so immature and old. I hear it every single day on every single review that IGN makes. Come up with some original, will you? Why can't people just accept that everyone has different opinions. If the IGN reviewer felt like 8 was a good score, then so be it. It's his opinion. Saying this like that goes against the foundation of our society. In our worlds -- in modern-day Europe, North America and far-eastern Asia -- democracy rules. In dictatorships, people aren't allowed to freely express their opinion, but in a democratic county, everyone should be able to do so. Unfortunately, that's not the case. On other forums, I've expressed love for Dragon Age 2, and dislike for Halo. Whenever I do that, I get trolled and insulted. Because guess what, people aren't allowed to have their own opinion.

Your unoriginal comment, which again is used every single day, goes against our belief. Move to China or North Korea, maybe there you'll be able to censor reviews and change the score to whatever you please.

Well, it's a good thing there's not a dramatic overreactions filter here. ;)

Edited to add: Who cares about reviews anyway? Is a less-than-stellar review going to prevent a single person here from getting AWAN?

djshauny1
02-20-2012, 04:33 PM
2 days :)

Dusk Golem
02-20-2012, 05:10 PM
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/02/20/alan-wakes-american-nightmare-review/

http://www.videogamer.com/xbox360/alan_wakes_american_nightmare/review.html

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-02-20-alan-wakes-american-nightmare-review_7

Here's a few new reviews that have popped up on the internet recently.

EDIT: And another.

http://electronictheatre.co.uk/xbox360/xboxlive-arcade-in-depth-reviews/16275/electronic-theatre-in-depth-review-alan-wakes-american-nightmare

Double Edit: And two others.

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/336591/reviews/alan-wakes-american-nightmare-review-a-new-beginning-for-alan-review/

http://www.destructoid.com/review-alan-wake-s-american-nightmare-222126.phtml

thebestbit
02-20-2012, 06:19 PM
Im sooooooooooo ready for this!

Gumbeaux Jr
02-20-2012, 06:33 PM
Thank you for posting the reviews! Looking forward to playing. I am excited for the new arcade style approach AN has taken...

thebestbit
02-20-2012, 06:38 PM
2hr storyline does not bother me. Ill be looking for all the extra stuff.

Pyramid head
02-20-2012, 08:51 PM
2hr storyline does not bother me. Ill be looking for all the extra stuff.

In Kotaku's review the journalist say 8 hours to finish the story mode...

http://m.kotaku.com/5886570/alan-wakes-american-nightmare-the-kotaku-review

Well I'm the kind of player who likes explosive and taking my time.

Destructoid and Kotaku's reviews really made my day. I just can't wait ! :)

CrazyCougar
02-20-2012, 09:34 PM
Its definitely not 8 hours of story gameplay...LOL! But every hour you play of it is well worth it. Even with total exploration I would say I clocked in around 5 hours total at tops.

The arcade mode is where your hours and hours will come in 2 play since you have to stay alive at least 10 minutes each time you try to set a score and each level you play.

MikkiRMD
02-20-2012, 09:42 PM
We're really reluctant to come up with any kind of definite number for game time, it can vary so much, but two hours... I have to say that I have never seen anyone in playtesting go through the whole thing that quickly, and they were often playing builds that did not yet have all of the content in place, which obviously cut down on the overall play time. Being an XBLA title, it is a shorter game than the original Alan Wake (hey, it's not costing sixty bucks, either!), but geez, c'mon. =) Just checking out the manuscript pages, radio shows, Mr. Scratch videos on TV and whatnot will take well over an hour, easy.

thebestbit
02-20-2012, 10:07 PM
Well we could name a fair few full priced games that take less than 5 hours to finish :)

As i said ill be taking my time and looking around. Really cant wait for this.

thebestbit
02-20-2012, 10:13 PM
http://www.gamesradar.com/alan-wakes-american-nightmare-review/

8/10

You'll love

Returning to the unique world of Alan Wake
The shooting is more fun than ever
Arcade Action adds lots of replay value

You'll hate

So many fetch quests
World is smaller than it seems
Not as scary as it once was

GTB
02-20-2012, 10:57 PM
17/20 jvn.com (http://www.jvn.com/jeux/tests/test-de-alan-wake-s-american-nightmare.html)

Can't wait!

It seems there's some problems with sub-titles (french); sometimes meaning the opposite of what the characters are saying.

Dusk Golem
02-21-2012, 02:59 AM
Alright, my review for American Nightmare has now gone up on Rely on Horror. You can read it here: http://www.relyonhorror.com/latest-news/review-alan-wakes-american-nightmare/

Wane
02-21-2012, 05:05 AM
2hr storyline does not bother me. Ill be looking for all the extra stuff.Well, to me 1200MSP for 2 hour game is a major turn off, so might wait for deal of the week.

Dusk Golem
02-21-2012, 05:54 AM
Well, to me 1200MSP for 2 hour game is a major turn off, so might wait for deal of the week.

The game isn't two hours. I hope Remedy doesn't mind me talking about this right now, but what I can report is that my first playthrough took me about 8 hours. Given I did a lot of exploring and collected all but a couple of manuscript pages during my first playthrough. The second playthrough I did, just going from point to point knowing what I had to do and not going after collectibles/exploring, took me about 3 hours.

This also isn't counting Fight Till Dawn mode. I don't know how anyone could reasonably beat it in in two hours, just watching/reading/listening/talking to the optional content is almost an hour and a half itself.

MikkiRMD
02-21-2012, 06:57 AM
Well, to me 1200MSP for 2 hour game is a major turn off, so might wait for deal of the week.

It's absolutely not that short.

CrazyCougar
02-21-2012, 04:49 PM
I second Mikki and whats being said. The story mode is NOT a 2 hour game. I beat the story in around 5 hours or so with all collectibles collected (TV's radios, manuscripts). Sure you could buzz right through but it still would take longer than 2 hours unless you skip over everything (dialogue, cut scenes, etc...) and even then i would think its pushing more like 3.

I didn't even mention time in my review because I didn't think it was a problem. Maybe I should put in a revision since this seems to be such an issue. Its a great game..Hands down.

LonelyGreyWolf
02-21-2012, 06:39 PM
You'll hate

So many fetch quests
World is smaller than it seems
Not as scary as it once was
Personally I never understood why everyone is against "fetch" quests. As long as the game itself is good, I enjoy such quests. Everyone whined on Skyward Sword for having four or five fetch quests, but I love them.

Also, pft, Alan Wake (1) was hardly scary. Thrilling, for sure, but it's not like I had troubles sleeping at night. Unlike... Amnesia...

thebestbit
02-21-2012, 07:41 PM
Yeah i would hardly say it was scary.

Fetch quests can be fine but a fair few games simply have you walking back and forth between 2 characters who can actually see on another.

Still role on tomorrow.

Wane
02-21-2012, 08:11 PM
The game isn't two hours. I hope Remedy doesn't mind me talking about this right now, but what I can report is that my first playthrough took me about 8 hours. Given I did a lot of exploring and collected all but a couple of manuscript pages during my first playthrough. The second playthrough I did, just going from point to point knowing what I had to do and not going after collectibles/exploring, took me about 3 hours.

This also isn't counting Fight Till Dawn mode. I don't know how anyone could reasonably beat it in in two hours, just watching/reading/listening/talking to the optional content is almost an hour and a half itself.

It's absolutely not that short.

I second Mikki and whats being said. The story mode is NOT a 2 hour game. I beat the story in around 5 hours or so with all collectibles collected (TV's radios, manuscripts). Sure you could buzz right through but it still would take longer than 2 hours unless you skip over everything (dialogue, cut scenes, etc...) and even then i would think its pushing more like 3.

I didn't even mention time in my review because I didn't think it was a problem. Maybe I should put in a revision since this seems to be such an issue. Its a great game..Hands down.I'll take your word on it.

Wane
02-21-2012, 08:15 PM
Planet Xbox 360 8.5/10

OXM 8.5/10

Kranitoko
02-21-2012, 08:27 PM
http://www.nave360.com/review/alan-wakes-american-nightmare/

Nave360's review is live :)

Mattey
02-22-2012, 08:18 PM
It's absolutely not that short.

It took me about 7 hours in total from start to finish, That is with me watching every tv show, listening to the radio fully & exploring the areas.

Great XBLA title, Really enjoyed it & Mr Scratch is so badass! :D

thebestbit
02-22-2012, 08:45 PM
Took me just over 5 hours. Have 4 manuscript pages to find and i missed 1 radio and of course i still have fight till dawn.

JakeBloom
02-23-2012, 12:12 AM
Took me just over 5 hours. Have 4 manuscript pages to find and i missed 1 radio and of course i still have fight till dawn.

How do you track how many radios you found?

EDIT: Never mind, found it.

Thrillermaster
02-23-2012, 12:34 AM
Just finished. It took me about 7 hours. REALLY GREAT GAME! I am hungry for more. DAMN!

JakeBloom
02-23-2012, 01:40 AM
Took me about 4 hours I'd say.

Wane
02-23-2012, 02:39 AM
Cheat Code Central 4.5/5

http://cheatcc.com/xbox360/rev/alanwakesamericannightmarereview2.html

MattS
02-23-2012, 07:38 AM
Story mode took me about 6-7 hours - that is with the looking around and whatnot. I liked the story a lot, though I tired of replaying the same sections three times. Sure, they did a pretty good job of changing it up, but I could've used more locals to keep it fresh. I never felt a connection to any of the NPCS in this one, as we did Barry in AW. Of Course, the main drawn is the Alan Wake story elements.Side note: I was hoping Mr Scratch would have been a more direct Boss Fight.

That said, I cannot say I was disappointed for $15 - pretty damn good deal, overall. I did miss some of the more dynamic weather elements that were in AW. They were kinda present here, but only if you deviated too far from the main path

Wane
02-23-2012, 08:18 AM
Console Arcade 4/5

http://www.console-arcade.com/2012/02/22/alan-wakes-american-nightmare-xbla-review/

kleiner352
02-23-2012, 09:17 PM
(in reference to early page) The only way it could be 2 hours is if you completely ignore any and all radios, manuscript pages, televisions, and optional talks with side characters and simply blast through the story, running constantly and not stopping. And even then, the lack of pages would mean a lack of good weapons, which would make it take longer anyways. So 2 hours would just mean you didn't want to actually play the game and just ran to the end.

I give it a 9/10. Good writing, solid acting (you can really tell that Ilka had fun as Mr. Scratch), and enjoyable gameplay with enough extras to make the storyline feel like it was worth its own release, and the arcade mode is also really enjoyable.

Wane
02-24-2012, 11:29 AM
Ripten 8/10

SideQuesting 5/5

G4TV 4/5

Eurogamer Sweden 8/10

Eurogamer Spain 8/10

GameTrailers 8/10

Meristation 8/10

thebestbit
02-24-2012, 11:40 AM
Yep its damn solid.

Wane
02-24-2012, 11:50 AM
Yep its damn solid.http://images.cheezburger.com/completestore/2010/4/19/129161956729992540.gif

The Hedon
02-24-2012, 06:58 PM
Metacritic is at 76 :( They must have some crack babies reviewing this game to give it low scores.

LonelyGreyWolf
02-24-2012, 08:01 PM
Metacritic is at 76 :( They must have some crack babies reviewing this game to give it low scores.
I never understood why todays gamers think 7.6 is a low score. Anything above 5 is good, in all logic. The reviewers aren't on crack, they just have their own opinion. Instead of looking at the score, you should read the review. The score is actually completely pointless.

thebestbit
02-24-2012, 08:05 PM
Metacritic is at 76 :( They must have some crack babies reviewing this game to give it low scores.

Does it have all the reviews that have been posted in this topic? No way it could have that score with those. Not that 76 is bad.

skinki
02-24-2012, 08:08 PM
My review for Gamesurf.it 8/10 http://gamesurf.tiscali.it/dynamic/articolo/CHIAVE/alan1323680061111/TIPO_PAGINA/recensione

Wane
02-25-2012, 01:25 AM
GamerXchange 9/10

WGTC 4/5

GameRevolution 4/5

GameShark A-

Dynamite Jack
02-25-2012, 06:04 AM
Here's my review at HugeGamer.com: http://www.hugegamer.com/2012/02/25/alan-wakes-american-nightmare-review/

ShockBox08
02-25-2012, 10:47 PM
My review:

What I liked: Beautiful game, great combat, great story for a downloadable, great and memorable music and set pieces.

What I didn't like: NPC (excluding taken) had stilted animations at times, The dubbing is inconsistent, ending was a slight let-down, no co-op for the horde mode, no difficulty selector for the campaign.

I won't jump into the story too much because this is the forums and everyone should have a basic understanding of the events leading up to this but what I will say is that for a game that lasts around five hours you get a hell of a story… if you've played the first one. The story is completely comprehensible to those who are willing to search out manuscript pages, it took me two play-throughs and a guide to find all of the pages myself but it was completely worth it. The pages don't just reveal why things are happening in Night Springs but a few long-standing mysteries as well such as why Alan's flashlight can be focused and more that I won't spoil.
The only part of the story that could be considered disappointing is the ending cut scene, there's a lot of buildup but it fizzles with no real sense of accomplishment even though during the ending of the ending sequence I smiled at the heartwarming scene.
Which brings me to the credits. The fellows at Remedy are crafty little buggers and their song choice is impeccable. (Note to anyone who beats the game, read the last few lines of the credits.) The ending song made me smile and made me glad that I had spent the points on this game on day one. The music is well done all through-out and there are some really memorable game play moments that shine even brighter (no pun intended) due to the excellent tracks. I suppose thanks is due for Poets Of the Fall for providing most of the music.
The game play is the same as you've come to expect from Alan Wake's first journey except it's tighter and feels a lot more fluid. During one moment I had dodged from a taken, pulled out a machine gun and blew him to high hell all within five seconds.
Moments like these are grin-worthy and cannot be properly explained. They're moments that really need to be played rather than talked about.
Speaking of enemies almost all of the enemies from the first one are back (except the speedy ones and the axe throwing ones; good riddance) and more. Now there are giant hillbilly saw wielders and birdmen who cleverly frustrate you as they turn into a flock of birds, and even grenadiers that always know the perfect moment to throw their grenades.
There's enough variety here to satisfy almost every gamer and it never once felt like I was being thrown enemies just to give me something to do. Every kill that I earned I did so with pride and jumped at the chance to do it again. The only let down of this was that it's a pretty easy game once you get the swing of things. I only died once or twice on my play-through and usually it would be because I was searching for manuscript pages and didn't want to waste my ammo shooting at the randomly spawning enemies.
Which brings me to the weapons. Every weapon that was included was genius. I loved every weapon equally (okay that's a lie the machine guns were the best!) and they all felt important.
Moving on to the Arcade aspect Fight 'Til Dawn, things get a bit crazier. I have played through some of the maps so far and I've had a blast doing so. The difficulty spikes with how fast you can kill Taken, you want to kill Taken to raise your score multiplier but by doing so it throws tougher enemies at you raising the stakes and the satisfaction you get from each kill/dodge. The only complaint I have with this mode is the lack of multiplayer. It's fun on your own but other horde modes in other games have done this well and it would be a blast to shoot Taken with a buddy. Along with the difficulty spikes there are maps that you can play on "Nightmare Mode" but a word to the wise it's gonna be bloody and it's not for everyone.

Overall Alan Wake's American Nightmare is a successful semi-sequel spinoff. It hits almost all of the right notes and provides a unique experience for both the new-comer and the veteran.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare definitely feels like an evolution of this franchise and deserves great praise.
And remember:
The nail gun is mightier than the sword.

9/10

Skip
02-26-2012, 07:18 AM
GameFocus (http://www.gamefocus.ca/reviews/10498.html) 8.7/10

Hooked Gamers (http://www.hookedgamers.com/x360/alan_wakes_american_nightmare/review/article-875.html) 8.5/10

Stammy
02-26-2012, 10:18 AM
ending was a slight let-downMy opinion about the ending:

I have to agree. I was SOOO looking forward to the ending and seeing Alice's film! I think it was a brilliant idea. Alan's love for Alice is his only way to stay sane in the Dark Place and I was looking for very emotional experience. Something very personal, private, homevideo of the happy past. But it was too edited! There was some emotion but I didn't cry. I think it was the editing that cut off the emotion. It should have been rougher, more homevideo-type I think.

The idea was brilliant and the execution was alright. Not perfect but alright.

ShockBox08
02-26-2012, 03:20 PM
My opinion about the ending:

I have to agree. I was SOOO looking forward to the ending and seeing Alice's film! I think it was a brilliant idea. Alan's love for Alice is his only way to stay sane in the Dark Place and I was looking for very emotional experience. Something very personal, private, homevideo of the happy past. But it was too edited! There was some emotion but I didn't cry. I think it was the editing that cut off the emotion. It should have been rougher, more homevideo-type I think.

The idea was brilliant and the execution was alright. Not perfect but alright.

I agree plus *SPOILERS* I was really hoping we could've fought Scratch one on one but oh well I say that the game on a whole well makes up for the fact. So definitely a solid entry that can stand on its own in the AW franchise. They've pretty much just guaranteed a day-one purchase from me on AW 2

Layton
02-27-2012, 06:49 AM
I can kinda agree with the whole "two hours" thing. My playthrough took around 5-6 hours, but with how the game is presented it's pretty much the same first 2 hours of content replayed 3 times; I realize that there are size limitations for XBLA games and they were probably too restricted by that to make a "full" game, but personally I would've greatly preferred an excellent 2 hour experience with more actual cutscenes and a more focused experience than an only "good" 5-6 hour experience that starts to feel samey after the first two hours. I loved the game, but it really just made me want to go back to Alan Wake 1.

mike-al
02-27-2012, 08:49 PM
so do the admins of this forum delete bad reviews of American Nightmare because i just can not believe that anyone who loved Alan Wake and the extra chapters liked American Nightmare??

I played about 6 hours, i guess. I got every manuscript, watched every tv episode and listend to every radio show. That was great, as expected. These were also great in the original. I also loved the scenes with mr. scratch (the actor is awesome)

but thatīs about it..
If you think about it you play a 2 hour game 3 times in a row... not really anything changes. It might have looked really great on paper but in practise thatīs a damn NO GO in a video game. you do it maybe once at maximum twice and speed it up the second time but not 3 times.. i mean wtf?
WHO thought this was a good idea to play the same game three times??
i felt like: ARE YOU KIDDING MEE (and do not f***ing say.. "but thatīs exactly how alan wake must have felt")

I guess everybody at remedy which a clear mind was working on Alan Wake 2 because that was a slap in my Alan Wake loving face!

It rally sickens me that remedy tried to sell out to the cod fanbase and tried to mix gears of war and call of duty in a survival horror game with all the weapons you can buy for getting pages.. and for your information putting a song in a game to emphasise the atmosphere or the action.. i just doesnt work. didnt work in halo2..when i think about it, it kinda worked in halo because ITS A DAMN FPS AND ITS ALL ABOUT ACTION oh and it wasnt a song from Kasabian (great band but not really suitable for an epic scene)

all i can say that iīm very disappointed that i spent 1200 ms points -.-
And they ruined the mr. scratch part for Alan Wake 2..
now iīm really concerned about Alan Wake 2 :O

6/10;( i gave the original AW 10/10)

oh and i dont care for multiplayer or horde mode.. if i wanta play something like that i play gears of war123. ALAN WAKE IS ABOUT STORY YOU KNOW REMEDY?!

back at playing alan wake on pc! (itīs my favourite game)

bye

el butterfly
02-27-2012, 10:23 PM
You do realize that alan wake always was an action game?

It says so on the cover.

Wane
02-28-2012, 12:36 AM
Original Gamer 9/10

Games Abyss 9/10

ShockBox08
02-28-2012, 01:35 AM
so do the admins of this forum delete bad reviews of American Nightmare because i just can not believe that anyone who loved Alan Wake and the extra chapters liked American Nightmare??

I played about 6 hours, i guess. I got every manuscript, watched every tv episode and listend to every radio show. That was great, as expected. These were also great in the original. I also loved the scenes with mr. scratch (the actor is awesome)

but thatīs about it..
If you think about it you play a 2 hour game 3 times in a row... not really anything changes. It might have looked really great on paper but in practise thatīs a damn NO GO in a video game. you do it maybe once at maximum twice and speed it up the second time but not 3 times.. i mean wtf?
WHO thought this was a good idea to play the same game three times??
i felt like: ARE YOU KIDDING MEE (and do not f***ing say.. "but thatīs exactly how alan wake must have felt")

I guess everybody at remedy which a clear mind was working on Alan Wake 2 because that was a slap in my Alan Wake loving face!

It rally sickens me that remedy tried to sell out to the cod fanbase and tried to mix gears of war and call of duty in a survival horror game with all the weapons you can buy for getting pages.. and for your information putting a song in a game to emphasise the atmosphere or the action.. i just doesnt work. didnt work in halo2..when i think about it, it kinda worked in halo because ITS A DAMN FPS AND ITS ALL ABOUT ACTION oh and it wasnt a song from Kasabian (great band but not really suitable for an epic scene)

all i can say that iīm very disappointed that i spent 1200 ms points -.-
And they ruined the mr. scratch part for Alan Wake 2..
now iīm really concerned about Alan Wake 2 :O

6/10;( i gave the original AW 10/10)

oh and i dont care for multiplayer or horde mode.. if i wanta play something like that i play gears of war123. ALAN WAKE IS ABOUT STORY YOU KNOW REMEDY?!

back at playing alan wake on pc! (itīs my favourite game)

bye

but... i don't... you... i... what?...



*sigh*

okay, have your opinion.

It had a great story and the combat was amped up to an 11 but okay... who am i to not grant you an opinion?

(a genius that's who jk jk)

Wane
02-28-2012, 11:34 AM
GameFocus 8.7/10

Hooked Gamers 8.5/10

Wane
02-29-2012, 06:47 PM
Australian Gamer 95/100

WakeLestat360
02-29-2012, 11:51 PM
My Review: A/A+

jsdaniel007
03-03-2012, 01:10 PM
Gameinformer Magazine--7.75

bloody83
03-06-2012, 05:45 PM
good game!!!good work remedy !

Fixit
03-12-2012, 05:47 PM
and for your information putting a song in a game to emphasise the atmosphere or the action.. i just doesnt work. didnt work in halo2..when i think about it, it kinda worked in halo because ITS A DAMN FPS AND ITS ALL ABOUT ACTION oh and it wasnt a song from Kasabian (great band but not really suitable for an epic scene)


Yeah. "War" totally didn't work in the first game. :rolleyes:

The rest is just you whining and being wrong a lot.

jptk
03-14-2012, 12:04 AM
Yeah. "War" totally didn't work in the first game. :rolleyes:

The rest is just you whining and being wrong a lot.

Are you being serious? That worked for me big time. I replayed that part of the game just to experience that again and again.

SlimJimmi
03-19-2012, 07:09 PM
I absolutely loved Alan Wake's American Nightmare. I loved it just as much as the normal Alan Wake game and it's additional DLC episodes. I hope that this leads into some kind of Alan Wake sequel, if Remedy thinks the story can go that way and if they think the script would be strong enough.

Story:
I've only played the trial version for now, but:
The way the game is set out, like a Night Springs episode is fantastic. I loved the use of Alan's live actor; it gave an amazing immserive quality to this game. it was a great visual treat. I'm happy that Mr. Scratch was used and his character explained, (I was wondering what he was in the original Alan Wake game) I think he is a great choice for a villian character.

Gameplay:
I think the faster gameplay is smooth and enjoyable. The faster shooting rate was welcome and it felt like the dodge mechanic had been improved greatly. I would like to see more of this gameplay if Remedy decides to expand the Alan Wake universe. However, in my opinion, I think a darker, more horror-like atmosphere suited Alan Wake better than the increased action gameplay in Amaerican Nightmare. This doesn't make it any less enjoyable, by no means, and I'm aware that this is the direction that Alan Wake's writer wanted to take. I'm the kind of person that agrees with (and respects) the writer's descision since it is their creation; not the fans'.

Enemies:
The new variety of Taken was a positive and welcome suprise, especially the taken that splits in two when you shine light on it (caught me off guard the first time). This new variety gave this Alan Wake DLC a fresh feel to it; I didn't know what to expect next. I loved the darkness animation that is around the taken and it seemed more violent and powerful to me, than the original game.

Misc:
I think the way that the manuscripts looked when Alan read them out was alot more unnerving than just having text displayed on screen. To me, that also increased the immersive quality of the game.

Arcade Mode:
I think that the arcade mode is a great extra, I wouldn't want to see that kind of action in the main story line, but it makes a great extra mode that you can play on the side. I give it my thumbs up.

That's all I can think of at the moment. But if Remedy keeps tally of who would be interested in seeing a full console sequel or a future extension of the Alan Wake universe then count me in.

Fixit
03-21-2012, 02:35 PM
Are you being serious? That worked for me big time. I replayed that part of the game just to experience that again and again.

I was being sarcastic in response to the other poster's comment that "...putting a song in a game to emphasise the atmosphere or the action.. it just doesnt work."

Kranitoko
03-23-2012, 12:49 AM
sidetwo you really need to update the post with all the reviews :P

SnakeLtd
03-29-2012, 11:12 AM
Downloaded the game a few minutes after completing Alan Wake. It's a good game, so much shorter than AW, though. AWAN is faster paced though, in which I thoroughly enjoyed. Great job guys.

jkler
03-31-2012, 08:09 AM
I downloaded AWAN pretty much in the first few minutes after it became available on XBLA and although I played it a short while, I didn't finish it until this week.

The one bad thing that stands out is the repetition (no spoilers, but you know what I'm talking about) which kinda seemed like a cheap way to extend the game, rathar than actually what the devs wanted to do, had they possessed sufficient resources. And yes, I realise they didnt.

The arcade mode in some ways seems more complete - no pretension, just blazing guns and killing. It could use a couple of maps more and most importantly co-op, but I realise implementing something like that probably isn't simple.

But still as an arcade game it's of course as good as they come as far as production values go. I'm somewaht sitting on the fence with the new graphics. AWAN looks very 'clean' for lack of a better expression. I assume this is due to the less sophisticated AA technique. The first Alan Wake (at least on 360) had that misty quality to it's graphics, which looked very natural and pleasing.

AWAN is overall fast food compared to the original title and I truly, truly hope that should there ever be Alan Wake 2, it's going to have every bit of the narrative and production grandeur of the first game.

My score: 8,5/10 as an arcade game

Charles Phipps
05-01-2012, 07:21 AM
Alan Wake's American Nightmare Review (http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2012/04/alan-wake-was-game-which-didnt-require.html)

Here's my blog review.

fantomena
05-09-2012, 04:56 PM
Buying it either today or tommorrow. :)

VesselOfLights
05-17-2012, 08:37 AM
If I was a Gamer Critic. I would call it 8/10. Great details but I kinda felt going back and doing it again was a cliche. They did improve on some serious factors but I hope when number 2 comes out, they will do more better but to a true fan, they don't care about popularity, They love just admire the game and its makers.

Pax Mayne
06-17-2012, 10:21 PM
I'll put it in a nutshell: God, I love this game, I love voices, story and actors, I love the way the story is given, and I love all the people involved in process of creation of this brilliant game.
TY!!
PS. "Balance slays the Demon" - I haven't enough words to describe this charming song! 10 out of 10!
Way to go!

JimKieger
06-20-2012, 04:18 AM
Bought it on GOG and I have to say, American Nightmare doesn't have the real atmosphere or thrill of the original game, but I can tell this was done on a much smaller budget and short on time. The Groundhog Day 3 map recycling, subpar voice acting, low quality story, and lower quality visuals took away what the original was good at.

That was in comparison to the top notch original which was many years in development and have tens of millions to roll with, but as for a game that stands on its own, American Nightmare is a nice budget title that I'd recommend to some friends if they have a few hours to kill. Probably for $10 myself since I don't really like the Arcade Mode, but that's a personal preference.

Thanks for putting it on GOG, I was getting sick of having to suck off the Valve teet for so long, especially after some awful customer service with them.

Good luck and I hope to play your next game.

P.S. The original Max Payne's were better than MP 3.

ancient
08-02-2012, 02:32 PM
Just finished the story mode.

It's definitely weaker than the original Alan Wake. Especially the female voice acting :doh:

I like female protagonists a lot and there are good examples out there but Alan Wake just can't get it right...

- Alice was not believable at all. She felt more like a robot with emotions taken away rather than a real human.
- Same with Emma and Dr. Meadows.

I don't know what happened with writing over the years because Mona was believable in Max Payne 1 and 2.

The dialogue system is weak. Press E to get the next dialogue line. OK... But Alan Wake is not an RPG, it's an immersive action game. I listened to every single line expecting for some memorable gems, e.g. "nothing is a cliché when it's happening to you" (c) Max Payne. Yet, there was none. Just generic chatter.

Manuscript pages are still bland and essentially meaningless except that they now unlock goodies.

No story. Looping the same set of scenes three times was an obvious trick to save hard drive space and extend the gameplay 2 or 3 times without adding any real substance (one or two new enemy types doesn't count). At some point it even felt like a bug. Did I choose something wrong that I'm repeating the same scene twice?

The new three-segment health system is a step backward.
The new mini-map is overcrowded. Feels like a strategy game, not the survival horror / action game.

The original Alan Wake had a cleaner look.

What positively stands out:
- the licensed music - Kasabian - Club Foot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHuCe_FBYyk)in particular.
- the original ambience.
- the improved gameplay variety.

One of the reasons why I play games is to find good music, so it was worth it :)

Hail to the audio department!

The writing department, on the other hand, needs to get seriously fresh ideas that are not rooted in the alternate reality.

Overall: 6/10.

ancient
08-03-2012, 01:17 PM
Reference material for:

- good voice acting
- good dialogue
- good writing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4OdA-0ao9U&start=14

It was created by Remedy in 2003.

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