TJ and I really dodged a bullet with our co-op review of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. I mean, had we not liked the game Mr. Scratch himself probably would’ve skinned us alive. Thankfully, the game rocks and there’s very little not to like about it, unless you’re not a fan of pure, undiluted awesome. I can’t think of a time when a character from a video game has responded to the reviews the game he’s in received, but that’s what just happened with the video you can find beyond the break. Just beware, there’s some sort of fourth wall stuff going on here. It’s freaky. READ MORE
It’s been too long since we’ve been able to enjoy the pure, sexual gratification that comes from penetrating the darkness of an unsuspecting Taken with a flashlight’s beam and watching it burst into an explosion of sparks and dispelled dark energy. But finally we can, and even though American Nightmare is of a considerably smaller scale than its predecessor, it’s still quite a bit of fun.
After being in development for five years, Alan Wake launched in May of 2010 to moderate success exclusively on the Xbox 360. Despite sales figures officially showing it sold around 1.4 million copies, only 500,000 of those were actually in stores. An estimated 900,000 download codes for the game were bundled with Xbox 360 consoles during that year’s holiday season, which padded the numbers quite a bit. Regardless of how it was received, though, Alan Wake is still a creative, unique game that stands as one of this generation’s most ambitious efforts. See why in my video below.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PC. Price: $19.99 (Xbox 360), $29.99 (PC) Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will be out tomorrow exclusively for the Xbox Live Arcade for 1200msp. If you have a game you’d like me to check out, or just some feedback, tell me! [email protected] READ MORE
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will be out this Tuesday, probably around 5am my time, so I won’t be able to play it until I wake up. I’m too damn excited for them to hold out on me like this. The launch trailer below is very reminiscent of the Twilight Zone, and gets my blood boiling over with excitement. Just watch it!
From what we have heard and seen so far, it would seem like Mr. Scratch is like Alan Wake’s evil half. It also seems like he is coming out in a big bad way in American Nightmare. Well, the exclusive to Game Trailers video below shows Mr. Scratch being bad.
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is coming exclusively to Xbox Live Arcade on February 22nd. READ MORE
Earlier this week we learned more about the upcoming Alan Wake’s American Nightmare through the first in a series of developer diaries for the game. Today we’re introduced to the mood, inspirations, and story, and it’s all looking incredibly cool. What I’m most excited about American Nightmare is Remedy’s willingness to try something different with the series. In many ways this is going to look, play, and feel like an Alan Wake game should, but the mood, atmosphere, and story are all going to be much different.
I love the idea that Alan Wake wrote several episodes of Night Springs, the Twilight Zone inspired TV show from the first game, so you’re playing through an episode that Wake wrote. This also means that if American Nightmare does well, we could get more episodes in the future. The game releases on XBLA on Feb 22, check out the new dev diary after the break. READ MORE
I’m bubbling with the forces of light and dark inside me constantly because I’m so ridiculously crazy pumped excited crazy for Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. What I’m most excited for is getting a crazy high score in the FIght Till Dawn mode and rubbing it in Adam Dodd’s smug beautiful face. Below is a sweet developer diary, pay close attention to what’s going on behind the developers.
Past the break for some new screenshots. February 22nd can’t come soon enough. READ MORE
According to the cheevo list for Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, we can expect a happy ending, to rewrite reality (multiple times), and another manuscript scavenger hunt. Wake’s next adventure is less than a month away (Feb 22), and while it might not have the same scale as its predecessor, it’s still packed with enough content to keep even the most hardcore Wake fans happy.
I’ve been going back through Alan Wake, achievement whoring, and because watching the video for Alan Wake’s American Nightmare got me super excited to play the game once more. Though it isn’t directly tied into the original game, I’m still excited to dive back into the darkness. Game Trailer’s Geoff Keighley got to talk to Remedy Games’ Ozz (Head Of Franchise Development) about the upcoming wake game that’s due out next month on Xbox Live Arcade. The game looks better than ever, and even more amazing is how good it looks as a downloadable title. We’ll be seeing a few more kick ass weapons to fight away the darkness with. Check out the video below.