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Alan Wake's American Nightmare

A Picture Preview Of Alan Wake's American Nightmare

In the world of Alan Wake, there is an Urban Legend about a man who took his wife out into the woods and murdered her. This man is Mr. Scratch, Alan Wake's dark doppelgänger who emerged from the Dark Place, a reality that was featured in the first Alan Wake game.We previously detailed the first half hour of American Nightmare, but at this year's CES we got hands on time with another level of the game. This is our journey through Alan Wake's dark twisted fantasy.

The first Alan Wake was a survival suspense title that drew inspiration from shows like Twin Peaks and writers like Stephen King. American Nightmare, on the other hand, has a more urban sci-fi vibe, and has drawn from sources like Route 66 and Quentin Tarantino's From Dusk Till Dawn.

The game takes place in a fictional Arizona town called Night Springs. The whole place seems eerily reminiscent of a television show, also called Night Springs, which Wake worked on early in his career.

When the game starts, Alan Wake receives a message from Mr. Scratch telling him that Scratch has kidnapped his wife and is holding her hostage. Alan then sets off to rescue her, but in order to do that he needs to get more information from three women who knows some of Mr. Scratch's secrets.

Like the first game, Wake will need to hit his enemies with light before they become vulnerable. Unlike the first game, he now has access to some more powerful weapons, such as this semi-automatic SMG.

As we headed up the hill towards an observatory, we were attacked by a large brute.These guys go down just like the rest, but if you let them get too close, they'll take you out with their giant circular saw.

Another enemy, called the Grenadier, attacks from a distance with grenades, while a foe called the bird man turns into a flock of birds when we shoot at him and then flies behind us, catching us by surprise.

After fighting off a large wave of enemies with a few flares, we come to the observatory. Remedy tells us that at this point in the game Alan receives a cryptic message from the stars that will influences the direction of the game's story, but before we get to see this cryptic message for ourselves, the demo comes to a close.

Our time with Alan Wake was short, but we're looking forward to exploring more the this eccentric writers macabre world when this downloadable title hits Xbox Live during Microsoft's upcoming House Party rollout in February and March.

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  • This looks way better than the first

  • Fantastic! I cannot wait to try this one out. Excellent preview by the way, the pictures and bits of information make for a short, yet informative read. :)
  • So, this releases soon? Consider me excited!
  • I really did like Alan Wake, and since this will be downloadable, I'll have to pick this up. The storytelling in this game reminds me a lot of a Stephen King novel.

  • I want to know how long the game is....I have heard it it will be $15....if I can finish it in 1.5 to 2 hours.....not going to spend that much money on it.

  • i love this game for sure i will get it when come out

  • That 'semi auto machine gun' looks an AWFUL lot like a nail gun...

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  • Hmm... a clock and score counter? UNNERVED BY THIS DIRECTION! But really the controls, both movement and aiming were tight and responsive in the original title so... we'll see how it works out.

  • This game looks really interesting. I loved the first one, so I will more than likely buy this whenever it releases.

  • looks legit..

  • So they added a GPS and missions with countdown,nice.

  • This definitely looks good

  • I know we are all entitled to our own opinions, but I don't know how someone that enjoys intriguing games didn't like the first game. That goes down as one of the coolest games I have ever played. And that says a lot. I've been a gamer for 20+ years. I just think everything surrounding the game was awesome, the sound, atmosphere, graphics, narrative, and the "tv-esque episodic" breakdowns between chapters. It was a really well put together game. Anyway, that's MY opinion. I can't wait to play this, but I have a feeling this is gonna be waaay different. I am waiting for the actual sequel, but this will be a nice appetizer.

  • Waitin is killing me!

  • I thought the first game was great, so I can't wait for this.

  • The game looks really nice from these screens. Looking forward to more Alan Wake!

  • Looks like Remedy is trying to experiment with new gameplay elements should they make a sequel. Having a bit of trouble understanding, but why the hell did Zane put Mr. Scratch in the real world as Wake's doppelganger when Scratch is a freaking wife-killing murderer?

  • Looks like Silent Hill, and that's a good thing

  • wait is it a DLC or game?