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    dkirschner's Alan Wake's American Nightmare (PC)

    [March 23, 2013 11:28:03 AM]
    Brief entry for this...It's not a full sequel, but not DLC either, something in between. It'll take you about 4 hours. It's good, definitely not as great as the original. I'd only recommend it if you absolutely need more Alan Wake. Story is not that great, but the way it's told is interesting because it repeats. Alan and the other 3 female characters are stuck in a time loop. One of the females each is in the three locations (motel/diner, observatory, drive-in). You play through the time loop 3 times, so you visit each level 3 times by the end. It's cool because Alan discovers a little more about how to defeat the evil (his doppelganger) each time through, and the other characters figure out what's going on and start helping Alan through the levels quicker. So it's like the first time through it's maybe 45 minutes per level, then 30 minutes per level, then each one takes only 15 minutes the last round. To be a critic though, it feels a little like a story gimmick to artificially extend the length of the game and only create 3 locations.

    Each time through there is a new enemy or two, there are new manuscript pages, TVs and radios to find and interact with that expand on the story. It finally started getting a wee bit challenging right at the end. The flashlight beam is still one of the coolest things in a game ever. I really really like using it to burn the darkness away from enemies, and the whole light mechanic is just fantastic still. There's more of an emphasis on guns in this game. The more manuscript pages you find, the more guns you can unlock. It feels weird that Alan Wake runs around with an assault rifle. Perhaps in part because of this, the game wasn't that tense. This is probably partly because of the story as well, which just paled to the first game. One option I enjoyed that I don't remember in the first game was that you can change which shoulder the camera is over, left or right. It's right by default, but I was glad I could change it to left because I very much prefer it!

    And that's that. Looking forward to the proper sequel!
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    dkirschner's Alan Wake's American Nightmare (PC)

    Current Status: Finished playing

    GameLog started on: Saturday 23 March, 2013

    GameLog closed on: Saturday 23 March, 2013

    dkirschner's opinion and rating for this game

    Not bad. Short, odd story, more guns than usual.

    Rating (out of 5):starstarstarstar

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