American Nightmare Alan Wake returns to XBLA and PC

Remedy brought us a psychological thriller called Alan Wake on the Xbox 360 in 2010, promising episodic content on a fairly regular basis.  Somehow that didn’t happen according to plan, but I’m happy to see that Mr. Wake has not only returned in VERY high resolution on the PC, he’s also returned in a stand-alone title called “Alan Wake’s American Nightmare”.  Here is a nibble about the freshly-released game:

The single player campaign comes from the darkest corners of the ‘Night Springs’, a Twilight Zone inspired fiction. American Nightmare is an exaggerated and gritty rendering of that world – where the horrors of reality have the all too easy habit of coming true. When Wake becomes stuck in the alternate shadowed world of Night Springs, he must hunt down his evil doppelganger, Mr. Scratch, to find the answers. A supernatural serial killer, Scratch has his evil mind fixated on Wake’s wife, Alice, and even more horribly, Wake’s demise. To survive and thrive in the darkest of nights, Wake must learn to control reality itself and unravel the secret to Mr. Scratch’s demise with a trusty flashlight by his side and whatever weapon he can find.

The brand new “Fight till Dawn” arcade mode places Wake in the battle of his life. Players are tasked with surviving a full night of brutal onslaughts while racking up their score. With a myriad of new enemies to battle, Wake won’t have any trouble since he’ll have plenty of deadly options within his arsenal: old stalwarts like the flare gun, wild new favorites like the nail gun and old school Remedy favorites like the Uzi. Thankfully, safe havens and unlockable weapons litter the landscape, allowing for a momentary respite from the darkness. Surviving until dawn is only the beginning though, as online leaderboards pit friends head-to-head to see who the real champion of light is.

We are working on our own review of the unique title, but I’ll be picking up the title already – I couldn’t get enough of the previous title with it’s completely new approach to the horror genre.  If you’ve ever complained that too many games are exactly the same, here is one that is anything but.  Check out this launch trailer to see what I mean: