Remedy Entertainment’s Alan Wake returns this week in American Nightmare, an Xbox Live Arcade exclusive spin-off title that sees the troubled writer chasing after his evil twin in a pulp sci-fi action romp that extends the Alan Wake story in a bold new direction. How’d it turn out? Read on to find out!
By now I think everyone knows about Alan Wake’s long and winding development cycle. Remedy Entertainment, the acclaimed Finnish studio behind Max Payne, had the game in development for half a decade before it finally shipped as an Xbox 360 exclusive in 2010. Then, when it finally did ship, it wasn’t initially met with the rousing retail reception it deserved despite mass critical praise, becoming one of many games to be swallowed up by the hyped launch of Red Read Redemption.
This month, the name Alan Wake has vaulted back into the picture once again, this time without a bunch of other games to hog away the limelight. Remedy launched the long-awaited PC port on Steam just last week, where it has maintained a high spot on the “Top Sellers” list. (Our review is in the works, so stay tuned.) And now this week, as the second act in the Xbox Live Arcade “House Party” promotion, Xbox 360 owners are treated to a standalone spin-off successor to Mr. Wake’s Bright Falls thriller.