American Nightmare would have been better entitled 'Deja Vu You', or 'Today is Tomorrows Yesterday' or rename some characters and title it 'Dead Pete Repeated', or even Ground Hog Night, of course without the burrowing rodents who easily frighten at the sight of their own shadows, which in this case, could have worked in the game because these shadows are not factors in how long a season is going to be but how long you live. Luckily, you are armed with the preferred weapon of mall cops everywhere and a shadows worst nightmare, a flashlight. Yes, forcing your will on those weaker than you with a flashlight has never been more enjoyable, except for in Alan Wake's predecessor game and maybe Knights of the Old Republic.
The best part of the Alan Wake series is the solid game engine it’s built on. American Nightmare runs so smoothly maxed out on my 7 year old processor and the graphics have improved over the prior installment. Though the other exception to the graphics in this game is that some of the characters are portrayed by live actors in cut scenes. They were not bad but it felt like they could have done more with CGI models rather than the actors being filmed on green screens, using CGI backgrounds. It made for bland effects.
The campaign for this sequel seemed like it could have been more of a side mission that would be play throughout different part of the first Alan Wake as you basically play the same 5 levels over and over, with the narrator for The Scary Door helping you relive the nightmare over again. The maps generally stay the same, though some parts of the levels do change slightly but most objects can be found in the same spot every time. For me, I found no replay value in this part of the game once I beat it.
To counter for the repetitiously repetitious campaign repetition, they threw in some wave based shooter survival maps they call 'Arcade Mode.' You get a couple different levels and luckily they are outside of the campaign maps. It gives this a little extra value but after finishing those, American Nightmare now sits in my "completed" archives in the cloud with Alan Wake.
I also found the demented and sick humor included on every tv screen in the game mildly amusing but I quickly lost intrest. They were not as well done, lacked the satire, nor did they have the variety as in the first game.
American Nightmare is great third person shooter outside of the small disappointments. If you like third person shooters it's worth checking out, especially enjoyed the first one. Overview Gameplay:
Third Person Horror Shooter Graphics:
Amazing! Love this engine!Sound:
Little, I got 7 hours out of it. Overall: 8/10
All round it's a great game that reminds me of almost any of M. Knight Shyamalan films...
...it ends with disappointment.