I had heard something about a new Alan Wake game, released as a short XBLA downloadable title, way back in February of this year. I jotted the game down in my mental list of titles to look up later and then promptly forgot about it. The game came and went without much of a murmur, obscure to even to the collective consciousness of my twitter feed.
Then sometime last month I noticed that the game was on sale. Not via the XBLA dashboard, mind you: it’s impossible to find anything game-related there nowadays. Somebody on Twitter, maybe a Remedy employee, mentioned that Alan Wake’s American Nightmare had gone on sale. I booted up my trusty 360 and after ten minutes of struggling to find the game in Microsoft’s labyrinthine user interface, I finally discovered it wedged between an ad for a sports drink and a promo for The Avengers. There was little reason to wait for a sale, though–the game only costs $15 full price.
Though I enjoyed the original Alan Wake, the DLC missions didn’t grip me and eventually I left them unfinished. Frankly, I was expecting American Nightmare to be more of the same. And while it is a throughly Alan Wake game, I am happy to report that it is really good. So good, in fact, that I like it more than the first Wake game.
You can read my review for details. The game is interesting, fun, and very smartly designed. I am a fan.