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The Best Games Of 2012: Alan Wake’s American Nightmare

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Full Title: Alan Wake’s American Nightmare
Developers: Remedy Entertainment
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Platforms: Xbox Live Arcade
Release Date: February 22, 2012

Back in May of 2010, Remedy Entertainment released the psychological thriller Alan Wake exclusively on the Xbox 360. While the game went on to receive favorable reviews from both critics and fans alike, there remained constant concern over whether the game attracted enough people to justify creating a sequel. Luckily for fans of the series, the creative team heard the responses and secretly continued to work on the vision.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is not a direct sequel to Alan Wake, but rather a separate game that expands upon the universe while exploring conflicts with Alan’s evil alter ego, Mr. Scratch. Remedy described the game as having a very pulp-fiction oriented style in regards to story and cinematic presentation. The big draw behind this game is that it’s expected to have the same time length and high quality as most retail games, but with the exception that it will be a download only game over the Xbox live Arcade. If done right this could be a game changer for how Microsoft decides to do more of their franchise titles moving forward.

Just as the GameTrailers video details below, American Nightmare is expected to have both a Story Mode and Arcade Action Mode. The Arcade Action mode is similar to Gears Of War’s Horde Mode, in the sense that the premise centers around you surviving a night full of enemy encounters. New weapons and creatures have also been added to make for a more engaging experience.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will cost 1200 Microsoft Points ( $15.00) when it releases on Xbox Live Arcade on February 22, 2012.

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