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Alan Wake’s American Nightmare Media Roundup 22/02/2012

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Alan Wake's American Nightmare should start appearing any time now on Xbox Live Arcade and the past day we've started seeing some reviews popping up on the Internet! See below for the latest reviews, previews and interviews in our media roundup for February 22nd, 2012.


Review: Alan Wake's American Nightmare - Destructoid

"Alan Wake's American Nightmare is a worthwhile expansion to the novelist's saga and one that you'll come back to time and time again, quite literally until the break of dawn." Score: 8.5/10.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare Review - IGN

"Alan Wake's American Nightmare is an extremely impressive experiment, created with the aim of releasing an essentially fully-fledged retail game through Xbox LIVE Arcade. American Nightmare absolutely succeeds in this regard, with action-packed gameplay, a cool theme, and an exciting Arcade Action mode." Score: 8/10.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare review: Paging Mr. Scratch - Joystiq

"Alan Wake's American Nightmare isn't perfect. As he writes his own escape from the Dark Place, the tale ironically lacks the narrative punch of his first trek into the shadows. Even so, it invites us back into Alan's world, takes us on a new adventure and sheds new light on his predicament. The writer is correct, we love our characters, and if you love Alan Wake, you really don't have a choice. You must survive his American Nightmare." Score: 4/5.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare: The Kotaku Review - Kotaku

"The hints of what's happened after the first Alan Wake game dropped by American Nightmare tease that there might be more expansion for this action/horror franchise. AM feels like a game that proves the Alan Wake concept is sturdier and more flexible than just one game, ripe for the episodic updates a book-minded game series cries out for. It makes you yearn for more." Score: Should you play this game? Yes.

What is Alan Wake's American Nightmare? - GameSpot

Alan Wake's American Nightmare review - Official Xbox Magazine

"Having this much Taken-slaughtering glee in such a small, concise package makes Alan Wake’s American Nightmare an instant “yes, please” for series fans. But what’s more surprising is that its accessible approach to combat makes it an equally worthwhile experience for those who’ve never suspended their disbelief to wander Wake’s dream-like world. Hey, Alan — where to next?" Score: 8.5/10

Alan Wake's American Nightmare Review (XBLA) - About

"All in all, Alan Wake's American Nightmare is a pretty great XBLA game. It isn't exactly what we wanted from a new Alan Wake experience, but it is still absolutely solid and worth playing. Considering that you're getting retail-quality presentation and a ton of content for just 1200 MSP (Microsoft Points) ($15), it is hard to say no if you're an Alan Wake fan. If you liked the original, buy American Nightmare." Score: 4/5.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare review - Digital Trends

"The tone in this game definitely has more of an action bent than fans of the 2010 release might remember, but the changed focus only serves to highlight just how solid a game Alan Wake was even without its head-scratching story. It’s totally fun to play as long as you don’t let the repeating environments bother you. All in, American Nightmare is an excellent slice of Wake to have from Remedy in the absence of a true sequel." Score: 8/10.

EGM REVIEW: ALAN WAKE’S AMERICAN NIGHTMARE - EGM

"All in all though, I think that as a stand alone adventure and a spot check on seeing how Alan was doing, this game did a good job of giving us an idea of the struggles the character is going through and hopefully will serve as the launching point for a bigger and even better story down the road." Score: 8.5/10.

REVIEW - Alan Wake: American Nightmare - XXLGaming

"Overall, as a whole I enjoyed American Nightmare. Actually I enjoyed it enormously as I mentioned in the beginning of the review. The new story elements that have been brought into what we already know from the original game really makes me want Alan Wake 2 all the more. This game is fantastic on many levels from storytelling to creative design. Alan Wake fans that know anything and everything about the Alan Wake saga will find a ton of satisfaction in this game and new rumors and ideas will most definitely spinoff of this game." Score: 90/100.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare Review - Game Informer

"I didn’t feel as connected to Alan’s world or story, which were the main draws for me in the first game, but the gameplay is streamlined and improved in this sequel. American Nightmare is not quite as gripping of an experience, but I certainly got my mystery-laden, flashlight-burning fun out of it." Score: 7.75/10.

Remedy CEO Matias Myllyrinne answers our questions on Alan Wake’s American Nightmare - Stevivor

"Would this title be best classified as a bridge to Alan Wake 2, or essentially AS Alan Wake 2? Matias: It is not Alan Wake 2. It is hard to fit into an existing slot or category. American Nightmare is a new breed of XBLA game – it hopefully pushes the conventions a little. I guess you could think of it as a standalone season special."

Major's Minute: Alan Wake's American Nightmare - InsideXbox

Alan Wake's American Nightmare Review - GamesRadar

"Alan Wake’s American Nightmare ends up being more inviting than ever to new players, with a clearer plot and goals. The game knows what it does well and highlights it instead of trying too many hit or miss concepts. Despite the sometimes limited scope of its world and objectives, it’s a great downloadable that hopefully will introduce a whole new audience to one writer’s unique world." Score: 8/10.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare: Meta-repetitive literary horror - ArsTechnica

"While Alan Wake's American Nightmare draws vaguely from classic sci-fi B-movies, it never succumbs to satire or artistic monotony, despite the repetitive meta-narrative. Wake's writer-critique thriller stands alone in the gaming industry for its intellectual insistence and challenging allegory, but joins the ranks of action-horror greats with its tense balance of defense and gunplay. American Nightmare charges players to create and recreate, or else feel the steel separation of darkness. Or some abstraction thereof." Score: Buy it.

Alan Wake's American Nightmare Review: Good Shooting Paired With a Sloppy Story - 1UP

"At the very least, while Nightmare doesn't grab me as well as its predecessor, it's also stuck in my mind and hard drive longer than other stand-alone downloadable adventures (Festival of Blood and Dead Rising 2: Case Zero) due to its collectibles and Fight Till Dawn mode." Score: B.

Q&A – Remedy Talks Alan Wake’s American Nightmare - GameSugar

"GS: Was co-operative multiplayer ever on the table? I’m sure there must be some people that would have been eager to play as Barry Wheeler. MM: We wanted to focus on improving the core gameplay loop and building wild weapons to combat even wilder enemies… Also, we ended up boosting the rendering, AI and such and the art team improved the environmental visuals with a much richer color palette…"

Interview: Matias Myllyrinne on Alan Wake’s PC release and American Nightmare - Rely on Horror

"ROH: What are your influences for the game? It’s set in a desert town, so what has the team been watching for inspiration? MM: There are various pulp elements there – and I think it is a melting pot of American pulp movies and literature that we draw from, the locations are familiar from this common subconscious that we all share – but still feel unique and fresh. The motel for example just feels like you have seen it in a film, the drive in movie theater and the mountain top observatory are all quintessential places of Americana. The enemies and three women who help Wake… all elements that feel “right” – yet I think our team have done a good job of making all these things unique and giving a twist to the genre."

On the Spot - Twisted Metal, Alan Wake, FIFA Street - GameSpot

Alan Wake is now available on Steam!

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The wait is over! Alan Wake has now returned home!

Alan Wake is now available on Steam and can be purchased for $29.99 for the Standard Edition (Game + DLCs, "The Signal" and "The Writer"!) or $34.99 for the Collectors Edition (Game + DLCs + Alan Wake Files, Developer Commentary AND the Alan Wake Soundtrack!).

If you purchase the game before Thursday February 23rd 10AM PST you get to receive the Collector's Edition contents FREE!

So head over to the Steam Store to purchase the game!

IGN reviews Alan Wake on PC!

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The first Alan Wake PC review has hit the net earning us a very respectable 9 out of 10!

Remedy has built a world that, despite being a fantastical realm of twisting shadows and realities, is solidly anchored in authenticity. Outstanding environmental design and some brilliant visuals and sound make Bright Falls and its mountainous surroundings look and feel alive. Though the camera can cause issues and the supernatural story that's more interested in asking questions than answering them, it's a tough game to put down once you've started. Remedy's done a great job of mixing elements of written work, television, and videogames to create an experience full of scares, laughs, and thrills that's just as fun to play as it is to watch.

Read the full review right here and look out for Alan Wake to hit Steam tomorrow on the 16th of February, 2012!

President of Finland Gives Award to Local Games Industry

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In recent news, something really awesome happened last night for the whole Finnish Gaming Industry. Last night the local Games Industry in Finland received a special award from Tarja Halonen, the President of the Republic of Finland! The Internationalization Award is given yearly to the most promising export driven companies and it's the highest award any industry can receive in Finland. The Finnish Game Industry employs 1,300 people in Finland and generated a combined turnover of more than EUR 165 million in 2011 alone. Receiving such an award is a huge deal for us in the industry, there's no higher level or recognition that you can receive in Finland. For most of the last two decades we have been passionately working in the games industry and to finally see this level of recognition from our President is simply breath taking.


Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, presenting the award to Sonja Kangas (Director, IGDA Finland), Miikka Lyytikäinen (Director, Game Developers) and KooPee Hiltunen (Director, Neogames) - chosen to be representatives of the local games industry as a whole.

You can read the full press release here. Here's to another decade in this growing industry!

Meet the Remedy Twitter family!

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We're all big fans of Twitter here at Remedy and there's a core group of us that are quickly becoming more and more addicted to the site! So with the recent arrival of one, Mr. Sam Lake, to the site, we thought we'd take a moment out and introduce you to Remedy's Twitter family!

Sam Lake (@SamLakeRMD) Creative Director, Lead Writer at Remedy Entertainment

"Who is Sam?" you may find yourself asking. Well, some may know him as the Lead Writer behind Max Payne 1, Max Payne 2 and of course, Alan Wake. Others may know him as the face of the original Max Payne. But, everyone should follow Sam on Twitter for little anecdotes and insights into our games!

Matias Myllyrinne (@MausRMD) Managing Director at Remedy Entertainment

Matias is the big El capo' here at Remedy and honestly one of the most hilariously funny guys to work for. He's responsible for the daily coming and goings at Remedy and well, basically keeping both the company running and us in a job! Follow Matias on Twitter for a look in the mind of what it's like to be a CEO at a Gaming Company (Hint: Lots of Sushi).

Mikko Rautalahti (@MikkiRMD) Senior Writer at Remedy Entertainment

Mikki is our very own amazing Senior Writer on our games and the soul of our community forums. He only recently joined Twitter after repeatedly telling our Community Manager, Pete, that he wasn't going to be posting at all on there. Over a month later and he's eating his words - which is quite tough for a writer! Follow Mikki on Twitter for insight into life at Remedy, and to find generally cool things like this recent novel he wrote for NaNoWriMo!

Peter Papadopoulos (@sidetwo) Community Manager at Remedy Entertainment

Pete is our loveable Community Manager who runs all of Remedy's brands on the world wide web. He is insanely smart and has won several "Best person in the UNIVERSE!" competitions. Most of all, he's extremely modest. Follow Pete on Twitter for general gaming talk and the slips of critical game information he "accidentally" leaks there.

Oskari Häkkinen (@OzzRMD) Director of Franchise Development at Remedy Entertainment

Ozz wanted us to write that he's the franchise guy at Remedy and the man you can all pester with your book, movie, games and merchandise ideas - as well as ideas for dev videos, trailers and whatnot. HOWEVER! Everyone on the community knows him as the one and only, HOTSKARI! We think that's a perfectly adequate way to describe him! Follow Hotskari on Twitter for lots of foursquare checkins and to bug him to be active more - he's willing but we think he just needs a bit of encouragement! Calling him Hotskari may or may not work to make him more active! ;)

Aki Järvilehto (@akijarvilehto) EVP at Remedy Entertainment

AJ is our awesome management guy who looks after Remedy's digital titles. When he's not working out deals to further our foray into the digital space you can find AJ on Twitter posting about all our titles and get an insight into what some say is the future of gaming!   Of course you can also always follow our official Remedy Entertainment Twitter feed (@remedygames) for all the latest news and information on our titles! We look forward to chatting with you!

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare Media Roundup 06/02/2012

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The media train continues with some fantastic coverage of Alan Wake's American Nightmare in the leadup to it's release on February 22nd on Xbox Live Arcade! See below for the latest previews and interviews in our media roundup for February 6th 2012.


Alan Wake's American Nightmare - Dev Diary 1 - IGN

Alan Wake Creates Terror in Wide Open Spaces - IGN

"Fighting a single Taken in Alan Wake was exciting. So finding yourself surrounded on all sides by the evil creatures in the middle of the desert marks a new kind of scary. Can you survive the encounter? The landscape, enemy count, and hulking-size of American Nightmare's enemies make claustrophobia a fear of the past."

HANDS ON with Alan Wake's American Nightmare! - NewChallenger

Alan Wake's American Nightmare Preview - GameZone

" Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, more than anything, is an opportunity that the developers have taken to have a little fun with their darkness-plagued hero, and if my time with the game was any indication, that fun will transfer over to the players quite nicely."

Skyrim's Creation Kit, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Dragon's Dogma, and Steam on your phone! - Destructoid Show

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare Preview - GameRevolution

"Even not having played the original Alan Wake, I can affirm that American Nightmare is a compelling experience that anyone can jump into and enjoy from the get-go without needing prior knowledge of the series. At the same time, while it’s a side story, it appeared to contain enough ties to the original game (a radio lets you catch up on what other characters from the first game are doing while Wake is stuck in Dark Springs) to keep fans hooked. The story is compelling but optional enough to let the player choose their own level of involvement with it. I only played the first thirty minutes-or-so of the game, but it definitely sunk its hooks into me. It will be hard to let go once it arrives February 22, 2012 for 1200 Microsoft Points."

CES 2012: Games - Inside Xbox

American Horror Story - GameDynamo

"The increased focus on action does not mean that the story will be forgotten. Fortunately, it is as head-scratching as ever. In this world, fiction becomes reality, and writer Wake has the unique ability in reshaping reality through his texts. Your adversary is a constantly taunting maniac version of Wake himself, portrayed through live-action video that streams in the game's television sets. Luckily, the wait for Alan Wake's American Nightmare, and the opportunity to wrap your hands around frenetic gameplay and your head around its unhinged story, isn't too far off."

Ask GameSpot: Alan Wake's American Nightmare - GameSpot