American Nightmare free game
The constant tension of waiting for the next shadowy axe-wielding horror to leap at you from the darkness made Alan Wake’s debut a pleasantly nerve-fraying jaunt to the Twin Peaks-esque town of Bright Falls. Marvelous narrative pacing and a brains-over-blood-spray approach gave Wake’s memorable thriller journey through demonic woodlands and twisted townscapes loads of impact. It’s a shame those same thrills and chills are mostly absent in American Nightmare, replaced instead by morbid humor and a lighter-hearted narrative. The dusty Southwest setting and a bigger emphasis on gunplay are among several new elements that keep the formula from getting stale, but this diversionary side trek is a very different animal from the proper story-continuing sequel players are hungry for.