Not much for this Wednesday but go into the darkness with light to fend off the Taken in Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. As Mr. Wake, you’ll be whisked to the town of Night Springs, a TV show Wake used to write for. You must stop the evil Mr. Scratch from taking over and killing Alice. With updated combat and a new Horde-styled “Fight Till Dawn” mode with waves after waves of enemies. It’ll set you back 1200 MSP and we hope you don’t get too scared on this XBLA Wednesday.
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare hits XBLA next Wednesday, and to celebrate Remedy Games have launched a brand new trailer with a bit of a grindhouse feel. The game is said to be a standalone spin-off adventure in which Alan finds himself stuck in an altered reality filled with dangerous shadows as he pursues his evil double, Mr. Scratch towards the town of Night Springs. In addition to the single player campaign, the game also includes an action arcade mode called “Fight till Dawn” where players must battle and survive a full night of enemy onslaughts while racking up a high score.
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will be published by Microsoft Studios as part of Xbox Live Arcade’s House Party promotion on February 22 for 1200 MSP.
Even if you’re a fan of Alan Wake, you may not have seen this coming. The newest preview for Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is one minute of Alan’s live-action copy, Mr. Scratch, killing people in a hotel room… and dancing. It’s a little odd, but we dare you not to smile. The clip ends with Scratch telling Alan he “doesn’t get to change the ending”, referencing Alan’s struggle to escape Night Springs. All we can say is dancing Mr. Scratch better be included when the game releases February 22, 2012.
The second developer diary for Alan Wake’s American Nightmare has the developers describing the game’s story direction. Although the game is a spin-off anyone can play, there is a good deal of optional story that continues the original storyline. This game is much more focused on action, so some inspiration was taken from sci-fi B movies (hence the giant spiders). They also detail Mr. Scratch, Alan’s evil doppelganger that was created by the darkness after Alan himself became an urban legend. Part of the story will be told through live-action cutscenes, like the Night Springs TV show from the original game. Watch closely and you may see the live version of Mr. Scratch stealthily working his way into the discussion. Alan Wake’s American Nightmare releases February 22, 2012 for 1200 MSP.
IGN have published a new video from the development team behind Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. In the first of series of developer diaries, the team chat about what we can expect from Remedy’s latest title. The game is said to be a stand alone story in which Alan Wake will face his evil double, Mr Scratch. They also compare new gameplay to Tarantino’s From Dusk till Dawn, with hectic combat and leaderboards in comparison to the Stephen King suspense of the original retail game. Story is still a big part of the game however and the developers hope that it will redefine XBLA by raising the bar on quality.
Alan Wake’s American Nightmare releases on XBLA February 22 and Remedy are promising a “hefty” amount of content for the 1200 MSP price tag.
For those of you itching to see the campaign side of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, check out this seven-minute video walkthrough of the game’s opening. You may already know about the new enemies and weapons, but now we get to see Alan interact with new characters and complete puzzles based on manuscript pages. Also, this video contains a fair amount of spoilers. You’ve been warned.
While watching the walkthrough, you may have noticed the great music. The original Alan Wake used licensed music very well, specifically at the end of each episode. Things won’t be any different for American Nightmare, which features the single Club Foot by Kasabain, as heard near the end of the walkthrough. Remedy’s partnership with EMI Music Publishing will ensure that this game will have fantastic music. Also, fans of the original game can also expect a new single from The Old Gods of Asgard, the fictional rock band from the first game. Listen to Club Foot below, or just wait to hear it when Alan Wake’s American Nightmare releases during the House Party event, starting February 15.
Source: The Escapist
Yet more information on the games primed for release in this year’s XBLA House Party event has escaped from CES 2012, as well as additional footage of upcoming Kinect party-game Happy Action Theater. Reporting from the consumer tech tradeshow, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson takes a brisk trip around the Microsoft booth, interviewing developers from the five upcoming XBLA titles and exhibiting new footage of their games. It’s well worth a watch.
As the first title leading the House Party this year, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare looks like a promising adventure with darkness, nail-guns and flannel. During CES coverage on SpikeTV with Geoff Keighly, Remedy showed a new level set in a observatory. We see Alan shoot nails at the Taken, avoid a car being thrown by one of the new enemy types and if you’re an Alan Wake fan, the metal music near the end sounds very familiar to the Old Gods of Asgard. We also get a great interview with Remedy on the game’s length and other info on the developer. Pack up on some batteries when this game hits on February 15.
Just when you think all of the news has emerged from the darkness about Alan Wake’s American Nightmare but then Remedy gives us more and who are we to say no to that? IGN just put up a developer diary where CEO Matias Myllyrinne talks us through a playthrough of the new “Fight Till Dawn” Arcade mode. They show off some new weapons such as the devastating nail gun and new enemies like the Splitter that splits into multiple enemies when you shine light on them. But you can luckily catch a breather with the safe havens and collect manuscripts in order to unlock new weapons throughout the Arcade mode. You’ll want to keep a flashlight handy when you’re fighting until dawn with this game sometime in mid Q1 2012.
Since its reveal at the Spike Videogame Awards, a steady stream of details on Alan Wake’s American Nightmare has been flowing and garnering plenty of attention from fans. Today, Remedy released an extended version of the reveal trailer shown at the VGA’s showcasing lots of combat, and making the first mention of an Arcade mode called “Fight Till Dawn” that will be in the game in addition to its story mode. What are you waiting for, get excited! Check out the trailer for yourself and stay tuned to XBLAFans for more coverage of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare which is expected to hit sometime during the first quarter of 2012.