Did they or didn't they? The question is posed regarding the forthcoming American Nightmare which hits the Xbox Live Arcade in the coming weeks.
This is going to be good. The new all out action approach I hope works for Remedy, and the fact that it's a cheaper budget title with any luck it'll encourage the audience it's after to at least try one of Xbox 360's best games, Alan Wake. Which is also now a budget downloadable title in itself.
Did "journalist" forget how to use punctuation?
Im in two minds about the action slant as there's a real lack of survival horror games now. With the subject matter, Remedy could have honed the style a bit more to make it work rather than pander to the masses.
To be fair, the subject matter in "American Nightmare" is a spin-off on one of Alan Wake's OTHER works (doesn't seem to be tied into the new book titled at the end of 'The Writer' DLC). It doesn't seem to veer off of AW's original style as much as you make it out to be imo. I always found AW's "survival horror" (if you could call it that) to be more of fast-paced, fluid decisions, rather than hampering player movement with conservative decisions (which works well in the quality horror titles, I might add).
@Raiden, "Remedy could have honed the style a bit more to make it work rather than pander to the masses." Alan Wake was a great game as is but sold poorly, now I don't think they have any other choice than to "cater to the masses" if they want decent sales.
Remedy had to limit the story because this is a arcade title and your only allowed to make those so big. I enjoyed the story elements most of all on the original Alan Wake, but I am happy about the buzz Alan Wake is getting now as opposed to the first full game. Hopefully this is just tiding us over until a full retail release of Alan Wake 2 on either the 360 or the 720.
Don't hold your breath for Alan Wake 2. Xbox owners were not interested in Alan Wake judging by the poor sales. Remedy is just trying to get back some off their losses with this arcade spin off. Remedy can't afford to keep losing money by releasing their game on only one system if no one buys it on that system. Just business.
Actually Alan Wake has sold almost 1.5 million copies. Not to mention that it was the second most pirated game with almost 3 million copies pirated. Microsoft agreed to pay for 3 full Alan Wake titles, it was originally going to be on the PS3 and PC, but when Microsoft paid for the rights they own the rights to publish for consoles. Because they paid so much money for those rights, it means Remedy actually made money on the game before it was ever released. The first game in a series doesn't always light the world on fire, it's often the sequel that sets the stage. Alan Wake is an amazing franchise and it looks like this "arcade" spinoff is getting the hype and potentially the sales that the first one didn't get right away. I look at American Nightmare as the "Case Zero" to lead us into Alan Wake 2. I personally think we'll see more on Alan Wake 2 at E3, could be for the 360 or it could be something for the 720. Either way, Remedy has already said there is going to be more Alan Wake, I for one am excited.
I cannot wait to play this but the first Alan Wake was so good I wish they wouldn't change the formula......
Remedy have repeatedly stated this is a stand-alone title (check out their website), the shift towards action won't carry over to AW2.
wow... what was a real, atmospheric, almost Stephen King-esque game for me, now seems to be "EeEeEEe Dawgy! *flails revolvers in the air*" ridiculous action. way to craft a brilliant suspense filled world and throw it all out the window! you may be giving into the masses Remedy, but to counter your new sales from the younger audience, people like myself who enjoyed the tense, grown up atmosphere just put you a sale down. i really loved Alan Wake, and really hope that PS3 users get to enjoy a proper sequel like the original. there just seems to be a mature market there for grown up games with mature plots a la Heavy Rain. Think i'll save my cash and wait for a real sequel instead of this money grabbing watered down version of what was a diamond of a game.
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