Alan Wake's American Nightmare PC Technical Review



Product: Alan Wake's American Nightmare PC
Company: Remedy Entertainment, Ltd.
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: May 21st, 2012

Introduction, setup, requirements

Remedy Entertainment recently brought its acclaimed mystery-horror game Alan Wake to PC, many years after platform plans changed with publisher Microsoft. The port turned out to be solid on all fronts, and a hit for the developer, which self-funded this version of the game. The newly released Alan Wake's American Nightmare serves as a budget-priced counterpart to the main game, complete with a new story, and a wave-based timed mode. In this review, I'll be looking at how it holds up on PC in comparison.

Test Setup

  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz 6-Core
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600
  • Graphics: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB
  • Resolution: 1680x1050

System Requirements

  • Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: Dual Core 2GHz Intel or 2.8GHz AMD
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 8GB of free space
    • Video Card: DirectX 10 compatible with 512MB RAM
    • DirectX®: 10
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Quad Core 2.66GHz Intel or 3.2GHz AMD
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 8GB of free space
    • Video Card: DirectX 10 compatible or later with 1GB RAM
    • DirectX®: 10
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible

With that out of the way, let's dig in and see what we’re really getting.