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mockxxsniperxx
03-29-2011, 03:05 AM
really not as hard as i thought.......so far. im on episode 4 at the begining and hoping in the next couple of days that ill beat it

anyone have any tips that could help me in these last 2 chapters??

*note* i've already beaten the game once so your not ruining anything for me

fatalitysquared
04-04-2011, 07:36 PM
just pretty much run it, continue doing what youve been doing theres not much (if anything) thats really that hard.

angelus0901
05-24-2011, 10:03 AM
I just finished it and it's not hard at all!

cptmorgemaker
05-26-2011, 02:55 AM
Same here on Ep 4 just started the game today and u just run. But save flares and Flare gun for big battles but I try and save to many at the end of chapter 3 u loose everything and I have 32 shotgun, 42 gun, 11 flares, 8 flare gun. And didnt use any flare gun yet in the whole game so mad but I'll use them and then need them but yes sooooooooooo easy

Crosly
05-26-2011, 12:38 PM
Chapter 5 is easy since u have the Sheriff helping you and she has infinite ammo. I just zapped the Taken and let her kill them as I ran around. I only fired when it got messy.
Chapter 6 I just ignored alot of Taken and drove as far as I could each time. On foot I used flares and flashbangs alot, so not much killing.

Completed yesterday^^ GL

FLiPo
05-29-2011, 03:50 PM
I'm just bought this game yesterday, and i'm going to start playing it really soon, should i start it in nightmare? Or do a normal walkthrough first?

Thank you

Eggnogga
05-29-2011, 10:15 PM
You have to play through either Normal or Hard before Nightmare is unlocked. I'd personally play through it on Normal the first time to get yourself used to the controls and levels.

Entegy
05-30-2011, 03:52 AM
I played on Hard the first time through and I was ok. The only major problem are those damned birds.

Phengophobic
05-30-2011, 05:14 PM
Still have to do a Nightmare run-through - hopefully it won't be as bad as anticipated.

unholyro11er
05-30-2011, 06:04 PM
I did not find it overly difficult on nightmare but my biggest tip would be to just run as fast as you can and avoid fighting most of the enemies, dodging attacks etc, and save up batteries and flares for the big fights stadium etc.

Dizenty
06-05-2011, 03:19 AM
same here i found that you can void some fights if you dont pick up the weapons at some points of the game,btw did any of you killed the lumberjack? cuz i couldnt no matter how hard i tried i always ran out of ammo and getting killed lol

hype
06-05-2011, 08:10 PM
it's not hard, just annoying as fuck at times. especially the birds. i missed a Nightmare page at the farm so i'm going back to get it now. can't wait to ship this piece of shit back to GameFly.

originally i had planned on doing the DLCs as well but i think i've had enough of Mr. Wake...

SketchStone
06-20-2011, 10:50 AM
You can mostly run from fights, however, there are some nasty bottlenecks which can really put a crimp on your day. One of the worst of these is the massive Taken attack at the gate in chapter 4 when Barry is searching for the key. I had naff all ammo at this point and it took me an age and endless repeats to get past it on Hard. However, for Nightmare, it was oddly easier, largely thanks to finding the chest before I entered this area.

Otherwise, Birds will be perhaps the biggest thorn in your side... as for the Tele-flanker Taken... just run, or otherwise back yourself into a corner where they can't flank you and patiently take them out whenever they move near.

SketchStone
06-20-2011, 10:53 AM
Oh, also... stay in the damn car as much as you can. On chapter 6, you should be able to drive your car most of the way along one of the last road stretches, up the slope after opening the gate, and then over the jumps into the junk yard, avoiding many Taken as you do so. Before the digger attack, make sure you've parked the car dead in front of the entrance to where the storage container lifts up, so as soon as you've hit the button you can get in and be protected while the damn thing takes an age to lift.

Short advice - take the classic horror film advice and stay in the car ;)

Kensington
07-03-2011, 11:57 PM
really not as hard as i thought.......so far. im on episode 4 at the begining and hoping in the next couple of days that ill beat it

anyone have any tips that could help me in these last 2 chapters??

*note* i've already beaten the game once so your not ruining anything for meI found the first couple of episodes the most difficult in Nightmare mode. The last two episodes were a relative breeze, with one exception: the poltergeist attack on the bridge leading up to the giant tractor attack. That took forever and was very frustrating without a checkpoint.

In the end, however, I learned that if you quickly run to the left bumper of the red truck beside the tractor, it can't hit you. From there, you can shine it down at your leisure.

Probie18
08-16-2011, 10:06 PM
Nightmare was a little challangeing but it wasn't impossible. I found it alot easier than I was expecting. I play games on the easiest settings 99% of the time and I beat nightmare with out much of a problem. Just do what you've been doing the whole time. Fight when you have to and run run run.

Marvolo
08-20-2011, 09:32 AM
Like Kensington said: The first chapters are challenging, but the later in the game the easier it gets, except the posessed objects on the bridge, but far away from impossible.

But I think, it's harder in the early chapters, because of the respect for the "Nightmare"-difficulty you have... just my thoughts!

Garlador
08-22-2011, 07:17 AM
Okay, I may need some help...

I've beaten the game once already, but even then, I think I've been playing the game wrong. All throughout the game, I sort of "endured" it, but never really "got" it.

But the advice for "Nightmare" isn't something I'm good at. So let me ask:

1) How do you "Run" from the Taken? - Whenever I try and run, they always gang up on me, faster than I can run, and clobber me with combos until I'm dead in an instant. I can try and sprint away, but Alan then tires out too quickly and they catch up, resulting in more clobbering, death, and restarts.

2) How do you "Dodge" effectively? - I beat the whole game, and I could dodge every now and then, but then when the stakes are raised or I'm on the run, I can barely do it. When you're holding down the "sprint" button, which is the same as the "dodge" button, how do you go from a sprint to a dodge? How do you avoid going into a sprint when you mean to dodge? When's the best time to dodge? Dodging is so essential to "Nightmare", and I'm so terrible at it.

I love Alan Wake, but the combat is what I'm worst at, to the point I really don't like the game because of it. I love the story, characters, music, atmosphere, graphics, pacing... but the combat is a huge barrier for me. And I'm not sure if it's me playing the game wrong (all the way to the credits) or if the combat (and fleeing) is just that cumbersome and I'm just not good at it and nothing can help that.

Thanks in advance.

Joel78
08-23-2011, 06:13 AM
I had a bit of trouble in the first couple of levels when trying to run for them too as Alan tires too easily. In particular one part just killing a couple of guys and then you run down stairs and have hardly any ammo left and I kept trying to outrun them to the next safe area, best thing is to run until you tire, then turn around and flash them with your light then run some more. That was probably one of the harder areas for me to get past but once you do it's not so bad.

I can't really remember how to dodge properly but hopefully my advice helps a bit.

Flyinjew
10-15-2011, 07:55 AM
I find it easiest to hold away from the enemy and slam on the dodge button. Usually when I'm running, I'll go a short distance and then start backpedaling for a second to see if anyone's too close, and shine my flashlight a bit while recovering stamina to run again.

Numerisch
10-15-2011, 01:24 PM
The Nightmare difficulty is too hard for me.... But very nice tricks, thank you for that.

SandpiperN121PP
10-24-2011, 05:00 AM
It was a great sense of accomplishment for me to be able to finish it on Nightmare mode... but it will challenge even the best of gamers at times. Take it slow... and try to run to the lights as much as possible. Using the trees and other obsticles (light poles, cars, ect.) also helps to keep you from being hit by flying axes and or other things. Best of luck... you can do it! :)

Max Torque
12-15-2011, 05:45 PM
Okay, I may need some help...

I've beaten the game once already, but even then, I think I've been playing the game wrong. All throughout the game, I sort of "endured" it, but never really "got" it.

But the advice for "Nightmare" isn't something I'm good at. So let me ask:

1) How do you "Run" from the Taken? - Whenever I try and run, they always gang up on me, faster than I can run, and clobber me with combos until I'm dead in an instant. I can try and sprint away, but Alan then tires out too quickly and they catch up, resulting in more clobbering, death, and restarts.

I'm one chapter away from finishing Nightmare, but one thing that works well for me is "flashing" the Taken with your light. Aim your light at them, and give your left trigger a quick pull and release, almost a tap. The bright flash will cause them to recoil and draw back a bit, covering their eyes. Use that as an opportunity to run for a bit. When they get close, do it again. The flash will also stop Taken who are about to throw something. With practice, you can use quick flashes to whittle down single or small groups of Taken without using up any batteries.

2) How do you "Dodge" effectively? - I beat the whole game, and I could dodge every now and then, but then when the stakes are raised or I'm on the run, I can barely do it. When you're holding down the "sprint" button, which is the same as the "dodge" button, how do you go from a sprint to a dodge? How do you avoid going into a sprint when you mean to dodge? When's the best time to dodge? Dodging is so essential to "Nightmare", and I'm so terrible at it.

Dodge when the attack is starting. If they haven't started to attack, the dodge won't work. If you've sprinted or dodged too recently, it won't work either; I think there's an inherent lag to the process. You can't go straight from a sprint to a dodge, or at least I can't. Stop running for a second or two, flashing the Taken to slow them down if you need to. Then, dodge away.

PutridFlesh
12-16-2011, 04:46 AM
Is just the name "nightmare", isn't hard at all

Vectorman953
12-19-2011, 06:51 PM
Some of the harder portions were really trial and error or just running to the next safe-haven.

None of the forced-combat/holdout sections were REALLY that bad.

JoaquimLz
12-21-2011, 02:24 AM
I'm having some problems with nightmare difficulty...But I hope to manage it as soon as possible....

Ka5i
01-19-2012, 08:02 PM
I'm one chapter away from finishing Nightmare, but one thing that works well for me is "flashing" the Taken with your light. Aim your light at them, and give your left trigger a quick pull and release, almost a tap. The bright flash will cause them to recoil and draw back a bit, covering their eyes. Use that as an opportunity to run for a bit. When they get close, do it again. The flash will also stop Taken who are about to throw something. With practice, you can use quick flashes to whittle down single or small groups of Taken without using up any batteries.



Dodge when the attack is starting. If they haven't started to attack, the dodge won't work. If you've sprinted or dodged too recently, it won't work either; I think there's an inherent lag to the process. You can't go straight from a sprint to a dodge, or at least I can't. Stop running for a second or two, flashing the Taken to slow them down if you need to. Then, dodge away.

Thanks for the tipps!!
I wonder... when I beat Nightmare , will I gain the achievement for Hard at the same time?? In some games it works like that, that's why I dare to ask...

keithofse3
01-19-2012, 08:10 PM
Thanks for the tipps!!
I wonder... when I beat Nightmare , will I gain the achievement for Hard at the same time?? In some games it works like that, that's why I dare to ask...

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i love alan wake great idea and story for a game, was a long time since i finished so cant be positive on getting the hard achievement
most games do allow you to gain lesser achievements when played on a harder difficulty

Joel78
02-03-2012, 02:07 AM
Yes you will get both achievements if you finish on Nightmare mode.

Reishirou
02-07-2012, 08:52 PM
I hate doing it on nightmare in a few areas

Skilled
03-22-2012, 05:41 AM
Episode 5 and its easier then 3. I was stuck at the end of the maze, which was annoying then I started playing when I read up to that part.

Aidexx
04-09-2012, 06:09 PM
I'm thinking of playing this on nightmare. FInished it on hard, which was quite not so hard as I thought. There are some tricky spots that worries me: defending Barry while he is fixing the lights and the early part in the game where you have no gun, just torches, because the kidnapper won't give you one. Those might get me in trouble.

Thought of collecting the nightmare pages also, and if I die during getting a page, do I still have the page when I restart from a checkpoint?

DexterKnowsBest
04-09-2012, 07:10 PM
yes, as soon as you pick up the page the save icon appears and you can access the page in the pause menu - even if you die after picking up the page

MaseJ
04-09-2012, 09:08 PM
The only thing in Nightmare that was a pain was the limited amount of ammo. Having to shoot the n00b guys 3 times was a pain but if you master dodging you'll have no problems. Wherever possible I dodged my way to the next street light.

Stages such as after the Garden Maze (Ep 4) & the Ghost Town (Ep 6) were the trickiest for me only because of the sheer number of enemies but I was being way too conservative with my ammo then I should have been.

GL. Really if you managed to get through Hard, Nightmare should be no problem.

Swyer87
04-11-2012, 04:12 PM
Just done episode 2 on nightmare and tbh im not finding it very difficult. My suggestion would to just simply run run run. I've finished both episodes with loads of ammo.

If you are having toruble when running away, every now again turn around and blast the taken with your torch, this will deter them for a short while and should give you a bit extra time.

Aidexx
04-11-2012, 05:42 PM
Thanks for the tips. Especially that running part: whenever things get heated in GeoW games, I'm the first guy to run away. I have a feeling I'll be just fine... :)

jmart38
04-11-2012, 11:26 PM
Thats what I did when I did my Nightmare run. I ran, ran and ran. I also got the Nightmare Manuscript pages as well.

alogde
05-04-2012, 03:44 PM
ok ive got to the ghost bridge in episode 6 without too much trouble but the tractor thing at the the end of the bridge just wont die, the worst thing is you have to start at the start of the bridge if you die and everytime get to the tractor i end up falling down because the i dodge the arm but the it breaks one of the floor panels, ive looked at videos on how to do it but when i do the same i just cannot do it, is there an easier way thank you.

mundanesoul
05-15-2012, 02:10 PM
Not having too much trouble on Hard (or "Normal" for us PC guys :P), so I'm looking forward to a Nightmare run and grabbing those elusive manuscript pages.

The Rabbit Suit
05-23-2012, 06:34 PM
aNYONE GOT ANY TIPS??

Know which battles are scripted and which are timed. If they're time based, it tends to be better just to hold them back instead of killing them, since they'll just respawn in similar or higher numbers. Only kill what you have to there. A good example of this is earlier in the game when Barry needs to unlock a door for you, but he's fumbling and excited about finding a quarter while you're being murdered. You just have to hold them off.

Stun them, run till you nearly can't anymore, turn around and stun them again, and repeat. They catch up? Flare and continue the pattern. Also, when you start to get winded and you're forced to stop and breathe after running, JUMP! You won't have to pause if you jump right as you begin to slow down.

Guides here recommend saving flaregun ammo and only using it for three enemies+, but doing it that way tends to have you lose all that ammo, because you complete the episodes without ever touching them.

Use the areas to your advantage. One of the older posts in this topic mentions having difficulty with the crane on nightmare, but you can defeat it without it touching you if you just hide behind the terrain.

ZombieViking89
12-14-2012, 11:07 PM
its hard as hell

FeatherbottomMR
02-03-2013, 06:55 PM
I thought the Nightmare difficulty was going to be really hard. It has a few parts that I had trouble with but overall I didn't think it was as bad as I thought it was going to be..

Annalie
04-10-2013, 07:21 PM
its hard as hell

Lol, honestly.. it wasn't that bad.

freelance1986
04-11-2013, 11:14 AM
i just did this yesterday and it was nowhere near as hard as i expected it to be, it pretty much requires you to run like hell in alot of situations because of the lack of ammo.

imo the infinite respawning enemies in the dlc on normal were alot more annoying and frustrating than the main game on nightmare, since i try to kill everything before i move on :)

Fragarach Luin
04-02-2014, 10:53 PM
I thought the holdout section with the kidnapper would be a pain on Nightmare, but I really didn't have much trouble. The very hardest part of the game, in my opinion, was at the end of chapter 4, waiting for Barry to stop fucking around and open the gate. Everything else is eminently doable.

Vic2Point0
04-17-2014, 01:19 AM
Only part I remember being quite a bit harder on Nightmare for me was getting past the mini-boss on that first bridge in Episode 6.

imo the infinite respawning enemies in the dlc on normal were alot more annoying and frustrating than the main game on nightmare, since i try to kill everything before i move on :)

I agree. I think it's only the first DLC (The Signal) that has infinite enemy respawn areas, the second (The Writer) doesn't have any that I recall. And I enjoyed both DLCs, but yeah I didn't like ALWAYS having to run in 'The Signal'.