NOTE: All Manuscript Pages Available and their locations are available.....Click on the name of a manuscript from the "Manuscript Pages and Locations" menu in the bottom and you will be directed to the part of the walkthrough where you find it.
Through your play in Alan Wake's American Nightmare, you will find several single pages on the ground as you move through the nightmares. These are the Manuscript Pages and there a total of 53 in the game. Collecting them is optional but they will give you a great insight on in game. Those pages were all written by Alan Wake himself but he never remembers writing them. The story in his pages is what making his worst nightmares come true. The pages contain bits of story - important bits too. But, you will not be able to collect all the pages during one play-through. You will need to play the game thrice to be able to collect all the 53 pages which is mentioned in the "Re-Living the Nightmare" section of the main walkthrough.
For ease we have given all the manuscripts below in the "Manuscript Pages and Locations" section of the guide. Also, each of the manuscript which is written there will be linked to the section of the guide where you can find the respective manscript so you can just click on a name from those pages below and you will be directed to the section where the place to get it is mentioned.
I'll confess that the opening looked weak with a "real" actor on TV but then, let's get it started anyway.
There's a torchlight on the ground a few paces ahead on the edge near the water...
Take it and move left to the board saying Bird Leg Cabin, as you near the path to the left, darkness starts manifesting itself and forms a barrier, juts boost your torchlight (default - RMB) on the manifestation to destroy the darkness. Keep going ahead and when the game asks you to pick up the gun, just move ahead to the cactus in the center of the area and take the gun on the wooden board -
Make another step ahead and you see your first taken. This time Alan is braver and does not show much fear right away (he was crying like a little girl in the first game -_- ).... Also, the darkness around the taken does not fade away by simply shining the light, you need to boost it (RMB) on them for the darkness to die (it is shown by a diminishing white circle as you boost the light on the enemy). After the darkness dies, shoot the enemy and then another comes from ahead, take care of him and move to the open path in the canyon. The narrator tells you of the writer being in the story and something like that, if you move ahead you ought to be able to see the first manuscript page [PAGE 1].
Go to the left side to the lit place in the distance and you see a Motel. As soon as the cutscene stops, you will see an oil rig explode behind you and an army of Taken come after you... As the game tells you, sometimes, it is better to run so run to the right and turn around and keep running till you come to the large metallic structure which is an Oil Pump, the second page is here near the left foot of the pump, pick it up [PAGE 2] and continue ahead to the Diner where the taken cannot pursue you. Now, you cannot go inside the diner so move left and immediately left on the wall of the diner you will see some ammo and a flare (MMB), continue further and you should be able to see a rock straight ahead with a page on it [PAGE 3]. There are more flares to the right side here behind the diner.
Now to go the front of the diner and continue right to the motel. Walk under the street lamp and the game tells that this is your first Safe Haven. You will be healed under this light and there's a few things you can do around here. First, from the haven - move right to see a large black case on the ground -
this can be opened if you collected three manuscript pages - which you should have by now. But then, move ahead from the case and to the left is an open garage, go in and talk to the woman in there.
THE THREE THINGS TO REWRITE REALITY
She gives you one of your pages [PAGE 4] and then you can have a long conversation with her if you keep interacting with her. Move back out and go left and on the wall of one of the rooms here to the left is a ammo dump...open the grill and take the ammo (dumps like this can be found throughout the game and they are refilled with ammo after a few seconds). Further to the right is a radio which you can listen to. Listen to the radio and return to the safe haven.
From the safe haven, look right and straight ahead - you should see the Gas Station. Move to the gas station and go right from the pump and you will see another page on one of the broken metal fences [PAGE 5]. There's a TV here straight ahead which you can see. After that, move back to the gas pump and look straight to see a jeep. There's a flare gun and some more ammo in the jeep, take them and to the left are two large trucks (oil/gas hauling trucks). Go past the trucks into the ditch and take the next page which is on a rock extending out of the mountain [PAGE 6].
Go back to the Gas Pump and continue on the road past the truck which you took the Flare Gun from and you reach a rail track on the ground. A few paces ahead to the right you will find another page on a wood fence [ PAGE 7]. Go left on the same tracks and you see an abandoned warehouse of sorts. Go behind this place and you see a new kind of taken which splits when light is shined on it - this is the splitter; but you can shoot it without having to shine any light. To the right here on another piece of rock is the next manuscript page [PAGE 8].
Go into the warehouse which the taken just came from and you should find your first object which is a CD.
In this same warehouse you will also find a rifle and ammo and things.
The second item can be seen on your minimap and is reachable if you go right on the rail tracks to a broke down billboard. As you go behind the billboard, it collapses and three Taken come to assault you.... Boost light on them and take them out. You will find the second item on the ground which is a Valve.
Go back to the gas pump and to the haul trucks to the left (you went past these to take a page earlier). On the right side of the truck to the right (just near the connection of the container and the engine) is a battery and you are prompted to go talk to Emma about charging the battery. Go back to the motel now.
Talk to Emma and she gives you a recharged battery. Go back to the Oil Rig where you started from. When you get there hold F to read the manuscript. There are three things you need to do. First place the battery in the switch to the right of the oil rig and switch the lights on. Then place the valve in pipe just in front of the rig and the CD to the left of the rig in a Music Player and watch the magic take place. Quickly run back to the motel, if the path in front of you is burning turn to another path...just get back to the motel to Emma where you find more Taken. Kill them and talk to Emma who gives you the keys to the Diner.
Go Back to the Diner but restock on the ammo first with the ammo dump on the wall of the room to the right of the garage. Go to the Diner and as soon as you reach there a "poltergeist" supposedly takes control of the globe on the diner sign....Run to the sides to avoid getting hit and boost light on it to destroy the darkness around it. Go to the Diner, open it and go inside. You will find the keys to a room on the ground and a suitcase to the right on one of the table giving you a possible location. But for now, head back to the Diner and you come across more enemies. One of them comes from behind you so watch out and the bald guy will split when you put light on him. Take care of the guys here and move to the Motel. There are three rooms shown.... go to the room straight and you will find the next manuscript page inside [PAGE 9]. The room which we need to go is directly opposite to the garage where you find a dead guy, keys and a jacket with the name of the local observatory.
Open the gate ahead and move inside. You should see a fire truck to the right which has a manuscript page on it's front bumper [PAGE 10]. You would have seen the lights blow out as soon as you came near the truck. To left of the gate you just opened is the watchman's cabin, go in and switch to the shotgun if you want to and listen to the radio.
Go on the path to the left where a signpost points to the North Observatory - you can go into the area behind the signpost thru the gate to the left where you find a ammo dump - come back here if you need to refill. You'll come across three taken as you reach a bit up hill, kill them and go to where they came from. You should see a manuscript page here to the right of the vehicle which is on the right corner of this area [PAGE 11]. Take it.
Go back to the watchman's cabin and on the path which the fire truck is pointing to (not on the path which the sign boards points to the observatory). You will come to a sign board saying "Deliveries", go right and three Taken attack you. Kill them and pick up the manuscript page [PAGE 12] from in front of the door to the left. There's another large black box in front of the door to the right but you need 15...we can come back later - you can take a Carbine Rifle from this box. To the left of the road here is a stair case which leads up. Go on the stairs and you face a taken on your way up. Kill it and keep going and as soon as you reach the top, make sure you go to the left and take the manuscript page which is on the rock to the left here [PAGE 13]. To the right of the stairs is a white container box behind which is another page on a rock [PAGE 14].
INTO THE OBSERVATORY
Go on the steps to the right and interact with the terminal to the left of the door. Some taken come from behind you...kill them off and Dr.Meadows let's you inside. As you go in, you will see a TV to the left of the stairs - watch the next part of the Scratch Show and go up. Head up the metal stairs and onto the elevator then when you are on top go into the office to the right meet Meadows. She needs us to bring in a Special Camera which is in her truck.
Go back outside and to the dome directly opposite to the observatory and go behind it from the right. The car is the blue sedan to the right, open the trunk and take the camera and you notice some new enemies. Spiders cannot be shot but they can be destroyed if you boost light on them. Kill all the spiders here and run to the observatory...use the terminal and go in again. Go up the stairs and hop onto the platform which the doctor sends down and install the array, but as soon as she starts the telescope, the system overheats.
Go back outside and the first valve is on the pipe to the left of the door. The second is to the left of the dome behind which Meadow's car was parked. The last one is in the area where we took the second manuscript page - and empty parking lot so you need to go down, use the slope to the right of the observatory to go there and then come back. Go up to the telescope and get ready for a fight - run to the ammo box to the left of the elevator up the stairs if you want a refill but you should get down again because you may get surrounded soon. Make sure you use a flair or the flair gun and the carbine rifle on the enemies, there will be two waves of them so expect some trouble. After all that, go back to the doctor up the elevator and take the printout from the right most computer. You get the New Reality Fragment 1 page after that [PAGE 15]
Turn back and go towards the Drive-in sign to the far left of the road and take the manuscript page from below the sign [PAGE 16]. Go to the house being point by the star on your mini map and move behind the hose from the left and on the far side of the house is the next page [PAGE 17]. Go inside and talk to the girl. She wants you but well, you can't do anything here so let's continue the game instead. Go into the room to the left and pick up the keys which are on the wall to the right, take the ammo and go back out and to the location pointed by the star. In the middle of the road, the cars move in and Taken attack you. Kill them and go right to the Weapons case which cannot be opened now, walk into the safe haven and move ahead. To the left ahead are some wood steps leading up.
To the left of these are some rocks on which you find the next manuscript [PAGE 18]
THE POWER SWITCHES
If you walk into the parking area, Mr.Scratch brings in more Taken. Take them out and move to the left end of the parking area to the car with it's headlights blinking. You'll find the next page behind this car [PAGE 19]. Go right from the car into the haven and check out the TV inside the cabin. Go down the right of the cabin and keep going, there's a weapons case in the place to the left as you go but you cannot open it yet. Move ahead to the Safe Haven far ahead and kill the taken here. Go from the right to the other side of this place and you should see another safe haven ahead to the right from the warehouse. You will find the next piece of manuscript here [PAGE 20]. Go into the warehouse and to the left. You come to three switches you ought to use the left and right switches and leave the middle one as it is.
Some taken start coming, kill them and on your way back you will see lightning surges across your path, wait for them to go away and run through. Run out of the warehouse and the path you took to come here may be closed, run into the haven ahead and move into the power equipment field to the right of the warehouse and make your way outside. Go back to the guardhouse with the girl, you will face a lot of resistance and I suggest you move slowly or run quickly and take them out. You will see a bright light from the right when you are in the parking area but ignore it and return to the guard house and switch on the lights.
TO THE PROJECTION ROOM
Go back outside and to the parking lot and you see three darkness fountains rise up, Each fountain has three structures, one's an antenna of sorts and the other two are pipes. Boost light to destroy them and move around to the other two and destroy them. Then go into the projector room and switch the calendar to august and the time to 2 am and watch the fun.
Whooop, were back here again..... Move ahead to where the flashlight was last time and look to the left to find a manuscript page [PAGE 21]. After that move left and take the flare gun from the ground and move ahead. Go out of the canyon and you see the birds. These guys can only be killed if you boost light on them and shoot them while the light is still on. Move to the right of the oil rig and look behind the barrels to find a page [PAGE 22].
Head down to the Diner, it's closed again but you find a page on the table to the left [PAGE 23]. Go to the motel now and speak to Emma again, restock on ammo and go to where the TV was last time (near the gas station). You see a broke bus to the right with the next page stuck onto it [PAGE 24]. From the TV (look into your minimap and see the N S W E directions), move south west to the wooden fence under the billboard and you find the next page on the other side of the fence [PAGE 25].
The star icon will take you inside a cave, you'll find the battery deep inside but there are going to be tons of spiders after you soon so get ready... if you run, you will get hurt, so make sure you kill all the spiders inside the cave and when you are back out, run to the motel. Take the charged battery back up to the oil rig but on your way, stop at the small green cabin to get the next page [PAGE 26]. Back near the rig, place the valve and activate the oil, place the battery and switch on the lights and turn on the CD... the same thing happens again so get back to the motel but, there is a small army of Taken waiting to attack you there so be ready. Do not hesitate to fall back. Kill all of them and stock up on the ammo, talk to Emma and see what happens. Now, you will find another page in the room to the right of where you found the keys and the dead guy [PAGE 27]. The keys are in the same room as the last time and so is the dead guy.
Okay now, let's do this quick. Go into the watchman's shack to the left after going in, listen to the radio - when some Taken come to attack you. Kill them and go into the fence opposite to this shack (the one which has three large tanks and the ammo dump behind the sign post pointing to the observatory). The manuscript is behind the middle tank [PAGE 28]. Go left on the road to the parking area where you found a manuscript the last time - you will be attacked by more Taken on the way. When you are in the parking area, go to the right from behind the building where more than half a dozen taken attack you at once, throw a flare on the ground and kill them. Move behind the building and to the other side where you find a page on a rock [PAGE 29]
Now go to the observatory entrance and look in the van opposite to the entrance where you took the carbine from last time and you find another page [PAGE 30]. Now go to the place where you saw the weapons box for 15 manuscripts and you fight a few Taken here. There's a manuscript here [PAGE 31] in front of the weapons case on a barrel. Go to the star icon on the map and you come to the car. In front of the car you should see a broken part of the fence, go thru to get the next page [PAGE 32]. Search in the trunk of the car to find the camera.
Go around the main observatory to it's back side where you find a weapons case needing 40 manuscripts. You will find the next manuscript page on the fence here [PAGE 33].
Go back to the observatory and inside. Place the camera and go back out. You need to get to the primary coolant pipe which is near the three large tanks opposite to the watchman cabin where we found the first piece of manuscript this time. Go there and kill the taken. Switch on the lights and then come back, you do not have to fight any of them inside the observatory now so just go up and talk to Meadows. Take the print out and you get another page [PAGE 34].
Go near the guardhouse and grab the manuscript page on the sack just outside [PAGE 35]. Take the keys from inside, go back out and down, kill the taken and go to the weapon case (which comes to the right as you move ahead from the guardhouse) and open it for a Sawed-Off Shotgun and go into the haven. Look to the north (on your mini map) you should see a "Souvenirs" store in the distance. Go to the store and you find a crossbow on a tree next to it. Nearby to the left of the store is a page [PAGE 36] on the railing of the wood platform.
Go to the parking area and look below the large screen to see the next page [PAGE 37]. Go into the room with the TV and watch it. Go onto the area with the star icon (it's the same warehouse which has the three switches). On your way, Mr'Scratch shows up and brings some buddies, kill all of them while moving back and look to the left where he showed up for another weapon case with the Assault Rifle in it and continue onto the gate ahead, open it and run into the safe haven and head into the warehouse. As you enter, keep an eye on your right and you should spot the page [PAGE 38]. Go to the switches and use the middle one. Charge light the spiders and kill all of them before proceeding. Go back out and to the left thru the first electrical discharge. Then move ahead and the second discharge should be to your left a few paces ahead, go straight from the right of this discharge and look to the right and you will find the next page on a table [PAGE 39].
Go to the Projection room, you have to destroy the fountains again. As you go, you will come to the fountain which is to the right of the building. Go straight from this fountain (typically, south west on your mini map) and you will find the next page on a rock [PAGE 40], go further south west and you come to a shack and another page [PAGE 41]. Go back and into the projection room. Flip the calendar to August, time to 2 am and the poster on the right (flip it once) and then light inside (interact with the light twice).
Okay, it may just be getting a little bit tiring right now...but it still is fun (ahem...)
Move left to the canyon and you see a really big (King Hillbilly?) taken attack you. Boost light onto him to slow him down and use your best gun - which should be an assault rifle or the sawed-off shot gun. It will take just about 4-5 shots from the shotgun to bring him down, you can find a page to the left of the canyon [PAGE 42]. Then move out of the canyon...you see the Oil Rig bubbling with darkness. Before you do anything, head onto the road to the left till the fence and go right all the way till the end where you come to a small gate, you can go thru here and you find the manuscript on the other side of the fence [PAGE 43].
Go back to the Oil Rig and match the scene. Run out of the burning place and kill the Taken on your way out. Go to the motel and kill the Giant and further inside you find two birds. Kill all of them and go listen to the radio. Go behind the radio and on the stairs to the pool. Go up and find the next page on a table near the pool [PAGE 44].
Now, go to where the TV is and look behind the trailer which is near the TV to find the next page [PAGE 45]. The last page in the Rest Stop is below the Motel Sign [PAGE 46] (the large lights which say MOTEL...the page is stuck on the pillar on which the sign is).
Go back to Emma and talk to her, she tells you about the power switch which the Taken flipped. Go behind the garage to the switch and kill all the Taken. Flip the switch and go back and she gives you the keys. There's a flashbang and a flare gun ammo in the other rooms and the middle room as usual has our keys and the dead guy.
First, head into the shack and listen to the radio. then go on the road to the right to the Deliveries area and move further ahead till you see a sign saying "Main Observatory" to the right. Just beside the sign you'll see the page [PAGE 47]
Then kill the taken ahead and go take the Combat Shotgun from behind the observatory since you have 40 manuscripts. Now, go down from the right to the parking area and look to the right of the entrance to the parking and you find the next page [PAGE 48]
Now go to the power switch and kill the taken here - there's a lot. Hit the switch and refill your ammo (make sure you are on full ammo in both guns before you go to the observatory) and go back to the observatory. You will fight a small army here so be careful. After you kill all of them, head up and take the last page here [PAGE 49].
Head out of where you are and a Giant Taken attacks you with more taken. Kill all of them and move to the power switches. Flip the right switch and go out, be careful when you are near the exit of the warehouse as a lot of Taken attack at the same time, throw a flashbang or a flare between them and kill them all. Go back past the power surges and outside. Mr.Scratch talks to you and two Giants with more Taken come from the right. You can run away from them if you want to. But run on the path they came from and turn left at the end..you come to some stairs to the right leading up to the parking area. But go past the stairs straight and you find a page on a rock [PAGE 50].
Head to the parking area and to the TV and you find a page right next to the TV [PAGE 51]. Outside, Scratch brings up the fountains again. There are four this time, just concentrate on taking out the fountains. You need to boost light on them as soon as you see them coming up and then you will need to use a battery in the middle so that you do not have to stop boosting light onto the fountains. Destroy all four fountains and instead of going into the projection room, go to the guard house. Here, opposite to the guard house is a yellow car which is flashing (you saw this car in the parking lot the last two times). Go to the right of this car on the mountain and walk on the left edge of the mountain area till you get to the next page [PAGE 52].
Exit the area past the guard house (to the left of the flashing car) thru the gate and go right till you come to the last page in the game [PAGE 53].
Go back to the projection room now. First set the calendar to show August, then take the film reel from the next room and turn the light to glow up the extinguisher. Now flip the poster and change the time to 2:36AM. Place the reel in the projector and we are finally and I mean FINALLY done.
I held the film canister in my hands. I saw her name written across it
in big letters, followed by the title.
It was a time capsule, moments snatched from times gone by, from a
past that I hoped could also be our future. It was my salvation our
salvation, our chance to be together. A tin can with a bit of magic in
it that she didn't even know about, something I could put to good use.
There were only moments left before I had to face him.
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