Amnesia: The Dark Descent Review (PC)

Posted by Michael Oliver, Apr 28, 2011 13:23

“The last remaining memories fade away into darkness. Your mind is a mess and only a feeling of being hunted remains. You must escape.”

Calling Amnesia: The Dark Descent a survival Amnesia The Dark Descenthorror game doesn’t do it enough justice. It’s more than that. The Silent Hill and Resident Evil franchises are survival horror games. Doom and F.E.A.R. are other good examples. Alone in the Dark would be a survival horror forefather. Amnesia goes beyond these games, and puts you inside a living nightmare, one that needs to be experienced to be appreciated. Unlike most of its predecessors, your only means of defense here are running away like a scared little girl, finding a dark corner to hide in, or using your wits to achieve understanding or success.


“You stumble through the narrow corridors as the distant cry is heard. It is getting closer.”

Upon booting the game to start your adventure in Amnesia: The Dark Descent, it boasts that it should not be played to win, instead recommending you focus on immersing yourself in the game’s world and story. Some gamers might balk at a game telling you how to play it, but it’s a suggestion that should be wholeheartedly embraced. Turning off the lights while locking yourself in a room and utilizing surround sound during gameplay greatly increases the immersion factor as well. I’d also suggest disabling the hints given after you die, they tend to ruin the experience of figuring out puzzles for yourself. The hints given while alive however are useful and devious. At one part I found myself cautiously walking a hallway, hesitant because a hint had boldly told me that I’ll need to find a hiding place soon.

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Our Rating for Amnesia: The Dark Descent Review (PC)
5.0 Replay
The low point of the game. Although there are 3 endings, you can load up your autosave and watch all 3 in a matter of minutes. This game is about the experience, not the conclusion.
8.0 Graphics
The bone-chilling environments are effective at raising hairs and creating a great ambiance.
9.5 Sound
Tension raising sound effects are nearly perfect in Amnesia.
8.0 Gameplay
Not having a gun or weapon took some getting used to, but when I finally got acclimated, I found it a satisfying reprieve from mindlessly filling everything I see with lead.
0.0 Multiplayer/Online Content
7.5 Overall
Amnesia is a cost effective experience. For a small sum you get to wander through a world that is both darkly enchanting and suspenseful. It’s short overall length and below average puzzles hold back what could be a defining masterpiece.

Rating: 4.5, votes: 2

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