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AMNESIA: The Dark Descent (from the creators of Penumbra)

by J T Wed May 05, 2010 10:38 am

Now this looks like a great survival horror game! It's called Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Check out the gameplay video in this clip. It has to be one of the best gameplay videos I've seen. I got sucked right into it.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/901418/

It's good to see this game appears to be turning out well. I first got excited in this game after reading this blog post from one of the developers about their ideas on interweaving gameplay and narrative and the role of "fun" in videogames.

http://frictionalgames.blogspot.com/201 ... aning.html
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Re: From the creators of Penumbra comes Amnesia

by J T Wed May 05, 2010 2:46 pm

You can pre-order the game for 50% off at the developer's website (making the game only $10), and if you prefer, you can even get that in the form of a Steam activation key.

http://amnesiagame.com/#main

If enough people pre-order, they intend to add free additional content.
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Re: From the creators of Penumbra comes Amnesia

by BigTinz Wed May 05, 2010 4:04 pm

awesome, I love that company. They're one of the few I actually like supporting.
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Re: From the creators of Penumbra comes Amnesia

by RyaNtheSlayA Sun Jul 04, 2010 3:12 pm

Coming to Mac like the Penumbra series I hope.
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Re: From the creators of Penumbra comes Amnesia

by J T Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:19 pm

It comes out tomorrow! :D I'm excited for this one. Every review I've seen says it is one of the scariest games out there and leaves you on the verge of a heart attack throughout most of the game.

If you have pre-ordered from Frictional Games, then you get both a Steam key and a Serial key. You can pre-load your Steam game now to be able to play as soon as it's unlocked tomorrow. It is on Mac and PC and uses SteamPlay, so you get both versions with one purchase.

There are currently pre-order deals at Steam and Frictional Games' websites, but the offers expire tomorrow.

There is a demo available here:
http://amnesiagame.com/#demo

Also, make sure to read through some of the developer's blog because they have a lot of interesting stuff to say about the survival/horror genre and about general philosophy of game design.
http://frictionalgames.blogspot.com/
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Re: From the creators of Penumbra comes Amnesia

by J T Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:28 pm

The game is currently number 3 in the Steam top seller charts for the week, beat out by RUSE and the latest Mafia II DLC. I'm glad to see it is doing well so far since it is kind of a smaller release.
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Re: AMNESIA: The Dark Descent (from the creators of Penumbra)

by J T Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:01 pm

Jesus Christ this game is scary! :shock:

For starters, you have no weapon. Your options are to 1. Run or 2. Hide. Of course, the evil creatures run faster than you and too much time hiding in the dark makes you lose your sanity, so you have to be a bit more crafty than that. You're going to have to turn and close doors behind you, distract your enemies, and solve puzzles while running away (which is stressful as hell, but an intense rush).

Your character willfully drugged himself with some concoction that has erased his memory because he apparently had witnessed or done some things that he did not want to ever have to think about again. The game starts with you waking up from a medicated stupor not knowing anything about who you are, where you are, or what on God's name is happening. Your only clues are notes that you have left for yourself or memories that come back to you in different rooms. Your sanity is clearly questionable, so you don't know if you can even trust yourself. Without spoiling anything, the story is about you trying to figure out one in the world you were up to before you drugged yourself and got yourself in this horrible, demented and demonic mess you are currently in.

If you are not afraid of the dark, this game will make you afraid. If you spend too much time in the dark, you will start to lose your mind. When this happens, your vision blurs, the room starts to throb, sounds get fuzzy. Spend too much time in the dark and you fall to your knees in terror, barely able to move or breathe with your hearing reduced to nothing muffled sounds and a high squeel as if you were going deaf and developing tinitus. You need to stand in light to stay sane, to stay safe. This means you will be running from candle to candle trying to keep your mentally unstable character from completely losing balance The real horrible thing is that when you have to hide, you need to hide in the dark. So while you’re trying to hide and avoid being ripped limb from limb by some ungodly creature, your mental state is quickly failing. Also, you lose sanity if you look at your enemy for too long from your hiding spot. You need to wait for him to leave so you can make a break for it, but you have to keep your head tucked between your knees or you are going to freak yourself out too much to be able to run. The end result is you constantly feel like your heart is going to beat its way out of your chest. The game is bloody terrifying.

In the most frightening scene I have played so far, I’m in a flooded cellar. Something is in the water, but if I spend more than a few seconds trying to figure out what, the thing will eat me alive. There are body parts strewn around the place on floating boxes and planks of wood. If I toss them in the water, the thing will eat them and leave me along for a few seconds. So I’m tossing body parts left and right while trying to sprint and stay out of the water as much as possible, all the while trying to solve this puzzle about how to open a closed gate so I can get the hell out. I don’t think I’ve ever been so freaked out by a video game before. It was like living a nightmare.

If you like scary games, you HAVE to give this one a try.
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Re: AMNESIA: The Dark Descent (from the creators of Penumbra)

by RyaNtheSlayA Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:19 pm

Wait, i thought this was a sequel to the Penumbra games? Or is it just spiritually succeeding it? I've finished Overture and Black Plague but not Requiem.
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Re: AMNESIA: The Dark Descent (from the creators of Penumbra)

by J T Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:23 pm

RyaNtheSlayA wrote:Wait, i thought this was a sequel to the Penumbra games? Or is it just spiritually succeeding it? I've finished Overture and Black Plague but not Requiem.


It's a spiritual successor I believe, unless it is meant as some kind of prequel. It takes place in an earlier time period than Penumbra. It controls very much the same though.
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