Excerpt: You are plunged into complete darkness, under an altar that has been desecrated in unspeakable fashion. All you have is your basic instincts and an unreliable lantern. You take a look around, seeing nothing but cages, dead rodents, and blood. You can't trust your mind; you're hearing things, and possibly seeing them too. Suddenly, you hear a series of unsettling animal noises that sound like something far removed from the natural world.
Summary: : Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs , taken on its own merits, is a scary, ambient game that’s worth its asking price, though whether or not you enjoy it will depend on what, exactly, you’re looking for your horror game to do. The plot is strong and does a good job of building mood and characterization from start to finish, the game is visually and aurally ambient and interesting, and the gameplay works as well as it did in its predecessors while also being accessible to...
Excerpt: The sequel to that experience is called A Machine for Pigs and the name itself is impressive, implying dark mechanics and the sort of terror that can only be described via hyperbole and suggestion, because facing it would be too much for a player. But the game itself does make some questionable choices when it comes to the core game mechanics and the way the story is being delivered, and some long-term fans might be disappointed with the resulting title, created by The...
Pros: + Horror story, + Focus on atmosphere, + Streamlined
Cons: - Missing sanity mechanic, - Some unanswered questions
Summary: Writing about horror-based games is always a challenge, as the enjoyment in playing them is often in the discovery of what it has in store, making it difficult to describe why those experiences are worthwhile. Luckily, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is laden with laudable moments, as a bone-rattling exploration game filled with an atmosphere so pervasively unsettling that it can be nearly unbearable.
Summary: Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a beloved title for a number of reasons. As well as becoming a viral darling thanks to a cavalcade of shrieking YouTube videos, Dark Descent was praised for bringing back a sense of true survival horror at a time when so many publishers were adamant the genre was dead. It was also just a straight up terrifying game, which helped!
Conclusion: While undoubtedly completely less OH MY GOD RUN HIDE than the first game Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs manages to still be a worthwhile purchase thanks to The Chinese Room putting so much effort into maintaining a creepy, freaky atmosphere. It also offers a much better plot with a satisfying ending, and those damn pig masks (OR IS IT JUST ONE?!?) get me every time.