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.
Excerpt: The Good : Complex, immersive story and atmosphere The Bad : Linked to a not very good gaming experience The Ugly : Some irritatingly fussy puzzles It’s kind of fascinating reviewing Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Outlast right on top of one another.
Summary: You can't blame me for going into A Machine for Pigs expecting to be scared out of my mind. For two years I've been listening to people tell me how Amnesia: The Dark Descent is the scariest game of all time, so you can understand why my expectations were at an all-time high.
Summary: No, not a cute bicycle for a Miss Piggy-type character. This machine is far more grisly. Imagine the rotten-pig dismembering scene from the Saw movies. That’s the kind of machine the new Amnesia is evoking, if not directly.
Excerpt: The fear of the dark is one of humanities greatest assets. Since the days of cavemen, it’s kept us huddled round fires and shuttered in at night. It’s laced the Earth in the yellow glow of tens of billions of streetlights, and it makes sure that we don’t go sticking our noses in places where they...
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.
Pros: + Horror story, + Focus on atmosphere, + Streamlined
Cons: - Missing sanity mechanic, - Some unanswered questions