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.
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. The two games are targeted towards similar audiences, both providing thrills and chills in a first-person non-shooter adventure format.
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: It’s the scratching behind that door that sounds like trotters scraping on wood. It’s the porcelain pig mask that wasn’t there a minute ago, but now stares blankly in your direction. It’s the nightmarish squeals that echo from that oddly shaped shadow around the corner. And it’s the thunderous earthquake that’s shaking the room, as if some huge machine is fracking the earth beneath your feet.
Summary: I’ve never played the first Amnesia game, but I was fascinated when friends told me about how it created horror by showing that sanity could be drained, a finite resource that would force the player to approach gaming in new ways.
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.