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    The game casts the player in the role of Daniel, who awakens in a dark castle with little or no memories about himself or his past. All that he can remember is his name and that something is hunting him.

    The game's story seems to be, at least in part, inspired by the short story The Outsider. This makes sense when considering the frequent homages the developers make to the author H.P. Lovecraft and his works. Even the engine which powers all Frictional Games's titles, the HPL Engine and the HPL2 Engine, bears the aforementioned author's initials.

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent trailer

    Release date: September 8, 2010

    Cost: $20

    Frictional Game Store (all three platforms)

    Recommended Computer Specifications:

    •Windows XP/Vista/7, OS X 10.5.8/10.6.4 or Linux distribution released in 2010.
    •NVIDIA GeForce 6 / ATI Radeon HD.
    •2.0 Ghz CPU.
    •2 GB RAM.
    •2.5 GB Free hard disk space.

    Demo (156 MB)

    The best horror game I've played. The atmosphere and tension in this game is crazy. This isn't an Action/Horror game, you don't fight back, you run and hide. You start to lose your sanity when you're in the dark for too long or see an enemy and your vision will start to blur and sometimes you'll just fall to the ground and crawl. The only way to gain your sanity back is light and progression. But obviously enemies will see you in the light. There's also several puzzles you have to solve along the way.

    It took me 9 hours to complete it, so it was definitely worth the $20.

    Oh yeah, the game and the engine was made buy 5 guys (and they almost didn't get if finished because of budget)! They're also releasing an editor for the game soon so that fans can create their own custom games. Their Penumbra series is also supposed to be excellent.

    Everyone interested in horror games and/or H.P. Lovecraft should at least try the demo.

  • #2
    Read about this a few weeks back and was telling some PC gaming buddies about it at work. Definitely plan to check it out very soon.


    • #3
      Steam weekend deal for $9.99:

      Offer ends Monday at 10am Pacific Time.


      • #4
        A new Amnesia game might be coming this fall. It's not connected to the first game and it's from a different develper.

        Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs takes place on New Year's Day in 1899, in London. "It's full-on Victoriana," Pinchbeck reveals, delving deeper into the plot.

        A rich industrial tycoon named Oswald Mandus collapses from a feverish nightmare in which he sees a mysterious, dark machine. A "disastrous" and tragic expedition to Mexico, compounded with his illness, have stolen months from his life and he wakes determined to piece together the missing fragments of his life.

        At its core, A Machine for Pigs follows the same terror-inducing principles as the first, but changes the gameplay to keep things fresh for veterans. "People going in will not know what to expect," Grip says, noting that elements from The Dark Descent have been ripped out of the game, and new ones have been added. Neither will budge on details, only to say it remains a first-person horror title. Both agree the game has a high bar to aspire to.

        I played Dear Esther a few days ago and it was pretty interesting, but it's kind of hard to call it a game. The Chinese Room used Frictional's HPL2 engine and made some beautifully designed caves. So at least they're familiar with the engine. Frictional is currently working on a new engine and an adventure game with horror elements, but it won't be out anytime soon.
        Last edited by Obscureness; 06-14-2012, 10:27 PM. Reason: Fixed pictures.


        • #5
          A Machine for Pigs teaser trailer.


          • #6
            Got this off the Humble Bundle the other day...haven't played it yet, keeping my fingers crossed my old ass PC can run it at all once I do. Either way, I payed $6 for a handful of games, so no worries one way or the other. I'll always have it now for whenever I break down and get a new PC.


            • #7
              After the "Dark Souls for PC" petition worked I tried to drum up some interest in a petition to get a console release of Amnesia since the developers even said once that they'd like to do a console port.

              Couldn't get anybody interested. made threads on gaming forums that fizzled and died and even emailed the developers and got no reply. Even more annoying, the same people that were begging for Dark Souls on PC told me to just build a PC if I wanted to play it.


              • #8
                FINALLY grabbed this one since it was on sale for $4.99. I expect to be scared shitless. Me and horror video games don't sit too well together.


                • #9
                  I bought this for $5 during the last Humble Bundle offer. Haven't played it yet, but soon....


                  • #10
                    Great deal on Amnesia! Dear Esther is $2.49. Like I said above it's not much of a game really and it's only about an hour or two, but the caves alone were worth it.


                    • #11
                      Trailer for A Machine for Pigs.

                      HD Trailer


                      • #12
                        I finished A Machine for Pigs last night and it was pretty disappointing. The Chinese Room took away a lot from the original like the sanity mechanic and oil for your lantern. Enemies might as well be blind and if they do see you it's easy to outrun them and if they do happen to attack you no problem because it takes three or four hits to die plus you have regenerating health. The story isn't anything special and the twist is very obvious early on. The sound effects and music were a strong point.

                        I would certainly recommend it over Outlast that came out last week which is basically a bunch of jump scares. Both games took me about five hours each to complete whereas The Dark Descent took me around twelve.