Amnesia: The Dark Descent

I just finished with Friction GamesAmnesia: The Dark Descent. It’s a great game, one that gave me quite a few frights. I’m proud to say I’m one who pre-ordered the game (which caused the developers to create a commentary track to listen to as you played it, something I have not yet done but intend to do). I mention the pre-order fact because it took me months to finish the game! I played anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour at a time, yet it seemed like to took me forever.

That’s not to say that Amnesia overstays its welcome. I kept thinking, “I must be close to the end now!” only to find that more of the story unfolded. So I don’t know where everyone is getting the idea that the first play-through averages 6 to 8 hours. My next playthrough, one I intend to modify to allow unlimited health and sanity, will be for the purpose of listening to the developer commentary, much like a commentary track found on a digital video.

This game is good. The visuals (insanity? yes, please), the audio (insanity? yes, please)… the insanity. If you’re a fan of survival horror, or horror fiction the likes of which H.P. Lovecraft would have been proud to write, then you owe it to yourself to purchase Amnesia. You’ll scream. You’ll swear. You’ll laugh nervously.

Now that this survival horror is complete, I’m moving on to Alan Wake.

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