If there's one thing I like, it's a good survival horror game. If there's another thing I like, it's a good adventure game. Well the geniuses at Frictional Games managed to combine the 2 in a way that I could only have dreamed of.
Out now on PC (The gentleman's gaming platform), Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first person adventure/survival horror game that promises scares, puzzles and a compelling story.
So does it deliver? Like a pizza boy in a porno movie. This is hands down one of the creepiest, most engrossing adventure games I have played in a long time. You play as a guy named Daniel who wakes up in a creepy old castle and suffers from, wait for it...Amnesia! Crazy I know. So you are trying to figure out what is going on by collecting pages from your diary and reading memos spread around the castle. Not very original I know, but the voice acting really sells it. The story has really held my interest so far.
As you explore the castle you carry a lantern and some tinder that you can use to light candles and lamps. These are your only source of light and the only thing keeping you sane. When the lights go out and it's pitch black, the shadow engulfs you and your sanity slowly decreases. You hear strange noises and your vision goes blurry. You can regain sanity by solving puzzles, which is kind of funny when you think about it, but it's a mechanic that works quite well in the game.
During your adventure you will come across various freaky-ass monsters who will try to eat you. So you stab them with your sword right? WRONG IDIOT! You don't have a sword, or a knife or a gun. All you can do is run like hell to get away. Then lock yourself in a closet and pee your pants like a little baby.
This is one of those games that might not have the most cutting edge graphics, but the art design is awesome. If I had to think of a word to describe the atmosphere in the game, it would be "oppressive". It just fills you with a constant sense of dread. You know the only way to go is down, and whatever is waiting for you there is not gonna be good.
Know the best thing about this game? It's only $20 on steam. That's 1/3 the price of Madden Roster Update 2011 or whatever other shitty game you bought recently. So get Amnesia: The Dark Descent, but remember to wear a diaper while you're playing it because you will SHIT your pants!