Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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A dark action adventure game designed as survival horror, developed by the team at Frictional Games studio – creators of the enthusiastically received Penumbra series. In the game we play the part of a man who voluntarily lost his memory. He wanders through the corridors of a huge castle not remembering exactly what happened, but he is certain that his life is in great danger. By exploring the chateau and solving subsequent puzzles our protagonist reveals consecutive terrible facts of his own past, finding answers to a number of questions bothering him. The authors offered unusual game mechanics, resigning entirely from fighting skills. In return, during the game we have to take care of the protagonist’s mental health, avoiding darkness and escaping from various terrifying creatures. Our main weapons are matches, oil lamps and other sources of light. The [roduction features dark atmosphere, reminiscent of works of H. P. Lovecraft.

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PC / Windows
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Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia: The Dark Descent | PC

Adventure, FPP, survival horror, horror, indie games, action adventure, 19th century

Companies responsible for Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Frictional Games | game developer

1C / Cenega | publisher   Official website

Amnesia: The Dark Descent release date for PC:

game language:
English

08 September 2010 | Worldwide

08 September 2010 | Europe

08 September 2010 | USA

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.2 / 10 calculated out of 1694 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.8 / 10 calculated out of 35 players' votes.  

Amnesia: The Dark Descent for PC / Windows is a survival horror game developed by Frictional Games studio, known by fans of the genre for the Penumbra series. The new production of the Swedish developer once again refers to atmosphere of short stories and novels of writer H. P. Lovecraft.

Plot

In the game we play the part of a man named Daniel, who wanders through dark corridors of an eighteenth-century castle. Protagonist voluntarily lost his memory and does not know exactly what happened, although he has no doubt that his life is in danger. Traversing subsequent parts of the fortress we discover horrifying events of Danielís past and try to understand why had he caused temporary amnesia himself.

Mechanics

Amnesia: The Dark Descent for PC / Windows combines elements of exploration, survival horror and adventure game. Developers decided to resign from any combat skills and replaced them with much more interesting ideas. Player must take care of both mental and physical health of Daniel, and thus escape or hide from every terrifying creature, as well as avoid darkness. This kind of mechanics makes things that can illuminate interiors, like oil lamps or matches, particularly important. We use them to solve puzzles, activate machines and look for consecutive fragments of letters and notes.

Technical aspects

For the needs of the game Frictional Games studio improved its game engine (HPL2), making locations and lighting effects look really good. This is not, of course, technological level known from high-budget productions, but in spite of that, developers managed to create a suggestive environment. Sound is also a very important element that helps to build atmosphere and to simply scare. Game also features modding tools, which are available online, that allow creating our own adventures.

Age Rating

age requirements: 18+

System requirements

Recommended: Pentium 4 2 GHz, 1 GB RAM, graphic card 512 MB (GeForce 9600 or better), 2 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7

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