Horror movies today don’t scare as many as they used to do. The question is why? My belief is that many can predict the scary moments and what is bound to happen. But there are other ways than movies to get scarred. This time it is from a computer screen while playing Amnesia…
Amnesia The Dark Decent was released by Fictional Games in 2010 and as the sequel comes out soon I figured that it’s good to write about the game now. Amnesia is a survival horror game which is the games corresponding genre to the horror genre in movies, meaning the point of survival horror is to scare the players as much as possible.
In many similar games the player usually gets limited ammo to try and create an atmosphere of vulnerability. Fictional Games have always taken this to the next level, both in Amnesia and their other games. Their idea is to make the player sharpen their senses and be prepared for anything. Now is the part where you think: This is easy I’ll just take my gun…
The problem is that in Amnesia there are no weapons, the monsters in the game are immune to any weapons and they will kill you instantly if you try to defend yourself. This has taken many players a bit outside their comfort zone since they are used to weapons in similar games. The only option you have here is run, hide in the darkness and hope you survive.
In Amnesia you are playing in first person view as Daniel, who has no memory of himself after drinking a potion. He is stuck in the castle of Brennenburg, London. In the castle strange noises are heard and something strange is haunting him. While Daniel tries to escape he finds notes with information on how to escape the castle. Even though Daniels has no memories of himself there is one thing the player finds out quickly and that is his fear of darkness.
When he is in the dark he starts lo loos his sanity which causes him to hear scary noises, seeing disturbing events and hallucinates. This is a struggle for the player as the monsters will come closer to him which means he have to hide in the darkness, which will worsen the situation even more. If he does stay in the light from his lamp or being close to torches on the walls the monsters will also notice him easier. This strange balance makes the player extremely focused as the slightest sound might be a huge threat you must run away from. So winning the game might take you some time and once you get there you will find four alternative ways of ending the game.
The advice for all players is to play with headphones, low brightness in the game, alone and in complete darkness. If you do this the game is worse than any horror movie I have seen. The sound effects are brilliant, whether there is a monster, a random scream of help, some girl crying, or a piano starting to play itself randomly you will be almost terrified every time.
The monsters may not look that scary but when they appear they bring with them an awful sound and the fact that you have to run from them will probably have made you scared regardless of their appearances. The gameplay and the visuals are great, the storyline is decent, as I said the sound effects are amazingly horrifying and the controls are pretty basic.
The game has been extremely famous on YouTube as it makes men scream like 6-year-olg girls. So play it in the darkness for as long as you dare. Reminder: Don’t blame me for you nightmares! 9 / 10