Amnesia: The Collectionby Mikhail Oct 22, 2017 | 1 Votes | 0 Played | 0 Reviews 8 rate Amnesia: The Collection contains all three Amnesia games which are the Dark Descent, the Justine expansion, and the latest A Machine for Pigs. Play as Daniel, and solve the mysteries behind your memory loss as you traverse around a foreign castle. Go through the intriguing story through a series of flashbacks and handwritten notes. Play Now Similar Games Played
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It’s been seven years since Amnesia: The Dark Descent was released. Since then, it has been the subject of various YouTube “let’s plays” and video game streamers. It became a hit and a cult classic, singlehandedly reviving the developers, Frictional Games, and saving them from bankruptcy. The gaming world was taken by storm: it provided a fantastic horror experience, probably one of the best ever in video game history. The game earned its place alongside franchises like Resident Evil, Dead Space, Outlast and Silent Hill.
Amnesia: The Collection contains all three games (one is an expansion pack) of the series. These include the first and most popular The Dark Descent, its expansion Justine, and the sequel, A Machine for Pigs. If you are a PlayStation Plus user, you can download them for until the first week of November. That being said, if you’re looking for a scary Halloween experience, playing this game will give you more scare points than the Killer Clown.
Imagine yourself as a young man waking up in a foreign castle in 1839. Though the first thing you would do is run away and seek civilization, you can’t. You’re trapped in a vast horror house and to add to your list of woes, you’ve lost your memory. Your only clue is a handwritten note you wrote yourself, saying that you should kill the baron of the Prussian castle you’re in. Though this is arguably the worst way to how much you appreciate your host’s hospitality, the task is a difficult one.
Without diving that deep into spoiler territory, the story kicks off in Amnesia: The Dark Descent and you will go in head first into the game’s well-written plot from the get-go. The narrative is told through handwritten notes and visions scattered throughout the castle, which you will encounter as you progress. You will discover the fantastical and at the same time, the ghastly nature of its mysteries. It’s important to note that the story is one of these games’ strongest elements and it does a fantastic job in making you immerse fully into Daniel’s point-of-view.
The story is expanded in Justine, while A Machine for Pigs is considered an indirect sequel, set in the same universe but with different characters and setting. It is set 60 years after the first game in 1899, and you will be filling the role of Oswald Mandus, who is perceived to be Daniel’s descendant.
The Dark Descent’s gameplay is what made it a huge hit. You will explore the castle via first person POV, holding a lantern to see the surroundings. From there, you will be picking up items to light up objects, like tinderboxes and oil containers as well as items that can heal you. What sets it apart from other horror games is you can’t fight back from the vile monstrosities that are after you. If you’ve seen a gameplay video, you already how scary-looking and grotesque the enemies are. You can’t pick up a sword or any kind of weapon to fight them off. All you can do is run, hide, and hope for the best that they won’t be able to catch you.
The sanity meter is The Dark Descent’s best elements. Seeing the humanoid monsters or being near one, as well as standing in the dark or witnessing something gorey will negatively affect Daniel’s sanity. The screen will get all blurry, making it hard to make sense out anything and once the meter completely depletes, it’s game over. To avoid letting Daniel go insane, you have to stay in well-lit areas and successfully run from monsters. Unfortunately, this mechanic isn’t present in A Machine for Pigs, though it more than makes for it with better graphics, UI and environmental changes, and the elimination of the inventory system. It is quite different from other titles, but is better in providing a horror and tension-filled atmosphere.
Puzzles are an essential element, considering that solving them enables you to proceed to another area. These are fairly simple: you will only have to assemble parts of a machine and put things together. However, there are times you’ll miss an item or two, and you need to go back to where you came just to get them back. At times, it felt cumbersome, especially if you’re going back to face some of the creatures again.
The puzzles are the meat of Justine’s gameplay. This expansion doesn’t take long to finish: the experience only lasts a couple of hours, but it’s well-worth a playthrough. Unlike the previous titles, you will only not only try to survive on your own, but also save try and save others. The game is set in a closed environment where a lady named Justine will give you the daunting task of either saving or killing the other prisoners.
The Amnesia games are solely single-player experiences with no multiplayer elements. However, it does have a large catalog of let’s play and reaction videos you would want to check out. In addition, Frictional Games has its own forum if you want to discuss the game with other players.
Considering that The Dark Descent and Justine were released in 2010 and 2011 respectively, the graphics look a little dated, even in their era. Note that Frictional Games isn’t a triple A studio, and the game was not known for its state-of-the-art visuals. A Machine for Pigs is a relatively new game, so its presentation aspects are exponentially higher than the previous titles.
Since the three games have a heavy emphasis on tension and immersion, the audio, encompassing the music, sound effects, and voice acting, is fantastic. The OST is enough to keep your adrenaline pumping, while the sound of the creatures hunting you is enough to give you goosebumps. The voice acting is superb as well.
Overall, if you’re looking for games to play this Halloween, Amnesia: The Collection contains all three titles that would give you the creeps. Fair warning though: they are not for the faint-hearted. Nevertheless, they’ll soup up your spooky celebrations, so play the games with the lights off!