As a big fan of good, subtle horror, and amazing stories, I was a huge admirer of "Amnesia: The Dark Descent", and when I heard about the second game, I couldn't contain my excitement. That was sort of my first mistake. Having huge expectations after the first game, I sadly had to be let down. This does not mean the game is bad, this just means, that after "The Dark Descent" it probably just had to go downhill. And even though I would love to judge the two games separately, comparing the two is sort inevitable.
On the up side, I believe the story in this game is way more interesting, heart touching, and creepy at the same time, than the intricate, but slightly… “whatever” story in the first game. It is more personal, and emotional, and the outcome is way more disturbing.
The music has definitely left an impression, and I still listen to "Mors Praematura" from time to time, cause the atmosphere it created was divine. Graphics are noticeably better, as the game is a fresher release.
Yet, as I moved through the empty house, as I watched Mandus' story unwind, I felt complete peace. And this is not what you want to feel, when playing a horror game. Maybe I have developed a strong resistance to scares, cause of my love for horror, but as hard as the game tried - I just could not get scared.
Even though I love the design of the monsters in this game (whom I will refrain from calling by their name, in case you would rather be surprised), I found it hard to fear them. Found them extremely disturbing, but also had a strong sense of pity for them. They just couldn't get me in the "oh crap, oh crap, oh crap, running away" mode, that the first game had me in most of the time.
Also the puzzle difficulty in this game is very low, and doesn't require any real thinking skills. Which can be considered an advantage by some, but for me is again, very disappointing.
So in conclusion, I would suggest playing this game for the interesting story, which left a strong unease in my heart, and the amazing music that stays with you for a long time. But if you are expecting getting really scared, or a good mind boggling puzzle, you will probably be left with a feeling of letdown. All in all, not a bad game, just probably not what you would expect.