From the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Dear Esther comes a new first-person horrorgame that will drag you to the depths of greed, power and madness. It will bury its snout into your ribs and it will eat your heart.
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Release Date: Sep 10, 2013

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About This Game

This world is a Machine. A Machine for Pigs. Fit only for the slaughtering of Pigs.

From the creators of Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Dear Esther comes a new first-person horrorgame that will drag you to the depths of greed, power and madness. It will bury its snout into your ribs and it will eat your heart.

The year is 1899

Wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus awakes in his bed, wracked with fever and haunted by dreams of a dark and hellish engine. Tortured by visions of a disastrous expedition to Mexico, broken on the failing dreams of an industrial utopia, wracked with guilt and tropical disease, he wakes into a nightmare. The house is silent, the ground beneath him shaking at the will of some infernal machine: all he knows is that his children are in grave peril, and it is up to him to save them.

Unique Selling Points

  • Fresh and new approach to the Amnesia world while staying true to its origins.
  • The darkest, most horrific tale ever told in a videogame.
  • Stunning soundtrack by award-winning composer Jessica Curry.

System Requirements

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: High-range Intel Core i3 / AMD A6 CPU or equivalent.
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Mid-range NVIDIA GeForce 200 / AMD Radeon HD 5000. Integrated Intel HD Graphics should work but is not supported; problems are generally solved with a driver update.
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: High-range Intel Core i5 / AMD FX CPU or equivalent.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: High-range NVIDIA GeForce 400 / AMD Radeon HD 6000. Integrated Intel HD Graphics should work but is not supported; problems are generally solved with a driver update.
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6.8
    • Processor: High-range Intel Core i3 / AMD A6 CPU or equivalent.
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Mid-range NVIDIA GeForce 200 / AMD Radeon HD 5000. Integrated Intel HD Graphics should work but is not supported; problems are generally solved with a driver update.
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.7.5
    • Processor: High-range Intel Core i5 / AMD FX CPU or equivalent.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: High-range NVIDIA GeForce 400 / AMD Radeon HD 6000. Integrated Intel HD Graphics should work but is not supported; problems are generally solved with a driver update.
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Major Linux Distribution from 2010.
    • Processor: High-range Intel Core i3 / AMD A6 CPU or equivalent.
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Mid-range NVIDIA GeForce 200 / AMD Radeon HD 5000. Integrated Intel HD Graphics should work but is not supported; problems are generally solved with a driver update.
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Major Linux Distribution from 2012
    • Processor: High-range Intel Core i5 / AMD FX CPU or equivalent.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: High-range NVIDIA GeForce 400 / AMD Radeon HD 6000. Integrated Intel HD Graphics should work but is not supported; problems are generally solved with a driver update.
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
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gunsage
1.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
Today we walk around and try to get scared. Somewhat disappointed with this not so great sequel to an amazing indie horror game.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjHQRJJ2py0

I certainly hope SOMETHING happens in this game eventually because otherwise it really is just a glorified walking simulator. I am massively disappointed with this one especially after playing through The Dark Descent multiple times.
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Lucan
4.7 hrs
Posted: September 21
After slowly creeping, sneaking and otherwise holding my breath through the first Amnesia it was no surprise I was eager to jump straight into its sequel for another dose of bowel loosening terror.

Where the first game relied heavily on item management to persevere through the rigours of mental torture and keep your lantern filled, the sequel only uses the journal for guidance as did its predecessor the rest of the game is spent traversing a mess of industrial era buildings filled with cacophonous machines, dark passageways and hideously filthy experimental rooms. The puzzles laid out are nothing fiendish however when you have something lurking nearby that could rip you apart mistakes are easily made.

The atmosphere isn't much different from the first although in actuality the creatures chasing you (yes I said creatures as in more than one) are far more horrifying the locales are even more twisted and the ambient sounds really mess with your mind, armed only with a lantern with a focussing lens which adapts it to work further but on a narrow beam I spent more time beneath the cities streets than I care to remember, slowly working my way forward I cringed every time the monster squealed nearby it was all I could do to pray the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s didn't find me, this is another solid game for the Amnesia series, one that doesn't disappoint... At giving me nightmares for a month.
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Kakihara
5.2 hrs
Posted: September 21
The game is Awseome, Very scary and disturbing, I love the story, I would say buy it if you are commited to quality horror games with great story's. The bad is.. it is only a 4 hour campaighn. However those 4 hours, are the best damn scariest 4 hours ever! Do i have regrets about paying full price? No. Do i think its over priced? Yes.
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TheSnackZyder
3.4 hrs
Posted: September 15
Very disappointing sequel to one of the better horror games out there.
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TheUnbornSilent
2.7 hrs
Posted: September 14
6/10
I beat it in 2 hours 30 mins
Really isn't anything special, maybe get it if its on sale for cheap.
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Kaneki Ken™
1.8 hrs
Posted: September 10
If you want to play a great horror game like Outlast then I recommend Amnesia, when playing in the dark and with headphones you get the real feeling. I recommend playing in the dark too, Amnesia has really made me terrified of the game and I am still stuck on a part of the game where the monster chases you and I have not been able to install it again since I was too terrified. Yes you might say I am a ♥♥♥♥♥ for not wanting to play a game that is not that scary well let me tell you that it is scary and I am not really afraid of that many Horror games but Amnesia has really scared the ♥♥♥♥ out of me. So my point is that you should buy this game and even though it's pretty old the jumpscares will still get you, buy it and try to finish the mission I never could.
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Borador
4.3 hrs
Posted: September 6
Boring and not that scary.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
Imagine you are wading through muck and it is too dark to see, but you become aware that the muck is pig guts, and you realize you are in a factory processing pig guts, only you are also a pig, and there are pig guts inside of you, and you are swallowing the pig guts and the pig guts are inside of your pig guts and you are drowning in pig guts.

That's something like this game.

The Machine for Pigs is intentionally drowning itself in its own theme of pigs. The pigs are the people. The people are pigs. The pigs mean inhumanity, but the pigs also are what is left of humanity. Everything is pigs. The fable, or reality, or symbolism is so widely applied: It is spattered across everything, it is haphazard, it is messy, but that allows it to grow deeper. It festers. It swallows everything and drags it to the bottom of its murky depths. And then it defiles the air. And it leeches the earth. And it seeps into the night. And it feeds upon itself.
Just like the pigs.

It is great.
Somehow.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
I haven't played this game in a while, but I do remember it. If you're looking for another Amnesia: The Dark Descent, you're looking in the wrong place. This game definitely follows the Amnesia type of game, but the story line is much less intriguing, and much harder to follow. Even when the story does make sense, I feel the concept is so far-fetched that it just doesn't feel as entertaining as it would if the story behind it was good.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
This is a very different game from the first Amnesia. That being said, I loved it. You have to go thorugh and actually READ all the stuff you find, because the plot is all in the finding of things. The freaking pig-people encounters are so much more stressful than any of the encounters from the first game, because these monsters chase you more (though they don't hit as hard and you can survive a few scratches). However, it feels less interactive, somehow, than the first game, and Mandus is far less sympathetic than Daniel from off the get-go, which makes me care less about what happens to him. And that makes it a little less satisfying than The Dark Descent. But it's still very, very creepy, and worth a play.

If you liked the first story you'll probably like this one. The soundtrack is absolutely gorgeous, by the way.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs tells one of the best stories that I have ever experienced in a game. Everything in this game was planned out so well, the soundtrack and the voice acting was much better than the original game, and everything was much more polished and there was a lot more in the environment to work with. This piece of art is one of my top 10 favorite PC games for sure.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
A big ♥♥♥ machine and Electro Pig. Good game (6/10)
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260 of 312 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
There is a lot of people that hate this game, and I know why:

TDD was a fad. The game became popular because of one thing, and one thing only: it was scary. Tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands likely bought this game because they wanted to get scared; they wanted a joyride complete with overwhelming fear. I don't blame them. The game is pretty scary, but here's the thing:

It seems that most people do not understand that Amnesia, and the games before it, were not just haunted-house amusement park rides like they like to act like it is. No, it's a lot more than that. The game has thick atmosphere, superb pacing and storytelling backed by a very dark story that keeps you curious from beginning and even to the end. To be able to truly appreciate TDD, you need to look further than the scare factor; it is not the only thing that made the game great. Guess what the Chinese Room capitalised on? The story. They wanted to tell a story, much like TDD did. MFP was much more of a psychological experience; the game did not need to scare you with darkness or spooky monsters, all it needed was an incredibly wicked story. This was fulfilled. I expected an atmospheric, thought-provoking horror experience that would keep me on the edge and this is exactly what the game did.

But what did everyone else expect? Probably something entirely different. They probably just wanted to get scared. Most of the fanbase is filled with people that appreciated TDD for nothing more than its scare factor, and therefor this is all they had expected from MFP. They are probably the kind of people that either skipped or skimmed through most of TDD's note readings, not givng a ♥♥♥♥ about the backstory whatsoever. They just wanted to get to the next "scare." The bad reception for this game purely comes from delusioned expectations, is what I believe. Horror is a much deeper genre than you'd think. Read up.
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356 of 466 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2014
To fans of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, this game is a huge disappointment. To start with the good, it excels at creating atmosphere. There are some great scenes and very fitting music. You get a small taste of a story that would probably have been interesting if they told you more of it, but then that’s all there is.

They give you an unlimited light source and simplify all other parts of the gameplay so you can just stroll through the one path they left you and let them tell you the story, which feels like a movie adaptation of a book where you can tell something's missing unless you've read the book, but there's no book.

I can’t understand why they used the Amnesia title for this game which plays NOTHING like The Dark Descent. It would have been a sort of okay game if they hadn’t tried to associate it with Amnesia, but since they did it's actually misleading on top of mediocre, so I recommend ignoring it and waiting for whatever comes out of Frictional next.
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199 of 254 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2013
First of all, this game was not developed by Frictional. It was developed by The Chinese Room: the studio behind Dear Escher. When I discovered that during its development, I became skeptical as to the quality of this game. I did, however, respect that it was a spiritual successor of Amnesia: The Dark Decent, and figured that it still had the opportunity to be an intriguing horror experience. I was incorrect.

My first complaint comes from simplified mechanics, of which there are barely any at all. The inventory system has been removed entirely, and with both health and sanity. Managing health becomes trivial, as there are no situations in which you must do so, while sanity has been removed altogether. Hiding in the darkness no longer has its trade offs, while looking at the monsters does nothing. Monsters now only make your electric lamp flicker from quite distance away, removing the fear of their presence. This is part of another changed mechanic: oil conservation has been done away with as well in favor of the infinite energy electric lamp. At this point, only the levels themselves are left to make the game live up to its predecessor, which they don't.

The game has been designed to be insultingly linear. Each level is a single, straight, path with no choices on how to proceed. The vast majority of monster encounters are scripted, along with a dozen or so out of place shock scares (I could reveal all of them and not spoil the plot). The levels themselves are badly designed and a pain to navigate, with large inaccessible areas and crappy lighting only made worse by the infinite lamp. The puzzles are all remarkably simple now that the inventory is gone. The only thing that makes this worse is the writing of the story.

In the first act, The Chinese Room makes sure you know they made it by coming in so heavy with metaphors that you can't decipher any real context until you are a good amount into the game. As you try to ground yourself in the game's story, TCR continuously throws "deeper meaning" straight at your face until the story becomes completely drowned in its own pretentious metaphors and symbolism by the third act in a way that is relatable to the Matrix trilogy. The only parts of the story that feel as though they actually belong in the Amnesia universe are the references to the original game (albeit with one glaring inconsistency).

TL;DR:
Overall, I disapprove of this game. The mechanics are simplified, the levels are horribly designed, and the story feels like it was written by an undergraduate art student. If you have never played Amnesia: The Dark Decent, buy that instead. If you have played it, then still don't buy this. Wait for SOMA.
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178 of 233 people (76%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2015
I wanted to like this, I really did. But the troubles start before you've even properly begun. The game is full of bugs. Forums are filled with people (myself included) trying to figure work-arounds for issues like constant in-game lag (has nothing to do with the quality of your rig or having the necessary audio/video drivers updated), random graphic hitches that filter the screen in a blue, washed-out color, and audio stuttering. Some of the fixes work, though mostly for temporary periods. If you do manage to run the game properly after all that:

PROS:

+ The environment is great. The mansion is atmospheric, spooky and interesting to explore.
+ The voice acting is very good.

CONS:

- First and foremost: The game is just not scary. It's not Amnesia. It's Dark Esther. It's not survival and stealth, it's exploration. There's next to no tension.
- The tinderboxes (requiring you to work on conserving them for light) are gone. Instead you have a lantern that never goes out. Considering that the mansion is pretty well lit 90% of the time, I found I hardly needed to use it (even with Gamma turned down)
- The sanity system is gone, and with it the tense effort to remain sane in the wake of prowling monstrosities.
- The monsters. The pigmonsters are not scary. They're just silly looking. They don't pursue you with the intensity of the creatures in Dark Descent and you can look at them without fear of insanity, which whittles away the mysterious fear factor very quickly.
- The story is just dull. There is some possibility in the beginning that it might go in a certain, disturbing direction based on the narrative given, but it turns out to be pretty boring and a bit nonsensical. The characters just aren't very interesting. You don't really care very much.

For the money you pay, I really can't recommend this one. If you must, buy the steam code for it on 99Gamers for cheap, instead of throwing $22 out for it.
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266 of 372 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2013
I really don't think this game should be called "Amnesia" as it doesn't really have anything in common with the first game, except some loose distant connection through story. If you are looking for a survival horror game, there isn't really any "survival" or not even that much "horror" or "game" in this one. The first 90 minutes of this game are frightning as heck, but once you have encountered a few enemies and discovered that they aren't really much of a threat at all, the scary part is over. No feeling of being hunted, no brilliant AI, no mazes, no proper puzzles, no physics or interactivity etc, just a linear path.

However, having cleared that out of the way I'm still giving this one thumbs up. Amnesia 2 is about the atmosphere and sense of mystery. Players expecting a challenge or interesting game mechanics are going to be deeply disappointed, but those seeking a good twisted story will get some moderately creepy and disturbing experience. This story has so many levels that it would require an entire book or something to go through all the possible theories. Some claim that despite the effort put into the writing, the plot isn't really that great or sophisticated either, but although it does has some problems, I think it does at least occasionally succeed. From story or atmosphere viewpoint Amnesia 2 is still an average game and if that's your thing, I recommend it.

- 4 hours put into the game, 8 hours put into arguing (speculating) about what the story of Machine for Pigs is about
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