Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a first person survival horror. A game about immersion, discovery and living through a nightmare. An experience that will chill you to the core.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (229 reviews) - 95% of the 229 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (14,226 reviews) - 95% of the 14,226 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 8, 2010

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About This Game

The last remaining memories fade away into darkness. Your mind is a mess and only a feeling of being hunted remains. You must escape.
Awake...
Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a first person survival horror. A game about immersion, discovery and living through a nightmare. An experience that will chill you to the core.
You stumble through the narrow corridors as the distant cry is heard.
It is getting closer.
Explore...
Amnesia: The Dark Descent puts you in the shoes of Daniel as he wakes up in a desolate castle, barely remembering anything about his past. Exploring the eerie pathways, you must also take part of Daniel's troubled memories. The horror does not only come from the outside, but from the inside as well. A disturbing odyssey into the dark corners of the human mind awaits.
A sound of dragging feet? Or is your mind playing tricks on you?
Experience...
By using a fully physically simulated world, cutting edge 3D graphics and a dynamic sound system, the game pulls no punches when trying to immerse you. Once the game starts, you will be in control from the beginning to the end. There are no cut-scenes or time-jumps, whatever happens will happen to you first hand.
Something emerges out of the darkness. It's approaching. Fast.
Survive...
Amnesia: The Dark Descent throws you headfirst into a dangerous world where danger can lurk behind every corner. Your only means of defense are hiding, running or using your wits.
Do you have what it takes to survive?

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz - Low budget CPUs such as Celeron or Duron needs to be at about twice the CPU speed
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Hard Drive: 3GB
    • Graphics: Radeon X1000/GF 6 - Integrated graphics and very low budget cards might not work.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5.8 or newer
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon X1000/GeForce 6 (Integrated Intel Graphics not supported)
    • Hard Drive: 2GB space free
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Mint 13 LTS, Fedora 16, fully updated
    • Processor: 2.0Ghz - Low budget CPUs such as Celeron or Duron needs to be at about twice the CPU speed.
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Graphics: Radeon X1000/GeForce 6 - Integrated graphics and low budget cards might not work.
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB
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jabbersac
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
It's hard to write this review, because I just pooped myself.
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Harambe Is Still Here
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Product received for free
scary game...
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Ariath
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Product received for free
Top of the line in horror atmosphere. The damp lighting and the creepy sound effects with sometimes a sudden burst of ´Knock me out of my chair´-moment gave me a good experience. This alongside splendid voice acting brings 5/5 stars. I was very impressed so thank you Steam for letting me have this experience for free.
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PheenX
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
>Starts game
>Gets scared by not-scary things
>Hears monster later on in game
>Sees it walking by
>Closes and uninstalls
10/10 -Your friendly neighbourhood ♥♥♥♥♥♥
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destroyerolife
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
If there were a perfect example for a horror game this would be it. As the game says "this is not a game meant to be won. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere." I completely agree and it makes the experience much better. I still have yet to get to the end but that doesnt matter. I would recommend giving this game a try.
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Skynyrd
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Do you like screaming. Do you like crying like a little baby while in the fetal position, then do i have the game for you. This game will terrify you and make you question your sanity. Please play it in the dark with headphone on I'm sure you will never trust the dark again if you do.
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Smearyboar2005
28.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
it oh kk
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LegenDerryGamer
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
When I first heard of it, I already heard of how scary this game was. My friend begged me to buy it before the summer sale ended...and I did.
FIRST PLAYING SESSION: There were times I was too scared to move, and there were no monsters.
SECOND PLAYING SESSION: Saw an invisible monster (not really) splashing in the water. Immediately turned it off.
Despite this, I have had fun, even though at this point I hadn't completed it yet. I must warn you though. Even without the monsters, it is scary. DO NOT play if jumpscare games give you nightmares. This game makes FNAF look like a rated C game (you know, those children games). Also, you don't have to listen to the developers, but it makes it more fun.
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TaZe_partysheep2002
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Product received for free
I've only played a bit of it and it seems like a good game
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The Sniper Elite
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Amnesia the Dark Descent is a very unique and interesting horror game. Probably one of the best. I was not a big fan of how the sanity meter was implemented but besides that it was amazing. The Justine dlc is very interesting and cool story and the remember novel I read part of but this game offers a lot of content for its asking price.
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90 of 92 people (98%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
After spending days thinking about what to write in this review, I finally have come to the conclusion that mere words cannot summarize this gem of a game. I could write tremendously long essays describing what makes Amnesia: The Dark Descent an unique masterpiece, but it's to no avail. One would have to play the game in order to understand its beauty and its charm...

"Wait a second, I thought this was a horror game? ..." . It is. It's a terrifying journey in its own rights, from start to the end. But I can't help it, the atmosphere of Amnesia is one of the most, if not the most refined one I have ever witnessed in a video game. The Brennenburg Castle is a truly memorable place. During the first half of the game, you will be exploring the highly architectural, yet haunting chambers, familiarizing yourself with the gameplay mechanics, the story of the main character and the lore. I'm not going to go into lots of detail about the second half, but I'll just summarize this part with a quote that I think fits it best: "All good things come to an end.", as you will understand what the beautiful castle hides, buried deep within.

The story of Amnesia: The Dark Descent does not lack at all in quality, but nor is it the most intriguing or most interesting. However, you may have to give the game a second playthrough to fully understand the lore. You're playing as Daniel, an archaeologist. The plot spawns after Daniel retrieves a strange, mystical orb from a tomb in Algeria. From that moment on, he starts getting nightmares and the people he interacts with end up brutally killed sooner or later, by a strange force. He realizes he's being haunted by this orb and that, in the end, he will end up dead too, so he decides to follow the instructions from a strange letter he recieved, signed by Alexander, baron of Brennenburg. Most of the narrative will be brought to the player by finding notes and bits of Daniel's journal, scattered across the castle, but there are also occasional flashbacks, which will give you an insight into what happened in various places, throughout your journey. Story length's neither too small or big. Expect around 10-15 hours of playtime, if you also want to collect every journal fragment. It's worth noting, though, that this game suffers from the replay value factor. I don't see myself replaying it anytime soon as there's not any content to it besides the main story. Then, you may ask, why do so many people still play this game? The answer lies in the great implementation the devs added to the game: community made maps, aka custom stories. These are (for the most part) completely new settings created by various people, with new stories and environments (they're made using Amnesia's original assets, so it goes without saying: don't expect something as fresh as a brand new game). There are hundreds upon hundreds of them, fairly easy to find on the Internet and there are also Steam Guides regarding which ones are worth your time, or even how to create your own one!

Let's move on and talk about the sound quality. This is another element where Amnesia shines brightly. Music is fitting and the sound effects are top-notch. The monster's growl will make your skin crawl and when he spots you, a ghastly music will commence. But all in all, when there is nothing dangerous nearby, you will be surrounded by a charming melody, one that immaculately fits the game's vista.

Graphics of this game are quite impressive for such a small team (at that time?). Of course, they cannot compete with big name's engines, but nonetheless Amnesia does look good and the visuals have never been an immersion-breaker. The optimization suffers in certain areas, notably places with many sources of light, where the framedrops tend to flutter. I do not have a beast of a rig, but my specs highly surpass the recommended ones on the store page. It's nothing of a big issue to me, though, and the FPS never dropped below 30.

The gameplay is interesting, to say the least. I don't see often horror titles blending puzzles in such a non-intrusive way, like Amnesia does. The puzzle element is on point here, you will run quite often into trouble, doors needing keys to be unlocked, machinery that needs more power, escaping from narrow areas etc. The monsters are here to give you a hard time and will do their best to stop you from advancing. Unfortunately, one thing I did not like is that, for the most part, the enemies will unrender after a while. Thus, you may find a good place to hide and wait for the beast to just go away... I wish they would patrol the area instead.
However, the puzzles are intelligent and non-repetitive. Sometimes, the answer is not as obvious as it seems, or it requires the player to read some notes, advance some more in the story etc.
Another unique element here is the "sanity" system. Basically, staying in the dark for too long, looking at the monster or witnessing unexpected events will drain your lucidity, giving Daniel headaches and ultimately hallucinations, collapsing on the ground, allerting the monsters, along with different screen distortions. Always conserve your lantern oil, as most of the game takes place in dark surroundings. An interesting trivia, when your sanity is dangerously low, some elements of the game will change, such as Alexander's portrait on the wall paintings or some corpses appearing in various locations.

The horror aspect is top-notch, rarely has any game made my heart beat this fast when being chased by the enemy. In Amnesia, you have no means of defending yourself. Darkness can be your foe, but also your best friend when it comes to hiding. The monsters are much faster than you, they can break down doors and detect you if you stare at them for too long. They're also very susceptible of sounds, so don't attempt to run past them without being seen. And under the worst circumstances, you have to make a run for the nearest chamber and lock yourself inside, alternatively using elements from the environment to block the monster from reaching you.

Summary:

Pros: + Magnificent atmosphere, the Castle of Brennenburg is a spot that will stick with players for a long time;
+ Great and interesting puzzles, with original solutions;
+ Immersive music and sounds, mixing ambient noises with heart-pumping melody, accordingly;
+ Engaging storyline, may call for a 2nd playthrough in order to fully comprehend it;
+ Terrifying horror element, you are completely defenseless in front of the monsters, they can chase you down relatively quick and kill you in a small number of hits;
+ Unique system of Health+Sanity, in Amnesia you also have to take care of your brain status; witnessing unexpected events, staying in the darkness for too long will drag your sanity down and you will eventually collapse;
+ Difficulty is balanced, the game will not throw its most dangerous enemies at the player until he's prepared to face them;
+ Tons of user-made custom stories, that keep this game's player base alive and bring new, different concepts;

Neutral: +/- The lantern runs out of oil pretty fast, which might prove to be a bother for new players, leaving them facing the darkness for a long time;
+/- Dying has no real consequences; the game saves quite often and it will spawn you back in a safe chamber, along with the items you have retrieved;

Cons: - No replay value; after you understood the storyline, there's no real point in coming back to it (besides the custom stories, of course);
- Monsters disappear after a while, which massively takes away from the challenge factor;
- Occasional bugs and glitches, aswell as sound stutterings;

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a king of horror genre and, by far, Frictional's peak game. Ultimately, we need more games like this.

Personal rating: 97/100 - Masterpiece
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Honestly, sometimes it's hard to even open this game because I'm so scared. Pretty spooky.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
At first, my old computer couldn't run this game and I was sorely dissapointed. I've always wanted to play this game and experience the horror for myself. But now, three years later with a new laptop I'm finally able to play and I must confess.

It was worth the wait.

My first playthrough is still ongoing, but I would reccomend it to anyone and everyone!

10/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
I actually completed this game tonight. I have owned it for 5 years, and started it now and again, but got only so far and then thought "well, thats enough for me".

Well, I braved it. I said nope, I'm doing it this time. And I am bloody glad I did.

Despite being 6 years old now, Amnesia: The Dark Descent is still a solid, good looking, great sounding, first person horror game. You wake up in castle with no recollection of where you are and why you are here, but you soon learn more as you descent further into the deep bowels of this forbidden place. Along the way, you have some relatively simple puzzles to overcome, while the odd puzzle or two present more of a challenge.

And it is true what they say, this game is just plain scary. I truly felt fear in this game like no other game has accomplished, and this is achieved by a combination of jumps, creepiness, fear of the unknown, fear of being chased, panic, a gloomy atmosphere and some utterly brilliant audio work.

I can't describe the gameplay and the mechanics without underselling the game at the same time. The only way to know what it is like is to just play it, and trust me on this - it really is one of the scariest things you'll play.

Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Product received for free
It was definately not f..ff.f..fun
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
That aint even a survival horror game!
A puzzle game with an amazing story and terrifying stuff.

This "puzzle game" was one of the games i wanted to play before i bought a new PC, because my old PC was crap. I bought this game in 2014 to play it when i get my new PC. I got my new PC in 2015, though...

WHATEVER!

Best game ever, 10/10 would fap tears
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
I always thought this game was overhyped and well, dumb. Man was I wrong (and stupid). While I have not finished the game, the short amount of time I have played, has been good. Real good. The game is pretty scary with a great atmosphere and I feel like most of the terror and tension comes from the superb sound design. I have been frightened multiple times, just from gusts of wind or creaking doors/floors. I keep meaning to play more of it, but I think (subconsciously) I'm too scared. So in the likely case I never finish the game, from what I have seen...a solid 9.5/10

OH plus there are a ton of custom stories you can download and play. "A Cowards Debt" is great.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
**** this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Nope. Nope. Nooope.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Product received for free
Amazing game. Doesn't even need jumpscares as i get scared my doors. 11/10 would get scared by doors again
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