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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (6,992 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 8, 2010

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"Rich in atmosphere and big on scares, Amnesia: The Dark Descent goes where survival-horror fears to tread."
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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

PC
Mac
Linux
    • 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
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
90 of 96 people (94%) found this review helpful
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
I was constipated all week.
Then i played this game.
#Instantrelief
10/10
Would recommend this game to anyone with severe bowel movement disfuctions
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93 of 102 people (91%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
-Recipe for playing this game-

Ingredients:
- 1 cozy blanket (2 is also good)
- 1 computer or laptop
- 1 installed Amnesia game
- 2 nice chairs
- 1 Dark room
- 1 willing boyfriend who has experience with the game
- 1 pillow or stuffed animal to hug (or the arm of the boyfriend, but he might disagree about that when he got puncture wounds from your nails after the first jumpscare)

Directions:

1. Start up the computer, it may take a while depending on how good your system is. Use the startup time to go on a treasure hunt for the other ingredients. Also make sure that the room is dark enough.

2. Persuade your boyfriend to play Amnesia. It could be that he declines, if so, capture him with a Pokéball.

3. Wrap yourself and the boyfriend in a blanket and sit in the chairs in front of the Computer.

4. Now it's safe to start Amnesia, make sure you keep your distance.

5. Let the boyfriend play it, specially when he is experienced with the game, just sit back and ask silly questions which he probably already gave the answer to but you were too spooked to listen.

6. Enjoy!
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48 of 50 people (96%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Get Amnesia they said, it will be fun they said.
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59 of 69 people (86%) found this review helpful
66.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
All the dead people have real ding dongs, ten outa ten!
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Similar to the Penumbra games, Amnesia: TDD is all about atmosphere and storytelling. The biggest difference between the two series is that Amnesia does include more of the classic horror induced moments of being chased and hunted. Not that Penumbra didn't have a bit of that, but I'd say in Amnesia, there were specific moments designed to inject some action.

Overall however, the game is paced similarly. I could wander about, sip some coffee, read my notes and mementos and take in my surroundings.
This may sound casual but what Amnesia succeeds in doing is creating a sense of dread. Brennenburg Castle is a miserable place and rarely do you find yourself feeling too comfortable. When an enemy does discover you and then gives chase, it is probably one of the more scary moments I've experienced in a game. The music, the blurriness of your view, the sound of the monster chasing you...not to mention, when you do finally get behind a closed door and find a hiding spot, you then get to watch as the door is violently brought down into pieces. All you can do is hope you're not spotted as you stare at the wall (there is a "sanity" element if you're new to these games). IRL, I am guilty of some audible "gasping" during these moments. During one particular chase I couldn't find an adequate path to get away from my pursuer and pretty much lost control of my ability to suppress myself from exclaiming out loud! That being said, I allowed the game to get under my skin purely because it was better that way. I could have played it and completely steeled myself from letting it get to me (i.e. left the lights on, lowered the sound, casually approached the objectives), but what's fun about that? For me, nothing.

As far as the story is concerned, I felt compelled to move forward to find the next clue. I could feel a bit of excitement every time I saw a new note to read or completed a puzzle. Naturally I won't reveal any spoilers just in case someone does read this review.

I must emphasize that this is not a game full of jump scares and over the top gore. With that being said, there are some very disturbing scenes that you come across. I walk away from this game still thinking about some of what I experienced. Per the recommendation from the developers when you first start the game, play with the lights off, don't worry about saving and allow the story to drive you forward.
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40 of 51 people (78%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
The only person who is not naked in this game is you. 10/10 would stand on a pile of dead naked men again.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
one of the greatest mind messing games i've ever played, and that is while i played it during the day, and at night a total nightmare , the sounds and atmosphere created will have you quivering in your onesies
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I enjoyed this game a lot! For the right atmosphere it is utterly important that you play it with headphones on in a totally dark room. If you don't, you are missing out. Recommended for all fans of the horror genre.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Scary as Hell if you like to play survival horror games this is a must have to grab and keep in your library, just don't scare yourself to dead plating this game. Ha Ha Haaaa. Oh snap I am dead.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
I actually do reviews for games on Giant Bomb and PC Gamer... and one game I have trouble reviewing is Amnesia Dark Decent. It's not that I'm indecisive it's just, I can't find the proper words to ever describe this game. You couldn't possibly understand what this game means to me. You might like it and the horror genre would say it's a great game but to me it's more. This game single handedly restored my faith in horror games and got me playing them again. After Resident Evil 5/6 and after Silent Hill Homecoming and Downpour I stopped. Stopped playing, stopped reading up on, stopped caring about horror games. Resident Evil I saw coming but Silent Hill too? This mass appeal mindless action ♥♥♥♥♥♥*t needs to stop. Survival horror was the genre that got me into gaming and then I saw the genre just up and leave us fans for more sales from the Call of Duty players. Action is where it's at? As the head developer for Resi 6 said "Survival Horror games are no longer popular, we needed a new direction and new ideas" well guess what... Amnesia proved Survival Horror still has plenty of new ideas to bring to the genre and proved that the genre is not dead.

Amnesia is art.... it's artwork crafted by brilliant minds. Look past all the fun scary chases and the jumpscares, just look at the game. A first person game that doesn't have weapons? Yeah imagine that. You hide and run from monsters, much like people would do in real life. But if you break down the level design, the choice of imagery, the methodically detailed environments. You will see true beauty within. If I may quote some negative reviews here "water monster wasn't all that great of an enemy, he doesn't even have a character design. It's lazy...." yes they had limited resources however this isn't lazy design choices. The fact that you cannot see the water monster is more terrifying than any other creature in the game. It plays off your imagination, the fear of the unknown. Your mind subconsciously filled the blank with your worst fear which gave this monster so much memorability. The water monster is one of the most memorable moments, everyone talks about it and that's the reason.

After such a horrifying experience with the water monster, what happens? You walk into a well light room with a fountain that supplies the calming sound of running water, a hole in the ceiling with light seeping through (one of the first times you see the light of day in this game), beautiful music plays softly in the background and the room has a tint of blue in the air. This is no randomly designed room, no this is a reward. This is saying "Hey you made it through that horrible experience, breathe relax a bit. You deserve it" and that is something I haven't seen before. No stupid achievement unlocked, no legendary loot, no high score and no misspelled CONGRADURATIONS. In a game that plays on your fear and emotions, they reward with such. They made you crap your pants, now they're making you feel relaxed. And that means more than any achievement.

The story is rich and it plays along with the tension in the game. The enemies aren't scary on the level of a jumpscare but rather the fear of being chased. Jumpscares are cheap thrills, true fear is much harder to achieve in a gamer and much more satisfying for the gamer. They accomplish this in many ways. Never knowing what danger lurks beyond the glow of your lamp, the dark abyss continuously hunts you down, the monsters are not just some scary looking monsters for the sake of "boo look at me I'm scary" they're people you tortured and sacrificed for your own safety against the darkness, their disfigured bodies are representations of the guilt you bare in the deepest parts of your conscious despite suffering Amnesia you still feel it, led astray by someone you thought you could trust, no escape or easy way out the only path is down and it's bathed in darkness as you descend slowly into your past with each step you lost sanity, walls are shaking, the crackling sound of your own mind is louder than your beating heart as you're chased by a horrifying disfigured creature you created, the sound of screeching can be heard when they're getting closer letting you know how close you are to death.

Oh... jeez I... I can go on and on about this game. Hell I want too... but if this gets any longer it will be considered a novel. The best thing I can say about this game? Play it... please. I beg you if you're a fan of horror games, if you like being scared, if you like a good story or immersion or hell if you just want to play a damn good game; play this game!

This is without a doubt my favorite game of all time. The favorite game, not one of. That's hard to say, but it's true. I never game 10 out of 10. I always made fun of other reviewers who did, saying no game is perfect. 10 out of 10 is saying it's the masterpiece of all gaming and cannot be improved in any way, shape or form. However, I've seen my mistake. You don't give it a 10 based on some score that means nothing to anyone else other than you. You're giving it a 10 based on the experience the game gave you. And based on that, Amnesia The Dark Decent was given my very first 10 out of 10.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
A spine chilling game that will scare you at every corner. Anyone that is a fan of horror games I would definently recommend for you to buy this game.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Great game. The only things I did not like about it was the monster just seems too scripted. And after the first few incounters the horror kinda goes away. But still a verry intense game and the story was verry well layed out. And the custom storys kept me coming back.

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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
Someone bought this game for me specifically because they knew it would scare the ♥♥♥♥ out of me, and they were right. I've tried so many times to play this game in ways where I wasn't terrified of everything, but it just doesn't work that way. Play this game with a good set of speakers and/or high quality headphones, and you're in for some good ol' fashioned misery. I'd say it's worth the money, but I didn't even buy it, and I haven't made it very far in terms of progression. I'm sure it's worth the money though.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Creepy as hell!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
This game is THE Best horror games I have played
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
I love this game. The game is a very good looking game but also has a good atmosphere. Also, the game has custom stories. So you can play other peoples levels.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
THIS IS SURVIVAL HORROR AT ITS BEST 9.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Great game, some scry and creepy moments.

Highlly recommend!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Amnesia is an awesome horror game that replaces jumpscares with a creepy, immersive atmosphere. The game includes lots of puzzles which aren't insanely complex but still require a mediocre amount of effort to complete. In my opinion the story is great, it has a simple plot but is also very interesting and creates some amazing concepts as you advance through it. Another thing that is great about the game is that you can read notes that are scattered around in different rooms, these include lots of information about the story and are sometimes accompanied by the great dialogue that makes an appearance in the game every so often. And of course the monsters... The monsters play a big role in the game, which you will find out once you start playing, and will often scare you when you least expect it, but they aren't featured a whole lot. If you want a horror game that will keep you frightened throughout your experience, but also make you eager to find out what is going to happen next, then you should definitely try out Amnesia.

II would also like to mention that Frictional Games are an awesome indie team that produce game to AAA standard.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Pretty damn cool.
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