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 (228 reviews) - 96% of the 228 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (14,241 reviews) - 95% of the 14,241 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 8, 2010

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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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Tassie Leviathan
3.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
First of all, The main campaign for this game is great. Spooky, unsettling, full of jumpscares and more a explorative world rather than a point a to point b survive to win. While I can't exactly go into a huge paragraph of detail, I will point this out.

THE MODDED LEVELS FOR THIS GAME MAKE IT HIGHLY WORTH BUYING.

You need to go to other sites for them, but each custom story I have played, long or short has been greatly satisfying, terrorfying and makes one game worth dozens. If you're a fan of Horrors or browsing player created content, this is the game for you.
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Mister.Exe
3.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
Product received for free
A very difficult game however very fun and interesting story
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BloodyComedyy
9.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
What a great experience! I love it <3
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Ameadius
0.1 hrs
Posted: August 27
Daniel is a bloody ♥♥♥♥♥.
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Alishabear
0.8 hrs
Posted: August 26
A LATE NIGHT DRINK<3 TINY BOX TIM<3
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DarkEspeon40K
8.0 hrs
Posted: August 26
Let me tell you why you should buy this game. Just listen here for a second.

Can I say, that this game is awesome? Because it is. It's genuinely hard to complete in one sitting, all thanks to well placed environmental and NPC "screamers". Ah, that word - I shouldn't have used it. "Screamers" are what bad horror games prefer to use. There is no psychology behind that fear that you get after coming across a screamer. It's a one time thing, and all it does - is make sure your reflexes and self-preservation instincts still work. You scream not of fear, but of suddenness. Well, you won't scream if you are Kristen Stewart.

Amnesia? It doesn't have screamers. Well, not too many. Instead, it makes sure you get the feeling of dread just by walking through levels. The atmosphere of desolation and doom, the sounds that you make while walking across the creaky rotten floor, the creatures that make you feel disgust just by looking at them, not to mention the sounds they make... All of it is mixed together into a beautifully tragic and horrifying horror game, with a twisted story and a character to remember. Amnesia became a classic nowadays. There are better games, of course. I won't name them. But Amnesia is one thing you shouldn't miss out. Even if you're afraid of the year gap between now and when it's been created.

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Roy Walker
11.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
Product received for free
Picked this game up whilst it was free for a short period of time on Steam... Definately worth the money - the full price of £14.99 that is! I am so pleased I took the time to get it, it is a fantastic game one I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone, except those who are easily scared!
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Not LambChop
18.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
When Daniel gets too scared, he just lays down.

100% me.

10/10.

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Fullmetal Fuery
13.5 hrs
Posted: August 25
I love RPG, story playing, and get scared really easily (I'm also a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so it goes hand in hand). I really enjoyed the story in this, and the way that it is told. The craftiness of the puzzles is often frustrating but I really enjoyed them. The only thing that disappointed me was the ending. A bit anticlamactic . Doesn't ruin the overall experience. I still reccomend it.
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antediluvian
22.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
This is currently my favorite game. Let me talk a little about why.
At it's simplest form, Amnesia: The Dark Descent stresses mostly the story and the actual gameplay. The story is very complex under the guise of a simple concept: you've taken a potion that's given you amnesia in order to forget some things that you've done. With no memory of who you are, where you are, or what you've done, you awaken in a decrepit castle. Shortly after, you find a note you've written to yourself that says you need to go find the baron of said castle, Alexander, and murder him. As you progress through the game, more and more of the plot is revealed to you through flashbacks, diary entries, and load screens. At the end of the game, now with the knowledge of what you actually did do, what Alexander did, and how you got into this whole mess into the first place, you're given the choice of whether or not you want to murder Alexander. Your name is Daniel, by the way.

It is also completely up to the player of how much story they want to pay attention to. You can focus on only the elements needed to progress through the castle if you don't care about long diary entries and complicated lore. This brings me to my next point: the gameplay.
In case somehow you didn't know: this is a horror game, and Frictional Games makes it evident from the very first step you take in-game. The atmosphere is done perfectly and really sets the mood for the whole game. Decaying, mostly pitch-black castle? Great, because the character you're playing as is also afraid of the dark. This game utilises the traditional video game concept of health, but also introduces a semi-new one: sanity. Staying in the darkness for too long will cause your character to lose sanity, spending time near a light source will make you gain sanity. This ties into two other functions: the lantern, and tinderboxes that you find around the castle. However oil is limited and so are the tinderboxes, so this game also pushes you to use them wisely.
To go hand in long with a dark, scary castle, there are also- you guessed it- monsters. These things lurk in the darkness and your character, being a weak, scared amnesiac, cannot fight back. Your only options are to run or hide. Most of the time, this is easy. When you're not terrified. Yes, from an actual, gameplay standpoint, the monster AI is idiotic and scripted to be so. Usually you just crouch in the darkness until said monster leaves, or do some easy stealthing that turns into running to the closest load door. But this game wasn't meant to be played, well, like a typical game. The monsters are basically an environmental object that exists to scare players and add horror atmosphere, not an actual, complex gameplay element that needs strategizing to get around.

With all of that said, the last, and most important part of playing and enjoying this game, is you. It's up to you how you want to play the game. There are some who rate horror games badly because they "weren't scary," but you really have to go into these games open to being scared. This means playing in the darkness with nobody around, and focusing entirely on the game. If you can do your part, this game does the rest and more.

TLDR: This is a good game.
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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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7 of 8 people (88%) 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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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 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
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
205.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
One of the greatest horror games of all time. 10\10 atmosphere.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
This is what I may call a horror game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
A sweet, super short and absolutely spoiler-free review and opinion on the game Amnesia: The Dark Descent by Frictional Games.

Close your door, shut down the lights and let the darkness sink in... The only visible light source being the computer monitor. The most rewarding experience will only be achievable in total darkness. Amnesia: The Dark Descent will take care of the rest.

As a horror game this gets a lot of things right with just only a handful of annoyances mixed in. The game is definitely recommendable to anyone who is able to handle a lot of spooks and many more jump scares.

The game goes even as far as planting some philosophical and truly thought provoking concepts in players head. So after one has beaten the game the memories about the “descending” aren’t necessarily the scary bits and pieces but the moments when the thoughts about “right” and “wrong” start to have debates in players mind. That’s perhaps the most rewarding aspect of the whole packet.

My IGN-score: 8.5 / 10

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SPOILERS (for those who really want to have a ‘clean’ experience)

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Pros:

- enjoyable surroundings
- atmosphere
- the dance of light and darkness (to put it nicely ^_^)

Cons:

- low resolution textures (the game is nearly seven years old so hardly surprising)
- not enough notes, diaries etc to read (completely subjective viewpoint)
- less appealing in the end (ok, this one is kinda a stretch {as I said there isn't much to criticise})
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