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:
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Very Positive (270 reviews) - 90% of the 270 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (14,066 reviews) - 95% of the 14,066 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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Very Positive (270 reviews)
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francie
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a fantastic horror game with an incredible story line. It is so suspenseful that you don't know when anything is about to happen, but when it does it is absolutely terrifying. Amnesia: The Dark Descent is the best horror game I have played with SOMA coming in second place, both created by 'Frictional Games.' They are geniuses at making horror games and I can't wait for them to bring out a new game.
I have played this game multiple times and I still get frightened each time I play it, some times I would even leave my computer but come back later because of its addiction that you want to complete it.
So if you want a scare then this is the game for you.
The genres that are listed are perfect for this game, Horror, First Person, Atmospheric, Survival Horror, I would also ad Adventure but that is just me.
Can't wait for more games from 'Frictional Games.'
Great game
I enjoyed this game so much, that because it was created by Frictional Games, I pre-ordered SOMA made by Frictional Games because of loving Amnesia so much

By the way, I'm not that great at writing reviews, but this is how I would do it, and my feeling about the game
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jbaile57
( 18.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
don't be a ♥♥♥♥♥
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luckydevil7776
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
you will have to download the custom maps. it's not with the game but it's an ok game
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Lewis
( 43.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
One of the best horror games out there. Not one of those that just uses jumpscares to startle the player, the atmosphere and pace of the story brings true fear and terror to the player. A MUST PLAY horror game if you are a fan of this genre, 9.5/10 highly recommended.
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Handsome Jack
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
This game is really worth the buy. The atmosphere is really scary. Lots of scary moments in this game.
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Roѡaռ
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Product received for free
I'm too spooked that I won't even play it! I'll just assume it's a good game and give it a good rating.
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God-Emperor of the Trumpenreich
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Pants ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ly good fun
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Somebody Ring The Dinkster
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
I really enjoyed this game. I thought this game would've been a little bit more heavy with scares, but the monsters didn't pop out as much as i thought they would have. ( i was also pretty creeped out and crouched around everywhere so i must've been too quiet for the monsters to hear me ) If you want an unforgetable experience with a great atmosphere, story, disturbing moments, very creative monsters and level design that will have the hairs on the back of your neck to rise most of the time, this is a great game. I recommend this game. Get it now.
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Sauraigne
( 205.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
One of the greatest horror games of all time. 10\10 atmosphere.
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Bleewicket
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Why the ♥♥♥♥ did i buy this...oh yea to prove im not a ♥♥♥♥♥

cmon..we all did it..even though im totally still a ♥♥♥♥♥
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
90 of 99 people (91%) found this review helpful
83 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
1. Purchases game.
2. Feeling confident and fearless after watching so many Let's Plays. I got this...
3. Plays game for 2 hours; getting lost in the fantastic story, solving puzzles, evading monsters and fully absorbing the creepy, immersive atmosphere. Pshhh, nothing to it...
5. Falls into water area. Oh s***
6. A Wild Water Monster Appears!
7. Boards the express train to Nope.
8. Closes game, turns on all the lights and sits with back to a corner.

10/10 Totally worth the free panic attack. Will play again...eventually...maybe...
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59 of 60 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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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
A horror masterpiece.

No game has made me scared in years. I totally recommend this game!

10/10
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Product received for free
-Opened game
-Heard creepy noises
-Door opens on it's own
-Hides in wardrobe
-Closes and uninstalls
-10/10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
i tried to open a door and it screamed at me. 10/10 would be screamed at by a door again.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
What makes "Amnesia: The Dark Descent" so scary and spooky is the environment combined with sinister background music that changes depending on your mental state. Playing around with the physics of almost any object ingame is one of the main features in this game and I enjoy it quite a lot. You can't fight back in this game but you can hide and block doors with any moveable objects. There is also a bonus chapter which is pretty well done imo.

If you ever manage to complete the game you can try out some custom stories from the community. There are quite a lot of them and some of them are scary as hell... Your journey to the dark site has just begun my friend!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Horror done right. Traumatically scary and severely disturbing. Will make you question your own sanity.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
229.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
11/10 would make my friends crap there pants by showing this game again.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
its such a good game takes a while but its good
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