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Review: Amnesia - The Dark Descent

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No no no no no, stay away, don't look! Light, light, I need light, where's the light? No, darkness! Hide! Oh god he's going to see me nooooooo... oh, thank god he's gone. Now, what's in this room?" *Sound of door creaking slowly open* Oh... oh god, no.

So that's Amnesia: The Dark Descent in a nut shell. Frictional Games, whose previous game Penumbra you might have heard of, have released their new game and it is the most terrifying pants-wettingly Lovecraftian bit of weird horror in memory.

The backstory, or rather the story which is told largely after the fact, is largely told through narrated diary pages and notes which Daniel finds scattered throughout the castle and audio memories which appear periodically. These function very much like the audio tapes and ghosts in the System/Bio Shock games and can be sought out or ignored as desired. But if you are the kind of player to ignore such items, this game is not really for you anyway.

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