This is one of the scariest games in recent memory. The loading screen recommends you turn the lights off and play with headphones, something I'll strongly echo. Amnesia: The Dark Descent's puzzles aren't especially impressive and the voice acting can range from convincing to goofy, but the atmosphere Frictional has infused into the experience is as powerful as they come. It's a tale of terror that's menacing and disturbing from the very first moments, and only amplifies the further you progress. Any fan of horror, every Lovecraft fan, and any with even a hint of curiosity should give Amnesia a shot. Few games are able to conjure up an atmosphere this genuinely frightening.
An entertaining, Lovecraftian tale of terror, and a deeply affecting mood throughout.
Somber, empty halls of rock give way to putrid dungeons later on. They're not the highest quality visuals, but all objects and scenes serve their purpose well.
Strings, voices, and a wealth of haunting effects play a significant role in making this such a frightening game.
The puzzles are pretty straightforward, the upside being that you'll rarely get stuck, letting you focus on the setting, exploration, and story.
5.0 Lasting Appeal
Not much of a reason to play through again, though you can turn on developer commentary to see what the small team at Frictional Games was thinking when constructing the experience.
(out of 10)