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Post by Ender on Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:10 am

I have long been enamored with the horror genre of gaming, playing through such games as L4D, The Grudge, Silent Hill, Dead Space, Resident Evil, Bioshock, and the like without really ever having to turn off the game due to nerves. I had yet to meet my match when it came to terrifying games until recently.

Upon hearing about my love for the macabre, my roommate recommended the recent PC/MAC release, Amnesia: Dark Decent. What appeared on the surface as a simple puzzle-exploration game was quickly made apparent to be something else entirely. I was forced to do something else after the first 15 minutes as my mouse hand was becoming too unsteady.

The game is set in a poor-lit castle-esque structure (this is for a reason, the darkness, that is) and you play as Daniel who recently lost his memory, apparently on purpose, who is tasked with killing a man he doesn't know who lurks somewhere in the building. All the while he is being "stalked by a shadow" which you cannot hope to combat. Even though you can interact with most environmental objects, you can wield nothing except a small lantern.

The game-play has Daniel tip-toeing around the dark corners solving clever puzzles while he keeps close to light sources, such as candles, that appear around the place or can be lit via your precious stock of matches. The longer you spend in darkness, the more your sanity drains, and for much of the game only the lantern, forever running out of oil that you must find, is your only source of safety. However, being in the light allows things to see you more easily.

Most of the time the game is more of an audible, psychological thriller, dropping cues and sounds that make you on edge from the very beginning of the game. Especially those sounds. God damn. And every so often you may see a shadow cross over a light source up ahead. Or even worse, you are actually attacked by a creature and need to sprint through the dark like mad to hide. Think Regenerators from RE4 except you dont have a gun to kill it with. Yeah...

Im not going to go into much more detail, but if you like to sit in crap-filled pants, then buy this game on Steam (or try the rather comprehensive demo), turn off the lights, put in your headphones, and get ready to lose your mind.




In this scene, Daniel decides to hide in a closet to avoid the thing chasing him. Trust me when I say that playing it and watching it are too entirely different experiences. And yes, the game really does get that dark.

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Post by Tal on Mon Nov 29, 2010 3:43 pm

Dear lord, man O.O
Yeahhhhhhh no. Never getting this >.<
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Post by Ender on Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:39 pm

made me lol and quiver!

This is apparently this guy's first encounter with the "shadow". It actually looks pretty goofy when you see it in a static image, but it will scare you senseless when in-game. The first time I saw it was in the Refinery, it walked passed the door on the other side of the room (as i said), so I decided I wasn't gonna take that rudeness and ran after it. I thought I had him, ready to bash a book over his head, but he turned to dust...! pale

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Post by MajinKitty230 on Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:15 pm

Thats freaky but I think Silent Hill takes the cake, that games gory,freaky, nightmare maker. (i never played it)
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Post by Grimblade on Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:00 pm

That game looks effing amazing. O_O
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Post by MajinKitty230 on Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:24 pm

I warn YOU dont play silent hill............ D:<
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Post by Ender on Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:25 pm

The first silent hill was easily the best, however it suffered from a weak combat system. This made it much scarier, of course. And I guarente that Amnesia a psychological terror that rivals Silent Hill's visual terror. The true genius of Amnesia is that you are always on edge, scared to pick stuff up, and you never see anything (or not too often, thank God). It is entirely in the sounds.

Also, let it be known that I just did the part in the video where the dude screams. I threw a saw blade at the freak and the disc went maybe 3 feet before falling lamely to the floor. So I ran like heck.

I've noticed that running like heck can be superior to elusive strategies in this game.
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Post by Kurono on Mon Nov 29, 2010 9:56 pm

lol haha hilarious xD
the vid was hilarious xD
looks nice

this is pretty good too
silent hill 4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ChPlnNa-BQ

another good game Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem it messes with your mind
well if you lower the brightness like the RE games recommend its even scarier like code veronica X
another good game
Penumbra black plague
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAvQAkXqnUg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGkF2piXVqs
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