Amnesia: The Dark Descent Video Game Review

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a fantastic game for any survival horror fan. It is one of the scariest games released. The atmosphere is comparable to Silent Hill and the hiding mechanics are similar to the Clock Tower series.

You play as Daniel, an English archeologist. He discovered a bright blue orb while digging in Africa and now a shadow is following him. After finding a note from his previous self, he is on a mission to kill the baron of the castle.

Game play

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is played from a first person perspective. The game play is innovative and original. Daniel doesn’t use any weapons, so he has to hide in closets or the shadows when he spots an enemy. Doors, trunks, and drawers are opened by moving the mouse, allowing you to partially open doors to peek out while hiding from many monsters. You also have to ability to peek around corners. The controls can be difficult to pick up at first. Daniel has a sanity bar and a health bar that must not be depleted. When sanity gets low he had auditory and visual hallucinations. Sanity can be restored by progressing the story or staying near a light source. You will be afraid of what is around every corner as you play.


The sound plays an important role in the story. It is suggested that you wear headphones while playing to get the full effect. The game is filled with spine chilling sounds as you explore in and around the castle. The screams and creaking sounds are incredibly effective and sets the mood perfectly. Sound is also key in knowing when you are safe. Monsters that are close by will make noises.


Amazing graphics help make a chilling story even scarier. It is filled with frightening monsters and eerie rooms. Shadows play a big role in the game and they are very well done. The graphics can be demanding on older systems. Follow the minimum requirements to ensure smooth playing.

Replay Value

Amnesia has good replay value. You will want to play it again. The game also includes a custom story that can play levels that others have created using building tools.


Amnesia: The Dark Descent retails for $20.00

Overall, it is a great game for a great price. It is a must have for any horror fan. The sound and graphics are great. Amnesia: The Dark Descent has a great story with fun and imaginative game play.


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