So I turned off all the lights, put my headphones on and...

Posted by Galiant (2193 posts) -

...it started off well. The atmosphere was creepy. It was dark. Strange noises and a very interesting premise. Amnesia, wandering a spooky castle? Hell yes!

It took me a long time to find that switch. It was so dark and I didn't want to waste my oil! But now I'm stuck in this hallway with two rooms...rocks fell down behind me and there's not a lot to explore but I don't know how to move on! I see the fragile bricks, and I've tried banging a rusty helmet against it, and chairs even, nothing works. This shadow thing that I haven't seen yet that I'm not supposed to fight is intriguing, but I feel like this game is really lacking direction, and for a game that seems to encourage exploration - why is my lamp on a damn timer?!

Long story short, I'm stuck, not scared, and not sure if I'm willing to continue. Am I missing out? Should I get over this slight threshold and give it another chance?

#1 Posted by Galiant (2193 posts) -

...it started off well. The atmosphere was creepy. It was dark. Strange noises and a very interesting premise. Amnesia, wandering a spooky castle? Hell yes!

It took me a long time to find that switch. It was so dark and I didn't want to waste my oil! But now I'm stuck in this hallway with two rooms...rocks fell down behind me and there's not a lot to explore but I don't know how to move on! I see the fragile bricks, and I've tried banging a rusty helmet against it, and chairs even, nothing works. This shadow thing that I haven't seen yet that I'm not supposed to fight is intriguing, but I feel like this game is really lacking direction, and for a game that seems to encourage exploration - why is my lamp on a damn timer?!

Long story short, I'm stuck, not scared, and not sure if I'm willing to continue. Am I missing out? Should I get over this slight threshold and give it another chance?

#2 Posted by FlamingHobo (4483 posts) -

I will agree that the game isn't great with letting you know which direction to take etc. but there are a number of events further on in the game that you don't want to miss out on! 

#3 Posted by cjmabry (485 posts) -
@FlamingHobo said:
I will agree that the game isn't great with letting you know which direction to take etc. but there are a number of events further on in the game that you don't want to miss out on! 
Gah! Get a new change of pants ready. 
#4 Posted by forestd (18 posts) -

I believe you are correct in banging the fragile bricks, I would suggest trying the chair again.

Also oil is fairy easy to come by, so you shouldn't feel too bad using it (I would suggest adjusting the gamma just enough to let you see when your lantern is turned off though, and save oil that way). And I would guess that they made oil a limited resource to heighten tension and make you appreciate lighted areas, and dread darkened ones.

Its hard to say if you are going to like the rest of the game, but I found it to be one of the most unsettling and downright nervewracking horror experiences in any medium. Later on, you encounter puzzles as well, and that is basically Amnesia: exploring an extremely unnerving and Lovecraftian nightmare mansion, and solving the occasional logic- and physics based puzzle.

If that sounds like your kinda thing, Amnesia is one of the best in its genre.

@cjmabry said:

@FlamingHobo said:
I will agree that the game isn't great with letting you know which direction to take etc. but there are a number of events further on in the game that you don't want to miss out on!
Like the invisible water monster... that thing scared the shit out of me.
Gah! Get a new change of pants ready.

I was physically shaking after this, and had to take a break. It might be my nominee for scariest sequence in any horror game.

#5 Posted by ZimboDK (848 posts) -
@FlamingHobo said:
I will agree that the game isn't great with letting you know which direction to take etc. but there are a number of events further on in the game that you don't want to miss out on! 
That part was so god damn creepy. I was actually sweating when that level was over.
#6 Posted by Galiant (2193 posts) -

@FlamingHobo: @forestd: @ZimboDK: Wow, that does sound like something I'd like to experience for myself! I feel like I've only scratched the surface of this game, but I find it so hard to get over the fact that I get lost so easily and that my damn lantern won't last...I suppose I'll take your advice and turn the gamma up a bit. I'll jump back into it again sometime. Soon, I hope.

Maybe not right now though, it's so dark...I'm afraid I might get scared!

#7 Posted by ZimboDK (848 posts) -
@Galiant: Keep persevering. You could look at guides or Youtube videos if you're really stuck. Also, I just remembered the level that was completely black except for your lantern... Yeah, I'm never playing that game again.
#8 Posted by valrog (3671 posts) -

You guys are scaring me.

#9 Posted by imsh_pl (3295 posts) -

This is related.
  

#10 Posted by YI_Orange (1148 posts) -

I think that sequence everyone is talking about is the only one that actually got my heart rate up in the entire game. Maybe not knowing what to do kind of broke the atmosphere a bit, maybe I went in with too many expectations, or maybe I just don't scare easily enough (I can't say for sure, I don't play much survival horror) but I found myself just wanting it to be over after 4 or 5 hours.

If you're not finding yourself enjoying it then I wouldn't try and convince you to keep playing. I would recommend at least experiencing the water sequence though. If you still don't wanna play after that, then you can stop.

#11 Posted by ZimboDK (848 posts) -
@imsh_pl: I always loved that video. Also, fuck that. I'm gonna write to Steam and ask them to remove the game from my account. I'm never touching that shit again.
#12 Posted by imsh_pl (3295 posts) -
@ZimboDK: "Oh shit! I have a bag of Milky Ways!"
"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA"
#13 Posted by KillyDarko (1888 posts) -
@ZimboDK said:
@FlamingHobo said:
I will agree that the game isn't great with letting you know which direction to take etc. but there are a number of events further on in the game that you don't want to miss out on! 
That part was so god damn creepy. I was actually sweating when that level was over.
Same here. That was the first time I actually felt scared in a game... ever! Amnesia is such a great game :)
#14 Posted by Galiant (2193 posts) -

@imsh_pl: Hah, that was pretty great. That guy is real scared considering he's on Skype at the same time...

@YI_Orange: I think I'll give it another go. I might have been expecting too much going in.

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