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Crafting Nightmares: Why Amnesia's Dark Descent terrifies audiences

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There have been some genuinely scary horror games over the years - everything from Silent Hill and Fatal Frame to PC titles like Clive Barker's Undying and so on. Each has worked diligently to merge the idea of the horror narrative with compelling gameplay in order to craft experiences that keep gamers playing even while they cower in fear behind their controllers. As great as some of those have been, few have been as perfect as Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent Second Opinion

In Hindsight, I Should Have Named the Dog Toto

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HIGH Those first three hours of gameplay were the most terrified I have been of a game in my life.

LOW Non-stop fetch quests

WTF Why is Daniel mute? He's monologuing in flashbacks the entire time!

Video: Best five minutes of Amnesia ever

Video: Best five minutes of Amnesia: The Dark Descent ever

As part of Kristin's Extra-Life 24-hour gaming marathon she had agreed to play Amnesia: The Dark Descent and stream it live over the Internet. A commendable endeavor on many levels. Marathoning a game like that would be no small task for anyone. Alas, our Kristin couldn't do it. But all is not lost. She was recording the whole time and has left the video up on YouTube for the whole Internet to enjoy.

Interview with Frictional Games' Jens Nilsson, developer of Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent is highly likely to be my 2010 game of the year, and is the proud recipient of only the second perfect 10 that I have given out. Jens Nilsson, one of the developers at Frictional Games, was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about Amnesia and the future of Frictional.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent Review

Paint the Man... Paint the Man...

Amnesia: The Dark Descent Screenshot

HIGH: Encountering a monster for the first time and being forced to run and hide.

LOW: Encountering a monster for the first time and being forced to run and hide.

WTF: Encountering a monster for the first time and being forced to run and hide.

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