Half Worth Remembering
HIGH A Machine For Pigs.
LOW The Dark Descent.
WTF I’ll never get used to holding R2 to open doors.
HIGH Picking up a dead pig and slinging it across the room. Whee!
LOW Having more fun doing that than playing the game properly.
WTF Someone sure liked getting descriptive about pigs getting jiggy.
HIGH Climbing into the temple.
LOW Dealing with the electrified monsters near the end.
WTF The desk was dark. I turned on the lamp. The desk was still dark.
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.
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!
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.
The action and structure of The Adventures of Captain Becky is actually a little above-par as far as some of these indie games go, though that's not to say it's fabulous. No, I think the real draw here is that Becky is rendered in quasi-Anime "hot girl" fashion, and each level awards her a new outfit provided that the player makes sufficient progress. Taking this fanboy appeal one step further, the game offers a shockingly-detailed character editor where the player can modify Becky's appearance. I can't say that the graphics are good enough to sell the package, but the level of sophistication that was attempted in this mode alone far surpasses most of what I've seen on XBLI.
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.