Tag: Frictional Games

SOMA (Safe Mode) Review

Better Safe Than Sorry

HIGH Safe Mode opens the door for timid players to experience SOMA’s story.

LOW Chase sequences now lack a sense of danger.

WTF I’ll never get used to using the right trigger to interact with objects.


SOMA Review

MidSOMA Murders

SOMA Review Screenshot

HIGH Going for a little stroll on the sea bed during a deep-ocean storm.

LOW The monsters seem like they intrude upon, rather than compliment the core experience.

WTF The weird monster-attracting aura Simon radiates in certain areas.

Crafting Nightmares: Why Amnesia’s Dark Descent terrifies audiences

Amnesia: The Dark Descent Screenshot

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.

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.

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.