Amnesia developer Frictional Games has released a brand new gameplay trailer for their upcoming sci-fi horror title, SOMA. The E3 trailer offers players another look at the terror that awaits them in the PATHOS-2, while the protagonist narrates about the “worst part of dying”.
SOMA is set to release on September 22, 2015 for PC and PS4.
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In 2010 Frictional Games terrified the living day light out of us with the cult horror game Amnesia: A Dark Descent. Now they bring you a new nightmare. Created by The Chinese Room, the studio behind Dear Esther.
The year is 1899 And Wealthy industrialist Oswald Mandus awakes in his bed, wracked with fever and haunted by dreams of a dark and hellish engine. Tortured by visions of a disastrous expedition to Mexico, broken on the failing dreams of an industrial utopia, wracked with guilt and tropical disease, he wakes into a nightmare. The house is silent, the ground beneath him shaking at the will of some infernal machine: all he knows is that his children are in grave peril, and it is up to him to save them.
In my time in the Mandus manor, the atmosphere was just like it’s predecessor. Scary sounds, mysterious noises, and the feeling that some sort of terrifying creature was going to bust through the door at any moment. Buuuut this game lacked that which was extremely disappointing. Not only was the fear toned down, but you didn’t have to worry about saving lantern oil, or sanity overtaking you and those two things helped Amnesia give you anxiety and true fear especially of the dark.
Another saddening circumstance of this game was that the Pigmen monsters were slower than the creatures from Dark Descent. So running from the Pigmen was all you needed to do to escape which took away from the desperation of trying to find a hiding spot as monsters chased you down the hall into the very room you ran into. I remember in Dark Descent literally screaming out loud in real fear as I tried desperately to open a door to a closet that I kept slamming on accident trying to get in while screaming like a little school girl.
Those things are what made Amnesia truly scary and made it feel like you yourself was actually running for your life. A Machine For Pigs misses this greatly and I didn’t feel as scared as I did in the previous game. There were moments of “AH!” or “Eek” but none of “AAAAAAHHHHH!!! OMG!! OMG!!! OMG!!! NO, NO, NO!!! PLEASE GOD NO!!!” The game seemed to be more puzzled focused which isn’t a bad thing for a challenge, but I truly wanted a good horror game and as a heavily anticipated game as this was for me, I am saddened to say that they did not deliver on my high hopes and expectations.
There were still moments of fear like I had originally felt in Dark Descent, which had all went away as I learned that I had nothing to fear. No sanity to overtake me, no lantern oil to search for, and no fear of the monsters chasing me. What A Machine For Pigs does do right on by me is the, as stated before, atmosphere. It looks scary, it feels scary, and it sounds scary. There was a lot of ambient noises of what could be a creature, or music would heighten at certain points and really get the blood going. Encounters with monsters were quick and over fast, but still elevated my heart rate.
I can easily say that I enjoyed my play time in A Machine For Pigs. The only thing I can’t say is that I was left satisfied. I wanted to S#!@ myself in fear again (never really happened the first time. No.. I swear, it never happened!) and I was left here thinking “that was it?”. If you scare easily this game could probably give you a good jump or two, but I would have to suggest A Dark Descent if you want to feel true terror, and fear from a video game. Hopefully with their next horror title The Chinese Room can deliver us another truly horrifying game that will have grown men screaming and running. I give Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs a 6/10.
Overall Score: 6/10
Developer: The Chinese Room
Publisher: Frictional Games
Available On: Windows PC / Mac OS X / Linux
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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If you haven’t had a chance yet, check out Shawn Lavin’s video gameplay for RealGamerNewz here where you can learn about what Amnesia: The Dark Descent is and what it’s all about. Once you get a grip for the game’s atmosphere you might be excited to learn that a sequel has been green-lit by developer Frictional for release on Windows PC in 2012. The game will be titled ‘Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs’ according to GameInformer and even has a teaser site launched to go along with it.
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Have you ever played a game that made you scared to leave your room? Do you ever wonder what would happen if nightmares became reality? Come with me, my friends, and we’ll descend into madness, with me as your guide.
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