Quick, what’s the scariest game you’ve ever played? For a lot of people the answer to that question is Amnesia: The Dark Descent. While it may be a popular choice for PC players, the game has been confined to that platform. At least, until now, as Frictional Games is bundling together all three Amnesia games and releasing it onto the PlayStation 4.
The main star of the show is Amnesia: The Dark Descent. This 2010 first person horror game, developed by Frictional Games, introduced many elements that would go on to become horror game staples. Instead of fighting the monsters, you must hide from them, stealthy making your way through the game while solving puzzles. You play as a man named Daniel, who has woken up in a castle and lost all his memories, with little else to go by other than that he needs to kill a man named Alexander.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, Frictional Games creative director Thomas Grip talks about how the game was, admittedly, a total rush job. Having just lost their publishing deal, the studio was just barely coasting off of a surprise injection of cash caused by their Penumbra series going on sale, they gave themselves about one year (if they cut all their salaries in half) to get the game done. Thankfully, Amnesia: The Dark Descent was a massive success and it saved the studio. It’s an interesting story that shows that sometimes you just get lucky in game development.
The second game included is the oft-forgotten Amnesia: Justine, a 2011 free expansion to the original game. A bit on the shorter side, the expansion was originally created as part of an ARG for Portal 2 and it features a woman solving puzzles and disarming traps to save prisoners. The game is a bit of a departure from the original, closer in design to the Saw movies than anything else.
Finally, the collection also has the less popular 2013 sequel Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. Developed by The Chinese Room, A Machine for Pigs is closer in design to a walking simulator. The story follows a butcher named Oswald who is suffering from a fever and is trying to find his sons that are trapped in a machine. Along the way, he has to deal with strange monstrosities known as the Manpigs.
Amnesia Collection releases on the PlayStation 4 on November 22nd for $29.99. You can pre-order it on the PlayStation Store if you’re interested.