Amnesia: Rebirth Review Roundup – GameSpot

Ten years after Amnesia: The Dark Descent set the template for indie horror, Swedish developer Frictional Games has released a direct sequel, Amnesia: Rebirth. After spin-off Machine For Pigs didn’t quite satisfy fans of the original, reviews suggest Rebirth may be just what they were looking for.

Overall, critics were impressed by Frictional’s story-heavy approach with Amnesia: Rebirth, including GameSpot’s own 8/10 review. “With Amnesia: Rebirth, it feels like Frictional has fully refined its particular approach to horror,” wrote reviewer Phil Hornshaw. “You’re trapped in a deadly, smothering world, struggling against your character’s limitations and even her perceptions. Rebirth is Frictional’s best game yet, marrying a deep, mysterious story to the signature mechanics the developer has been refining over the course of 13 years of horror games”

We’ve collected some more reviews below, with other critics who got their hands on the game ahead of its October 20 release generally agreeing that the protagonist Tasi Trianon’s story is gripping and involving, even if Frictional sacrificed some of the fear factor in service of the narrative focus. Critics generally praised the game’s refinement of mechanics that have come to be standard in Frictional’s horror games, though some were disappointed that new mechanics weren’t fully realized and could feel stale by endgame. Others warned that the game’s point-and-click mechanics could feel fiddly and imprecise on the PS4. For more reviews, check out the pieces that have been collected by our sister site Metacritic.

  • Game: Amnesia: Rebirth
  • Platforms: PC, PS4
  • Developer: Frictional Games
  • Release date: October 20
  • Price: $30 / £24 / $43 AUD

GameSpot – 8/10

“Amnesia: Rebirth feels like the culmination of Frictional Games horror titles up to this point. It refines the ideas and mechanics that have been central to the developer’s games since Penumbra: Overture in 2007, it hones in on effective scares while avoiding the frustrations of failure, and it tightens the focus on character-driven storytelling. Rebirth is an unsettling, strange, tragic story that deepens the Amnesia mythos in a lot of cool ways, while managing to be just as creepy and frightening as its beloved predecessor.” – Phil Hornshaw [Full Review]

Inverse – 7/10

“Rebirth is an insanity simulator in essence. Throughout the roughly 10-hour plot, Rebirth beckons you into pitch-black hallways and dilapidated crypts with a slim hope of understanding what brought Tasi here. Every new area and puzzle made me internally squeal “NOPE,” but I pressed on anyway because of Frictional’s masterful resource management system.

Like previous Amnesia titles, the longer you stay in darkness, the more panicked you become. This increases the likelihood of seeing the ghoulish, human husks that stalk Rebirth’s levels. Players must constantly juggle their supply of matches and lantern oil to illuminate their surroundings and avoid slipping into madness.” – Danny Paez [Full Review]

PC Gamer – 91/100

“Frictional has mastered the art of building tension using imagery, music, level design, and sound mixing. Parts of the in-universe story even spell out how they do this in a way that

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