Amnesia Rebirth Review
Amnesia: Rebirth is the next installment of one of the most loved horror games in recent years – Amnesia: The Dark Descent. So with such a high standard to follow, how well does Amnesia: Rebirth hold up?
The opening of the game throws you into a sun-drenched desert, as you desperately try to navigate the dunes in an attempt to survive in the shade. In the midst of a plane wreck, the vultures begin to close in, and any cries for your fellow survivors go unheard.
This is in stark contrast to its predecessor, which took pride in throwing you into dark narrow corridors and tight spaces, but this is a new game and one which revels in taking you to a new place, all while maintaining its classic Amnesia pedigree.
With that said, the sun doesn’t last long, and we soon find ourselves heading into permanent shade, traveling through twisting caverns etched into the dunes, hunting for clues, survival items, and accompanied by creepy sounds.
You play as Tasi, the main female protagonist, who comes off as courageous, and a great female lead character.
What I like about Amnesia: Rebirth, is the build-up. The ambiance, the setting, and the sounds make for a creepy feel. There’s a few jump scares thrown in, but it isn’t trying to scare you at every turn – you know you’re waiting for something to happen, but it creates a level of suspense throughout. Frictional Games have managed to build a creepy atmosphere, in a basic, somewhat dull environment.
Despite the basic design, you’ll still find yourself wanting to look behind every door, and explore every opening you can, but it’s not all that captivating. Despite this, the suspense created by the developers is truly a class act of storytelling and world-building.
The game encourages exploration, however, as you can only carry a limited number of matches and lantern oil, which keeps you having to find more to light up the caverns. Light is vital for navigation, and ultimately your progression through the game, so you need to be resourceful, in order to avoid leaving yourself isolated in complete darkness.
Throughout Amnesia: Rebirth, you’ll encounter puzzles. These puzzles are nothing too complex – they make you think but are easy to overcome. It’s a perfect balance of offering players something new as they make their journey, but not making it too hard to spoil the fun.
The game takes roughly 12 hours to complete, but it could be shorter. In fact, it should be shorter. Frictional clearly tried to prolong the game, but it feels completely unnecessary. The endings should have been more compelling too, but still, it’s fun to play through. Amnesia: Rebirth is a great game, especially for horror fans. If you’re a fan of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, you should definitely go ahead and pick this up, although it’s not as scary as its predecessor, it’s still a worthwhile experience.
Platform: PlayStation 4, PC
Release Date: October 20, 2020
Developer: Frictional Games