There is something about the emotion of fear that is incredibly fascinating. Why do we watch scary movies? Why do some people enjoy them, and others not? Absolute terror is usually not something people in first world countries experience on a day to day basis. On the other hand, a small Ugandan child probably experiences terror rather frequently, but I digress. When we experience terror so intermittently it’s effect on us is multiplied numerously. Some people argue what the scariest movie is, The Exorcist, The Conjuring, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Most people will put Amnesia: The Dark Descent on their scariest game list though. And with the newly released Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, this is a good opportunity to discuss the subject.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent has been out for almost 3 years now, and is well revered by the gaming community. Most likely you have heard of it, played it, or seen PewDiePie playing it. But with the new arrival of A Machine for Pigs, I was thinking of ways to play the game to make it even more frightening.
I’ve heard people argue that to receive the best experience of Amnesia, three aspects need to be occurring: To be alone, in the dark, and playing with noise-cancelling headphones. Fairly simple right? Nope, not for everyone. This got me thinking on what level of bravery I played the game, so I created a tiered version of the Amnesia experience. I originally got the idea from the Steam Forums post “The Amnesia Manly Man Club.”
Here is a list of the Tiers of Bravery to play Amnesia. See what tier you are on, and challenge your friends.
Tier 1: Lil’ Bitch – Watch someone else play the game while covering your eyes during the scary parts.
Tier 2: Baby Steps – Play alone, during the day, taking breaks to weep softly
Tier 3: Diaper-Changer – Play at night in the company of a friend
Tier 4: Now You’re a Man! – Finally play alone at night, headphones or not, and taking breaks to change yourself.
God Tier: Take your computer to a remote forest location on a foggy night, and play alone.
Good luck to everyone, and be sure to make some reaction videos!
I have not had a chance to play through very much of Amnesia: AMFP yet, but when I am finished I will write a review.
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