Zero Punctuation: Amnesia: The Dark Descent

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imnotparanoid:
Loved it, cant wait for reach, until you murder it.

Don't be so hasty. He liked CoD4, remember, and thats a fanboy favourate!
Also, on the subject of him not having done Reach yet, I think thats what sets Yahtzee apart from the other reviewers. He can leave a maistream game for months, years in some cases, and people still watch the video and make comments on the game. If any other reviewer was to review Reach 2 weeks late, nobody would read it or watch it or whatever or give a shit and a half about it. Hell, imagine if IGN did that. Fanboys would be up in arms! Really says something about the entertainment value of his videos.

Good job, Yahtzee.

Ive played pnumbra... and its too fucking scary. So no. I will not be playing Amnesia. You can call me a coward, but I want a shotgun or some kid of cutting device.

Aboogy woogy wooo!

That's my new phrase =D

Loved this video, had me giggling all the way through it =D

Blue-State:

"OH PISS AND BLIMEY THERE'S JAM COMMING OUT OF THE WALLS!"

I think I have a new favorite Yahtzee quote :D

Ohh and this :P

THEJORRRG:

imnotparanoid:
Loved it, cant wait for reach, until you murder it.

Don't be so hasty. He liked CoD4, remember, and thats a fanboy favourate!
Also, on the subject of him not having done Reach yet, I think thats what sets Yahtzee apart from the other reviewers. He can leave a maistream game for months, years in some cases, and people still watch the video and make comments on the game. If any other reviewer was to review Reach 2 weeks late, nobody would read it or watch it or whatever or give a shit and a half about it. Hell, imagine if IGN did that. Fanboys would be up in arms! Really says something about the entertainment value of his videos.

Good job, Yahtzee.

I guess, I hope he does, its a fucking awsome game!

Awesome review, I hope Amnesia does well and that the sales pick up some more from this review. If not hopefully they'll have a whole slew of purchases the first time it comes up in a seasonal sale, picking up those that are too put off by its niche/pants-wettingly scary nature to pay full price but can't resist a good bargain.

It's really pleasing seeing all the reactions to this game. Makes me feel like much less of a wuss for being so terrified playing it :).

[EDIT] Hah! Just looked at on Frictional twitter and these reactions make me feel better still

Specifically mentioning steam is misleading, since as soon as the word "steam" was uttered, I thought "oh, well I guess I'm not getting this game"

Since I've known and loved penumbra since the tech demo, I thought I'd just buy another copy of penumbra to make up for the fact that I was pirating their latest game, and explain to them why.
And what do I see? Amnesia, right next to Penumbra in the Frictional store.
http://store.frictionalgames.com/

Way to go supporting indie developers by only mentioning mainsteam[typo] distributors.

DBlack:

lacktheknack:

DBlack:
It all makes sence now! The reason your not reviewing any good games is because your trying to piss off the majority of YOUR fan base by not reviewing any of their favorite games. Who the hell wants to know anything about some piss-ant game nobody cares about? I cant even find Amnesia at any E.B. games store!

I used to acctualy care what you thought about games but now I've realized you only review games (or dont review certain games) just to get some shock value, in order to attract attention. Even that guy who does Escape to the Movies reviews things while there still relavent. Because what good is a review of a game that nobody has, and no body cares about.

So with your poor choices in mind I think you should not review any games that sell over 1 million copies this fall. That way every game that people want you to rip on can get throughly ignored with no favorites.

And yes I'm still upset about how you didnt eat Starcraft 2 alive for being a predictable piece of shit, that only sold because of the name. WHOA Ticus was a trator!? That would have been a supprise if it didnt show it at the begining of the game!

1. I love how you're arrogant yet ignorant enough to think that A. nobody cares about this game, and B. it's clearly irrelevant because it's not in a box.

2. In reference to above, I care about this game. I've been tracking it since April or May.

3. "Not reviewing good games"? He LIKED this one! What more do you want!? "Oh, but I don't like it!" Um, you just said you've never played it, never heard about it, and probably don't know anything about it, thus you don't know if you like it or not.

4. He said he's going to go through Halo Reach, but he's delaying it to "bait fanboys". Reading your response, it doesn't even matter if you like Halo or not, he baited you anyways. And he is satisfied with his catch.

5. He gave us a couple weeks notice that he would NOT review Starcraft because he DOESN'T LIKE RTS games, yet people are surprised. Pay attention.

Out of interest, what do you consider to be "good" games? Considering how he's covered his bases pretty well in the past, I can't help but wonder why you're so butthurt now.

A good game? Hell thats easy! One I can play with my friends. The more the merrier. Playing a game alone can be entertaining, but playing it with others can be way more fun because you not only have the entertainment the game gives but also the BS that come along with a bunch of crazy basturds trying to co-operate.

I dont give a damn how good or bad a game is because if its bad you can laugh about how shity it is with others, and if its good then you just have a good time.

What about you? what makes a good game in your opinion? (other then something yatzee has pre-approved for you)

Mirror's Edge is my favorite game of all time (Yahtzee despised it). I also loved Gubble, Myst, and Minecraft. Why? Because they all did something I hadn't seen before, and did it well.

Excellent choice of review from Yahtzee, I actually didn't expect this title to get much of a review or recommendation from anywhere let alone Yahtzee. But I am glad because Amnesia: The Dark Descent was an awesome game.

There was one point where I was nearly having heart palpatations from using the physics system to frantically stack chairs and objects in front of me while I was holed up in a room with the monster trying to get at me over the stack of moveable objects. Still died, while I recovered in a cold sweat.

Did he review cryostais?
That was another awesome non mainstream game.

Loved this episode.

I was thinking whether to buy Amnesia or not, now I decided to buy it. If it scared Yahtzee, I'll probably quit the game as soon as I see a monster.

Monsters fighting for screen-time made my day. Thnks Yahtzee.

Video is loading in extremely slowly right now. Its just this, other websites are working normally.

Ok, this is ridiculous, I paid for premium service and the video is only 1/3 buffered and its been over an hour

never heard of the game and will never see it either(since I will never play another survival horror after that whole Undying thing) but great review anyhow!

Video is broken, and those PES III adverts have convinced me never to buy a football game. Repeatedly. EVA.

BlueInkAlchemist:
A horror game that doesn't rely on you being disgusted by a clearly-visible monster that's been seen in half a dozen previous iterations? Unpossible.

An actual recommendation from Yahtzee is a rare thing and probably not given lightly. Glad to see he isn't the only one who actually understands the "less is more" mentality. It shows in his writing.

No it doesn't...

I'm Trollin'

woah, that looks awesome. GO USELESS COMMENT #262!

i was hoping he would do this instead on reach, this game has alot of things that makes a good horror game

He's doing Reach next week! Get ready, wear 4 pairs of boxers over each other because Yahtzee is going in! :D

Cool, will pick up the game. If you haven't already go try Penumbra and the expansion. Those are the only games that ever creeped me out enough to where I actually had to take breaks from playing just to wind down :P.

Phenom828:
"OH pissing blimey there's jam coming out of the Walls!" XD

My thought process when playing the demo was something like: "Huh I have amnesia, how original. Well not much to do here. Ok you open doors by moving the mouse? That's pretty neat, hmm, not very scary so far. I think I'll walk into this room. Huh a broom, can I set it on fire? No? that's weird. Well, better go upstairs. Let's just walk around this corner and... footsteps? That's not good! I think I'll stop playing now."

I seriously couldn't finish the f**king DEMO that's how scary I thought it was. I'm impressed at the games scaryness, but I'm not gonna buy it. It's too good at it's job.

Oh good, I'm not alone. I would love it if I could play more of the game but I have a feeling that my underwear budget would skyrocket.

imnotparanoid:

THEJORRRG:

imnotparanoid:
Loved it, cant wait for reach, until you murder it.

Don't be so hasty. He liked CoD4, remember, and thats a fanboy favourate!
Also, on the subject of him not having done Reach yet, I think thats what sets Yahtzee apart from the other reviewers. He can leave a maistream game for months, years in some cases, and people still watch the video and make comments on the game. If any other reviewer was to review Reach 2 weeks late, nobody would read it or watch it or whatever or give a shit and a half about it. Hell, imagine if IGN did that. Fanboys would be up in arms! Really says something about the entertainment value of his videos.

Good job, Yahtzee.

I guess, I hope he does, its a fucking awsome game!

Yeah its pretty good!

It's times like this that I'm really glad I keep up with ZP. Yes, the episodes where he rips a mainstream title a new one are funny and satirical at keeping up with gaming's steady decline. But when he reviews a scary indie game such as "Amnesia: The Dark Descent" and makes reference to "Penumbra: Black Plague" I'm actually pretty excited. I've never heard of EITHER of these games and now I want to play them both. (Scary, stealth, first person, not a shooter. I like the concepts.)

Now that that's over, I can't wait to watch him poo all over 'Reach' next week.

I NEED to get this. Finally downloading Steam again just for this semi-positive review from ZP. I wonder how the sales have changed since this review...

OY! Oyoyoyoyoy!

You're not supposed to like the games.

Get with the program, Yahtzee.

Who else thinks Yahtzee should start doing walk-throughs of the games he plays? Would be so f-ing funny listening to his witty banter while he plays :D

i cant seem to watch it. it gets 4 seconds in and repeats the same bit

So what fanboys is he baiting, exactly? Because any retarded Halo fanboy would know that the last thing they want is Yahtzee reviewing a Halo game. I'm assuming he's baiting his own fanboys, then. You know, the ones that drone "Yes, Yahtzee, I shall not buy or rent this game and form my own opinions simply because you said it sucks..."

Anyways, I'm glad he reviewed Amnesia, I had my eye on it for a while, and I guessed it would be something he would like. Plus I'm filing "Yahtzee freaking out" as one of the best ZP moments ever.

Hmmm, well to be entirely honest I am not too fond of survival horror games without a decent combat mechanic. I think the best games are the ones that can have combat while still maintaining the atmosphere and so on.

For me part of the fun has always been being able to eventually turn the table on the monsters. What's more being armed is a very common sense reaction to a lot of the horror stuff, since weapons are relatively easy to improvise, and if I feel I'm in danger from some monster the first thing I'm going for is a weapon before I go plodding around in the dark looking to figure out what it is. A lack of combat mechanics and such rapidly turns the whole idea into a joke akin to the least believable horror movies out there. If something as simple and common sense as personal armament is missing it says a lot about the game and the writing.

Forget shotguns, swords, and all of that stuff. I can see how a lot of people might not be used to having that kind of stuff around, but what about tools? I mean my garage has dones of them. I have a maul near my bed that I keep handy, it sort of wound up there after I (believe it or not) thought our cat crawled through a hole and got stuck in the wall and we were trying to get it out (and the little fluffy bundle of joy was somewhere else the entire time). For that matter there is also a tool bench outside my room (seeing as I am the quintessential basement dweller). I'm going to find SOMETHING. Heck, even if it's one of those "your car breaks down in the middle of the spooky woods" or "you wake up with amnesia after a car crash" moments, I've still got a bloody tire iron.

Of course, perhaps it's the sadistic PnP GM in me, but when I run horror RPGs as my players find out just because you have weapons does not mean they are going to be effective. I've sort of been waiting to see if some game designer was going to ever develop a game with a combat engine, but where none of the weapons were effective, just for lulz to address this issue ("OMG! What do you mean LAW Rockets just bounce off" - quote from Knights Of The Dinner Table).

At any rate, all rambling aside, a lot of it probably comes down to the fact that chase mechanics in games have always annoyed me, and that is what this sounds like. Maybe it's flashbacks to the weapon free beginnings of "Call Of Cthulhu: Dark Corners Of The Earth", or some of the flight/stealth related parts of "Siren: Blood Curse", or maybe dozens of other things (oh noes! It's Scissorman!) but in general being forced to avoid monsters endlessly as opposed to doing so as a tactical desician tends to be annoying. After the 47th time you get munched it stops being scary, and becomes annoying.

J1NXY0:
Who else thinks Yahtzee should start doing walk-throughs of the games he plays? Would be so f-ing funny listening to his witty banter while he plays :D

"The quickest way to spoil your pleasure is to make it routine" -- Benjamin Franklin I think

If Yahtzee started color-commentating walk-throughs in addition to his weekly rants it would get really annoying really fast. It's a good idea for like a one-time thing maybe slotted in-step with a holiday or celebration, but can you imagine how quickly you would get fed up with all of his shtick all at once?

agreed..played the game and enjoy the scare...

This is the scariest game I ever played in my life.

There is a part in which you have to go into this foggy red room with a monster roaming inside it, which leads into three different rooms where you have to pick up important items. I went into one of these rooms, and then I had to go back, but I was too scared to do it. I was too scared to go into a fucking room with a monster inside, and that sort of scare had NEVER happened to me before in a game.

I felt like I did when I was a little kid and had to go to a dark place inside my own house: I'd run as fast as I could and look around as little as possible.

Great review, too. Loved the three kinds of horror games!

Thanks for doing a review on it. Had a feeling that it would catch your attention this game since you are a big SH2 fan (as I am). I'm glad this game was out of the norm a bit because you are weaponless and utterly hopeless against those.... things. And also Yahtzee, help produce a game dammit! It would be great to see a great horror game through your vision of how it should be. All in favor?

Penumbra already scared me out of my socks, and now with the flawed "combat" removed this should be even better.
Frictional have grasped, that you can't have a "horror game" when the "horror" part goes out of the window by supplying you with an arsenal of guns to shoot your way out of trouble.
And that's why it's unlikely we'll ever see a game like Amnesia from a big studio.
No shooting = unprofitably small target audience.
Goodness me, a game that even made Yahtzee get a bit excited ?
How scary is THAT ?

Amnesia is the second scariest game I've ever played, scariest being Out of Hell. The only problme is that when you don't have a weapon, you get the "well if I can't attack I don't have to worry too much about monsters" feeling, which sort of lets it down.

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