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Published on March 8th, 2014 | by Nidde


50 gamechangers: Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

Scan of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs from LeveL #76

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs

Format: PC, Mac
Developer: The Chinese Room / Frictional Games
Premiere: Q1 2013

A Machine For Pigs takes place in a victorian industrial dystopia that Jack The Ripper would feel at home in. Frictional are financing themselves but has turned over development to Dear Esther studio The Chinese Room. This means the game design will be more varied than in The Dark Descent – but just as eerie.

– The world is a machine only suited for the slaughter of pigs, says Dan Pinchbeck.

Image and text scanned and translated from LeveL, issue 76

We could argue that since The Chinese Room are being financed by Frictional Games it shouldn’t qualify as indie, but we’re not going to go into that this time, since the other criteria most people agree on are there.

Most reviews have found that this sequel isn’t as scary as the orignial Amnesia, even though it keeps with the understanding that disempowerment and unknown horror is way more effective than a weapon and a monster you can see. It might be the fact that they’ve experienced the first game and now aren’t as affected by the mechanic as they were the first time around, or perhaps the new developer lacks the final finesse that the original IP owner had to get that little bit extra out of their game. Metacritic averages out the critics’ score at 72 with favorable to great score, and a single low one that felt the sequel to have completely missed the mark compared to the first game.

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For 500 days, from January 1st, 2013, until May 16th, 2014, Nidde will set aside all AAA-titles and only play indie games to find out if the indie scene can replace the big budget landscape.

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