I bought Amnesia several months ago but it’s not until now that I have actually played it. So far I’ve only gotten a few hours into the game but nonetheless feel that I have to write something about it. I decided to really try and get scared so I put on my headphones and turned off the lights.
I shouldn’t have done that.
I was at first feeling quite confident that I wouldn’t get very scared. It was atmospheric but not that creepy. Then something happened, I guess that I overestimated by nerves. Strange creatures moving about the rooms, invisible ones living in the waters, a constant lack of tinderboxes and lamp oil; all in all a neverending feeling of being completely helpless. It will be very interesting to see if the game will be able to keep this up – or perhaps even crank it up (please don’t, it’s not fair…).
The game, with it’s so far quite Lovecraftian story, backs up my opinion of H.P. Lovecraft being one the most influential writers of the 20th century. He, despite being quite unkown, appears more or less everywhere. His cosmic fear, the existential themes made substantial by the old gods and ancient civilisations and his use of archaeological and scientific finds to uncover these fears.
I’ll get back to you when I’ve completed the game, if I have to guts to play it through that is.