More Reviews
REVIEWS Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Review
The final chapter of Metal Gear is here, and it's everything you hoped it would be and more.

Tearaway Unfolded Review
Does the PS4 version offer worthwhile new features or are they paper thin?
More Previews
PREVIEWS Supernova Preview
Primal Game Studios has tuned Supernova since last I saw it, with more commanders, special abilities, and a faster pace.
Release Dates
NEW RELEASES Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Release date: Out Now

Destiny: The Taken King
Release date: 09/15/15

Skylanders SuperChargers
Release date: 09/20/15

LEGO Dimensions
Release date: 09/27/15


LATEST FEATURES MGSV: The Phantom Pain De-Emphasizes Story and It Works
Actually playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is the best part of the game, which may be a first for the series.

Kojima Responds To Konami By Placing More Than 60 Credit Screens In MGSV: The Phantom Pain
Made by Hideo Kojima. Written by Hideo Kojima. Produced by Hideo Kojima. Created by Hideo Kojima. Directed by Hideo Kojima...

LEADERBOARD
Read More Member Blogs
FEATURED VOXPOP Ivory_Soul
Windows 10 Review for Dummies
By Ivory_Soul
Posted on 08/11/15
After all these years, and growing up with Windows 3.1, I have seen an entire evolution of computers and software. Touch screens and large resolutions were a pipe dream just 15 years ago. Now it's the norm. Going from a Packard Bell (yes, before HP) that couldn't run 3D Ultra Mini...

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs Member Review for the Mac

Ivory_Soul By:
Ivory_Soul
12/09/13
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
EMAIL TO A FRIEND
GENRE Action 
PLAYERS  
PUBLISHER  
DEVELOPER Frictional Games 
RELEASE DATE  

The Good: Haunting atmosphere, great art style, scary monsters

The Bad: Overly simple puzzles, confusing and nonsensical story, short length, enemy encounters are infrequent, no challenge

Amnesia is probably one of the scariest games ever made. I'm talking about The Dark Descent. It made you fear every sound and corner due to the fact that you couldn't fight enemies. The atmosphere was so scary and haunting, not to mention the extremely scary monsters. A Machine for Pigs gets picked up by a new developer, The Chinese Room, of Dear Esther fame. While it's still scary and haunting it doesn't make you fear every second like the first game did.

Honestly, the story is confusing and makes no sense. It's a garbled jumbled mess and all I got out of it was that there is a machine that processes pigs for mass consumption in 1899. You play as a man named Mandus who is trying to find his two boys that went down into the depths of this machine. That's pretty much all I got out of it. What this machine is doing is creating man pigs that are trying to "cleanse" the town of people for the coming 20th century. The ending sucked and the game is overall just really short and anti climactic.

A lot of features were stripped from The Dark Descent. You no longer use tinderboxes to light areas and you don't need oil for your lamp. You just run around with a lantern flipping switches and solving extremely basic puzzles. The Dark Descent had you really scratching your head, but A Machine for Pigs doesn't even try to challenge you. In fact, there aren't even that many monster encounters. Sure when you reach them they are scary and intense, but the first 2/3 of the game is uneventful. As you get to the last few chapters it's mostly story and nothing else. The whole feeling of progress from The Dark Descent is absent here which makes no sense. A Machine for Pigs felt more like a barely interactive story than a game.

Towards the end of the game it just feels disjointed and unbalanced. You bounce around from level to level and nothing feels connected. Many times in the beginning I wandered around not knowing where to go or what to do. The game just lacks and guidance or real direction and can't be felt from the very first level.

That doesn't mean the game is bad. It's not nearly as good or memorable as The Dark Descent and should be. The graphics are really dated despite the nice art style that is carried over from The Dark Descent. A Machine for Pigs feels like an average indie horror game with a story that can't be followed. Fans of the original will be highly disappointed, but new comers should just skip this and play the first game.
(Review based on PC version)


More information about Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
 
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs
fullfullhalfemptyempty
Views: 1866 Review rating:
Reviews by other members

comments powered by Disqus

More On GameRevolution