Amnesia: Collection

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Disturbing, mature collection of psychological fears.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Collection of survival horror games from Amnesia franchise. Only real message is simply to not get killed.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Features a number of unique characters, but none particularly heroic, positive. 

Ease of Play

Combination of stealth, puzzle-solving, as players avoid monsters with no weapons to help them survive. They uncover clues to their own identities, with major ramifications for missing key elements, making certain choices. 

Violence

Despite player not using a weapon, violence lurks around every corner. Terrifying creatures hunt for player, causing sprays of blood when they attack. Environments littered with scenes of carnage, including pools of blood, piles of corpses from both creatures' attacks, dark experiments.

Sex

No actual sex; there's nudity, some corpses appear stripped of clothing.

Language

Frequent use of "s--t," other words.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some psychological aspects of stories: experiments taken place, use of drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Amnesia: Collection is a downloadable adventure collection of the three main entries from the Amnesia survivor horror video game franchise. This collection includes Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Amnesia: Justine, and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, all designed to generate a constant state of fear for the player. While the series focuses on avoiding direct confrontation, there's still a lot of violence and gore scattered throughout, usually in the form of blood and bodies littered across the environment. Some dialogue includes profanity, and the use of certain drugs is referenced as the story unfolds.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHank F. October 7, 2017

A horror masterpiece.

I’ll get to the mature content after I point out a few key things, first off, I was extremely skeptical when my son asked to get this game, he said “Dad it’s fr... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bykooledud November 30, 2016

Horror Masterpiece

This game is amazing. Is creepy, scary, and intense. It's an awesome horror. Must buy! But to note that there is Language, and Nudity in the game. No sex... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byStormboy October 18, 2017

An Overrated Horror Masterpiece

(This review is for the Dark Descent.) First of all, is this game appropriate, which is the question that most parents probably came to hear answered. There is... Continue reading

What's it about?

AMNESIA: COLLECTION is a downloadable collection of the three titles in the Amnesia survival horror series: Amnesia: The Dark Descent, Amnesia: Justine, and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. The games follow a similar theme, with a protagonist dealing with memory loss, trying to uncover the truth behind their identities and the events that have led them to their current circumstances. Worse still, the protagonists are being hunted by twisted creatures and left with no way to defend themselves. It's a deadly game of hide-and-go-seek as you struggle to survive long enough to uncover the grand conspiracies taking place around you … and hopefully find a way to escape your fate.

Is it any good?

This collection of horror titles may be showing its age, but the scares and exploration of primal emotions still provide a compelling experience. This series cranks up the element of fear. Players wake up in an unfamiliar environment with little to no memory of who they are or how they got there. It's up to them to discover what's happening and what part they play in a grander conspiracy. Toss in the fact that they're being hunted by twisted humanoid creatures that could be lurking just around the next corner. Oh, and for good measure, make the players have no way to defend themselves from these creatures, turning the entire experience into a deadly and horrific game of hide-and-go-seek.

While the three games included in Amnesia: Collection share common themes, each is a unique experience with different character motivations, story revelations, and even gameplay mechanics. For example, the first game includes a focus on keeping an eye on the protagonist's sanity. This is ditched in later entries, taking a little of the sense of dread out of the game, especially in A Machine for Pigs, which feels a little more like a standard horror survival game. Another thing to keep in mind is that this collection isn't actually a "remastered" version of the original games, so they're starting to show their age on the PS4. That doesn't mean the games don't still look creepy, but they aren't exactly cutting-edge, either. Still, it's a testament to the atmosphere of the original Amnesia games (and the first Amnesia in particular) that, even without a visual upgrade, they're still a tension-building, nightmare-inducing fearfest that's not for the faint of heart.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Even though there are a lot of psychological scares and gore, is it more acceptable because you're not committing violence? Is it more like a horror movie instead of a shooter or another title where you actively participate in violence?

  • Talk about the nature of fear. Is it more frightening to come face-to-face with the source of fear, or is it more frightening when that source is hidden and can pop out at any time?

  • Discuss overcoming fear. What are some good ways to overcome the lingering fear around watching scary movies or playing scary games?

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