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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
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.
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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?
- Platforms: Mac, PlayStation 4, Windows
- Price: $29.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Frictional Games
- Release date: November 22, 2016
- Genre: Survival Horror
- Topics: Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Language, Nudity, Violence
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