A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The main focus of the game is survival, with a secondary focus on trying to sort out exactly what's happened to cause you to be stuck in an unknown place with no memory of how you got there.
Positive Role Models
Though Tasi is struggling to survive in a terrifying situation, she constantly overcomes the obstacles in her way. But for the bulk of the game, players (and Tasi) are left unaware of the type of person they may actually be, and instead are mainly working on instinct.
Ease of Play
The gameplay combines stealth and puzzle solving in a horror setting. Players aren't usually involved in combat, though they need to hide from things hunting them while also managing to keep their "fear" from getting out of control. It's a difficult balance to maintain, but the tension keeps things entertaining.
Violence & Scariness
The game's horror aspect relies on shock value. There's no shortage of blood and gore throughout the adventure, including blood spray when attacks and blood covering the player's hands and body during certain sequences. There are bloody corpses and body parts strewn about in different areas, as well as occasional scenes of graphic violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While there's no sexual content, players will come across some visuals such as nude corpses.
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The game's dialogue makes frequent use of profanity, such as "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
This is the latest entry in the Amnesia horror game series and expands on the universe established in the first game and its subsequent spinoffs. While it's not required to have played any of the previous games, doing so does give more context to the events of the game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Amnesia: Rebirth is a horror adventure game available for PlayStation 4, as well as Windows, Mac, and Linux based computers. The game's the latest chapter in the Amnesia series of games and spinoffs, and a direct sequel to the original Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Players wake up stranded in the Algerian desert with no memory of what led them there. They must not only try to uncover clues to their predicament, but also survive being hunted by terrifying creatures out for their blood. There are plenty of scenes of graphic violence, including large amounts of blood and gore shown onscreen. There's some nudity in the game, usually in the form of corpses, and the dialogue also makes frequent use of profanity.
Is It Any Good?
Contrary to its title, games in this series are very hard to forget, since it tapped into its audience's fears on an almost primal level. Now, after a couple of spinoffs, the series is back in full, frightening glory with Amnesia: Rebirth. Set well after the events of the first game, Rebirth is exactly what a sequel should be. It takes the key elements of the original and improves on them in almost every way. From the opening moments, Rebirth feels bigger in scope and more emotionally charged. The Algerian desert setting offers up a variety of environments. While the signature claustrophobic corridors and dark shadows are ever present, there are also moments of bright, open areas with vibrant colors. The game has a new attention to detail that pulls the player deeper into the experience. For example, it's almost mesmerizing to watch as a matchstick slowly burns its way down to Tasi's fingertips, watching the wood curl and the light of the flame flicker its last gasps of life.
Rebirth brings back the sanity element of the original game, though more appropriately calling it "fear." As Tasi's forced to move through dark shadows, stumble across scattered corpses and other visceral scenes of violence, or hide from the bloodthirsty ghouls hunting her, her level of fear rises. Players see this expressed when her vision begins to blur and lose focus, and she begins to hear strange noises scratching in her head. Without careful moderation, Tasi's fear can take over, causing her to panic and even fly into a rage, injuring herself or even causing her death. There are a few ways to ease these fears, including one that dives deep into spoiler territory, but reminds players that Tasi is fighting for more than her own survival. The way the game handles the struggle to cope with paralyzing fear and still overcome obstacles is fantastic. It's also a key part of the storytelling, which keeps players' interests as the plot as Tasi's past comes to light along with her connection to the ancient evil that stalks her. Amnesia: Rebirth is inviting, but it's an invitation that should come with a warning. Because what lies ahead is horror on both a psychological and visceral scale that's sure to fuel nightmares.
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