The Deep Sea Is Terrifying, And This Game Proves It

My hands are sweating. As I walk inside narrow metal hallways, I notice that I'm hearing things that, frankly, I'm not even sure are actually there. Hollow screeches. Faraway wails. It reminds me of seeing a shadow in the corner of your eyes, a darkness your sight never catches up with but that you're still convinced… » 4/04/14 1:30pm 4/04/14 1:30pm

The Next Game From The Creators Of Amnesia Looks Disturbing As Hell

Soma, the next game from the folks behind Amnesia will be out in 2015 for PC and PlayStation 4, and it's a doozy—a sci-fi horror game starring a psychotic computer that sounds like an angrier GLaD0S. Here's the first bit of gameplay footage. » 10/11/13 10:00am 10/11/13 10:00am

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs vs. Outlast: The Comparison We Had To Make

When Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and Outlast launched a week apart from each other, I was not going to play them. I’m a wimp when it comes to getting scared, so the idea of subjecting myself to hours of cowering in the dark while terrifying creatures hunted me down? Please, not going to happen. » 9/17/13 5:00pm 9/17/13 5:00pm

The Moment You Stopped Playing A Game Forever

In my review of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, I had a lot of fun identifying the game's many Nope Moments—the times when a half-open door or a darkened hallway were almost too foreboding. But of course, lots of games have lots of different Nope Moments, and we don't always overcome them. » 9/11/13 7:00pm 9/11/13 7:00pm

Wild Theory: Maybe Horror Games Are Scarier If You Can Fight Back

Among the defining characteristics of the often-terrifying Amnesia games—as well as similar games like Slender and Outlast—is the fact that players are given no weapons. There's no way to defend yourself, no way to fight off the beasts that hunt you. That makes the game scarier, right? That's obvious... right? Hmm. » 9/10/13 7:07pm 9/10/13 7:07pm

Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs: The Kotaku Review

Some games are defined by a single place; others by a single character. Still other games are defined by action, by something you can do in the game itself. In its early goings, the horror game Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is defined by a single word: Nope. » 9/09/13 9:00am 9/09/13 9:00am

Horror Is Not Mainstream

With each new year, it feels like I'm watching another horror series becomes less horrific. Resident Evil, Alien, and most recently, Dead Space. What started out as pure, hardcore horror becomes a fun, popcorn-munching good time. » 7/21/12 12:00am 7/21/12 12:00am

A Terrifying First Look at the Sequel to the Scariest PC Game Ever

In case you don't want to watch the first teaser trailer for Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, let me summarize it for you: Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty, oh god what is that? What the hell is that?! » 6/15/12 8:30am 6/15/12 8:30am

Two Ways to Make Horror Games Better? More Build-Up, Less Combat

If you ask Frictional Games' developers, horror games haven't evolved much since the genre's late 1990s/early 2000s heyday where Silent Hill and Fatal Frame showed off just how scary a video game experience could be. Sure, titles like Dead Space and Frictional's own Amnesia capture new glory for the horror category… » 4/26/12 3:30pm 4/26/12 3:30pm

Here's How the Sequel to Amnesia: The Dark Descent Will Be Even Scarier

One of the scariest games in recent memory came in the form of Frictional Games' Amnesia: The Dark Descent. And while there's a sequel underway—titled Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs—the indie developer's not the one making it. » 3/29/12 9:00am 3/29/12 9:00am