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Posted 27 September 2013 - 01:03 AM

Gaming Nexus has posted a new review of Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs. The first person horror title, developed by The Chinese Room for Frictional Games, is not a direct sequel to Frictional's original game, but does exist in the same universe. It takes place on New Year's Day 1899 in London and follows the experiences of Oswald Mandus, a man struggling to save his children.

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Much like the first game, A Machine for Pigs is more about the exploration than story beats. Although the level designs are incredibly linear, there are enough diverging paths to give you a better understanding of who Oswald Mandus is and what happened to his estate. We begin to unravel the family secrets, giving us both context and an emotional attachment to our befuddled hero.

The world of Amnesia is full of interactive pieces, from drawers you can open to chairs you can move. You don't just press the action button to open a door, A Machine for Pigs requires the player to hold down the button and manually open the door with a mouse stroke or analog flick. Gamers who rush through the many rooms in order to see the end not only miss the point of this series, but they'll be completely oblivious to huge chunks of the story.

The story is genuinely interesting. I was captivated the whole way through and couldn't wait to see how it ended. Even though the final act drags, I was fully invested in Oswald's journey right up until the very end. A lot of this has to do with the writing, which does an excellent job of putting us in the shoes of Mr. Mandus. The big reveal is adequately creepy and A Machine for Pigs is one story you won't soon forget.

Head over to the site below for the full review.
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Posted 27 September 2013 - 08:20 AM

While the scares aren't quite up to par when compared to the original Amnesia, "A Machine for Pigs" still offers a unique experience in both setting and mood. If Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a decent into Hell, A Machine for Pigs is Hell unleashed.
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