Posted: December 18
An unsatisfying, extremely short, mostly non enjoyable, very linear, disappointing sequel without any challenging segments that can be a downright bore.
Some good I can say is that the story does eventually culminate in something that feels as big and grand as they were aiming for. Also, some of the environments and machinery looks very good. But really, I just finished it and I'd be really hard pressed to come up with anything else. And both those come with a hitch or two. The story isn't engaging until it's been built and fails to deliver on the whole "Amnesia" aspect. And the game is horribly optimized so you can't really enjoy anything when it comes to the graphics or gameplay. Perhaps I was the unlucky one with the perfectly wrong setup but I could not get this game to avoid frame rate drop offs (big ones) on any graphic settings at all. At least 30mins of my gameplay time is adjusting settings. No matter how low and small or how high and big I went the frame rate got beat in to the ground at random spots. And thus detracted from the already shallow gameplay and the pleasant environment visuals. But while this was the most glaring and annoying issue, I can't say my review would change much if the frame rate was a steady 60FPS.
Nothing drew me in. You walk. You run. You climb a ladder here and there. You pull a lever. The gameplay is as shallow as it gets. You never have to think or complete a puzzle. You can only interact with what you need and usually its just a couple feet away from where it goes. There's absolutely no mystery as to where you're going or what you should do. Just no confusion at all, no "Amnesia" if you will. While the environments look great there's a lack of atmosphere built. Maybe the sound is just average? Maybe the special effects are lacking? I do not know, but it just lacked the atmosphere the first game created as a whole. An hour in I was already looking forward to the end as it began to feel like a tedious chore even though it wasn't really tedious. If that makes sense haha... I just couldn't get drawn in. There was no intensity or panic. I never felt threatened. Even when enemies have a rare appearance in the game a little jog in a circle around an object will buy you the time you need. Just no threats in the game.
As a standalone game it doesn't offer much at all and as a sequel it is downright awful. I applaud the effort and was able to enjoy some late game moments as things built up in a grand way and the story was more valuable than gameplay. But as someone who just enjoyed Amnesia: The Dark Descent I couldn't be more disappointed in Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs.
Throw an absolutely atrocious price tag on top all of this and I can comfortably tell you to avoid this game.