Serving as something of a spiritual successor to Frictional Games' well-regarded Penumbra series, Amnesia: The Dark Descent once again attempts to provide gamers with a frighteningly immersive survival horror experience. As in the Penumbra games, Amnesia aims to blur the lines between tangible and imagined horrors by saddling the main character with a mental disorder. In this case, gamers assume the role of Daniel, who suffers from debilitating memory loss and is not entirely sure if the noises he hears in the dank corridors of an old castle are real or imagined.
The game is presented from a first-person perspective, complete with heavy breathing and a pounding heartbeat, and the traditional point-and-click interface has been jettisoned in favor of more realistic, physics-based environmental interaction. There are no cut-scenes to break up the action, and the only means of avoiding danger are running, hiding, or using the environment.
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