Frictional Games Interview - PAGE 1

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Animatrix Nov 19, 10
I bought it a day after i posted that hah,
It had quite an ending I must say.
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chautemoc Nov 15, 10
Animatrix: always nice to see when people "get" a game we try to spread the word about. Hope you buy it. Cheers.
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Animatrix Nov 13, 10
I downloaded the Demo for Amnesia off the creator's website.

I'm VERY satisfied.
Even though, I prefer gunning people down, slicing enemies, throwing grenades or casting magic and stuff... This game, really pulled me in for some reason.

Haunted houses in October, not scary, movies where a guy jumps through your dreams, funny but not scary.
A game where your helpless and chased by massive creatures trying to tear you in half.. i wouldnt say scary, but it startles you and makes you want to run the hell away, lol

At first I was thinking, "man this might get boring.."
But after playing through it, the game really tries to scare you.
If you play with the appropriate brightness, and loudness on your speakers, your constantly spinning in circles to see whats about to charge you..

Very interesting game.
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chautemoc Sep 15, 10
Oops. I knew it was Requiem.
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yusuke123 Sep 15, 10
That's Requiem you're talking about. Penumbra: Overture is the first game in the series, and Penumbra: Black Plague is a continuation of the story line.

Requiem, which I haven't played personally because of the deterring reviews, is the puzzle game. Lets not get a newcomer mixed up haha.
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chautemoc Sep 14, 10
Yeah, I should say that -- Amnesia is REALLY polished. Actually, besides the graphical style, it also reminds me of Risen in that respect. Risen is the spiritual successor to the Gothic games, and much as I love them, I'd have to recommend everyone start with Risen -- they're just so unpolished by modern standards. That and if you're playing Risen, it's kind of like playing all previous games rolled into one, plus a ton of polish. I imagine it's kinda the same with Amnesia.

PS. Penumbra: Black Plague, as mentioned in the interview, is not exactly a Penumbra game -- it's more of a straight puzzle game if I understand correctly. It sounds like it was a case of the publisher (not Frictional) tacking on the name for sales.
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yusuke123 Sep 14, 10
If you planned on playing Penumbra first, you'd probably want to buy all three games so that you don't finish one and aren't able to play the other. All of the mechanics between Penumbra and Amnesia are the same, but you would be able to tell a difference between the two. After playing Amnesia I have to say Penumbra feels more sloppy, I don't know how to explain it really.

But you can start with either. Personally I'd start with Amnesia because it's no doubt better than the Penumbra series, and if you like it enough you could always go back and pick the other up.

And in case you're still confused, Amnesia is only one game, and is not a series. Penumbra however is a series and consists of three games.

This is an adventure/survival horror game, and is much different from others in the genre. So check some videos out and maybe read into it a bit before you buy.
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chautemoc Sep 14, 10
Penumbra and Amnesia are sort of a series together -- from the same developer and with a LOT in common. I haven't played the Penumbra games so I can't really say, though I know some recommend to start with them. I know they're very good, but I don't think it would be terrible to start with Amnesia if you were so inclined.
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Perplerain1 Sep 14, 10
im looking for a new game to try. is this a series? if so would it be okay to start with this one?
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yusuke123 Sep 10, 10
Wonderful game, beat it yesterday with my friend. We played through and were talking to each other on Skype. Anyway:

Graphics were improved upon, the physics engine was also improved a bit. The game is also much longer. Once you get into playing you'll realize how massive the entire area really is. It pulls you in that much more because you want to continue exploring and find out how deep game really goes, even when there are baddies wandering around in the dark. The devs did a great job at playing with the players expectations, more or less. There are countless areas that are very tense because there is little to no lighting, and you are forced to strain your sanity because of the fear that you may attract something with your lantern and get killed, even when there are no enemies in the area. The game almost forces you to tread cautiously in every single area that you explore. There is an amazing attention to detail in the game, and as many have said before, it is the fear of the unknown that is the most psychologically thrilling part of the game. The idea of what may or may not be around the next corner, and the fact that you are completely defenseless against it.

I think at this point it's safe to say that Amnesia: TDD is one of THE best horror games ever made for any platform, no question.
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chautemoc Aug 11, 10
I haven't actually played Penumbra, but from what I gather it certainly feels like their best game yet. Just really well-made and horribly immersive. Looking forward to seeing the improvements they've made since the preview version.
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yusuke123 Aug 11, 10
I'm so excited for this game. I loved the Penumbra series and I'm glad they're still steering away from the typical shooter survival horror. That adds massive appeal for me and immerses me into the game so much more. I'm hopefully it'll be their best game yet.

I have it pre-ordered, only a few more weeks!
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