Amnesia: Rebirth is now obtainable on Xbox platforms, together with Xbox Sport Go as one of many service’s newest day one drops! We performed by way of Frictional Video games’ current horror journey when it first launched on PS4, and we have now dipped again into the title on Xbox Collection X to see how issues maintain up. Fortunately, this stays a fantastic horror expertise and one which’s properly price your time on Xbox Sport Go.
Even when you’ve not performed something Amnesia in your time on this spinning rock, you will have heard about Amnesia: The Darkish Descent. It has a repute as one of many scariest horror video games ever made, from the staff that additionally developed the PC-only Penumbra collection. Whereas Rebirth is not fairly as downright scary as these older Frictional titles, it is nonetheless an unnerving journey by way of an eerily remoted Algerian desert, with some spooky otherworldly areas thrown into the combination for good measure.
Your journey begins with an unlucky aircraft crash over the Algerian desert, though it is instantly apparent the explanations behind the accident are atypical. As protagonist Tasi Trianon, you climb from the wreckage unaware of what is occurred because the aircraft went down, and a good period of time appears to have handed because the accident. The place are your fellow passengers? Simply how lengthy have you ever been out? What triggered the crash? These solutions require some digging, because it seems.
Amnesia: Rebirth is a puzzle journey at coronary heart; do not count on this one to be fairly as knockout scary as The Darkish Descent. Nonetheless, as soon as you have scrambled throughout the searing warmth of the desert into the caves that lie under, the environment begins to construct. You may be fumbling round in darkish corners earlier than you realize it, scouring the place for matches and every other sources of sunshine that assist preserve your sanity so as.
Yep, similar to older Amnesia video games, Rebirth accommodates a sanity mechanic, at the least in its unique problem mode. It is not all the time clear how your sanity is holding up, however the gist of it’s when you keep within the mild as a lot as attainable, that goes a protracted method to maintaining you sane. It may be irritating at instances to really feel such as you’re always looking for matches to remain on monitor, however finally, the mechanic teaches you to be extra conscious of your environment as you progress by way of the story.
That story, at instances, could be imprecise but it surely’s nonetheless an pleasing journey all advised. The sport’s otherworldly components, which we can’t spoil right here, aren’t all the time properly defined but it surely would not put a damper on issues an excessive amount of. Between the protagonist and their rapid household it is a rather more private affair than Frictional normally serves up, and any mysteries past the household’s dealings are sometimes left to your personal interpretation.
As the sport progresses, Rebirth throws up extra complicated puzzles and so they can take a while to completely determine. Amnesia has all the time been eager on the concept of interactivity inside the surroundings; most issues could be picked up and messed about with in some style. We suggest all the time giving any nooks and crannies a second and third look, to be sure you’ve noticed every bit of a given puzzle.
When you like your puzzles and that is the primary draw for you, Rebirth gives up an ‘Journey’ mode that strips away the sport’s sanity mechanic and makes fumbling round at midnight so much much less harmful. We have not had likelihood to play by way of the sport on this mode simply but (the dev says that standard mode is their meant method to play), however the description says that Journey mode gives up a couple of further puzzles all through the journey. This mode is perhaps price a go when you’re not right here primarily for the scares!
Amnesia: Rebirth is a extra mature effort from Frictional Video games, with an elevated give attention to story, making the entire expertise really feel extra like an entire sport than its predecessors. The brand new setting is an eerie place to be as properly, even when it isn’t fairly as ‘standard horror’ because the areas that make up the Amnesia: Assortment. There are some puzzles we acquired hung up on for a bit longer than we would like, and the story is a bit imprecise at instances, however that is nonetheless an pleasing journey general and one we are able to positively suggest for Sport Go gamers, particularly these on the lookout for an immersive horror expertise.