Amnesia: Rebirth is a survival horror game and the sequel to 2010’s Amnesia: Dark Descent. Are you ready for a spoiler-free take on the game? Then check out our Amnesia: Rebirth review!
Amnesia: Rebirth, a new descent into darkness from the creators of the iconic Amnesia series. A harrowing journey through desolation and despair, exploring the limits of human resilience.
Amnesia Rebirth is the third game in the Amnesia franchise and a sequel to 2010’s Amnesia: The Dark Descent. In this game, Tasi, the main character, is on a plane with her friend Salim, feels uneasy because of the turbulence. After a couple of twists, the game begins, with your journey taking you into the depths of the Sahara desert.
This release was the first time I dove into the Amnesia franchise, so I didn’t have the benefit of knowing the backstory from the previous releases in the series. As soon as I began playing, I was impressed by the production quality and how cinematic some sections feel – including the intro sequence. The game even mentions as you begin to play that “this game recommends being immersed to enjoy the story to its fullest,” something I definitely agree with!
After the introduction, Tasi recovers and realizes she’s alone… and some of her recent memories have vanished – hence the game’s name. She is relatively clueless about what her next steps should be! Since she’s stranded in the desert, she, of course, realizes surviving is a must. Amnesia: Rebirth doesn’t tell you where to go, so you’ll, at first, feel like there is a lot of liberty in the world. After progressing in the campaign, I realized that the game was, in fact, relatively linear, which was not a deal-breaker, thanks to the great level design on offer. Amnesia: Rebirth is played from a first-person perspective, which certainly helps players to immerse themselves in this world.
You’ll have to explore haunted caves, with any potential light source being your best friend when the path gets extra dark. The game is balanced to make you crave for a match or a torch, which are scarce. For instance, as soon as the path goes dark, you can light one of the few matches you have on you and either walk with it – a bad idea – or light a torch to get better longevity from your light source. Amnesia doesn’t want you to run with matches as a light source because running will switch off the match’s fire due to the wind current you generate, and a wasted match will hurt you down the road.
I can’t review an Amnesia without mentioning the scare factor. If you’re looking for a game to keep you on your toes, then this one will certainly get the job done. When darkness surrounds you, and you hear the distant noises of an unknown creature, your heart will certainly start to race at a faster pace! This matched how my character’s heart would also start to beat at a faster pace, which set the tone for what I was about to experience.
As for the presentation, the graphics are gorgeous, and the game does a great job at rendering great scenes and environments. I already mentioned how some scenes were very cinematic, which was also great to experience. The voice acting is also top-notch, which also helps with the immersion. On my standard launch PlayStation 4, the loading times felt epic, with over a minute of loading when entering a new section. On top of that, the PS4 fan was in overdrive mode when playing, so do keep that in mind.
Trophies are mostly hidden in this game, which makes sense since you should go into this adventure as blindly as possible to keep the whole thing spoiler-free. Most of the trophies are awarded for progressing through the campaign, while others will reward you for finding hidden collectibles.
If you’re a fan of the Amnesia franchise or are looking for a PlayStation 4 game to keep you on your toes, then Amnesia: Rebirth is an easy one to recommend. I liked how this game makes it very clear that the production value is high, with great quality graphics and top-notch voice acting.
This Amnesia: Rebirth review is based on a PlayStation 4 code provided by Frictional Games.