Amnesia: Rebirth proves that rebirth is great, but still has its problems

When Amnesia: The Dark Descent launched in 2010, it brought a whole gloomy world of exploration, personal discovery and a fear of darkness that made many players jump in fear in front of the computer.

And when Amnesia: Rebirth it was finally announced, ten years later, the trailer promised a level of panic and dread, which if it were not higher, at least it would match its predecessors. But did Frictional Games really deliver on that promise? Well, check out our review to find out!

Traveling is great, until your plane crashes in the middle of the desert

This time we took control of the French archaeologist Anastasie Trianon, or Tasi for the intimate, who leaves with her husband Salim and other companions for an expedition in 1937 in colonial Africa.

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The lovebirds are very happy with the chance to travel for free and get away from the dark memories that remained in Paris, but this is still a horror game and the problems are just beginning. The team’s plane, called Cassandra, suffers an accident after a strange mysterious obelisk is spotted, and crashes into the scorching Algerian desert.

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It is after this disaster that we finally take control of Tasi, now disoriented and without recent memories, forced to wander the barren ground in search of her lover and friends, who at first seem to have disappeared without explanation.

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Armed only with her sketchbook and a bracelet that she has no idea how she managed, the woman not only has to face the bad weather of the sand sea, but also to escape from sinister monsters that seem to be part of the local folklore, in addition to sailing through a completely sinister parallel world that seems to have come straight out of a Lovecraftian nightmare.

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On her journey, Tassi gradually recovers her memories through small glimpses of the past, letters written by her partners to families who will never receive them and sad bodies forgotten in caves and in the other dimension, information that lead her to a frightening truth: she doesn’t she is just lost and alone in the desert, not knowing how to escape, but on top of that she is pregnant.

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The history of Amnesia: Rebirth it is deep, bitter and filled with cosmic horror. At the first moment that I saw the other world with its futuristic architecture but also somewhat archaic and its dark greenish sky, I felt myself immersed in a Lovecraft tale, with that feeling that no human should get there, and that all the unfortunates that stepped on that place would never have a happy ending.

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During the gambling I was also creating an attachment for Anastasie, feeling a real pity with the comments she makes for herself and the baby in her womb, making it impossible not to sympathize with this mother who has had several bad times in her life, but he refuses to give up in the face of all adversity simply for the sake of the child.

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Escape from the darkness and … Calm your baby?

As in other games, avoiding being in the dark is essential. For this, there are several matches, and oil refills for the lamp. What bothers a little is that any mere gloom not only destabilizes Tasi, causing him to have bizarre visions, but it also bothers his baby.

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At various times we need to stop and calm the fetus, which seems extremely innovative, but it also tires a little, because sometimes you just want to advance in the area and you can’t even certify the baby that everything will be fine (which is very hard to believe because of the whole situation).

In addition, puzzles can get a little too repetitive, and some are not very intuitive. For example, one of them required wheels for an old cannon mount, the only way to break a damaged part of the ground and achieve my goal.

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The problem was that the item was in the dark and difficult to perceive, and I ended up using my entire stock of matches trying to figure out what needed to be done there, having to finish solving it in the pitch, with Tasi bordering on an insanity crisis.

And even in bright places there is no lack of confusion. The parallel kingdom also presented several moments in which it was difficult to understand what I had to do and even where to go, including in one of them, I just ran like a fool until I finally managed to escape the maze and the monster that was chasing me.

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As the game unfolded, we discovered that the amulet of unknown origin is what allows us to travel between dimensions, a very interesting mechanic, but in the end it doesn’t end up being much explored.

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We only move to “the other side” at specific linear moments, and I believe it would have been more fun if this feature had been used more, allowing it to cross more freely at different points throughout the gameplay.

Stumbling in the dark

Amnesia: Rebirth it’s a great game, but it still has its problems. In addition to the points I mentioned above that cause a certain fatigue, the pursuit of monsters is no longer terrifying at a certain point and becomes just boring.

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In two moments, one involving a nest full of bizarre creatures and the other in which it is necessary to escape from spectral sentries, I found myself praying to end soon not because I was terrified, but because it got boring.

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History itself also has its flaws. In an attempt to create a parallel world so different and disturbing, some texts are a bit confusing, being necessary to read very carefully to understand correctly and not lose valuable information.

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Worth it?

Even with its hesitations, this adventure is still very good. The path to discovering what really happened to Cassandra’s crew and the truth about the other universe was excellent, and seeing everything Tassi is willing to do and risk for the sake of her baby and the traumas of her past causes despair and a genuine willingness to help you find a way out of this macabre saga.

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The protagonist’s relationship with her daughter is too credible, and a moment at the end left me genuinely moved, especially when I learned that the only possible outcome for mother and daughter could only be bitter.

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The title has a slow start, but from the middle it starts to unfold very quickly, being a truly bizarre journey into the bowels of cosmic horror, with twists and revelations that show how much any civilization would be willing to cross. ethical and acceptable limits in pursuit of achieving an objective as complex as immortality.

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It is certainly worth exploring this new chapter of the Frictional Games series, and face all the horrors that may be lurking in the shadows.

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Amnesia: Rebirth was kindly provided by for analysis.

“Amnesia: Rebirth brings all the macabre side of cosmic horror and a mother’s desperate struggle for the sake of her daughter, but sins in repetition and confusion when trying to maintain a constant state of fear”

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