It’s been a couple of years, but the Amnesia Collection is finally making its way to Xbox One next week. Like the versions released for the PC and PlayStation 4, the Amnesia Collection on Xbox One will include all three Amnesia games: The Dark Descent, A Machine for Pigs, and Justine. Along with SOMA, Xbox One owners will finally have all the Frictional Games and Chinese Room scares they could ever want.
After the release of Amnesia: The Dark Descent in 2010, the series and its developer gained a reputation for breathing new life into the survival horror genre. The series’ distinguishing feature is putting players into the shoes of protagonists who cannot fight back against the sinister horrors stalking them. The danger, in the context of the game, is real; it’s either run away as fast as one’s legs can carry them or hide and hope the monsters will go away. It’s not exactly a unique concept nowadays, but it was absolutely groundbreaking at first.
Most fans of Amnesia are probably familiar with The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs as these are the mainline entries in the series, but the existence of Justine might come as a surprise for some. Amnesia: Justine was originally an add-on for Steam version of The Dark Descent, and it follows its namesake protagonist as she delves into the depths of her own psyche. Both games are similar in terms of gameplay, but they differ in terms of their emphasis on choice. Players are only presented with one major choice over the course of The Dark Descent, but Justine is all about choice. The character Justine is caught in a series of tests built around her decisions, with the ultimate outcome depending on how many of her fellow prisoners she allows to die. Like Daniel, Justine needs to escape the castle, but that comes in secondary to the means she uses to do so.
The Amnesia Collection launches for Xbox One on September 28.