Review of Amnesia the Bunker

Amnesia: The Bunker Review

A Tense Survival Experience Marred by Bugs

Prepare yourself for a nerve-wracking journey into the heart of darkness with Amnesia: The Bunker. Frictional Games invites you to step into the worn boots of Henri Clement, a French soldier trapped in the treacherous trenches of World War 1. As you navigate the labyrinthine bunker, haunted by a mysterious beast and grappling with amnesia, every step you take and decision you make is fraught with tension. Uncover the haunting truth of Henri’s past while striving to survive and escape the clutches of the unknown.

In this comprehensive review, we’ll plunge deep into the eerie depths of the game’s concept, exploring the harrowing atmosphere, simple yet effective graphics, immersive audio design, and smooth playability that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Brace yourself for an unforgettable, pulse-pounding experience that will test your courage and resilience. Are you ready to confront your fears in Amnesia: The Bunker?

Note: This game was played and reviewed on a PS5.

Overview

Enter a world of chills, mystery, and unforgiving horrors in Amnesia: The Bunker, a spine-tingling survival horror game expertly crafted by the magicians at Frictional Games. Now, you aren’t playing some dashing prince in a fairytale, no siree. You’re Henri Clement, a French soldier knee-deep in the mud and chaos of World War 1, caught in the crosshairs of a ghastly battle that’s about as far from charming as you can get.

Walking through the trenches in Amnesia: The Bunker

The game hits the ground running as Henri scrambles away from a hailstorm of bullets, with this heart-thumping segment also serving as a crash-course tutorial for the uninitiated. You’re soon thrust into the heat of battle, spotting a French comrade in distress. But, just as you dive in to lend a hand, a burst of gunfire blindsides you. Now, here’s where things take a turn for the eerie.

You regain consciousness in the belly of a French bunker, your memories gone, courtesy of a bad case of amnesia. So starts the real meat of the game as you’re let loose to explore the bunker, armed with your wits and a handful of basic controls.

Concept

Amnesia: The Bunker ain’t your typical walk-in-the-park kinda game, my friend. Nah, this one takes you on a wild ride through a twisted maze of underground corridors. And guess what? You’re not alone down there. There’s this freaky beast that’s wiped out everyone else in the bunker, and it’s out for your blood. So, your mission, if you’ve got the guts, is to escape without becoming the monster’s next meal.

Let me tell ya, this place is a total nightmare. Every creaky step, every flicker of your flashlight could be your downfall. You gotta be sneaky, tiptoeing like a ninja, because anything that makes a noise is gonna give away your position to the hungry beast.

But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom. Along the way, you’ll stumble upon bits and pieces from the past—notes, pictures, and whatnot. They’re like little breadcrumbs that help you put together the jigsaw puzzle of your lost memory. It’s like reliving ghostly echoes of your past as you uncover the secrets of the bunker.

Discovering a code in Amnesia: The Bunker
Discover of items to help you survive.

So, get ready for some intense heart-pounding action, my friend. Amnesia: The Bunker ain’t for the faint of heart. It’s gonna test your skills, your nerve, and maybe even your sanity. Can you make it out alive?

Graphics

When it comes to visuals, Amnesia: The Bunker opts for a straightforward and stripped-back approach that sets the stage for an undeniably eerie atmosphere. Powered by the in-house HPL Engine 3.5, the game offers a no-nonsense aesthetic that captures the essence of a World War 1 bunker. It’s all about embracing the expected monotony of such a grim setting. While the finer details may be a tad sparse and a few repeated elements find their way into the mix, a touch more variety wouldn’t have gone amiss. Perhaps a quirky oddity or two to spice things up.

Holding a grenade and a flashlight in Amnesia: The Bunker

Nevertheless, these no-frills graphics successfully create an environment that will have your skin crawling and your hair standing on end. It’s not about fancy visuals; it’s about immersing yourself in an unsettling world where every shadow holds a secret and every creaking floorboard sends shivers down your spine.

Audio

The audio in Amnesia: The Bunker is a crucial component that enhances the immersive and spine-chilling nature of the game. With its haunting background score and meticulously crafted ambient noises, the audio design effectively creates an atmosphere of unease and tension. Each creak of a door, every whisper of a breeze, and even the slightest rustle serve to grab your attention, keeping you on edge and fully engaged in the experience. The attention to detail in the audio design adds a layer of realism, transporting you into the eerie depths of the bunker.

Walking down a hallway in Amnesia: The Bunker

For the optimal experience, it is highly recommended to use a headset with directional audio while playing Amnesia: The Bunker. This not only elevates the overall immersion but also provides a tactical advantage. With directional audio, you can discern the location and proximity of the lurking beast, giving you valuable moments to react and strategize. By immersing yourself in the game’s audio landscape, you’ll find yourself more deeply immersed in the chilling atmosphere and better equipped to navigate the challenges that await within the bunker’s dark corridors.

Playability

The game delivers a seamless experience with its intuitive and user-friendly control scheme. Whether I was navigating the dark, eerie corners of the bunker or interacting with the environment, the controls felt instinctive, allowing me to immerse myself fully in the game’s chilling narrative.

Controls for the Pocket Watch in the inventory in Amnesia: The Bunker

The layout on the PS5 controller made it easy to move my character, with the thumbsticks controlling movement and camera orientation, while face buttons were responsible for critical actions. The triggers and bumpers played their roles, likely managing tools or initiating a sprint. The game’s responsiveness to the controls, combined with the deep, tactile feedback, created an unforgettable gaming experience that felt as real as it was terrifying. It’s clear that Amnesia leverages the capabilities of modern gaming consoles to deliver a truly immersive horror experience.

Bugs

However, the game isn’t super polished, I’m afraid. There are a few pesky bugs that have stowed away in Amnesia: The Bunker. Moments of freezing when you venture into new areas of the bunker, floating objects that break the immersion, and some sketchy jumping mechanics. Even the climax of the game threw me for a loop with a couple of crashes before I could enter the final area. I managed to beat the game thanks to a glitch, which was a bit of a mixed blessing. Minor annoyances aside here’s to hoping the developers swat these bugs in future updates.

Entertainment

Prepare yourself for a rollercoaster of thrills, chills, and mind-bending challenges.

From the very first moment, the game grabs hold of your senses and refuses to let go.

You’ll find yourself perched on the edge of your seat as you cautiously navigate the treacherous bunker, constantly tiptoeing around the lurking beast that could pounce at any moment. Brace yourself for heart-pounding moments as you solve brain-teasing puzzles, navigate intricate mazes of air vents, and move obstacles to clear your path.

Aiming your revolver down a hallway in Amnesia: The Bunker

For those who crave a riveting storyline, you can blitz through the game in just over two hours, unraveling the secrets of the bunker at a breakneck pace. However, if you’re an intrepid explorer, the bunker holds hidden depths that can keep you engrossed for up to six hours or more. Each playthrough is sprinkled with elements of randomness, injecting new surprises and challenges to keep you coming back for just one more scare.

So, whether you’re seeking a spine-tingling narrative or an opportunity to delve deep into the labyrinthine corridors of the bunker, Amnesia: The Bunker delivers an enthralling experience. Prepare to test your mettle, push your problem-solving skills to the limit, and immerse yourself in a game that offers an abundance of thrills, replayability, and heart-stopping moments that will leave you craving more.


Verdict

Amnesia: The Bunker is a bone-chilling romp through a nightmare landscape, sure to satisfy fans of the horror genre. Though it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, it delivers a hefty dose of tension and terror, wrapped up in an eerie package. The simple control scheme and graphics play their part well, though a scattering of bugs does mar the experience towards the end. If you enjoy thrilling games, it’s a worthy addition to your library. For the more faint-hearted, you might want to pass on this one.

Amnesia: The Bunker is available on Steam, PlayStation, and Xbox for a cool $25.

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Tyler has over 11 years of experience playing strategy games. He has a particular fondness for Europa Universalis IV, of which he has logged over 900 hours. Despite the challenges that come with playing a complex game like EU4, Tyler finds it incredibly rewarding and loves sharing his knowledge and strategies with fellow gamers. On top of this, Tyler is a massive Star Wars junkie. He also likes 2K too much and doesn't eat enough vegetables.