Amnesia Gets A (Hideous) Box

Via Joystiq comes the news that Frictional Games’ utterly terrifying Amnesia: The Dark Descent will see a retail release, box and everything, on February 22. Amnesia was one of last year’s best games and managed both to prove that there is life yet for both the PC and for the horror game genre. In a market shock-full of Dead Spaces which equate horror with LOUD NOISES, Amnesia was an effective, well-written and above-everything fucking frightening experience. That it now has been granted a proper retail release is no wonder seeing as how surprisingly well it did as a download-only release last year.


Shame about that box art, however. Not only does it make a terrifying enemy look quite goofy, but it portrays our valiant hero Daniel as the love-child of Henry from Silent Hill 4 and Ewan McGregor, apparently in the process of reading some off-putting graffiti rather than being chased by hideous monsters through dark cellars. In fact, this fanmade cover by Sess1on on deviantArt is a vast improvement.

My suggestion? Buy the box, print out Sess10n’s cover and stick it over that hideous mess THQ thought you should be presented with. Then enjoy the game and be prepared to remember how scary games can be when they’re not ripping off Doom 3.

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