Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 59 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 59
  2. Negative: 1 out of 59
  1. Sep 10, 2013
    91
    Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is a well-oiled horror mechanism. It's a great sequel that will be loved by the old and new players.
  2. Sep 9, 2013
    90
    A Machine For Pigs is an almost flawless exercise in lurking horror that’ll send shivers down your (wait for it) swine.
  3. Sep 9, 2013
    89
    A cerebral and spooky sequel that expands on the franchise’s story and themes, while slightly dialing down the terror.
  4. Sep 9, 2013
    87
    The blood curdling story which has you twisting between empathy and loathing is truly fantastic, and it’s one of the best reasons to put aside any fears you may have and play this great game.
  5. Sep 9, 2013
    87
    A Machine For Pigs is a terrific survival horror experience, a game that horror fans should not miss.
  6. Oct 20, 2013
    85
    Incredibly tense horror with a smart story and great use of sound. [Dec 2013, p.72]
  7. Sep 9, 2013
    85
    Grand in ambition but focused in execution, A Machine For Pigs is a terrific slice of Victorian industrial horror that will stay with you even as you try to sleep with the lights on.
  8. Oct 5, 2013
    84
    Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs has its faults as a game, but as an experience it can’t be faulted. [Oct 2013]
  9. Sep 10, 2013
    83
    Though its sharp fangs of resource management may have been dulled, in place of the swift bite is a deeper, more haunting world that will linger with me much longer than the original.
  10. Sep 9, 2013
    81
    Played with one’s thinking cap on, A Machine for Pigs is sure to horrify even when it doesn’t frighten.
  11. 80
    A perfect clash of Dear Esther and Amnesia, focused on straining your nerves while easing - perhaps a tad too much - on the interaction and gameplay. [Issue#234]
  12. Sep 25, 2013
    80
    Familiar design that's thankfully still thoroughly unsettling. You'll never look at bacon the same way gain. [Oct 2013, p.78]
  13. Sep 16, 2013
    80
    More of a side story than a full sequel, A Machine for Pigs is memorably dark, disturbing, and bizarre.
  14. Sep 10, 2013
    80
    Does what Amnesia: The Dark Descent did, and then some. We think that’s a good thing. Our underwear (yes, we share the same pair of underwear) begs to differ.
  15. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    Scary as hell, but not so much like its predecessor The Dark Descent - considered one of the scariest games ever made -, this Machine for Pigs is truly a terrifying Lovecraftian tale of Victorian and industrial horror, with unthinkable machines, mad doctors and more, but with some wrong design decisions.
  16. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    This is a captivating adventure, but it's also a very dark and disturbing one that touches on depressing real-world themes and doles out psychological horror along with monsters and gore. Still, this gives the game added depth and a literary weight that elevates it well above much of the horror genre in general, especially in a game that arrives without much pretension and with a plot device about murderous pig-men.
  17. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    Its systems are deeply simplified, its sense of dread less all-encompassing. But it still leaves a lasting impression. The horror it filled me with was more subtle and insidious, and it's not going to be out of my system for many days to come.
  18. Sep 9, 2013
    80
    After an hour of 'easy' exploration, you welcome back the real survival horror of Amnesia.
  19. Sep 9, 2013
    78
    The Chinese Room proves once again that it has wonderful, affecting stories to tell and can create environments that ooze atmosphere. The same could be said of some of the horror film genre’s best directors. However, A Machine for Pigs guides players along the bloody processing line too strictly, removing the impact of interactivity.
  20. Oct 7, 2013
    77
    The best way to enjoy Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is to treat it like an interactive movie. Just don’t expect any scares in this otherwise impressive drama.
  21. Sep 9, 2013
    77
    Quotation forthcoming.
  22. Sep 13, 2013
    75
    However while The Chinese Room have attempted to make their Amnesia a purer horror experience they’ve merely succeeded in removing all the actual gameplay along with the first game’s brilliant sanity meter.
  23. Sep 12, 2013
    75
    It is not as terrorizing and suspenseful as the predecessor but A Machine for Pigs still has its moments, while telling a grotesque horror-story.
  24. Sep 10, 2013
    75
    Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs isn't as much of a game as its predecessor, and gets less frightening after a while. If you wouldn't have to change your underwear 17 times we'd even go as far as to describe this as an interactive novel. At those times the game shines with an intelligent and nauseating storyline. It's just a shame that gameplay elements from The Dark Decent were unnecessarily sacrificed for that.
  25. Sep 10, 2013
    75
    Now it's a narrative-driven game we still recommend, even though there's little to be found of what made the original Amnesia such an outstanding survival horror. In fact, we don't really know if it should have been called Amnesia.
  26. Sep 9, 2013
    75
    Focusing on the urge to survive into the emptiness of darkness, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs truly understands the meaning of fear. Even if it lasts only four hours, you'll get everything you want and need, from a rich, tasteful and clever horror story.
  27. Sep 24, 2013
    74
    Join Oswald Mandus as he takes a harrowing journey through his creepy mansion. With its great presentation and well-written story, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs gets a lot right. Unfortunately, the game is marred by a lack of scares and puzzles that even a pig could solve.
  28. Sep 15, 2013
    72
    A Machine For Pigs may not appease fans of The Dark Descent, but it does offer a compelling entry into the genre, even if it's inferior to its predecessor.
  29. Sep 10, 2013
    72
    The impressively eerie environments provide a convincing backdrop to the tale, and a few good scares and unsettling revelations mean that Machine for Pigs can still grind at your mind.
  30. Dec 12, 2013
    70
    A Machine for Pigs is a well made and impressive game with a thorough thematic design and atmosphere. As a horror game it is rather spartan yet brilliant in that it let’s your brain conjure most of its horrors. Unfortunately it comes with a rather numbing effect that makes later parts of the game feel more formulaic and not as scary.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 735 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 10, 2013
    10
    Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is definitely not the same game as The Dark Descent. It's quite different. It's got fewer jump scares and it's not as splatter-horror-y as some fans might have wished. But boy, that overwhelming, thick sense of dread that comes with every step down into the unholy machine. Not to mention the brillant soundtrack by Jessica Curry (do yourselves a favour and buy it) and the brillant writing by Dan Pinchbeck. I guess it takes a bit of effort to actually get involved into the story (similar to Dear Esther) but you'll probably get one of the most literary experiences in video games to date. Full Review »
  2. Sep 10, 2013
    4
    After hour of playing i can definitely say that this is far from amnesia dark descent, horror element is almost completely gone from this game. They also have removed sanity and health meter.
    Enemies are stupid looking and not frightening one bit, i sure would like to know what happened to this game and how it became like this. I cannot recommend you to waste your money on this s***.
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  3. Sep 10, 2013
    4
    By removing insanity mechanic and management of your light source (lamp oil, tinderboxes) and not replacing either with anything equivalent makes this version of Amnesia very dull and boring. There is no more insanity which provided a sense of urgency and no pressure to make progress anymore makes this version of Amnesia nothing more than a boring stroll; the horror element evaporates as well. The Dark Descent was great Machine for Pigs was very disappointing. Full Review »