Amnesia: The Dark Descent is one of the best horror games ever made. A Machine for Pigs isn’t. I mean, it’s creepy, and unsettling, but so is The Dark Descent, and The Dark Descent is also horrifying. A Machine for Pigs is a bit too safe. There are pretty clear instances when you’re going to be avoiding the only monster in the game. You get an unlimited light source and there’s no inventory. One of the hallmarks of A Dark Descent (and most of Frictional’s games) is that pretty much everything can be moved around. This is not the case in A Machine for Pigs. It’s also short. Steam clocked me in at less than five hours, which is about half as long as A Dark Descent.
I don’t want to be a complete downer about it, as it’s definitely a creepy, dark, well put together game. But it’s more like a blood soaked version of Dear Esther than the previous Amnesia game.