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Review

First of all, we find an amnesiac character who wakes up with a space hangover.  We play Tasi Trianon, a French woman, who wakes up after a plane crash in the middle of the African desert. Her entire team has disappeared and worse, her husband, Salim, is nowhere to be found. So begins a treasure hunt through the void and the dimensions to f...

Amnesia: Rebirth

  • Greg Burn
  • Jun 03, 2021

First of all, we find an amnesiac character who wakes up with a space hangover. 

We play Tasi Trianon, a French woman, who wakes up after a plane crash in the middle of the African desert. Her entire team has disappeared and worse, her husband, Salim, is nowhere to be found. So begins a treasure hunt through the void and the dimensions to find our comrades... and as in the first part of Amnesia, our poor Tasi will soon realize that she has previously experienced the things and horrors she is witnessing. 

It is on this basis that the title will gradually build a narrative that revolves around motherhood, sacrifice, love. And, at first, it works wonderfully. We discover by flashbacks the people of the team, the moments of intimacy spent in Paris with our husband and daughter ... until the taste of already played returns. 

Fear, in all this, fortunately, manages to find its way in. If the monsters we face are less numerous than before, the work on the atmosphere shows undeniable know-how. Whether in the real world or the other dimension, the game manages to put a leaden blanket over us, and the few calm moments act as a breath of fresh air. And when it is not fear that inhabits us, a deep uneasiness is always present in the walls. Even though they are scripted to the core, the chase moments work very well and we find ourselves pausing to catch our breath. It's a pity that the "confrontations" are not up to par: these moments of dodging monsters, innovative at the time of the first one, but now so seen and seen again, sound a bit hollow and lean a bit too much towards die and retry. In the end, you just sprint in the dark and see where it goes.

Rebirth is a game that is so stuck on its strengths. By attempting the balancing act of going back to the roots of their favorite saga, while playing on the narrative contributions of SOMA, Frictional Games delivers a hybrid game. The result is a identified videogame object that can be enjoyed, without ever really taking us away or surprising us.

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