Lots of pigs.
Incredibly well-crafted atmosphere.
Deeply unnerving and surreal setting.
Scary enough to cause involuntary yelps.
Impressive voice acting.
Disturbing music and unsettling sound effects.
Strong, disturbing story with sumptuous writing and thematic and historical depth.
Only 4 or 5 hours.
Graphics are pretty ugly.
Drags over the last hour or so with repetition and story padding.
Visible game systems detract from the suspense at times.
Less focus on survival than before.
By PCAdvisor on September 26, 2013
Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs risks being over-familiar, both in terms of horror movie staples and similarity to the last Amnesia game, but deft use of leftfield scares and sharp, atmospheric writing and sound means it thoroughly accomplishes what it sets out to do. Which is to absolutely destroy your peace of mind.80
By IGN on September 11, 2013
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. Between the obligatory puzzles is a game that delivers a painfully personal story and some superb psychological horror.83
By GameSpot on September 09, 2013
You probably shouldn't play the game if you've had a bad day. 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.80
By EuroGamer on September 09, 2013
And no, it's not quite as long as The Dark Descent, but that also means that it doesn't run out of steam in the same way. If you're an Amnesia fan, A Machine for Pigs will absolutely keep you fed. There's meat here, and it's rich, and tender. Just don't think too hard about where it came from, eh?70
By GamePlanet on September 09, 2013
Played through at speed, the game can probably be completed in three to four hours. But A Machine For Pigs isn’t about gameplay – it’s about drinking in the details of the story and setting, and nearly drowning in atmosphere. It’s about inhabiting a nightmare.85
By GamingTrend on September 09, 2013
That’s really the only problem with A Machine for Pigs: it’s so dedicated to telling its story that it forgets to be scary. On the other hand, the tale The Chinese Room tell is sure to occupy your mind long after you reveal the mystery. Played with one’s thinking cap on, A Machine for Pigs is sure to horrify even when it doesn’t frighten.81
By HardcoreGamer on September 09, 2013
Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs is a solid horror title with a great story and excellent atmosphere, and if this was a movie or a book I’d have no problem recommending it to just about everyone. Unfortunately, this is missing some of the major gameplay elements that made me love Amnesia: The Dark Descent and as such it feels a bit like Amnesia Lite.70
By Polygon on September 09, 2013
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs doesn't provide the pure scares of its predecessor. 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.80
By Joystiq on September 09, 2013
But a little creepiness is nothing compared to the fear of quavering in the dark with only one tinderbox and a few drops of oil left in your lamp, and that's likely to be a sticking point for many Amnesia fans. Without these elements, A Machine for Pigs leans entirely on its environment and story, which are essentially the same thing: the machine and its twisted workings.70
By VideoGamer on September 09, 2013
After a tame introduction, you’ll find yourself striding with a little too much confidence; your lantern held just a little too high. Then you see it: a huge, ungainly form darting across the opening at the bottom of a staircase. Suddenly your lantern is a hindrance, running feels far too risky, and you crouch in a corner hoping this creature doesn’t get too close.80