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Amnesia: The Dark Descent is free on Steam today

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Frictional Games' new horror tale SOMA will be out later this month, and to get everyone in a properly terrified mood, the studio has made its brilliant (and brilliantly awful) Amnesia: The Dark Descent free on Steam.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a Lovecraftian tale of supernatural awfulness in which you, as the "hero," see and do some pretty awful things on the way to redemption, or freedom, or quite possibly the moment where you, as the player, leap up from the keyboard, slam down your headphones, and declare, "Enough!" Because The Dark Descent, the game that established Frictional as the masters of the genre, is not just scary: It's disturbing. It's creepy. It's awful.

And it's free! Trust me, you should play it. With the lights down and the volume up. Good times for sure! Grab it quickly, though: It's only free until 10 am PT on September 16, which is tomorrow.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.