Reviews for Penumbra Collection

87

I'm not sure why these were not reviewed higher by critics..

Mikester7 | Aug. 20, 2012 | See all Mikester7's reviews »

Frictional Games received a huge amount of attention from their latest release Amnesia: The Dark Decent, with the game going viral over the internet. While Amnesia is arguably the flagship game of Frictional, the Penumbra games should not be overlooked. They are all an extremely immersing experience through the intense atmosphere and story. Penumbra can be classified as an immersible puzzle game, so make sure it is for you. If you more prefer being scared out of your skin with less puzzles, then you are probably more suited to Amnesia than Penumbra. If you have the mindset to allow you to be fully immersed in the story and atmosphere and don't mind some intense puzzles and reading, then Penumbra just may be one of the best games you will ever play.

88

A collection of original games

panz3r88 | Aug. 6, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

Penumbra collection contains all the three games of the series:Overture, Black Plague and Requiem. The first two games are first person survival horror while Requiem is a puzzle game where the horror component is not present. In all the game you must use a particular system to control your character: when you must open a door or move an object, you must use your mouse to simulate the movement you perform in real life. With this system and with the horror atmosphere of Overture and Black Plague Frictional Games manged to create a very fun and original series of games

80

Showing the bigger companies how it's done

GAMERamble | Dec. 1, 2011 | See all GAMERamble's reviews »

This collection is an admirable attempt at something new and makes for a nice break from all the running and gunning in first person perspective games. There's plenty of logical puzzles to work your way through and a hair-raising story that will have you hooked right to the end. The graphics are not exactly cutting edge and it's not as scary as it tries to be (it gets better with each installment though) but overall it is a good series.

85

Frictional Games know how to make a horror...

Bluer | Aug. 26, 2011 | See all Bluer's reviews »

Penumbra was a breath of fresh air. I started playing these not knowing what to expect. I heard good things about the place, but the low production value made me sceptical. Shortly after the first 30 minutes of Overture I was crouching around...too scared to make a noise, barely the courage to continue. Black Plague quickly became by favourite horror game (maybe even better than Amnesia, for me) and the lack of weapons really introduced a truly helpless feeling and made the whole experience more terrifying. Don't expect anything special, graphics wise, but the atmosphere will suck you in and spit you out at the end of the ride wanting more...with breaks every 10 minutes to calm down...

88

survival horror to the next level

soad667 | Aug. 24, 2011 | See all soad667's reviews »

Penumbra series brought the horror genre to another level. The immersion is one-of-a-kind, the sounds, the fact that you can't actually fight back, everything is there to create the perfect nightmare for you. You will also find a unique control scheme based on mouse movements imitating real life actions. A really interesting story is awaiting you to unravel it, mostly in the first two games of the series (Overture and Black Plague). The third one, Requiem, is far less scary and more of a puzzler, than an adventure. One con is the combat system, it shouldn't even be there in the first place. Works really bad and it can easily be exploited to ruin the entire experience for you, making pretty easy to counter and kill the monsters in the game. If you want to actually enjoy the game as it should, avoid messing with combat glitches etc. Even better, ignore combat as much as you can. Overall a great horror experience, from a dev studio that proved they can play with your emotions more than you could possibly expect when first meeting the game.

93

Worth It For The Experience

Graylander | Aug. 15, 2011 | See all Graylander's reviews »

This isn't a survival horror game like Resident Evil, it's a psychological horror game. If you are interested in some scary ambiance, a neat physics system, and a (mostly) interesting story line with some great scares then check it out. Some of the events from this game are probably my all time favorites along with a few from Condemned and Quake.

My only complaint is that it has some dry parts a few times it build up but doesn't deliver. It's still a great game though and those little things shouldn't hold you back.

77

Scary without a reason

DrHouse | Aug. 13, 2011 | See all DrHouse's reviews »

This game is one of the most scary games out there even not having reasons for it to be.

This is a game where you don't have to worry too much about enemies because there are only a few esay to kill dogs, and looks more lika an graphic adventure than a FPS. However it builds an claustrophobic atmosphere which is scary by itself.

If you love to play scary games and don't care that there are no real danger you should definetly get it.

43

Not scary

hotmando1 | Aug. 12, 2011 | See all hotmando1's reviews »

The series fails to deliver. Hardly ever scary. The developers think that not having a weapon makes you afraid. On the contrary, it's the biggest hint to players everywhere. It means, there is always a way out. Therefore, I zoomed through the game and it's "pop up" enemies in less than four hours. Great atmosphere? Maybe. Maybe not. Considering it had trouble adjusting to me computer, I say not.

85

Survival Horror the way it should be

t20k | Aug. 10, 2011 | See all t20k's reviews »

Penumbra is a excellent survival horror series. It's rare to see games scary as these ones nowadays (Condemned, maybe). The guys who made this also made Amnesia: The Dark Descent, which proves how good and sucessful they are at creating immersive and bone-chilling games. Buy it, you won't regret it (or maybe you will after getting scared, which you'll prove how good this game is).

90

An epic fright-fest that you have to play!!!

Xbomborz | Aug. 9, 2011 | See all Xbomborz's reviews »

The Penumbra Collection is a wonderful addition to any gaming library. Filled with scares, monsters, and intense first person gameplay, the Penumbra series is immensly atmospheric and has a great style and presentation. If you love atmospheric, dark, and scary games, you have to buy this collection...