What if one day, you wake up as a patient in a hospital, without any memory of yourself? What are you going to believe? Or... Who are you going to believe?...
Inspired heavily by the shady atmospheres of psychological juggernauts of various pedigree, but perhaps no more so than by Session 9 or Jacob’s Ladder/Silent Hill, is an Amnesia total conversion mod titled White Night of which I had the pleasure of playing for the better part of the last two evenings for a total of about 3.5-4 hours of game play.
White Night has a palpable atmosphere that makes you realize fully the depths of the human mind, and of the shadows hanging over us in our subconscious. Tanshaydar has tapped into the same fountain of knowledge that writers such as Mark Z. Danielewski or contemporary mod creator Rumpel, of Afraid of Monsters and Cry of Fear fame.
Surrounded by asylum bars, rusted iron, gritty vents and vaulted, groined archways of pseudo modern architecture you will trudge through a thoughtful array of puzzles. Some of them, I admit, are actually kind of irritating. (Navigating a room of obstacles, tubs, half walls and uneven terrain to spin *really* tiny knobs on *really* thin piping was kind of annoying.) Nonetheless, all of this has been expertly realized and lovingly built among the hardships of simply one modder, Tanshaydar, whose accomplishments here are polarizing given the short development cycle (Only 10 months).
This is the best mod for Amnesia out there right now, and it is my contender for the best story of the year in Moddb’s upcoming contests. Well done to everyone involved, bumps and all, this is one hell of an experience.
If I had to update my review without changing the score, I will say that the recently circulated notion that White Night is almost uncannily like Korsokovia is correct, and worth noting. Many people find it impeccable in similarity, almost as a remake or re imagining. I am neutral on the subject, but having played both, it is a substantial similarity.
Very well made mod, very polished. I enjoyed how it was distanced from Amnesia, and it felt like a completely different game, and not just a mod for Amnesia. I enjoyed the Penumbra references with Clarence and Phillip. I found the ending a bit confusing, but that just means a second playthrough some other time so I can pay more attention to the story, which I must say, was really good. The voice acting was great, and so was the music.
Tanshaydar, your story was the best thing I've ever damn played in my life. That was AMAZING! I completely loved it! Streamed the whole game live, will upload to YouTube eventually. The music was amazing as well, This game deserves a full 10/10 hands down.
Extremely great mod. Really enjoyed the story and the atmosphere. Had a lot of scary moments aswell, especially at times you would not expect it. A bit more mementos at puzzle solving would be great though. But still a must play for Amnesia fans and might even say that this was better than the original game. Looking forward for more mods from you. Great job.