Awoken from your slumber by a loud noise from the barn, you decide to – against all reason – leave the safety of your home and investigate. Probably not the wisest decision you’ve ever made, but no matter who – or what – is behind the incident, something has to be done. Time to uncover… The Barn’s Secrets.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: some games seem to live forever thanks to the efforts of a strong community; something Amnesia: The Dark Descent definitely has. The game was originally released almost five years ago, and yet here we are, a brand new custom story released just last month, featuring a take on horror different from the norm for Amnesia: The Dark Descent. No castles, dungeons, sewers etc. – plenty of scripted events though, and some rather solid voice acting. Groovy.
Now, given its strong emphasis on story and plot elements, going too in-depth with The Barn’s Secrets would mean spoiling the experience, and we can’t have that. What I will however say, is that while it has a slow beginning, the pace does pick up after a while. Also, being unable to pick up and throw most things around did feel a tad odd. But I’m sure its creator had a reason for such a limitation, and it didn’t exactly drag down the overall experience either; if anything, it just meant there were fewer distractions.
In fact, maybe that’s exactly why, as the story is supposedly rather brief (according to its creator – I didn’t finish it prior to writing this article)? Then again, maybe not. Hey, maybe… you should take it for a spin and find out for yourself, instead? All you need is a copy of Amnesia: The Dark Descent (patched to 1.2), and of course, the The Barn’s Secrets custom story.