Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (2002)

Video Game  |  Action, Adventure, Horror  |  24 June 2002 (USA)
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Over the course of two millenia, twelve men and women are linked together by an accursed book known as the Tome of Eternal Darkness.

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Peter Jacob (voice)
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Inspector Legrasse (voice)
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Anthony / Custodian (voice)
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Pious Augustus / Defeated General / Liche & All His Many Incarnations / Ulyaoth (voice) (as Richard Doyal)
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Michael Edwards / Undead Guard / Chattur'gha (voice)
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Paul Luther / Monk / Supervisor (voice)
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Alexandra Roivas / Xel'lotath (voice)
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Roman Legionnaire 1 / Roman Legionnaire 2 / Angkor Thom Guard (voice)
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Dr. Maximillian Roivas (voice) (as Bill Hootkins)
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Ellia / Xel'lotath (voice)
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Roberto Bianchi / Bishop (voice)
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In the year 2000, college student Alex Roivas is called back to her grandfather's mansion when she discovers he has been horribly murdered. During her search for answers, she comes across the Tome of Eternal Darkness, a demonic book that describes the fate of all those who came across it. The tale begins in 33 B.C., when Roman General Pious Augustus sold his soul to an elder god. Each subsequent tale explores how 11 others, including a Cambodian dancing girl from the A.D. 1100s, an Inquisition era monk, a World War I journalist, previous members of the Roivas line and even Alex herself come to encounter and take part in the maddening fight against the eternal darkness. Written by Anonymous

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The family name Roivas is "Savior" spelled backwards. See more »

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When Karim investigates a dead soldier, he describes the corpse as lying in a 'pool of cold blood.' The corpse and the ground its laying on however are completely clean. See more »

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Xel'lotath: Pray to me that they don't.
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The Best Survival-Horror Game, Hands-Down!
13 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I do love my Mega Man, believe me, but this title is SO, SO, SO MUCH BETTER than any Mega Man game ever released. When someone says "survival-horror," you probably think of the Resident Evil series. Can I tell you something? If I compared survival-horror games to, say, automobiles, ED makes any other survival-horror game look like a Ford Pinto right after the bumper was smashed in.

The story opens with young Alex Roivas receiving a call to identify her grandfather's body-- he recently experienced a mysterious death that left him as nothing more than a pile of bloody flesh. Alex vows to search the old mansion for clues, and in doing so, uncovers a dark family secret: a huge book in her grandfather's study attracts Alex's attention, and it is through this book, the Tome of Eternal Darkness, that the story unfolds.

Your avatar changes as you complete each chapter of the Tome. All the characters come together to tell of the Tome's historical accounts, and the purpose behind the book itself.

Though the concept of basing a game around a book instead of its characters is certainly unique, it's not ED's strongest selling point. That would be your Sanity Meter--a glowing, green vial that tracks how kooky your character's mind becomes after you are attacked. When your sanity begins to fade, the game will do things to mess with your mind: tilt the camera, make you see dripping blood from the walls, and make you appear upside-down in a room--and those are some of the milder effects. The stronger, more brain-tickling pranks will genuinely make you angry, frustrated, frightened, or confused: the TV will appear to suddenly shut off, or your character will spontaneously split apart, for example. ED is survival-horror done right: you're dropped into monster-ridden territory with limited weapons, a magickal book, and only your wits to guide you. It's not anywhere near as difficult as Resident Evil, and the fact that you play through different periods of history with an alternate-universe twist gives ED a lot more credit in my book.

With copious amounts of blood, gore, death, references to the occult, and plenty of creepy- crawlies and scary moments, this is very much a grown-up's game--but MAN, what a great game it is! For all those momentarily fed up with kiddie games on the 'Cube, snatch this treasure up from the video game store's bargain bin and put some hours into it--you won't be disappointed.


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