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Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (2002)

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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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Karim / Guard (voice)
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Paula Tiso ...
Chandra (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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Insanity. You'll learn to live with it. See more »


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In Roberto's chapter, Pious says, "I am the scourge of God, appointed to chastise you, since no one knows the remedy for your iniquity except me. You are wicked, but I am more wicked than you." These words are identical to the ones spoken by the warlord Tamerlane Khan before sacking Damascus. 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 »

Quotes

Pious Augustus: You're a scholar, Doctor Lindsey - not a warrior. In that regard I have several centuries more experience than you.
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The credits play over stills of scenes from the game, filtered through a ghostly blue and white. See more »

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References Ghostbusters (1986) See more »

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Breathtaking.
2 August 2002 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

Eternal Darkness had an unusually long period of development. Work on it began in 1998 as a game for Nintendo's Nintendo 64 system, but when the game's developer, Silicon Knights, was made a full subsidiary of Nintendo, the development was switched to the then still in development Gamecube hardware. Although many games that spend four years in development have a lot left to be desired, Eternal Darkness overcomes that barrier, delivering an experience that no other game has ever produced.

Although the game features an intricate storyline, a diverse cast of characters and an excellent system of play, what sets Eternal Darkness apart from all other games before it is the Sanity Meter. As characters are spotted by enemies, the meter gradually empties. Although it can be refilled, when the meter is no longer full, the game begins to play tricks, not only on the character that is going insane, but also on the player. A diverse range of insanity effects keeps players on their toes, not knowing when an effect will occur or what it will be.

While the Sanity Meter is a major part of Eternal Darkness, it wouldn't be enough to sustain a game by itself. However, Silicon Knights has put together one of the best gaming experiences in recent memory. Very little about the game can be considered truly flawed. Even the graphics, which show hints of its days as a Nintendo 64 title, have a certain charm to them, the faults overcome by the overall presentation of the game.

The plot is very intricate and incredibly thought out for a video game. Rather than play existential as Metal Gear Solid 2 ended, everything weaves together to form a coherent knot. The voice acting is top notch and only adds to what is a truly incredible experience. Eternal Darkness is sure to be recognized as a classic and destined to be followed by many inferior imitators.


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