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Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (GameCube)

by Nintendo
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Survival-horror with stunning graphics
  • Play the roles of 12 different characters through the game's 2000 years of history
  • "Sanity System" alters the characters' senses and perceptions
  • Dynamic camera scheme and fluid cinematic action
  • For 1 player
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Game Information

  • Platform:   GameCube
  • ELSPA Minimum Age: 15
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B00005Q8M4
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 13.6 x 1.6 cm ; 91 g
  • Release Date: 1 Nov 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,146 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description Review

It's often argued that they make the best video games in the world, but one thing Nintendo aren't renowned for is scary games. If you thought Luigi's Mansion was frightening then quite frankly you've led a sheltered life, because Eternal Darkness is the real deal: it's scary, it's gory and it's really not anything like Resident Evil at all.

As the game starts you awake from a rather cool dream sequence to discover that your grandfather's had his clogs popped by some unspeakable monster of the night. While rummaging through his stuff (alone, at night, in his huge mansion, natch) you come across a jolly little hardback called the Tome of Eternal Darkness, and upon reading it you suddenly find yourself controlling a Roman centurion in Persia circa 26 BC. And this is how the game continues, with you finding and reading a passage of the book in the mansion and then controlling a series of 11 completely different characters over the course of two millennia.

Apart from the innovative structure of the game, Eternal Darkness' other big selling point is the sanity effects--every time you see a monster and fail to kill it your sanity will drop. If it drops too far you start seeing things: flies walking along the inside of your telly, messages telling you your controller is unplugged when it clearly isn't and all sorts of other clever freakery.

The game's not perfect, though; the combat is a little too fiddly and it's still not quite as scary as Silent Hill, but Eternal Darkness is an unusual and rewarding title that should finally shut up those annoying twerps that insist Nintendo only do games for kids.--David Jenkins

Product Description

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem foreshadows the rise of a new game genre: the psychological thriller. As the player takes on the roles of multiple characters in an epic that unfurls over thousands of years, a dwindling "sanity meter" will cause them to question their grasp of what is real and what is illusory. The game features full-motion cut-scenes, facial expressions and the ability to flood a scene with 20 detailed enemies. The combat system gives players the ability to wield swords and guns and cast mind-warping spells. This dazzling adventure also boasts cinematic visuals, voice samples, music and sound effects.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first GameCube game 24 Mar 2003
By Mr. W. Hardy VINE VOICE
This was my first GameCube game, which was provided free with the console. It's a very good thing that it was provided for free, otherwise I'd probably have never owned a copy.
Let me explain a bit, when I bought my console, I wanted one of the cute Japanese puzzle games with it, but none of my choices was in stock. So I ended up choosing Eternal Darkness, much against my better judgement since I had planned to obtain Resident Evil Zero, as my choice of horror rpg for this platform.
It all worked out well in the end - this was one of the most instantly impressive games I've seen. It's well thought out, and the attention to detail is startling. You'll have seen a lot of reviews on this site rave about the sanity system, which stands out as one of the things that the developers got absolutely right. As your sanity slips away the camera angles and soundtrack change, adding just an extra little edge to the whole thing. There are other effects as a result of this too, but you're better finding out about these yourself. I actually found that I preferred playing with the character quite low on sanity - it just added something to the whole experience (although - it turns out that there are occasions where this is a disadvantage - make sure you stay quiet when the trappers are near ;-)
The puzzles are not the most complex, but are balanced enough to not have you charging from one location to another frantically looking for some detail that was missed the first time.
Similarly with the combat - it's fairly easy to master, and I found that there weren't many things I encountered which had me reloading to try to kill again. Especially if the spells are used intelligently.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Tom Robinson VINE VOICE
Imagine a house. It's the middle of the night, faint moonlight creeps through the windows, eerie shadows are on the floor and you're the only person there. Suddenly, you hear a noise from another room. You open the door slowly to find nothing. A loud knock follows from a new door, but again, you find nothing on the other side. Then the cry of an agonising man surrounds you followed by the maniacal laughing of the creature he had the misfortune to meet. You search frantically all around you, but you'll never find it because it's not really happening...
If this is putting you off already (and I don't blame you if it is), I would advise you stay away from Eternal Darkness. Before I began this game I was perfectly fine with the dark, random noises or the odd nightmare about satanic demons trying to disembowel me. Now I fear to sleep most nights. I haven't even completed the game, yet I'm afraid to play in broad daylight with friends, let alone at night by myself. This game forces you to ponder over every move, not just with its devilish puzzles and frantic action but in the way you react to your environment. This will become clear once the games' horror aspects are explained.
The story begins with Alex Roivas, a young and rather nice looking woman, who is rudely awoken by an inspector from the Rhode Island police, reporting that her grandfather has been murdered. Two weeks later and frustrated by the incompetence of police failing to discover precisely what happened, Alex decides to venture into her grandfathers mansion herself to find answers. What she finds though is the Tome of Eternal Darkness, a strange book that is bound from human flesh and bone. And thus begins the game and her nightmares...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A piece of gaming history! 25 Nov 2002
...To sum up the plot in one line is tricky but basically there is this god called Mantarok who keeps three ancient powers in check, but these ancients have ambitions for greater things... oh yes.
The game starts out with the brutal murder of the main character's (Alex) grandfather, she decides to investigate the murder herself as there are no clues and the police are stumped. Eventually she finds a secret room and the Tome of Eternal Darkness, this is where the game starts proper.
The first level is to control a Roman Centurion called Pious Augustus who has been given the mission to seek out powerful ancient artifacts. This is the first nifty bit about the game, how you complete this mission affects the rest of the game. At the end of the level Pious comes across three artifacts each one representing the ancients Mantarok keeps under control. Which artifact Pious chooses dictates which ancient sets upon world domination and the ancient Alex must fight against.
The game itself plays out over 2000 years of humanity's history, from the age of the Romans to modern day. As you progress you take control of various people who have important parts to play in the history of the Tome of Eternal Darkness and the fight against the ancients.
It's through this Tome that each new character you control gains the experience of the people previously, such as magic spells and knowledge of the fight against the ancients.
Although I'm repeating what other's have said, the game does start off like Resident Evil but that comparision is way off the mark. The two games couldn't be more different if they tried.
The controls are less restrictive than RE and the combat is more involving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very pleased, thank
Item as described and arrived on time, very pleased, thank you
Published 1 month ago by A J Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars A Disc-shaped Slice from the Ultimate Evil
Without revealing too much, this game is in my opinion, an underrated classic.
I have had the privilege of experiencing other survival horrors, particularly Silent Hill and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. Bajo
3.0 out of 5 stars Seious games
Old time classic for a very decent platform. Checked out from dozens of other reviews from sellers and players. A thrilling title.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Nabil Drief
5.0 out of 5 stars Nintendo's black sheep is one of the greatest games out there.
Nintendo. What does that say to you? For many people, it will be Mario, Zelda and Metroid. But this game comes from a company famed for kid-friendly games, and one would not think... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cat Meister
3.0 out of 5 stars Not yet been able to play
States that this game is for Gamecube and compatible with Wii, however when I bought this for my husband, I did not realise that he can't play the game without buying another... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Heather Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent gamecube game!
This is one of those titles that has to be in your gamecube collection, was recommended to me and glad i pick it up.

Published 19 months ago by ryan maurer
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best games ever made.
Eternal Darkness will do down as one of the best games ever made, and if I had a top ten best games of all time list, it'll be at the top 5 no doubt about it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by illage2
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
The game was in great condition and is really one of the best horror games of it's generation. I wonder why it's not as known as some other titles of the same genre.
Published on 4 Aug 2012 by Johnny Filipe
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bright Moment from the Darkness
They don't make `em like this anymore, in fact, they only did this once. This unfolds like a book for an experience unlike any other game. Read more
Published on 18 July 2012 by Cylon Says
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep into that darkness peering...
Originally meant for the Nintendo 64, Eternal Darkness was redesigned for a release on the Nintendo Gamecube. Read more
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