Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a first-person survival horror game developed by Frictional Games for Microsoft Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Playstation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. It was first released in 2010 for Linux, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. It was later released on Playstation 4 in 2016, Xbox One in 2018 and Nintendo Switch in 2019 as part of The Amnesia Collection.
The Microsoft Windows version is by far the best version of the game to use for speedruns as it has the most patches available for running, practice and research, supports a load removal tool and is used by the vast majority of the community. Additionally, the Steam version is the most versatile among the PC releases.
Glitches and Techniques[edit | edit source]
Main article: Glitches and Techniques
The Dark Descent has a wide range of glitches, techniques, skips and tricks, and while boosting is the most prominent one, there are several other glitches and techniques that are used throughout speedruns.
Speedrun Categories[edit | edit source]
Categories are made by the community after enough interest has been shown by a sufficient amount of runners.
There are a handful of categories for this game. The obvious one is Any%, which is split into Any% (Quitouts) and Any% (No Quitouts), but there are some more unique categories that have been added over the years, such as the Half Life categories.
Below are the listed categories of Amnesia: The Dark Descent, which you can browse on speedrun.com.
|Main categories||Any% (Quitouts)||Any% (No Quitouts)||Any% Restricted|
|Misc. categories||Any% Segmented||Half-Life Out of Bounds||Half-Life In-Bounds|
Any% (Quitouts)[edit | edit source]
Main article: The Dark Descent Any% (Quitouts)
If you launch the game normally through Steam, the loadwarps won't be consistent, so make sure to use the NoSteam.exe for this category. The program can be found in the following folder:
DriveLetter:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Amnesia The Dark Descent\
If you own the GOG or Epic Games Store version, that version is also essentially a "NoSteam.exe".
The goal for this category is to beat the game as quickly as possible without any glitch restrictions. This is the fastest way to beat The Dark Descent. The Reload Warp glitch, often referred to as "Loadwarp", is the most significant glitch in this category aside from boosting. It essentially allows Daniel to teleport through entire maps if certain requirements are met. Since this category allows returning to the title screen, safety saves can be made at any point, making it by far the most beginner-friendly speedrun of this game.
Any% (No Quitouts)[edit | edit source]
Main article: The Dark Descent Any% (No Quitouts)
Formerly known as Any% SS (single segment), Any% (No Quitouts) has been the most popular category in The Dark Descent for an entire decade, only recently surpassed in popularity by Any% (Quitouts) due to a recent discussion of RTA vs SS and a much deeper understanding of the Reload Warp glitch. In this category the player is not allowed to return to the title screen, which means that no safety saves can be made, loadwarp is banned and loading auto saves is prohibited. This is the game presented in its purest form, and was the only category accepted for submissions to SpeedDemosArchive back in the day.