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Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

Eternal Darkness BoxEternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is an action-adventure psychological horror game developed by Silicon Knights and published by Nintendo. The game was originally being developed for the Nintendo 64 but was later moved to the GameCube and released on June 24, 2002. It was the first video game published by Nintendo to be rated M for mature by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

The game’s setting is centered around a mansion in Rhode Island, the home of the protagonist Alexandra Roivas’s grandfather and the mysterious book known as the “Tome of Eternal Darkness” that Alexandra finds there. The game is presented in a third-person action-adventure perspective in which the player must navigate a number of locations as twelve characters spanning different time periods. The game utilizes unique “sanity effects” to enhance the gameplay.

Though not a commercial success, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem was widely praised by both critics and fans, receiving a near-universal critical acclaim upon its release. Eternal Darkness won many awards, including the “Outstanding Achievement in Character or Story Development” and was also nominated for “Console Game Of the Year”.

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Developer(s) Silicon Knights
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series N/a
Predecessor None
Successor None
Platform(s) GameCube
Media Type Optical disc
Release NA: June 24, 2002
JP: October 25, 2002
EU: November 1, 2002
Genre(s) Action-adventure
Survival Horror
Mode(s) Single-player
Development Time 4 Years
Budget TBD
Sales 440,000
Rating ESRB: M
Rereleased Platform(s) None

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Michael BellMichael BellVoice Actor (Peter Jacob)
Earl BoenEarl BoenVoice Actor (Inspector LeGrasse)
Cam ClarkeCam ClarkeVoice Actor (Anthony, Custodian)
Neil DicksonVoice Actor (Dr. Edward Roivas)
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