Amnesia: Justine is an expansion for Amnesia: The Dark Descent, released by Frictional Games on April 12, 2011. It was initially only released for the Steam version of The Dark Descent, but was later included as an update for all other versions of the game.
It was released for PlayStation 4 as part of the Amnesia: Collection, which also includes Amnesia: The Dark Descent and its sequel Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs. The Amnesia: Collection was released for Xbox One on September 28th, 2018.
After the imprisonment of the Suitors, along with three other men as immobile hostages and setting up phonographs with recordings of her own voice to guide herself through her own tests in her Cabinet of Perturbation, Justine makes herself pass out in a locked room by drinking an amnesia mixture composed of Lithium. The game begins when she wakes up and activates a nearby phonograph. She hears her own voice explain the psychiatric tests herself, including that there will be choices where Justine must kill or save the helpless people she comes across as part of her tests. Justine must collect an empty lantern (which, as there is no oil in this game, is useless without level editor and hacks) hanging from the ceiling that only becomes reachable after the first phonograph has been activated. Taking the lantern triggers the only door out of the room to open.
The first room Justine encounters is a prison block with 6 cells: Three of which once held each of the three Suitors, and one of which containing a prisoner named Dr. Victor Fournier, bound to a table, which Justine can choose to kill or let live. If Justine pulls the lever next to the door of Dr. Fournier, a spike will lower down and kill him by puncturing his midsection. This action will lower a ladder down from the ceiling, allowing the player to progress through the tests. If Justine chooses to let Fournier live, she will have to obtain a part of the broken ladder located in an earlier area and stack boxes to reach the ladder and attach the part, requiring more effort. Also, if the cell nearest to the entrance is entered, Aloïs will appear as the first Suitor. Fortunately, the player can hide from him until he goes away. He is the only suitor that will leave the area after time. Note that near the entrance to this prison block is a ledge that holds boxes and a hidden wax cylinder needed to play certain phonographs, which also requires stacking boxes to be reached.
After leaving the prison block by entering a tunnel in the ceiling, she must drop down into a hallway which leads to three accessible locations of interest:
- One way leads Justine to a phonograph where the hidden wax cylinder must be placed to play. If this phonograph is played, it will reveal what Justine did to one of the Suitors, Basile. The recording is some dialogue between Justine and Basile: Basile wakes up held captive and confused after passing out from drinking wine. He asks what happened, and Justine admits to putting Absinthe in his drink. Basile is irritated and announces he is not in the mood for Justine's games, demanding to be let free. Justine states that she will give him his freedom if he tells her how beautiful she is. He tells her she is "plenty" beautiful, but this appears to be the wrong answer. Justine is apparently looking to be told that "her beauty is blinding", a statement that was often given to describe her late mother. When Basile says this, Justine blinds him. This enrages Basile and makes him swear to stop at nothing to kill her out of revenge. This also hints at why the other two Suitors are blind as well.
- Another way leads to a room with a fireplace. There are disturbing drawings on the wall and a table for torturing, that most likely held Basile. There is a phonograph that, once activated, explains how Fournier was an acquaintance of Justine's father. There is a hot poker in the fireplace here, and it is possible that this was what Justine used to blind Basile.
- The third and final way is the next room - the next part of the game and test for Justine.
Justine then progresses to the Library, a hallway with two doors on each side and a lightbox projector at the end of the hallway. The four rooms in the hallway contain slides in the bookcases and on tables, which can be used on the projector if it's lit by a tinderbox. One of these rooms, however, holds the next person that Justine must choose to save or kill, being Father David. David is not seen in person but is heard on another side of a wall. He is also seen on a painting in the same room, which shows Father David being bound to a table, completely naked. The wall where David is heard has a lever and two slots where the slides can be inserted. The lever must be pulled to access the next part of the game/tests. If the lever is pulled with the incorrect or no slides inserted, Father David will be heard being brutally ripped apart and killed. If the lever is pulled with Slide #4 on the top slot, and Slide #3 on the bottom one, Father David will be released unharmed, thanking the player.
In the room with the lightbox, there are two alcoves on either side, both containing bookshelves. The niche on the left has nothing of interest, save for a door that makes noises as something claws at it from the other side. It is presumed that Basile is the one scratching, but the door is boarded up and whatever is there never gets through to clear up the matter. On the right niche, one of the bookshelves contains a hidden secret letter which if taken would unlock a different ending.
After this, Justine enters a room or cellar where all the lights blow out and the door locks behind her. This is where the second Suitor, Basile, appears. When Basile appears, he will not despawn and Justine must figure out a way to get around him. Crouching is more than helpful, as Basile is blind and crouching enables you to be virtually silent. Basile automatically turns hostile after the player passes a pile of objects close to the exit. However, at this point, the player is so close to the exit that it usually doesn't make a difference. Objects can be thrown to slow or confuse Basile.
After getting past Basile, Justine will enter an area that is filled with water at knee level. This is where the third and final "fate-choice character" is seen, Inspector Marot. Additionally, the third and final Suitor, Malo de Vigny, appears here as well. The small room that Marot is trapped in can be closed. If Justine does not close the door to this room, Malo will appear, attack and kill Marot first, giving Justine ample time to escape. If Justine closes the door to this room, Malo will not reach Marot, saving the latter's life, but will cost Justine the time to escape. If Marot is spared, Malo will then only focus on Justine. Avoiding Malo can be difficult despite that fact that he's blind, as the player will make a lot of noise moving around in the water.
If Justine manages to escape Malo, she will enter a crypt. Moving ahead in the crypt brings Justine to an area made of connected hallways with disturbing messages written on the walls, and will slowly drain Justine's sanity. After this, she will enter a large room where she hears a recording of her voice one last time, stating that because she herself has gone through all the tests, and as a result of that, can face eternity without doubt and fear. The walls begin closing in and the room now becomes inescapable. Justine panics and passes out, then wakes up to see that the walls have stopped closing in, and retract back. At this point in the game, the player is now assured that they are playing as Justine when she starts speaking. Justine assures that the door behind her is locked so none of her test subjects can leave and walks upstairs and speaks to her friend and maid, Clarice.
Depending on who you save, you can get different voices coming from behind the locked door. If none of the people are saved, you will hear Aloïs asking you to stay, and Basile saying he will find you or Malo expressing wishes to eat you. If you save one or two of the prisoners, you will hear the survivors asking you to open the door.
If you don't get the secret letter in Library, after leaving the dungeon, Justine will talk to the maid Clarice about supper.
If you get the secret letter, they will have a bit of different dialogue at the end where Justine will ask Clarice to send the secret letter even though it is "years late." She says that "they should know... I'm still alive."
Main article: Notes (Justine)
There are several notes scattered throughout the game.
- Although the place the game takes place looks like Brennenburg (which is located in Eastern Prussia), the names found in-game suggest that the game takes place in France. This is also noticed when Justine greets the player (herself); she says 'Bienvenue,' which means 'Welcome' in French. She uses some French words in her phrases as well. It is also possible that the place is located somewhere near Paris or Calais, as both names are mentioned in Notes.
- Justine's full name is a combination of names taken from works by the French author Marquis de Sade ("Justine", "Les Journées de Florbelle"). The Marquis himself is known for his bizarre and insatiable sexual appetites. It is from his name, that the word "sadistic" comes.
- When Justine enters the Tunnels filled with disturbing messages from the Crypt near the end of the game, she will start losing sanity.
- Justine does share some characteristics with Daniel, as they both have tortured people willingly (although Daniel was brainwashed by Alexander) and they both realize at the end the things they have done to other people. They also both gave themselves amnesia before the beginnings of their respective games.
- At low sanity, Justine will make sounds in a voice identical to Daniel's. This may be due to time constraints during development, or it may just be an oversight.
- Despite the situation Justine is in, she does not lose sanity. The only times she loses sanity is when looking at a Suitor and after entering the Tunnels. One major likely reason is that while Daniel suffers from nyctophobia (fear of the dark), Justine does not. Another reason is that Daniel, unlike Justine, has the Shadow threatening him throughout The Dark Descent, which would obviously put him further on edge.
- A chronological error was made with Daniel's letter to Justine's father, Monsieur Florbelle. Daniel sent the letter on July 7th, 1839, asking for information about whatever ancient horror they had stirred in the Algerian tomb. Daniel was not even aware the Shadow was following him until July 17th, 1839. A possible explanation could be that Daniel accidentally wrote "7" instead of "17" due to a misspelling in writing, forgetting to write the "1".
- It is unknown why Malo de Vigny doesn't attempt to eat the other suitors in the ending where you don't save any of the three men. It is possible that murdering Inspector Marot satisfies his hunger; thus, he doesn't attempt to kill the other suitors or maybe because they slightly remind him of his past, even in his state of mind.
- It was released during VALVe's Potato Sack Pack ARG , an alternate reality game to promote Portal 2, and there are some notable similarities between this and Portal, such as the main character running through a series of tests with a disembodied voice commenting on their actions, with that voice attempting to kill them at the end. There were 2 collectible potatoes in this game during the ARG.
|Main characters||Justine Florbelle|
|Antagonists||Aloïs Racine • Basile Giroux • Malo de Vigny|
|Side characters||Victor Fournier • Hector David • Felix Marot • Clarice • Monsieur Florbelle • Madame Florbelle • Herbert • Daniel|
|Locations of Justine|
|Cabinet of Perturbation||Cells • Library • Dungeon • Crypt|
|Other Locations||Florbelle Estate|