In Eternal Darkness, you are bestowed with a sanity meter, which fills up mainly by executing finishing moves on enemies. However, this meter has a tendency to drain when you encounter said enemies, and once it reaches a critical level of emptiness you get to experience the game's sanity effects.
Sanity effects are events that occur to screw with your head, such as moments when you'll be exploring a room and spontaneously the sounds of screams or footsteps will be heard. As your character's sanity further disappears, more extreme events will occur. On occasion you might enter a room which appears to be filled with monsters all rushing to attack you, only to find that they vanish when you begin to fight back. Other times you might suddenly find your character walking upside down on the ceiling, or even dying for no reason whatsoever.
The developers even went so far as to include sanity effects that will have you rushing to your Gamecube to check for actual hardware problems. One of the more devious effects has you entering a room filled with monsters, only to have no control over your character while a message flashes on the screen telling you that your Gamecube's controller is unplugged.
Also brutal is when the screen goes completely dark, as if you had turned off your TV. There is even a sanity effect that will nearly give you a heart attack: it pretends to delete all your saved games.
|No matter what you choose, it still says that all saves have been deleted.|