The Evil Within™

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Developed by Shinji Mikami -- creator of the Resident Evil series -- and the talented team at Tango Gameworks, The Evil Within embodies the meaning of pure survival horror. Experience a disturbing reality as you try to break free from warped machinations that could only exist in the most horrifying worlds. Face twisted creatures and experience true terror, all heightened by cutting edge lighting and animation made possible by a customized version of the id Tech 5 engine.

While investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners encounter a mysterious and powerful force. After seeing the slaughter of fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead.

Facing unimaginable terror, and fighting for survival, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel what’s behind this evil force.

Key Features:

  • Pure Survival Horror Returns:

    Shinji Mikami, the father of survival horror is back to direct a chilling new game wrapped in haunting narrative. Tension and anxiety heighten dramatically as you explore the game’s tortured world. You’ll have limited resources at your disposal as you fight for your survival and experience profound fear in this perfect blend of horror and action.

  • Brutal Traps and Twisted Creatures:

    Face unthinkable horrors and cruel traps as you struggle to survive against overwhelming odds. Turn evil against itself by using the same diabolical devices against overwhelming deadly creatures.

  • Unknown Threats in an Uncertain World:

    Mysterious and wicked fears loom ahead in a world that warps and twists around you. Corridors, walls, doors, and entire buildings change in real-time, ensnaring players in a reality where threats can appear at any time and from any direction.

  • The New Face of Horror:

    Highly-crafted environments, horrifying anxiety, and an intricate story weave together to create an immersive world that will bring players to the height of tension. Defeat insurmountable terror and experience the ultimate thrill by discovering The Evil Within.

Customer reviews


I love it, but I'm not sure I should

Lorddyran | Dec. 15, 2014 | See all Lorddyran's reviews »

You see, this is a BAD game. The graphics are mediocre. The controls are so-so. The story is nonsensical. It just so happens to be bad in a way I, and many other people, find quite enjoyable.

The game has a lot of tense moments and a lot of style. If it had been released instead of RE5 (or around the same time), I would be singing its praises with no reservations. As a game released halfway through 2014, it falls quite a bit short - it's definitely a relic of an older time.

The game is quite lucky that that time is one where my gaming heart likes to revisit, but while most other genres moved on and evolved from that period, this one clearly did not.

Try the game, and you will probably find something to enjoy; just know that it's basically the B movie of games before you set your feet down that path.


Creepy. Great. Memorable.

HWatch06 | Dec. 13, 2014 | See all HWatch06's reviews »

The Evil Within is a good survival horror game that marks every chapter with a memorable event.

You start the game off in a big mystery but soon discover the story as the game goes one. The gameplay is similar to the popular Resident Evil 4, it really does shine. The Evil Within does add its own touch though, through stealth and various environmental hazards that can be used for you or against you.

The most memorable parts of The Evil Within are the enemies. There are lots of unique and interesting bad guys for you to shoot, punch, or run away from. These enemies are freaky and challenging and will creep you out for sure.

Taken from Resident Evil 4 is the upgrade system. You can upgrade everything from your health, to sprint, to gun stock, damage and accuracy. The upgrade system is down well. The only thing that doesn't shine so well in this game is the New Game + mode. You can unlock more weapons but they have limited ammo and limited use.

Overall the game is very well worth while. It has memorable events and a decent story that will drag you in.


Horror at its best.

LautaroCompleX | Dec. 3, 2014 | See all LautaroCompleX's reviews »

This game isn't pure horror, it has fun moments and interesting mechanics. In my opinion, this is the kind of game you want to play if you aren't fully into the horror genre and you don't really dare to get right into it. This game can help you understand horror and begin to like it as well. If you are the type of guy/girl that gets discouraged because of a game being horror, I fully recommend you try out this one. Not only you'll have a fun experience, you'll also finish playing it, wanting to play more horror games. Also, I should really mention this game has a great story and a challenging pace, of course. But hey, what made me love this game the most was that it made me able to face horror games and have fun with them.


The horror...

CNNR777 | Nov. 28, 2014 | See all CNNR777's reviews »

This is a very pretty, albeit very gory game, with a lot going for it in terms of style. It's gritty, disgustingly bloody, and very dark. The story however is a tad all over the place. You'll notice after a couple of hours playing, that you are no closer to knowing where the story is going than you were at the start. While this can be an annoyance, it can also lend itself to the games bizarre tone, and it doesn't make the scares any less effective. After all the scares are what everyone is here for. Hideous monsters and freaks roam the corridors of this game, and they put up one hell of a fight. Ammo is scarce and more often than not, you'll end up running for your life. Despite some story grievances this is a fun game, and definitely one for fans of RE4. Play with the lights off and your headphones on.


Revolutionary? No. Entertaining? Absolutely.

naom_1 | Nov. 27, 2014 | See all naom_1's reviews »

The much-anticipated return of 'father of survival horror' Shinji Mikami to the genre he helped establish with the beloved Resident Evil series is upon us...and is it worth the hype? Well, yes and no. The Evil Within does little to reinvent the gore-splattered wheel, but it's an enjoyably creepy romp nonetheless, even if some parts are hampered by an uneven difficulty level and occasional tendency to force the player into a trial-and-error approach in outwitting its numerous deathtraps. You will die, and you will die often. Boasting an atmosphere heavily reminiscent of horror giants Silent Hill and Mikami's own Resi series, presented with a film-grain filter and thick layer of next-gen polish (and of course buckets of blood), Evil Within is by no means a bad game but occasionally succumbs to the pitfalls of the genre, with cliche story elements and underdeveloped characters holding it back from being quite the reinvention of survival horror many hoped it would be. However, its impressive environment and monster design make Evil Within still well worth any self-respecting gorehound's time, traditionally sparse weaponry and health items putting the 'survival' back in its 'survival horror' even if a shortage of supplies can leave you unfairly helpless against its frequent and unexpected boss fights. Players are given some freedom in making their way through the varied environments, with the option of taking a stealthy approach or dispatching every enemy around, an RPG-lite upgrade system and various flavors of craftable crossbow bolts allowing you to pursue the play style that best suits you. While falling short of revolutionary, The Evil Within marks a welcome return to the roots of horror gaming, hopefully paving the way for many more scares to come.