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.
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.
Was expecting more, but what we got was still goodMadDemon64 | July 14, 2015 | See all MadDemon64's reviews »
The Evil Within is a decent attempt to return to what made survival horror. It has some good ideas and some meh ideas, but it is still a decent title. The Evil Within plays a lot like Resident Evil 4: you have a close over the shoulder perspective, are a slow character, and you need to make your shots count due to the limited amount of ammunition and the durability of most enemies if you don’t aim for their weakspot. It is however possible to lay traps for enemies and if you can knock enemies down, you can conserve ammunition by lighting them on fire, which kills them and any enemies that wander into them. Sadly, The Evil Within is not that scary or atmospheric. It looks more like a horror-themed action shooter, even though it doesn’t quite play like one. None of the locations are quite memorable, and neither are the enemies save for two bosses, but that’s only because they are so reminiscent of other horror icons that came before them. As for the story, it’s a weird mix of novel and clichéd that is confusing unless you find collectibles. And play (some of) the DLC. And find the collectibles in the DLC. The Evil Within is still a decent game that you should play. Just dial your expectations back a bit.
Good Resident Evil Reboottrumpsuit | June 17, 2015 | See all trumpsuit's reviews »
Aside from being a fantastic, ground-breaking game for Box Smashing Simulator 2k14, this game is essentially just another installment in the RE franchise. That's not a bad thing by any means, I really enjoyed playing it a lot to be honest, because it did something the last few REs haven't done: be a good game. This game will scare the crap out of you sometimes, and it can be extremely frustrating, but that's the whole point of it. Combat is not always the best option, and hiding in a locker to avoid a 10 foot fat guy with a chainsaw is not a happy prospect. The game is a bit clunky at parts, but it's created a few good inside jokes with my roommates that played with me. (Out of ammo??)
A wasted potential that was ripped off from other horror gamesTheForgery | June 10, 2015 | See all TheForgery's reviews »
The Evil Within is a horror survival game that does not introduce any new gameplay concepts. It bares too many similarities to Resident Evil and Siren: Blood Curse. For example (and without trying to spoil the plot), the stale protagonist is trying to survive and escape from a city overrun by mutated beings and in isolated areas away from the ruins of civilization. The atmosphere is recycled from other horror games, gameplay included. A run down hospital with "unspeakable evil' which tortured victims for experiments, exploring an ancient and an isolated village that is a focus in the story, and a mad scientist responsible for the whole mess are cliche'd. Stealth featured in "The Evil Within" lacks any significant change which consists of distracting enemies while hidden is mundane. Finally, chase scenes and annoying puzzles quite common thus adding to the disappointment. As mentioned earlier, the protagonist has a very weak character. He bares no emotion and no unique characteristics thus he is very unlikable, on par with Aiden Pearce of Watch Dogs). The other survivors also suffer from the same affliction. The AI is also completely stupid and inefficient, notably, allies that Resident Evil 5 is notorious for. They are unable to properly function when handling threats and can get in your way when trying to shoot enemies. This is possibly one of the prime weaknesses that this game has. In all, the game gets a C from me due to the unpolished aspects and how overpriced the game is.
Challenging but confusingnifeleki | June 9, 2015 | See all nifeleki's reviews »
If you like survival horror games and action shooters this is the right place to be. Shiinji Mikami the creator of the resident evil saga and undoubtedly one of the masterminds of this genre developed a game that will make you anxious and terrified being lost in its devious story.You play Sebastian Castellanos, a detective with many personal issues. Everything starts when he receives a call to investigate a vicious crime in a local hospital where multiple murders have been committed and many corpses have scattered in the halls. The story advances through 15 chapters in which you have to avoid deadly traps, overcome dark and hostile environments and of course kill many sinister monsters as they come to take your life.The story-line is very confusing , the cutscenes are not of high value but its for sure getting under your skin.There are some jump scares in the game but the horror part of it comes out from the scenery, the low ammo as it is a constant fact on the game, the shadows that coming alive as you progress through with a lamp that you can turn on/off and the sneak element that you can use(some times is mandatory).Plus the fact that you can save only on checkpoints and not when you like. The action part comes on the shooting and is getting more intense as the game progresses and in particular in the last chapters.The player has many options of arms to choose and many alternative characteristics to develop in the upgrade tree of the hero.The camera is many times disturbing and will make you angry and especially when you fight bosses. Ultra-wide screen monitors are not supported, i had to use flawless widescreen to play in fullscreen on 2560 *1080. The letterbox makes the horror value of the game more intense. The game provides around 15-18 hours of gameplay and there will be for sure many times that you will die.If you take challenges and love survival horror this is the right place to be.
An Uneven, But Interesting Gametravishaney88 | March 28, 2015 | See all travishaney88's reviews »
The ideas behind The Evil Within are solid. Coming from survival horror legend Shinji Mikami, the Evil Within delivers some of the most unsettling set pieces and creatures seen in a console survival horror in a good few years. However, the game was not the revelation I was expecting. Some pros and cons: Pros: Creepy atmosphere. Imaginative monster designs. (Chapter 4... unsettling). The crossbow adds an interesting layer to combat. Cons: It's unclear which enemies can or cannot be stealth killed. One-hit kills can happen from many enemies and traps. The camera is a bit too close in some situations. Often times the game is more frustrating than terrifying. Overall the game is worth playing if you're a fan of the genre, but set moderate expectations. Sadly, this isn't the second coming of Resident Evil 4.