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


This Evil Is Real

yarkitty123 | Nov. 8, 2014 | See all yarkitty123's reviews »

What else can I say other than this game lived up to the multitudinous hype? Picture Resident Evil 4 and Silent Hill and absurd amounts of gore, and you're not far off. This is the best survival horror game I've played since Haunting Ground on PS2. The main character is nothing to phone home about, but the actual gameplay is fantastic. If you have ay doubts, check out the demo.

9/10. Shinji Mikami does it again.


A game with a massive identity crisis that never scares.

Xbob42 | Nov. 8, 2014 | See all Xbob42's reviews »

Shinji Mikami tried here, he really did. You can see it all over this game, but I don't think he hit the mark with anything besides the combat.

The graphics are pretty good most of the time, but the performance is all over the place, and the 30FPS soft lock is an annoyance. You can officially remove the black bars without any modding now, no cropping, either, so that's good.

What you can't do is activate a coherent plot. The game desperately tries to hook you with a psychological thriller aspect, trying to mess with your head, but it never comes together. You'll find out what was happening for the most part, but it's neither interesting nor exciting. It's a disappointing climax to a mostly disappointing game.

The only area this game excels in, at least in my opinion, is the combat. Your starting revolver is exceptionally powerful and the combination of sound design, animation and enemy damage really feel like you're firing a cannon. I never got bored with blowing up enemy heads.

But the rote story, the lame characters, the enemies and concepts lifted straight from Resident Evil 4 (C'mon, Mikami! Move on!) and bad framerate just made the game a whole fairly disappointing. I still beat it, still had fun, but I really expected much better.

This is a very cautious recommendation. There's a lot of negatives, so I'd get this game on the cheap if possible if you absolutely must have it.


A good investment.

Strictnyne | Nov. 6, 2014 | See all Strictnyne's reviews »

This is a very japanese influenced type of horror-esque game. It feels to me alot like silent hill and resident evil if they had a baby. I would suggest honestly trying the demo on steam if you're unsure. Reviews from some are steered by small things like the FPS lockout and such, but in reality this was fixed with the first patch.

Again try the demo, but if you enjoy survival horror games as they use to be, this is definitely worth playing.


Absolutely terrifying

theMafiaKing_9 | Nov. 6, 2014 | See all theMafiaKing_9's reviews »

This game is great. It has top notch gun play and the graphics are good. The atmosphere is very effective as it is always eerie and creepy. The story isn't great but its good enough. Lastly if your a fan of the silent hill series, you'll feel at home with this one.


Resident evil feel

Shaide | Nov. 6, 2014 | See all Shaide's reviews »

This game has a STRONG similarity to Resident Evil 4. It's not exact, but you would be forgiven if you thought it was a sequel. This is both good and bad!

See, RE4, is arguably the best RE game to date, but it just doesn't fit in with modern games. Did I love RE4? Heck yea! It's a classic! Did I love Evil Within? Not so much! My tastes have changed and evolved over time, and while I will always love RE4, even now on replays, I just don't have those feelings toward new releases with similar feels.

One thing that irks me is the game doesn't properly explain controls and tactics, for instance it tells you to use matches to ignite corpses. It doesn't explain that you only need to ignite them if they are knocked down or if another creature is standing on it. If you stealth kill, or completely destroy the head, save your matches! They are down for the count!

Also, the game seems to run very sluggish even on a machine that meets all it's requirements.