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


An over reliance on and failure to improve on past RE titles

Legolas_Katarn | Oct. 2, 2015 | See all Legolas_Katarn's reviews »

Plays like Resident Evil 4 and 5 without the gun attachment upgrades, dodge actions, and fun melee attacks, but with added stealth kills. The story and characters are pretty uninteresting and the dialogue is often poor. The environments are nothing that hasn't been seen before in the genre countless times small villages, hospitals, churches, abandoned cities. There are annoying trapped areas that you could easily just crawl through, if your character could crawl, you are easily able to get through these parts most of the time with the only thing making it difficult is often the camera. There are a few chase segments where you will die only because of the poor camera. Film style black bars on the screen, that have no place in a video game, can make it difficult to see in certain areas. Small annoyances like being unable to run in water that might only be going up to your foot. You have an extremely weak punch attack, and will sometimes try to stomp on dead bodies instead of attacking what is in front of you, or will kick at enemies instead of swinging a one hit kill hatchet if you the high ground. Even if you have done a good job saving ammo and upgrading your capacity by the end of the game when combat becomes more frequent and enemies more numerous it becomes very likely that you will run out of ammo. This starts to make the game more annoying to play as things become needlessly difficult and you are prevented form using the weapons that you like. They were way to hung up on Resident Evil when they made this game, the first few areas is basically a more boring version of the opening village in RE4, even having you looking through binoculars at one point at enemies like Leon did in RE4, no idea why you would even have those. One of the levels takes place in what is pretty much a recreation of the Spencer Mansion from Resident Evil 1. While it might be nice for some people to see similar areas remade again, this reliance on the past without making improvements is one of the Evil Within's primary flaws. The game ends up being a mediocre Resident Evil rip off, nothing is learned from similar past games, and the game ends up making even more mistakes or leaves poor elements in rather than improving on anything that came before.


Challenging and fun

blackzr | Sept. 14, 2015 | See all blackzr's reviews »

Evil Within reminds me of Resident Evil 4, which was also made by the same director. It's not really scary, but this is not the main point of the game like Outlast and Alien: Isolation. Rather, the main point is how you manage ammo and supplies effectively to survive. In Evil Within, you are very limited and won't get much ammo. So you need to learn how to use weapons to its full use to defeat enemies by using least ammo as much as possible. Using stealth is also an option as well. Though stealth system wasn't perfect to use it fully like Last of Us, but to be used to save ammo as much as you can. Once I understood how to play, I started to play higher difficulties and had more fun than lower difficulty because you HAVE to build up and use strategies to save ammo as much as you can. The puzzles are ok. Nothing too hard, but nothing too unique. As for story, it was rather confusing by playing original Evil Within. But after playing DLCs, the story made more clear because the original Evil Within only shows what is happening from Sebastian's point of view while DLCs where you play as Julie Kidman show who and what is truly behind the whole stage of Evil Within. DLCs are worth to try out because they provide different gameplay from the original. One thing I don't like in Evil Within is not so good optimization. This game runs well, but it doesn't use the rig to its full use so it don't have stable framerate. Other than that, this game is a great survival horror game that has 15 chapters and provide about 15 hours of gameplay with variable stages and bosses.


Not scary, but still great horror.

Furrek | Sept. 7, 2015 | See all Furrek's reviews »

The level of how scary this game is similar to Resident Evil 4 - which means this game have at most 1-2 scenes, that's all. The only different is how gore The Evil Within is - and you can be sure, it is. I thought if maybe it's game from someone responsible for RE4, maybe we could get a truly horror game... but sadly, we didn't. Still, even tho it's not scary, it's great horror game. Starts really great and slowly gets boring but it's still one of best games I have played last year. Some people complain it's only console port but it doesn't looks so bad. This game have great climate, really amazing for late night sessions. It's not short game but also not hard AND, which is important, it's really enjoyable. If you haven't played The Evil Within yet, try it - it's one of best try at horror genre from past few years.


Was expecting more, but what we got was still good

MadDemon64 | 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 Reboot

trumpsuit | 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??)