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

85

Intense and exciting.

PrimalHunter779 | Jan. 22, 2015 | See all PrimalHunter779's reviews »

The Evil Within is a new original survival horror game, developed by the minds behind the original Resident Evil games and the genius of Shinji Mikami. The game seeks to provide players with an 'old school' survival horror game; complete with chills, scarce ammunition and challenging enemy encounters. I'm pretty happy to say I really enjoyed this game despite a few missteps. The story has the player controlling a detective named Sebastian Castellanos; Sebastian and his team are called in to Beacon Mental Hospital to investigate the scene of a gruesome mass murder, and from then on, a whole lot of horrific supernatural shenanigans occurs. It's worth noting that the story is pretty confusing and was certainly not easy to follow; the characters are also somewhat dull, so if you play this game, I wouldn't really advise doing so for the narrative. Gameplay is the real heart and soul of The Evil Within, and oh my, what great gameplay it is! The game handles like a fresher version of Resident Evil 4 in nearly every way; third-person camera angle with similar over the shoulder aiming. Ammo is incredibly scarce, and just like in Resident Evil 4, the zombie-like enemies will amble and shuffle towards you while you attempt to pull off a frantic headshot. There are a few boss fights thrown in throughout the game, all of which were stressful and challenging. There are also a few neat mechanics; for example, the upgrade system has Sebastian collecting vials of green gel, which can be used back at the hospital ward to upgrade his various skills and attributes. Additionally, the player can also burn the corpses of downed enemies in order to ensure that they don't rise from the grave as well as providing you with valulable resources. Just like in Resident Evil 4, you'll navigate mansions, villages, as well as the modern day city, hospital wards and abandoned facilities. Due to the supernatural nature of the game, you'll be thrown from one area to the next without context, which I didn't really mind since I was mainly in this game for the intense gameplay. I wouldn't say this game was 'terrifying', however I will say that the enemy encounters were very stressful and the game really doesn't skimp out on gore and incredibly intense enemy encounters. The Evil Within makes a nice compromise between horror and action, with only occassional dips into ridiculousness. In short; this is a very similar experience to Resident Evil 4 with a whole lot of refinements. If you liked that, you'll love The Evil Within. Technically, the game succeeds both in audio and visuals. Ambient sound effects are very creepy, and set you on edge before enemy encounters, along with the various 'gross' sound effects that make the gore so visceral. The graphics aren't exactly groundbreaking, but they look nice enough. There's many detailed environments to be found here, and the lighting effects are also quite nice. My only other real gripe with this game apart from the mediocre narrative is the PC optimisation; this game runs quite badly on most systems, even after the multiple patches. The devs were kind enough to remove the black bars and the 30 FPS cap, which was a very welcome addition. In conclusion, The Evil Within is an excellent survival horror experience that will please any super fans of the older Resident Evil games. The folks over at Tango and Bethesda have managed to craft an intense and unique horror experience despite missteps with the story and PC optimisation. Highly recommended.

85

Intense and reminiscent of older Resident Evil titles.

PrimalHunter779 | Jan. 22, 2015 | See all PrimalHunter779's reviews »

The Evil Within is a new original survival horror game, developed by the minds behind the original Resident Evil games and the genius of Shinji Mikami. The game seeks to provide players with an 'old school' survival horror game; complete with chills, scarce ammunition and challenging enemy encounters. I'm pretty happy to say I really enjoyed this game despite a few missteps. The story has the player controlling a detective named Sebastian Castellanos; Sebastian and his team are called in to Beacon Mental Hospital to investigate the scene of a gruesome mass murder, and from then on, a whole lot of horrific supernatural shenanigans occurs. It's worth noting that the story is pretty confusing and was certainly not easy to follow; the characters are also somewhat dull, so if you play this game, I wouldn't really advise doing so for the narrative. Gameplay is the real heart and soul of The Evil Within, and oh my, what great gameplay it is! The game handles like a fresher version of Resident Evil 4 in nearly every way; third-person camera angle with similar over the shoulder aiming. Ammo is incredibly scarce, and just like in Resident Evil 4, the zombie-like enemies will amble and shuffle towards you while you attempt to pull off a frantic headshot. There are a few boss fights thrown in throughout the game, all of which were stressful and challenging. There are also a few neat mechanics; for example, the upgrade system has Sebastian collecting vials of green gel, which can be used back at the hospital ward to upgrade his various skills and attributes. Additionally, the player can also burn the corpses of downed enemies in order to ensure that they don't rise from the grave as well as providing you with valulable resources. Just like in Resident Evil 4, you'll navigate mansions, villages, as well as the modern day city, hospital wards and abandoned facilities. Due to the supernatural nature of the game, you'll be thrown from one area to the next without context, which I didn't really mind since I was mainly in this game for the intense gameplay. I wouldn't say this game was 'terrifying', however I will say that the enemy encounters were very stressful and the game really doesn't skimp out on gore and incredibly intense enemy encounters. The Evil Within makes a nice compromise between horror and action, with only occassional dips into ridiculousness. In short; this is a very similar experience to Resident Evil 4 with a whole lot of refinements. If you liked that, you'll love The Evil Within. Technically, the game succeeds both in audio and visuals. Ambient sound effects are very creepy, and set you on edge before enemy encounters, along with the various 'gross' sound effects that make the gore so visceral. The graphics aren't exactly groundbreaking, but they look nice enough. There's many detailed environments to be found here, and the lighting effects are also quite nice. My only other real gripe with this game apart from the mediocre narrative is the PC optimisation; this game runs quite badly on most systems, even after the multiple patches. The devs were kind enough to remove the black bars and the 30 FPS cap, which was a very welcome addition. In conclusion, The Evil Within is an excellent survival horror experience that will please any super fans of the older Resident Evil games. The folks over at Tango and Bethesda have managed to craft an intense and unique horror experience despite missteps with the story and PC optimisation. Highly recommended.

80

A nice compromise between horro and action

drvenkman89 | Jan. 10, 2015 | See all drvenkman89's reviews »

Being a huge fan of resident evil 4 I couldn't wait to get my hands on the the evil within. The story really starts to unfold after the first few chapters and was a nice departure from more tried and tested "complete all levels to reach bad guy x" as the narrative doesn't unfold in a linear fashion. The only problem I have with the narrative is the underdevelopment of certain characters and unless you find most collectables you are unlikely to get the full picture.

Game play wise if you're familiar with any third person shooter you'll feel right at home with the evil within. there's not a huge list of weapons ion the game but choosing the right one for a particular enemy type is key to conserving ammo and fighting smart. The game doesn't overload you with ammo bar from a few set pieces. There is also a lite upgrade system in place to improve weapons / abilities used with the gel collected throughout the game.

Visually the game is serviceable, nothing standout but no slouch either. The enemy designs are really what make this game as there are some truly twisted and terrifying encounters that will frighten and gross you out.

The game isn't optimized the best it could be and i would expect most systems would be better off going for the locked 30 fps option. I have a 4gb gtx680 and after the recent performance patch I play with an unlocked frame rate and generally stay on at least on the high 40's when the actions heavy.

All in all this is a good step forward for returning to a true survival horror game and for anyone that has been sorely disappointed in the route recent resident evil titles have been taking I would heavily recommend picking this title up.

88

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.

92

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.