Metascore
85

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. A truly fantastic game and quite possibly one of the greatest games of all time...it really must be seen to be believed. Get your shoes on, buy yourself a good supply of new pants (underwear for our American readers) and pick this one up today!
  2. 100
    With a creepy, excellent story and perfectly paced, complex action, Undying oozes freaky atmosphere.
  3. This is the only game I have played where Depends ™ should be in the System Requirements. There are more "leave a stain on the upholstery" moments in the first chapter of this game than in most horror/flasher flicks.
  4. A great game that does an incredible job of bringing the player into its world. Just don't play it alone late at night.
  5. Superb graphics, truly impressive sound effects, and fast-paced, enjoyable action sequences. The entire game is very atmospheric and a lot of fun to play.
  6. Utilizing an enhanced version of the Unreal engine complete with a custom particle system (among the other additions,) the game is quite simply breathtaking – probably one of the best visual uses of the engine to date.
  7. It combines an atmosphere that will have you changing your shorts at least twice per playing session with beautiful visuals and balanced gameplay that requires some actual thinking to make it through successfully.
  8. 90
    I can't think of a game that's made me feel so much suspense and freaked me out as much. If you're looking for a deep, chilling shooter with a lot of weapon and spell variety, you should be very happy with, as well as horrified by, Clive Barker's Undying.
  9. FPS fans will be delighted, as will adventure game fans, horror genre fans and the generally quest-obsessed. On that note, if you decide to get this game, load it up, turn off the lights, crank the speakers and enjoy ... BOO!
  10. Combines an engaging story with some fantastic visuals for one fright-filled frolic through evil. Check it out if you've got the patience for lots of level loading.
  11. I felt a kind of primal fear playing it through that I have not ever had before with a computer game, and it is truly a horror fan's most delectable nightmare.
  12. So lock those doors, close those windows and prepare yourself for something a little more involving, and a whole lot more terrifying.
  13. 89
    A game definitely worth buying. Good story, good level design, and great graphics all make for one hell of a ride.
  14. Linear gameplay can be a turn off… AI glitches. Ineffective spells, needs more weapons (relative con's - it's a matter of taste).
  15. Coupled with the nearly perfect atmospheric music and sound, the game does have its moments of true fright.
  16. The combination of magic and weapons is unique and, meshed with excellent graphics and sound, makes this a game a winner.
  17. The architecture is incredibly designed, ranging from vast, open structures to dark, claustrophobic corridors. The story is intriguing. Its deep, unexpected twists and turns will draw players deep into the game, delivering a rich experience.
  18. More than an impressive atmospheric shooter, but any in-depth work that was done to develop a unique and captivating plot for Undying can too conveniently and too easily be ignored or disposed of.
  19. A near-perfect combination of gut-wrenching horror and intenst action. [May 2001, p.58]
  20. The horror aspect is pulled of very well, and you'll find yourself jumping out of your seat often.
  21. It's Kubrick's "The Shining" to most other developers' "Scream 2," and it's the kind of game to play alone, in the dark, with the back door open and a dose of prescription medication in you.
  22. Once Undying gets up a head of steam, it woos you with sheer atmosphere and production values. On looks alone, it sucks you in for hours at a stretch. Its landscapes and architecture are spectacular.
  23. The game gives you countless rooms to explore and the impression of freeform gameplay despite the fact that the game is actually quite linear. The downside is frequent disorientation.
  24. 70
    Not the greatest game you'll ever play, but a good blast with plenty of atmosphere and ideas to see you through to the end.
  25. A spooky and enthralling FPS, [but] the lack of multiplayer is somewhat like jumping into a Ferrari, then sticking to the speed limit.
  26. A different sort of game, one where story dominates the action, but in this case to a fault.
  27. Certainly a unique first-person shooter and despite the feeling that this particular variety of horror and suspense seems a tad contrived at times, gameplay is actually fresh and warrants a good look by fans of both first-person shooters and survival horror.
  28. It might do a great job at raising the hair on the back of our necks, but it doesn't do much to raise the gameplay bar. Who knew mediocrity could be so scary?
User Score
8.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 112 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. UndyingDeveloper
    Oct 24, 2007
    10
    As one of the developers of this title, I can say that it was as much fun to develop it as it is to play. The PC version suffered somewhat, As one of the developers of this title, I can say that it was as much fun to develop it as it is to play. The PC version suffered somewhat, as a result of trying to do a console version simultaneously, but at the end of the day, I'm proud of the work done on this title. Full Review »
  2. Jun 1, 2014
    10
    Best. Horror. Game. Ever.

    Wish they would remake it!!!!!!! FPS shooter including magic and a wide variety of weapons. Amazing enemies.
    Best. Horror. Game. Ever.

    Wish they would remake it!!!!!!! FPS shooter including magic and a wide variety of weapons. Amazing enemies. Cliver Barker you da man.
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  3. Feb 11, 2013
    9
    Great graphics for its time, great story, great music, scary ambient, original, this game is just awesome to play. If you're tired of today'sGreat graphics for its time, great story, great music, scary ambient, original, this game is just awesome to play. If you're tired of today's games and you want something old and nostalgic Clive Barker's Undying is the perfect game to play. It will work perfectly on any PC with Windows going from 7, XP all the way to 98 and 95, its just an addictive game that once you play it you want more and it just attracts you into it. It is sad that it didn't receive the attention need because of poor advertisement, bad trailer and bad release dad, Valentine's Day and lets not forget other problems that happened in 2001, Undying is not a Holy Grail of Horror Games, locked away, forgotten even by EA Games, but once you find it you will love it, this games deserves that Multiplayer patch, deserves a sequel but most of all it deserves a HD remake, the same game only with better graphics, glitches and problems solved and it will be just perfect. While EA is giving us more futuristic space horror with Dead Space, they should try and give us some vintage games, players won't mind it, nobody minds Amnesia. Full Review »