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  • Summary: While investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners encounter a menacing and powerful force. After witnessing the slaughter of fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a derangedWhile investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners encounter a menacing and powerful force. After witnessing 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 daunting journey to unravel that which is behind this evil force. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Oct 15, 2014
    85
    The Evil Within has achieved something that not many games have lately: It scared me. Thanks for Mikami-san!
  2. Nov 15, 2014
    82
    As the Japanese survival horror genre goes, The Evil Within feels a bit old fashion but in a good way. It certainly has the potential of becoming a cult classic. [Nov 2014]
  3. Oct 27, 2014
    80
    If you like the idea of Resident Evil 4 crossed half-and-half with Silent Hill then The Evil Within is the game for you. Just be prepared to put up with 30 FPS.
  4. Nov 30, 2014
    70
    Borrowing heavily from past survival horror games, The Evil Within still manages to create fear in its players despite some clunkiness. [Dec 2014, p.58]
  5. Nov 11, 2014
    68
    Instead of giving a new lease on life to the survival horror genre, Mikami, the creator of Resident Evil, produced a dud.
  6. Oct 17, 2014
    65
    To sum it up, The Evil Within is fantastic; or rather it would be if the PC version didn’t feel so sloppy.
  7. Oct 29, 2014
    40
    For every brilliant moment, there's a handful only worthy of exasperated annoyance.

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  1. Positive: 47 out of 133
  2. Negative: 67 out of 133
  1. Oct 14, 2014
    10
    You can unlock 60 fps and gg this game is **** awesome !!!! one of the best horror games in years so go and buy it now!!!!! or the evil willYou can unlock 60 fps and gg this game is **** awesome !!!! one of the best horror games in years so go and buy it now!!!!! or the evil will kill you!! Expand
  2. Oct 14, 2014
    9
    Exactly what I expected from the beginning and what they showed in the trailer other than 30 fps and the black bars. can not ask for a 10 theExactly what I expected from the beginning and what they showed in the trailer other than 30 fps and the black bars. can not ask for a 10 the first game of this study, over time failures iran polishing his future works. Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2014
    8
    It does deserve an eight and it is a game of your worst nightmares when it comes to the mechanics, but it is a game fo a dreams when it comesIt does deserve an eight and it is a game of your worst nightmares when it comes to the mechanics, but it is a game fo a dreams when it comes to your mind. This is a must for horror fan, i have a 11 year experience of hardcore gaming and science, this game combines WILL AND REASON. I love it,. Expand
  4. Oct 20, 2014
    4
    Dear Bethesda,

    I downloaded this game from a torrent site. Why? Because of id Tech 5. I got myself fooled into this engine two times (Rage
    Dear Bethesda,

    I downloaded this game from a torrent site. Why? Because of id Tech 5. I got myself fooled into this engine two times (Rage and Wolfenstein TNO). Let's talk about these: both games are GREAT, especially Wolfenstein. And they are destroyed, only because of id Tech 5. Now you successfully ruined The Evil Within on the PC with that unusable game engine.

    My problems with it:

    - the games are horribly big for nothing
    - the system requirements are unreal for the graphics
    - speaking of unreal, UE 3 looks a million times better
    - games with id Tech 5 are nearly unplayable on AMD cards

    So. I pre-ordered The Evil Within at first, than I looked at its requirements. They were pretty high, but since i don't believe these I checked the engine (yes, because of Bethesda as the publisher). As soon as I saw that it uses id Tech 5 I cancelled my pre-order, and I really hope a lot of people will ask for refunds for this catastrophe. The PC version is basically unplayable. Because of the technical issues I was not able to try the game. No matter what I set in the options it won't go higher that 15-17 FPS, as every id Tech 5 games. That makes the game pointless to play.

    I know that my 60$ won't do any damage to a publisher like Bethesda, but I'm really happy that I downloaded this game from torrent. My 60$ is not burned this way.
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  5. Oct 19, 2014
    2
    I was really looking forward to this game. I am real junkie of horror survival games and movies. Unfortunately this game is broken on pc. IfI was really looking forward to this game. I am real junkie of horror survival games and movies. Unfortunately this game is broken on pc. If you don't have Xbox controller, then stay the f**k out of this game. The k+m controls are imprecise. Another technical issue is 30 fps lock; witch makes game almost unplayable, in my opinion. What’s the f******g point buying high end graphic cards if game developers lock frame rate to 30 fps? And there is this annoying aspect ratio that really grinds my gears. WTF?! It looks retarded and plays retarded. What is worse is that even it is possible to "fix" those issues, with unlocking console controls; the game still plays like crap. The aspect ratio is 2.35:1, by default and by changing aspect ratio, so it is in "full screen" mode, I notice that frame rate dropped significantly and after changing to new aspect ratio, the main character in the game "gets bigger", so much that it almost covers half of the view in the game. It seems like the whole view in the game gets somehow "cropped" or "blown up" It doesn't look nice at all. But how is the game it self. Is it scary in any way? Does it have any interesting story? The game is developed by some Japanese dude and creator of RE series, as you all probably know that already. I never played any of those games so I was kind of new to this. But if this is how those games are, then I know I never will try them. The gameplay is awful and very uninspiring. The texture in the game are just ugly, it is simply awful looking game, and what is worse is that this game is badly optimized for pc and it plays like s***. Forget high frame rates! The game doesn't feel like a survival horror game. It feels more like some clunky survival game, were you must gather some green crap, by killing monsters, so that you can upgrade your character. And then, by some miracle you get more ammo storage, better weapon damage, etc,etc. I really didn't find this kind of upgrade system interesting in survival game. Some people may find it interesting. For me it felt like some kind of unnecessary distraction. Game gets very frustrating because you die a lot, and not because of some tactical mistake made in the game. It is because of this sh***y aspect ratio and controls and all the other technical issues. It is frustrating even to make precise aiming or have any kind of control over any situation. The controls and the aspect ratio really make this game difficult to play. I don't understand what were developers thinking when they decided to make this game so unplayable. What about characters? The main characters in game are boring and sometimes annoying. I didn't care about any of them. The dialogs are boring and just made me skip most of those looong movie cut scenes, which I hate in games. I buy game to be able to interact with it. If I want a movie, I can always watch something on Netflix. Games are made to be interactive. It isn't scary game either. Maybe there are some few cheap jump scares that will make babies and small children cry, but overall, the game isn't scary at all. Though, it is very gory, which may appeal to some folks out there. It feels more like a survival game then a horror game. Disappointing! How about the story? Is it any good? If it is difficult to connect emotionally to the main characters, then the story itself will be less interesting. I got very confused and had problems to get anything meaningful from the story. I felt they were jumping from place to place all the time and I lost track of what was the story about. In the end, I really didn't care. The only thing that I really liked was the creative design of all the enemies . Would I recommend this game to anyone? Not for pc! Don't buy this game for pc. You might regret it. Expand
  6. Nov 3, 2014
    0
    this game is awfall, i've downloaded mine after the Latest Patch, the screen image still doesn't fit 1080p tv.

    it's got the wrong aspect
    this game is awfall, i've downloaded mine after the Latest Patch, the screen image still doesn't fit 1080p tv.

    it's got the wrong aspect ratio, it's too short in height and far too wide, you can not adjust it, the menu commands are off the screen on the right hand side, you can only see it on a much lower resolution, this is definitely the latest patch because it has 60FPS and also letterbox removed.

    also, you can see Win 8.1 desktop behind the game, what a total and utter pile of junk....from what i've seen so far the colouring looks wrong too, it's too grey and lifeless

    dont get this on pc just in case you get my buggy version
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  7. Oct 16, 2014
    0
    DO NOT BUY THIS GAME ON PC!

    It's a great game and a true successor to RE4. But this game should not have made to the pc platform in its
    DO NOT BUY THIS GAME ON PC!

    It's a great game and a true successor to RE4. But this game should not have made to the pc platform in its current state.

    The controls are clunky and unresponsive, you can't bind keys properly and the default keybinding doesn't make any **** sense.

    If you have a next gen console like the PS4 or the XBONE. Buy this game on one of these and enjoy.

    On PC however, stay AWAY from this garbabe port.

    My rating is based on the pc version alone, not the game overall.
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