Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
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  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. The Evil Within seems like two different games. During the first 30 minutes, you will fall into the horror part of the game, but then Evil Within will transform into a stealth action (hunt zombies with Sam Fisher) game.
  3. Pelit (Finland)
    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]
  4. Nov 4, 2014
    82
    A hardcore, unforgiving, old school survival horror blockbuster, heir to the same triumphs and pitfalls as all of its ilk. The story ultimately fails to make a lasting impression, but the frantic, two bullets and a prayer sense of always being half a step away from horrible death and dismemberment, greatly succeeds in making this a hugely satisfying romp through the darker side of the human psyche.
  5. 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.
  6. Oct 27, 2014
    80
    It is recommended without hesitation to everyone that is brave enough and eager for long hours of thrills.
  7. Oct 20, 2014
    78
    A polished but predictable return from a master of survival horror like Mikami, The Evil Within succeeds in its cinematographic atmosphere and skilled craft, but lacks the sheer power of the true masterpieces of the genre.
  8. Oct 30, 2014
    75
    Due to some poorly executed design decisions and an impossible camera, The Evil Within fails to recreate the magic of Mikami's earlier works. Still, it is a great survival-splatter game with intense moments and lots of unique ideas.
  9. PC PowerPlay
    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]
  10. Oct 15, 2014
    70
    If you like old-school third-person action games with horror elements, I'd recommend picking up The Evil Within on a console, possibly at a price cut. It will definitely scratch the itch of someone who has been pining for a return to the older days of gaming, but everyone else who has come to expect that certain layer of polish likely won't be amused.
  11. 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.
  12. Oct 28, 2014
    65
    The Evil Within is an unoriginal but interesting concept that keeps the player on the edge of his or hers seat and makes the blood flow faster. It's a shame that outdated gameplay mechanics surfaces fairly quickly (and begins to frustrate shortly after). The game is quite easy to be memorized move by move, room by room - and that kills all the horror. The Evil Within is not bad at the survival part, it's quite good as a stealth game and mediocre as a shooter. It has an interesting story and dull characters - all of that can be fun, but I think expectations were much bigger.
  13. 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.
  14. Oct 30, 2014
    60
    Despite darkness being a horror game’s natural habitat, living so much in other game’s shadows limits The Evil Within from being the genre redefining classic it really should have been.
  15. Oct 16, 2014
    60
    The controls are sluggish, the video options are limited, and the aspect ratio decision is utterly stupid. All of the above drags The Evil Within from enjoyably challenging to needlessly frustrating.
  16. Oct 31, 2014
    53
    I’ve played a lot of decent horror games and out of all of the classics like Resident Evil, Silent Hill and the more recent ones like Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Outlast, I just cannot seem to find a place in my heart or in my brain for The Evil Within. It’s not worthy to tackle any of the aforesaid games. Not on any level.
  17. CD-Action
    Jan 9, 2015
    50
    It seems the developers were not entirely sure what they wanted to achieve and got caught between traditional and innovative approach, properly employing neither. [13/2014, p.56]
  18. Oct 29, 2014
    40
    For every brilliant moment, there's a handful only worthy of exasperated annoyance.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 746 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 170
  2. Negative: 77 out of 170
  1. 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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  2. Oct 14, 2014
    0
    30 fps ? pathetic. Game is frustrating, repetitive or held back by technical issues and poor, dated games design. Don't make games if u don't30 fps ? pathetic. Game is frustrating, repetitive or held back by technical issues and poor, dated games design. Don't make games if u don't know how. Full Review »
  3. Oct 14, 2014
    0
    No lip sync, poor graphics, some awkward moments, and I don't know why but some animations are missing or don't appear. It tries to be a mixNo lip sync, poor graphics, some awkward moments, and I don't know why but some animations are missing or don't appear. It tries to be a mix of Silent Hill and Resident Evil and was clearly influenced by those horror games, but isn't ashamed to point it out. I really can't take this game seriously. Some of the jump-scares are good and sometimes the atmosphere is good but it is quickly ruined by pretty much any encounter. Zero polish, clearly a crappy port. Full Review »