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  • Summary: Players assume the role of Torque, a man convicted of a horrible crime that he may or may not have committed. He's sentenced to life in Abbott State Penitentiary, a haunted place that hides a terrible secret, one that threatens both the prison guards and the hardened criminals that call this isolated hell home. Torque's tale unfolds in nine terrifying levels, where grisly mutated creatures, sadistic prisoners and guards lurk around every corner. A variety of deadly weapons are at his disposal to help him survive and escape from prison. In addition, Torque has a "rage meter" that, when filled, transforms him into a hideous and bloodthirsty creature that looks and feels right at home with the other dozen monstrosities stalking his every move. Torque will be able to interact with other inmate NPC's and enlist their help in escaping, or take them out if they get in his way. The Suffering also features three distinct endings based on how the game is played. In revealing Torque's story, he could be a cold-blooded killer, a man wrongfully accused, or something far, far worse. [Encore Software] Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. With satisfactory graphics, outstanding audio and acting, involving mystery-like story, smooth gameplay mechanics, The Suffering moves to the top ranks, joining such titles as "Clive Barker's Undying" and "Eternal Darkness."
  2. Quite simply, a good action game with some great scares.
  3. One of the best survival/horror, emphasis on the “horror”, in recent memory. Trust me, you’ll be begging for Mommy halfway through the game.
  4. With brilliantly conceived creatures executing every last living thing on Carnate, interrupted only by brief spells of suspenseful silence and a smattering of hallucinations, The Suffering is an exercise in terror, meant to be played with quality surround sound, late at night, with the lights turned off.
  5. If you're looking for a horror survival game that can fill the gap left by the Silent Hill and Fatal Frame series, look no further.
  6. Though The Suffering tends to rely more on startling you with visual effects and sudden attacks than on actually trying to scare you, it's still a pretty refreshing take on horror-themed games.
  7. A fairly standard action game redeemed by some true suspense and fear. [Oct 2004, p.79]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. CharlesD.
    Jun 28, 2004
    Awesome. In fact, Awesomely awesome. Seriously.
  2. TerryD.
    Jun 29, 2004
    The key word here is INTENSE! This game just plain delivers - tons of shocking action in a box. Get it! Get it now!!
  3. ChrisS.
    Aug 4, 2004
    Graphically its not bad, not great, but not bad. Character animation is good and the monsters are original and scary. Voice acting is far better than I was expecting. Atmosphere is creepy, lighting is spooky and sound effects are excellent. A job well done as far as ambience and mood. However, there are bugs or perhaps they are programing decisions that I found frustrating at times. At one point a guard who was gunning for me refused to die no matter how many slugs I pumped into him. The only way to deal with this situation was to run and hope I reached the next level before he methodically gunned me down. Later, an npc with whom I team up does not die despite being set upon by a hoard of blade wielding creatures. Overall, a hard edged, scary and fun game. Expand
  4. Mar 20, 2012
    Aside from the bugs, this game is quite good.
    Excellent story, gameplay and the atmosphere doesn't fail to entertain me, either.
    But like I
    said, the bugs are quite annoying, sometimes affecting gameplay and sounds. Expand
  5. GabrielK.
    Jul 11, 2008
    The game is very repetitive and boring after a few levels. The lights are so bad that is really frustrating to see something in the dark even with the flashlight. But is not bad at all, it has some creepy stuff. The dark voices, the creatures, the story and some weapons make this game decent to this genre. Definitely is a game to play some hours and thats all, probably you will not want to finish at all at the middle of the game. Expand
  6. HarmL.
    Sep 10, 2004
    I am not going to complete this game. It just gets a bit boring. The fighting mechanics are vague. Why is a knife more effective then a pistol? Dont tell me, I am done with this. Expand