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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
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  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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  1. 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

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