Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 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. Obliterates the rules of terror and even common decency to deliver a delightfully twisted horror game that will scare the fearless and chill the spine of the bravest soul. It was a great ride on the consoles and it's just as good on the PC. Play it...I dare you.
  3. Sufficiently dark and creepy to keep gamers on edge and entertained throughout the duration. Even more important and notable is the fact that yes, The Suffering is a port of an Xbox game and yes, it’s actually a decent port.
  4. PC Gamer
    86
    A first-or-third person shooter that is one of the most chilling, disturbing games I've ever played. And I mean that in the best way possible...The Suffering's main downside is that its graphics engine isn't the latest and the greatest. [Sept 2004, p.62]
  5. Quite simply, a good action game with some great scares.
  6. 85
    With its well-designed levels, fluid pacing, and hyper-violent combat in eerie locales, The Suffering is a fun way to safely tap into your dark side.
  7. 85
    The action is intense, the creatures are actually creepy, and the story does not shy away from truly macabre elements. One cannot say enough about the horrific world that's been created here.
  8. 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.
  9. An enjoyable game that manages to build far more atmosphere than most other games can even aspire to. If you’re looking for a bit of a creep-out and need a break from shooting Nazis and terrorists, then The Suffering is well worth your time.
  10. I'll never play this game in the dark again.
  11. Combining excellent atmospheric effects with creepy CG sequences and superb game play, The Suffering is easily one the best and most surprising horror titles to come along since Fatal Frame, and it’s the first game since the original Silent Hill that may cause spontaneous incontinence and liberal use of the word (expletive).
  12. Play Magazine
    83
    It tells the chilling tale of a deeply haunted man a cursed island steeped in aberrant history, executed with competence through a raw, adults-only script, good voice acting, and well-integrated peripheral characters. [July 2004, p.75]
  13. With extremely creative monsters, an unique setting and quite a bit of replayability, The Suffering provides a sense of where the survival horror game could be going within future titles. If only some of the graphics and gameplay facets were a little more solid, this game would be almost perfect.
  14. Cheat Code Central
    80
    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.
  15. A great attempt at an action-based thriller. Puzzles aren’t needed and the weirdness is bound to freak most folks out. While killing the same monsters over and over again does become a bit tedious, the overall experience makes the game worth trying out for anyone who is looking for a scare.
  16. 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.
  17. The graphics, while dated, hold their own thanks to the fantastic lighting, and the audio work truly should be experienced.
  18. The Suffering is certainly recommendable for its gory/creepy factor, and the shooting action is competently handled if a little lacking in finesse.
  19. Even though The Suffering does most things right for a survival horror game, it sadly lacks more replay value and is just too damn short. It's still a hair-raising and very fun experience, but I suspect many people will be discouraged by how quickly it all ends.
  20. 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.
  21. This prison lies in a qualitative limbo. The monsters are gorgeous bundles of slime and metal; the atmosphere is dense and layered; it can, on occasion, give you real heebie jeebies. [Aug 2004, p.85]
  22. The ambient sounds are great, and the monsters are creepy and well designed, but it isn't long before players figure out the patterned A.I. for each creature and start breezing through the game.
  23. The language does get a little tiring, although some of it is pretty funny, at least the first time through.
  24. Computer Games Magazine
    70
    The visual artistry that sustains the atmosphere is a bit hit-and-miss. [Sept 2004, p.70]
  25. 65
    Gameplay is fairly solid and the creature design alone is enough to make the game worth playing., but staunch fans of the survival horror genre might find the game lacking a bit in the horror department. The endings were all unsatisfying and ultimately detract from the story.
  26. Computer Gaming World
    60
    A fairly standard action game redeemed by some true suspense and fear. [Oct 2004, p.79]
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Mar 20, 2012
    7
    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
    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.
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  2. Feb 2, 2015
    3
    The Suffering is a psychological horror video game, developed by Surreal Software and published by Midway Games in 2004. The player controlsThe Suffering is a psychological horror video game, developed by Surreal Software and published by Midway Games in 2004. The player controls Torque, a man who has been sent to Abbott State Penitentiary on Carnate Island, Maryland. Torque has been convicted and sentenced to death for murdering his ex-wife and two children, although he claims to have blacked out at the time this happened and cannot remember anything. The night Torque arrives, there is a powerful earthquake, which releases an army of monsters upon the facility. Torque's cell door breaks and he is freed from captivity. Starting from his cell, Torque traverses the prison in an attempt to escape Carnate Island alive. Full Review »
  3. GabrielK.
    Jul 11, 2008
    7
    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 evenThe 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. Full Review »