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  • Summary: The Suffering: Ties That Bind is a revolutionary action-horror game that emphasizes the disturbing terror of its predecessor, with new twisted creatures and a few familiar faces. Set in the unforgiving streets and prisons of Baltimore, the player once again controls Torque as he seeks revenge against the mysterious grand manipulator Blackmore, a man somehow tied to the death of Torque's family. Players explore the tough inner-city, with poverty and urban injustices trapping people just as effectively as a physical prison. The unique morality system returns, as players delve into the perverse world of Torque's sanity to discover his past and struggle to control his future. [Midway] Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. If you like lots of guns that feel the business, lots of demons who look the business, lots of tension, lots of suspense, a great plot that keeps you guessing and interested, and buckets and buckets of blood, then you'll probably love this.
  2. 85
    Feels like more of a continuation, or expansion, for the first Suffering. There’s just not enough material that is new or unique, so if you’ve played the first game, chances are you’ll get a sense of déjà vu while playing the second.
  3. The story might be lacking a bit and there are a few irritating objectives, but the whole game feels like it was cleaned up and rethought.
  4. It’s a great chapter to Torque's story, but some of the restrictions with the combat and linearity make it a good action title instead of a great sequel.
  5. The biggest problem here is that the game is short - though replay value comes from taking the "good or bad" paths - but it's one Hell of a ride while it lasts. [Nov 2005, p.82]
  6. A rental at best, pure and simple. There are vastly superior action titles on the market, and everything presented here played better in the first game.
  7. After the interesting and confident debut of The Suffering last year, Ties That Bind remains a straightforward action game, and one with a coherent story that feels well paced, if too full of schlocky cliché for some. But that is, ultimately, all it does: remains. [Dec 2005, p.106]

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
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  1. CoryP.
    Oct 9, 2005
    It's about time we are presented with another great game for its genre. Only a few games I believe should deserve a mature rating and I'm glad this is one that made the list. Expand
  2. JordanR.
    Oct 16, 2005
    I cant believe how good this game is.
  3. RavenK.
    Nov 15, 2005
    Good Game, perfect of terror
  4. JasonL.
    Oct 25, 2005
    If your looking for a good violent game this is it.Its not very complicated, but thats the point.To just go out and kill some crazy lookin creatures and a few humans to. If your looking for hard puzzles dont look here,but you should have gotten that from the first one,so this is no suprise. Its not the all time best game, but the graphics, storyline, and "insanity" are awesome.Oh,and you can adjust the brightness level,so you don't have to use your flashlight all the time, unless ur as ignorant as dragon boy of final fantasy. So remember that when you play it, so you don't get "annoyed". Expand
  5. VahndD.
    Oct 2, 2005
    Very difficult to control the player. The manual view controlling is something makee me fell a little bit confused and hard to focus wether i want to hit or to view the environment. Expand
  6. DragonKnightofFinalFantasy
    Oct 21, 2005
    This game is almost the same as the original, which I was a fan of. So its still a gory, vilolent game with a.....bright vocabulary.Switching from first to third person is as easy as before, so whatever gameplay style you like you can use. The puzzles are simple pull-the-switch no-brainers and are slightly annoying. The game is dark, you can't see anything without your flashlight. Which wasn't too bad, since I'm a stickler for realism, and I'm allergic to sunlight so I learn to see in the dark. This could annoy people, so keep it in mind. The game is as disturbingly gruesome as ever. With the grotesque mental images of violent scenes. The voices in Torque's head, the massive amounts of blood that'll fly everywhere (especially in your Insanity monster form). So the gameplay is solid. The same as the original The Suffering which wasn't all that innovative to begin with. So, if you loved the original and everything about it and don't want to change. Pick this up. If you want something new in your sequal. Don't buy it. A good rental. Expand
  7. MikeM.
    Mar 21, 2007
    Ties That Bind is essentially more of the same, which wouldn't necessarily be such a bad thing if you liked the first game. However, there's a problem. It needs patching. Toward the end of the game, freezes are common. There are also problems with events not being triggered, and similar bugs that prevent you from proceeding. It's hard to conceive how something this unfinished could be rated so highly by everyone. Apparently people's expectations have really sunk, as this isn't the first (or even fourth) well-received PS2 game to have such glaring technical issues. It's really ironic that over the past four years, nearly every PC game I've played has been bug-free out of the box, while more and more console games are infested with game-stopping bugs. Definitely not a good example of Surreal Software's proficiency and abundance of talent. They've really gone downhill since the excellent Drakan games on PC & PS2. Expand