The Suffering: Ties That Bind PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Sep 26, 2005
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
Buy On
  1. 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.
  2. Ties That Bind makes few changes to the formula, stretches a thin story to somewhere near the breaking point, and delivers a bloody, curse-filled action game that might still please fans of the first game, though it's more likely that you'll feel like you played the same game last year.
  3. They've managed not to mess up any of the things which made the original so enjoyable. The control system is still intuitive, the camera does what it's supposed too, there's a good amount of gory moments and genuine scares and the whole thing has bags of atmosphere.
  4. The horror sequel continues the story in a much larger setting. Still retains the dark outlook of the original, but doesn't add much to the gameplay.
  5. 70
    The whole game comes across as the equivalent of a B-grade horror movie: exciting at times, ultimately unmemorable.
  6. 70
    Although the game doesn't bring a lot of new experiences to the table, it does do a great job of adding to the experience gamers enjoyed the first time around.
  7. Offers up more of the same mindless action of the first game, which can be good or bad depending on your preference. [Nov 2005, p.118]
  8. But take heart, horror-inclined gamers. Any random two minutes of Ties that Bind’s blood-soaked gameplay is likely to give your parents, stuffy friends or sensitive authority figures of your choice the dribbling shiznits, and pretty much all the first game’s good stuff has remained intact.
  9. A gory good time. And that's really all that matters.
  10. 60
    The main problem is that Ties That Bind doesn't live up to the once-promising pedigree of "The Suffering." While we got more of some things--more swearing, more gore, and more story--we actually ended up with less: less ammo, less creativity, and fewer thrills to keep you going.
  11. Our demon-manifesting rage at the total mediocrity of this series isn't helped by the dodgy jaggy graphics or frequent and annoyingly long loading times, but if you played the original and kept an end of game save, you may want to continue your story.
  12. Edge Magazine
    50
    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]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. MikeM.
    Mar 21, 2007
    6
    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, 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. Full Review »
  2. RavenK.
    Nov 15, 2005
    10
    Good Game, perfect of terror
  3. JasonL.
    Oct 25, 2005
    8
    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 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". Full Review »