The Suffering: Ties That Bind PlayStation 2

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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
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  1. AceGamez
    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. Everything in Ties That Bind creates a solid experience that still scares the ever-loving crap s*** out of us all in the office.
  3. Satisfying survival/horror gameplay with a first/third-person shooter twist. Ties That Bind has one of the most disturbing storylines I have ever seen in a game.
  4. 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.
  5. Game Informer
    Simultaneously fun and extremely frustrating, compelling and flawed, mature and foul, engaging and confusing. As a game, it can be aggravating, but as a piece of interactive storytelling, it flirts with brilliance. [Oct 2005, p.123]
  6. The lack of quality weapons early on may discourage some players, but stick it out, it will get better.
  7. It’s the kind of sequel that gamers look for, just as if you were to see a great horror film and then anxiously await the next installment to get all the answers.
  8. 81
    There are more neutral people in the environment, but one of the original's strengths was how we were so isolated within a seemingly inescapable mote of horror. That was an excellent tension. There was also something quite Gothic about it that doesn't carry over into Ties That Bind.
  9. There are enough things that feel distracting to keep this from becoming a classic game, but a strong enough foundation of gameplay and direction to make it a worthy addition to the console library.
  10. 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.
  11. Play Magazine
    When it comes off slightly undercooked, it's not for lack of strong ingredients. [Nov p.89]
  12. The joy that comes from dual wielding two shotguns cannot be easily replaced.
  13. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Hardcore, ultra-bloody, action-survival horror. [Jan 2007, p.106]
  14. The control system is responsive and accurate. The graphics still illustrate some spine chilling scenes and disturbing animation of the undead characters. This game is almost guaranteed to give you nightmares.
  15. 80
    Playing the game is like watching an episode of "Oz" while a priest performs an exorcism on your liver. And if you like your gore served up hot and fresh, you've come to the right place.
  16. 80
    Enough of the original's dark charm has survived to make even Carnate Island vets want to settle a spell in Baltimore. Or die trying.
  17. It's a game that you'll want to keep playing to find out what happens next, which is always a good sign. [PSW]
  18. Sure, the action is pretty basic—it's still kill or be killed—but with more open spaces to run around and new foes to fight, Ties is like a weekend with Russell Crowe: disturbing, bloody, and a damn good time.
  19. 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.
  20. A satisfying follow-up to those looking for more of the same. But those looking for a significant step ahead for the series will likely be disappointed.
  21. The excellent atmosphere might test your baldder control but your thumbs won't be troubled for a second. [GamesMaster]
  22. Sticks close to the formula used in the first game, but not close enough to make it as good a game as the original.
  23. Almost every room or alley Torque enters has a mental surprise awaiting.
  24. 75
    Few developers have been able to master the horror aspects of games as well as Surreal has done in the two Suffering games thus far, and with a bit more balancing, this could have been a great current generation sendoff for players looking to move on to the next-generation terror of "F.E.A.R." and "Condemned."
  25. PSM Magazine
    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]

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User Score

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
    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
    Good Game, perfect of terror
  3. 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 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 »