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. 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."
  2. 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.
  3. Everything in Ties That Bind creates a solid experience that still scares the ever-loving crap s*** out of us all in the office.
  4. 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.
  5. It's a game that you'll want to keep playing to find out what happens next, which is always a good sign. [PSW]
  6. 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.
  7. Almost every room or alley Torque enters has a mental surprise awaiting.
  8. Edge Magazine
    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]
  9. A gory good time. And that's really all that matters.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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]
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 70
    The whole game comes across as the equivalent of a B-grade horror movie: exciting at times, ultimately unmemorable.
  18. The joy that comes from dual wielding two shotguns cannot be easily replaced.
  19. Sticks close to the formula used in the first game, but not close enough to make it as good a game as the original.
  20. The excellent atmosphere might test your baldder control but your thumbs won't be troubled for a second. [GamesMaster]
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. The lack of quality weapons early on may discourage some players, but stick it out, it will get better.
  29. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    Hardcore, ultra-bloody, action-survival horror. [Jan 2007, p.106]
  30. 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]
  31. Play Magazine
    When it comes off slightly undercooked, it's not for lack of strong ingredients. [Nov p.89]
  32. 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]
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
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 »