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  • Summary: While investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners encounter a menacing and powerful force. After witnessing the slaughter of fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a derangedWhile investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners encounter a menacing and powerful force. After witnessing the slaughter of fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead. Facing unimaginable terror, and fighting for survival, Sebastian embarks on a daunting journey to unravel that which is behind this evil force. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 65
  2. Negative: 1 out of 65
  1. Oct 20, 2014
    90
    The Evil Within is a true return to form. Not just for Shinji Mikami, but for the whole survival horror genre this is a great title. Anyone that grew up with games like Resident Evil or Silent Hill will be enjoying this game to the fullest.
  2. Oct 13, 2014
    85
    It’s not easy, today, to scare the gamers offering a real survival horror experience. The Evil Within can sometimes achieve this goal adding in the mix the atypical Japanese flavour.
  3. 80
    While The Evil Within doesn’t quite reach the iconic Resident Evil 4‘s level of brilliance or scariness, this is a satisfyingly gruesome adventure.
  4. 80
    For all the games’ narrative themes of consciousness-probing, identity-subsuming science, the reordering of the psychic self for a greater application of the flesh, I needed to look no further than my own pathological gameplay in its honour. The rage quits, the restarts, the late nights, the infinitesimal adjustments to my thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth attempts, all part of my drive to survive to the end, no matter how many hours of hell it took.
  5. Oct 20, 2014
    75
    The Evil Within is a case of mission accomplished, but there are some casualties. The game is challenging and has a creepy feel to it, but the voice acting is bad, some locations just don't seem right, and the story loses its strength along the way.
  6. Oct 19, 2014
    70
    The Evil Within is the game Resident Evil 5 should have been. The problem is that in the last 5 years videogames have evolved and some gameplay solutions have become obsolete.
  7. Nov 25, 2014
    40
    It’s a game that seemingly aims to bottle lighting a second time, and fails spectacularly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 68 out of 309
  1. Oct 14, 2014
    10
    it may not be the best game out their but it the survival/horror return in the hand of it father shinji mikami this game have a greatit may not be the best game out their but it the survival/horror return in the hand of it father shinji mikami this game have a great atmosphere and require skills to survive bringing back the old school survival horror style "less resources, Puzzles, etc"this game is a must for survival/horror fans Expand
  2. Dec 2, 2014
    10
    It's similar to Resident Evil 4 and The Last of Us, but the enemies and bosses are much better in The Evil Within, it's the best game releasedIt's similar to Resident Evil 4 and The Last of Us, but the enemies and bosses are much better in The Evil Within, it's the best game released this year, at least for me. Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2014
    9
    Evil Within is very well paced. With a great level design and great atmosphere. Smart AI...sure the acting is mediocre..but what matters moreEvil Within is very well paced. With a great level design and great atmosphere. Smart AI...sure the acting is mediocre..but what matters more is gameplay. One of the best horror games to be released in a while. Much much better than any of the later released Resident Evil games. Scarce save points is a plus in my book as well. Expand
  4. Nov 13, 2014
    8
    First and foremost, I was someone who was hyped more than anyone else for this game as I'm a huge Resident Evil fan, and at first I hated it.First and foremost, I was someone who was hyped more than anyone else for this game as I'm a huge Resident Evil fan, and at first I hated it. I put it down for almost two weeks, and decided to give it one more shot, and after the admittedly rough beginning (the first chapter is by far the least fun, and I'm about seven hours in) this game is a lot of fun. It's got a lot of inspiration from RE4, but the first three chapters kinda fall flat. Once you get a ton of weapons and you're fighting boss after boss and killing three enemies with a bullet and a match, the game is pretty awesome. It's not scary aside from one boss that comes early on, the story is complete trash, and the main character is completely forgettable aside from his cool Leon styled haircut (but he'll never compare to Leon). The game is mind numbing action that can be a lil creepy from time to time, and the action feels solid and reminds me of RE4,even though it's not as good. The Evil Within is better than RE5 and 6, but isn't as good as The Last of Us or RE4. Right now, it's the best game on PS4, and it's the first time I've even touched my PS4 since Ground Zeroes. As of chapter 8, this game is worth a buy if you're getting blue balled from the lack of quality Triple A games on PS4. Oh yeah, and the letterboxing is terrible but you adapt to it's awfulness. Expand
  5. Oct 3, 2016
    7
    This could have been a masterpiece, a 10. Buuuut, the overall performance and graphics are quite poor.

    A shame, because the story, gameplay
    This could have been a masterpiece, a 10. Buuuut, the overall performance and graphics are quite poor.

    A shame, because the story, gameplay and characters are quite good.

    Anyway, I enjoyed playing it a lot.
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  6. Jan 13, 2016
    5
    yeah started off good then just got a few dumb and a lot of frustrating parts to this game,gave up about 6 chapters in...hows that stinkyeah started off good then just got a few dumb and a lot of frustrating parts to this game,gave up about 6 chapters in...hows that stink zombie dog thing Expand
  7. Feb 13, 2017
    0
    The evil within

    Pros Great graphics Amazing story line No glitching or lagging When it says scary it's scary Made it like it would in
    The evil within

    Pros
    Great graphics
    Amazing story line
    No glitching or lagging
    When it says scary it's scary
    Made it like it would in real life (picking up objects, health, weapons, map , in-app map, the blood, and gore)

    Cons
    -not kid friendly
    - you die a lot (and it says that it just looked at the back of the game box! )

    The graphics were just amazing the way the evil within crew did it was fantastic with no multiplayer there is a great story lie with marveling monsters and creepy plots it gives a 5/5 horror thrill ride of your life just at 30-60…. prices depending on what device or console you are currently playing on and just by playing this you get in sync with your character every move feels like you are moving every step you take determine your fate of whether you live or die

    The evil within is a great game to play alone in an empty house with the lights off to give you the thrill not that you need it. it has one mode story mode with different modes such as easy normal hard or crazy it goes through multiple different levels which each one is much harder than the other with many different maniac monsters trying to kill you with your every move while you are trying to figure out if this is a dream or real life
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