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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
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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  1. Negative: 65 out of 286
  1. Aug 22, 2015
    10
    This is by far one of the best horror games we have had in a while.It felt similar to RES4 thanks to mikami developing both games,but in myThis is by far one of the best horror games we have had in a while.It felt similar to RES4 thanks to mikami developing both games,but in my personal opinion it surpasses RES4 in terms of atmoshpere,horror and Environments.The Game has a nice plot and the characters are interesting.One of it's greatest highlights is Ruvik.A psychotic Genius wih superhuman speed who's able to teleport near and instakill his enemies.The atmosphere and music are amazing and really add to the overall expeience.Even though the game is being judge for having too much action,such as the chase scenes or the near escapes,i believe that by keeping you on your toes ,the game breaks the regural sneaking and looting and contributes greatly into one amazing gaming experience.Horrifying,limited supplies and brutal monsters to deal with,this is a game for any survival horror fan that has loved both Resident Evil and Silent Hill since the game feels like a perfected fusion of the two. Expand
  2. Dec 5, 2014
    10
    I freaking adore this game! It reminds so much of the good old days of Resident Evil 4. I love the new and varied mechanics such being able toI freaking adore this game! It reminds so much of the good old days of Resident Evil 4. I love the new and varied mechanics such being able to burn enemies so they don't come back to life and try to kill you. And I really do like the atmosphere of the game along with its presentation, visuals, and even cheesy story. I reccomend buying this game, it will be worth your time! Expand
  3. 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
  4. May 24, 2015
    8
    Has a horrible frame rate, but get past that and it's a survival horror gem. Truly terrifying with immense atmosphere that grips you and givesHas a horrible frame rate, but get past that and it's a survival horror gem. Truly terrifying with immense atmosphere that grips you and gives you chills. Fun exploration and some open level design mixed with linear progression. It's a 'Down The Rabbit Hole' psychological story with intense gore, mystery and horrific monsters. Atmosphere is A+. Technical improvements are needed in future games. Expand
  5. Oct 30, 2014
    7
    In general this is a good with a great premise: The return of pure survival horror by legendary game designer Shinji mikami for next genIn general this is a good with a great premise: The return of pure survival horror by legendary game designer Shinji mikami for next gen consoles, and the results are actually almost there, but control is a bit mess, the graphics are so last gen and some bosses will give you either stupid cheap deaths or specific how-the-heck-i-know-i-must-do-that- pattern tasks to beat him/her, seriously it's almost an insult. Nevertheless i still enjoy the game i just wish Mikami had executed better Expand
  6. Jan 22, 2015
    5
    I don't understand the critical acclaim and love for this game. It tries to be a combination of The Last of Us, and Resident Evil 4, but comesI don't understand the critical acclaim and love for this game. It tries to be a combination of The Last of Us, and Resident Evil 4, but comes up terribly short on both accounts. The visuals are just OK, the gameplay on all accounts, from movement to combat are just terrible and clunky, and feel unfinished. The voice acting, and dialogue are completely deplorable. Also, there is virtually no ammo, even on easy the enemies take an obscene amount of ammo to kill, so you spend most of your time just running away, not necessarily my idea of a good time. I've had to push myself to finish this game, it just simply isn't fun. I can safely say that this was the biggest gaming disappointment of 2014 for me. Expand
  7. Dec 7, 2014
    0
    Hahahahaha the evil within Geez mate what a joke rather play doom 3d return of the castle graphics are crap Honestly you walk around theHahahahaha the evil within Geez mate what a joke rather play doom 3d return of the castle graphics are crap Honestly you walk around the corner and go wat the fxxxxk you pple need to get your act together and take your time to release games what's the Rush there's no horror involved I want a horror that's unexpected makes you go to bed of a night thinking there's something under your bed enough said Expand

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