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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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 64 out of 275
  1. Oct 17, 2014
    10
    Great Story !!!
    One of the best titles of the previous generation is now available in all the next-gen.If you have yet to play The Evil
    Great Story !!!
    One of the best titles of the previous generation is now available in all the next-gen.If you have yet to play The Evil Within, and you own a PlayStation 4, I can fully whole heartily say go buy this game, because you’re in for a memorable time. For fans, this is one you might want to pick up if you want to play the game at its best.
    Shinji Mikami thanks again to revive the horror genre !
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  2. Oct 16, 2014
    10
    Okay The evil within is definitely your typical survival horror game.But is it as scary as it was supposed to be NO if you have played andOkay The evil within is definitely your typical survival horror game.But is it as scary as it was supposed to be NO if you have played and horror game in the past and you do not get frightened playing horror games then you will be fine. Yes the game does make you feel tense and that is partly thanks to the environment which is dark bloody and simply gruesome.

    Hiding is one big must for your chance of survival hiding as much as you can and as often as you can is recommended. Stealth walking and not making any noises is another must do to survive and walk past enemies without being detected. and of course looking around corners and paying attention to your enemies movement is again a must do every time.

    The controls is a bit clunky and feels like it lags at times but again this could simply be my own experience. At first I found the camera annoying but I quickly got used to the camera movement. The graphics is not incredible and it is not terrible the graphics is fine. The Letter boxing effect used in this game is strange and unusual for a video game but it certainly does not effect the game in any way.

    The Evil within might not be a game for everyone but it certainly is a good horror game and if you like these type of games then I'm certain you will enjoy the evil within. And if you get frightened very easily then I'm sure this game will make scare you.

    I for one enjoy this game and think it is a good entry into the horror genre is it a game of the year contender I'm not sure on this one but it is certainly one of the best games of 2014.
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  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. Mar 24, 2015
    8
    This game, in my opinions, is the best PS4 title till date. if i rate the different aspects of the game, it would be like: Graphics 7.5, StoryThis game, in my opinions, is the best PS4 title till date. if i rate the different aspects of the game, it would be like: Graphics 7.5, Story 7, Game-play 9.5. The game fulfills the need of a survival horror genre so don't hesitate to buy if if you've liked Resident Evil franchise and The Last of Us.

    Game is perfect combination of Stealth, Shooting and Strategy. There is wide variety of weapons that you can enjoy using throughout the game but sometimes you have to prefer stealth to save ammunition. Shooting requires strategic approach to progress game without getting out of resources. Game is scary and does not rely on jump scares. Upgrading stuff, scavenging this all combined delivers one of the best survival horror experience.

    This game is little difficult for a casual gamer even at the casual difficulty, some like me who like to take challenges would love the game being difficult then usual games but my brother who never played a game after resident evil 4, found it very frustrating even at casual difficulty so I feel like there should have been an even easier difficulty. Also there are alot of trophies which are impossible to achieve for a casual gamer. The game has extra-ordinary violence but again some would have liked this game because of this.

    Talking about the story, I would just say this is not the best aspect of this game. Graphics are good but I'm still waiting for a game that defines 4th generation graphics
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  5. Oct 15, 2014
    7
    A true old-school survival horror that finally succeds where RE has been failing since RE5. While i enjoyed this game overall, it was far fromA true old-school survival horror that finally succeds where RE has been failing since RE5. While i enjoyed this game overall, it was far from perfect. So let me ge the bad out of the way!

    1) THe frame rate drops down a lot of time. This is not acceptable for a next gem game.

    2) The two black bars on the top and bottom of the screen are supposed to give you a cinematic feel, but in all honesty. It just reduces the screen size. THis should have been "optional"

    3) The acting is terrible.

    4) The story has a LOT of plot holes!

    I am glad to see a new successor to RE, but sadly a lot of bad decisions were made on this one.

    Still, if you are a fan of old-school survivor horror, this game is for you. If not. Don't bother with this game.
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  6. Oct 15, 2014
    5
    The game is so so while it has good story telling elements in some spots it suffers heavily on others. Scares are almost non existent theThe game is so so while it has good story telling elements in some spots it suffers heavily on others. Scares are almost non existent the 'scary' element of this game is one big cliche. The characters are fun but lack depth. The game does take some time to beat which is a plus, The game has awesome camera effects stellar even.

    At the end of the day I could not bring myself to like the characters or the plot.
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  7. Nov 9, 2014
    0
    Just a bad game in general. Too much effort put into graphics and trying to make the story interesting, which is essentially the same as everyJust a bad game in general. Too much effort put into graphics and trying to make the story interesting, which is essentially the same as every Resident Evil ever made - save the world from the zombies, while ignoring the actually important features like game mechanics and the method by which you acquire loot (I don't know who thought that making people walking around swinging their arm 3 feet above a massive wooden box and then having it magically collapse into pieces without you ever actually making contact was a good idea). This stupid game exemplifies everything wrong with the Gaming world; **** awards and over-hyped features that had nothing to do with the developer what-so-ever but are rather simply a by-product of progress in terms of hardware. How this idiot has become a celebrity among game development is beyond me, recycling the exact same story and mechanics for over a decade should make you a pariah not a celebrity. Expand

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