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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 278
  1. Jun 1, 2015
    10
    Absolutely amazing! The perfect Resident Evil 4 / Silent Hill crossover! I LOVE the attention to fine details (although I did find someAbsolutely amazing! The perfect Resident Evil 4 / Silent Hill crossover! I LOVE the attention to fine details (although I did find some minor glitches - nobody is perfect). The skybox is always dull with no movement (with the exception of smoke in certain areas), but this game more than makes up for that with the environment's graphics. The soundtrack is amazing, and the sound effects are unique and memorable (I will never forget what it sounds like when The Keeper is materializing)! Great settings, the scenery is always changing, you must always keep an eye out for traps, this game keeps you on your toes, and, just when you think nothing else could surprise you, BAM! Something else unexpected happens. An amazing thrill ride, and my favorite survival horror game to date! Number ONE on my list! Expand
  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 20, 2014
    5
    What are these reviewers smoking?

    I wanted desperately for the Evil Within to be a good game, I really did. It looked the part from all the
    What are these reviewers smoking?

    I wanted desperately for the Evil Within to be a good game, I really did. It looked the part from all the positive press, and seemingly gorgeous graphics. But not even two hours in, I set the game aside for good.

    The one word to describe the Evil Within is overindulgent. From the opening moment where detective Castellanos is being chased by the chainsaw wielding maniac, it becomes apparent that the game is hell-bent on being akin to a haunted house attraction during Halloween season. The game is literally begging you to be scared, from the bright lights and the loud sounds, and the forced camera angles and the slow gameplay. The monsters yell and there is no time for subtlety. Atmosphere aside, I had absolutely horrible hit detection throughout and by the time I was at the village, being swarmed by enemies, I realized that I was having no fun at all.

    The Evil Within wants to disempower the player, which can be done more smoothly. Instead, the player is forced to fight against large mobs, with a nauseating camera and horrible aiming reticule. If you give the player tools to fight back, make the system run smoothly! Resident Evil 4 is a prime example! The game was terrifying BECAUSE the gunplay and the character movement felt so smooth. The scares came naturally.

    Skip this game. Just writing this review makes me angry.
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  7. Dec 1, 2014
    0
    horrible. a very very bad history and jogability, i didn´t play something too horrible a long time ago. if you want ti buy , dont do it. Youhorrible. a very very bad history and jogability, i didn´t play something too horrible a long time ago. if you want ti buy , dont do it. You will lost your money. ridiculous Expand

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