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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 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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  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Oct 13, 2014
    90
    The Evil Within excels at keeping your palms sweaty while delivering a harrowingly rewarding gameplay trial. Watching the credits roll with a sigh of relief doesn’t feel like winning; it feels like surviving.
  2. Oct 14, 2014
    85
    With The Evil Within, Shinji Mikami hits the spot once more. It rises as the best option in both next and past generation horror games. It fulfills the expectation that had been building up, with no fear of looking back to retrieve that successful formula that gave birth to genre classics like Resident Evil or Silent Hill.
  3. Oct 15, 2014
    84
    It's a powerful survival horror experience that I won't soon forget.
  4. Oct 13, 2014
    80
    Hard, dirty, but definitively brilliant, The Evil Within marks Shinji Mikami's return in Survial Horror genre, with talent. Prepare yourselves: you will suffer.
  5. Oct 13, 2014
    80
    Despite borrowing a lot of well-worn themes from other games and movies (Hello, creepy shop mannequins from Silent Hill), The Evil Within feels fresh and exciting. It’s easy to recommend to fans of the original Dead Space and the earlier Resident Evil games.
  6. Oct 19, 2014
    70
    Quotation forthcoming.
  7. Oct 13, 2014
    50
    Evil Within just plain doesn't give you a fair chance to succeed. It doesn't provide enough information for you to make good decisions and it handicaps your ability to fight well. It requires so much repetition that it can't possibly maintain any sense of tension or unease, and its story is told so aimlessly that you'll likely forget the plot between scenes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 82 out of 125
  2. Negative: 27 out of 125
  1. Oct 17, 2014
    10
    Its a good game while it is not the best it is entertaining and a nice return to the survival horror genre most of the complaints are about graphics and the black bars but not the gameplay is great, theres limited ammo so it really forces you to think about how your going to approach a situation Expand
  2. Oct 14, 2014
    10
    If you want a Survival Horror please get This game it's amazing, the mind of shnji mikami is in this game, is the really resident evil 4 or the sequel. With More Tension and Inovation 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 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. Oct 19, 2014
    9
    This game is the definition of why video games are art. This game is so well designed, it kept me intrigued from the beggining.
    The level
    design and character design are really well done. The atmosphere in this give you a feeling of curiosity. You don't know what's going to happen around the corner, it's pretty creepy as well. The character designs fit right in with the blood and gore, the enemies in this game are really disgusting, and the bosses are pretty damn terrifying.
    The sound in this game is amazing, the sound creeps you out enough to give you chills down your spine, especially during cutscenes. There's a certain type of enemy in the game were you will have to rely on the sound to defeat it, and it's easily accomplishable with the sound.
    The story in the game reels you in but disappears thru the first half of the game, it keeps you wanting more but doesn't give it to you. It makes me think that Shenji Mikami wanted you to think of wants going to happen before it does, the story is the only negative part about the game but gets better in the last half.
    The gameplay is where the Evil Within shines. The gunplay is so smooth it makes me think that this game could have been an action game like Uncharted.. Its really fun thinking of diffrent ways to defeat your enemies especially when you run out of ammo. The bosses in the game are some of the best parts through out the game, they give you completely diffrent scenarios with each boss and every single one is completely diffrent from the last.
    The Evil Within is easily the best survival horror game since Dead Space and maybe better than that.
    Shinji Mikami has done it again and has made one of the most memorable game in recent years.
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  5. Oct 15, 2014
    8
    i liked the past resident evil games and if you have played those then you would not be ripping into this game for having a lack of/confusing story i dont remember getting too much from those games besides them showing up and then getting attacked and all the cutscenes were always showing off a boss or new thing to kill.

    the guy made 3-4 of the resident evil games but you expect him to go way different with it. i am currently into chapter 3, i have died once. you say it is confusing on where to go, those levels where it gets confusing just means you have to explore and make it through the area, a shanty town/forest whatever else, it wants you to get misdirected because it has traps everywhere and is trying to kill you. thats the whole point of all of it, you survive while it is trying to kill you, it is not going tell you the exact path to go and make it out of the village area, its gonna give you different ways to go so that you can avoid or run into more traps or find more items. explore.

    it is a fun game, i enjoy it, i dont expect it to get any easier, im expecting it to get harder and that is a good thing, people who say the game is really difficult are probally just running through the area and running into traps while punching everyone, obviously not gonna work and it didnt work in any resident evil game, it also didnt work in the last of us. also stop comparing it to one of the best games ever, not too many games will stack up but if we are comparing things to the last of us, then every game sucks and should get a 0 because it wasnt as good as that game.

    also no character in any resident evil, silent hill has ever showed much or any emotion yet those games are considered legends. go ahead and play them if you dont believe me, they just kinda looked disturbed and slightly shocked at best. like destiny it has suffered from too much hype but is a good game and is fun and complaining or giving low scores for framerate or black bars or graphics are not god-like. apparently your 12 and didnt play any games before the ps3 or 360. your not a gamer, your a paid complainer or just a whiner all on your own which is even worse.
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  6. Oct 16, 2014
    5
    This is basically Resident Evil 4, except very dumbed down and "cinematic". You will be interrupted by a cutscene or a scripted sequence every 5 or so minutes. The controls are somewhat unresponsive, unlike in RE4.

    EW also seems to have had an identity crisis. It can't tell if it wants to be a horror game, or an action game, or a movie.

    This was a major let down, the Shinji Mikami seems to have forgotten what made RE4 so good in the first place.
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  7. Oct 18, 2014
    0
    The IA's enemys... where is gone? I dont see it.... well for all the pubblicity I thinked was amazing, but the story no have sense, ANY SENSE! I stop playing the 5th chapter?! the graphic (bethesda's hand) is so beautyfull but the gameplay it's ridiculus, looks like a japanese movie of second order... I'm realy disappointed :( Expand

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