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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: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Oct 13, 2014
    100
    Where BioShock Infinite aggressively tugged on heartstrings, The Evil Within tears them from your chest and crucifies you. It strangles you with your own tendrils and feeds you your own beating heart, mouth locked shut and tied with entrails, forcing you to chew and swallow. But when the last sliver slides down the back of your throat, you’ll look up and smile a sadistic smile before asking “more, please”.
  2. Game Informer
    Oct 13, 2014
    90
    Horror fans shouldn’t let the disappointing story deter them one bit, however. Few Paranormal Activity fans care how these malevolent demons come back again and again – what truly matters is that the audience’s nerves are frayed until they’re raw.
  3. Oct 14, 2014
    85
    Fans of the genre should not miss this. While it is plagued with visual problems, the pacing is almost perfect, and the tension is unmatched.
  4. Oct 17, 2014
    80
    Shinji Mikami has yet to make a poor game, and The Evil Within does not blemish his record. But neither does the game enchant and disrupt in the way that Vanquish and the others managed. This is Mikami revisiting his past glories and, as such, it's both a delight and a disappointment.
  5. Nov 17, 2014
    70
    The Evil Within isn’t a return to the genre’s roots or a reinvention, but an exercise in reliving its greatest hits. It’s disappointing that Mikami has lost the wind behind his sails and there seems to be genuine creative apathy here. Nonetheless, The Evil Within is an enjoyable horror romp. It’s a shame it couldn’t be more.
  6. Oct 15, 2014
    70
    A throwback to survival horror's heyday, The Evil Within's story is daft and convoluted, featuring a mad scientist who might as well be Krieger from Archer. Frustrating and entertaining in equal measure, The Evil Within falls short of offering any proper scares.
  7. Oct 30, 2014
    40
    At its best, The Evil Within offers a few scares and decent, if bland and predictable, combat; at its worst, it’s unoriginal, uninspired and plodding.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 84
  2. Negative: 15 out of 84
  1. Oct 14, 2014
    10
    Evil Within grafts Resident Evil 4's gold standard survival action to a far less forgiving world. That it even comes close to matchingEvil Within grafts Resident Evil 4's gold standard survival action to a far less forgiving world. That it even comes close to matching Capcom's masterpiece is cause to celebrate. And sweat. And quiver. Expand
  2. Oct 17, 2014
    10
    The Evil Within is a varied, deep, challenging and long game. Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks scare us, they mix puzzles and third personThe Evil Within is a varied, deep, challenging and long game. Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks scare us, they mix puzzles and third person shooting in a reborn survival horror that is visually poor. The Keeper, the Alpha mastodon and other ugly deformed will make you have nightmares. Expand
  3. Oct 14, 2014
    9
    What is it now a days were everyone's expectations are so high? If people don't feel like a game is GOTY they write a bad review...it'sWhat is it now a days were everyone's expectations are so high? If people don't feel like a game is GOTY they write a bad review...it's honestly sad for the gaming community. There is no reason this game deserves below a 9. I got this game midnight release and have played 4.5 hours so far and I have to say it was worth every penny.

    Graphics-10
    Gameplay-8.5
    Characters-8
    Story-8.5
    Thrilling-9.5
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  4. Oct 21, 2014
    8
    Finally we have some life in the horror genre for games. This game is pretty solid visually and the gore factor is great. It certainlyFinally we have some life in the horror genre for games. This game is pretty solid visually and the gore factor is great. It certainly leaves you on the edge of your seat while playing. It's been a long time since I've played a game like this and I tip my hat to Bethesda. Expand
  5. Oct 16, 2014
    8
    The Evil Within was a game I purchased to experience for myself, not as some flimsy gift to quietly break down a loved one's psyche. No, thisThe Evil Within was a game I purchased to experience for myself, not as some flimsy gift to quietly break down a loved one's psyche. No, this one was for me. So, fortunately, the game had finished installing just as I had finished lathering myself in lamb's blood (which is really nice, highly recommended) as a part of my pre-game ritual (this practice wasn't unique to this game, rather it's a common practice for me; although, honestly, I felt rather silly doing this before playing Katamari Forever [silly prior to playing, wonderful during, just to clarify]). The game booted up (I play exclusively through a custom DOS program I designed whilst experiencing some crazed fever-dream brought on by the consumption of massive amounts of LSD and candy corn), I typed in the appropriate command prompts, and BOOM! My house exploded. Highly unfortunate. So, suffice to say, I've never played this. My family's dead, the house is gone, and my sweet, sweet X1/DOS setup is now nothing more than ashen stardust. Oh well. I still have my health (except for this accursed black lung), and my fleet of gold... Hmm... I can't seem to remember what I have a fleet of... You'd think I would since they're all plated in gold... Isn't that funny when that happens? When you can't recall the specific thing of which you have a gold-plated fleet? I slap my knee when that happens. I'll have to update my review when I remember. Anyway, who says you can't judge something, for better or worse, without ever actually having any experience with it (well, except the installation process... that counts, right?). So, the graphics. They were good. There was a bar that slowly but surely became solid green. Well-executed. There wasn't much of a story. I mean, where did this bar come from, what was it's purpose, it's drive? There was no character development, and the characterization was flat (it did, however, manage to make me smile more than once). The sound was non-existent. Honestly, I had to make my own soundtrack (a mixture of whale-calls and modernized Victorian-era smooth jazz-funk) just to fill the air with something other than the screams of my loved ones (there was a fire, I believe I mentioned that). The gameplay was a simple button mashing affair (as with most games I play, I jam the controller into my groin as hard as I can until I've either fractured my pelvic bone or achieved a milk shake [family joke, RIP]). Enjoyable, but repetitive (I mean seriously, when are developers going to truly innovate and stop making games that encourage me to abuse myself sexually? I mean, come on guys, there's more to games than just violence. Look at the Wii! So much innovation there, I'm almost embarrassed to admit the things those guys got me to do). Finally, the "X-Factor." This is something I like to put in my reviews to separate it from all the others. Just a little something I feel the uninitiated or unobservant (no offense) might not notice but deserves attention and appreciation. For The Evil Within, the "X-Factor" has to be the fact that it memorializes the death of my utterly vast family. I don't know if everyone will have the same experience I did (especially if you play it on the easier difficulty setting), but it's definitely worth mentioning. Anyway, just because I don't want to be a total tool, I have actually played this game (dropped character, whatever, it deserves a fair shake). It's good. Review, done. Family alive... BUT FOR HOW LONG!?! A while, probably. Stop reading. Expand
  6. Oct 18, 2014
    7
    Best survival game in years, no doubt, but really there haven't been many in recent memory. The controls here are good, and the graphics andBest survival game in years, no doubt, but really there haven't been many in recent memory. The controls here are good, and the graphics and sound is done well. The game does fail at many levels, such as loading screens at the most awkward times--especially the last few hours. The story makes almost no sense until the end and then you'll be saying WTF? the ending is a real disappointment IMO. The game itself is filled with a tense atmosphere and gratuitous gore, and at times it will have you on the edge of your seat. Many people are comparing to Resident evil 4 but honestly its not as good and it reminds me more of Resident Evil 2. Its not a bad game but it is certainly not scary--at all. Give it a try if you liked the older Resident Evil titles, and brace yourself for much frustration. Expand
  7. Feb 20, 2015
    0
    THIS GAME SUCKS! This is not the worst game I have ever played but it is WAY up there, because this game SUCKED.

    For one reason, the plot
    THIS GAME SUCKS! This is not the worst game I have ever played but it is WAY up there, because this game SUCKED.

    For one reason, the plot or story was unbearably impossible to follow, when they told the developer of the story, to make a story for this game they were probably like "I need you to write a horror story." "What about?" the developer said, "Horror." And that's it, no matter how hard i tried to follow the story on here I just couldn't keep up with it, it was just, BOOM your in a sewer, boom your on a high way, boom your in a hospital. It was nothing but just, keep playing the game, there was no reason to keep playing, than just to keep playing.

    Secondly, the game play is hilariously awful in this game, I could never figure out what the camera was trying to do, the resolution was about as low as you can get it, okay it is 2014 when this game came out, not 2004. Also, did they want me to try to beat this game with melee kills? Because I NEVER had any bullets even when I head shot every zombie, by the end of the level I DIDN'T HAVE ANY BULLETS! I had plenty of upgrade materiel but NO bullets.

    Do not buy this game, I guess some people give it some credit because this was made by the guy who made resident evil 4, but I never played that game, seriously don't buy this. But you want to know a good horror game, Alien Isolation, buy that, not this.
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