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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: 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. 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: 54 out of 74
  2. Negative: 12 out of 74
  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 27, 2014
    10
    This game is a mind-trip! Thats the only thing I can think of to say when someone asks me about the game. It takes you to so many differentThis game is a mind-trip! Thats the only thing I can think of to say when someone asks me about the game. It takes you to so many different places and your never sure of where your going. It really is a must-play for any fan of the survival horror genre! 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. Nov 11, 2014
    8
    Le dernier né de l'esprit torturé Shinji Mikami arrive à se créer une identité et se présente comme un retour aux sources en matière deLe dernier né de l'esprit torturé Shinji Mikami arrive à se créer une identité et se présente comme un retour aux sources en matière de survival-horror. Nous sommes servis par une direction artistique glauque, propice aux cauchemars, qui offre son lot de rebondissements. On retiendra sans conteste sa durée de vie, sa possibilité de refaire le jeu avec un challenge accru et de nombreuses références. Sans oublier quelques easter-eggs qui vous renverront vers Resident Evil. The Evil Within a pourtant quelques faiblesses et bugs (qui partiront vite via les mises à jour), mais cela ne casse en rien l'expérience de jeu. C'est dit, en achetant The Evil Within, pensez à acheter quelques caleçons en plus...

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  5. Oct 15, 2014
    8
    I was very sceptical about this game, given it's release day embargo and the fact that it was brought forward in the UK to match that embargo.I was very sceptical about this game, given it's release day embargo and the fact that it was brought forward in the UK to match that embargo. After playing it, all those fears went away, from the offset you can tell this is a Shinji Mikami game. Most of the reviews I've read said that this is the game that Resident Evil 5 should have been and I totally agree, it's survival horror at it's finest. If you enjoyed Resi 4, you'll love this game.

    Good points - Superb gunplay, very atmospheric, vast choice of upgradable abilities.
    Bad points - Lack luster story, poor graphics (for next gen standards), can be very unforgiving.

    Overall 8/10.
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  6. Jan 28, 2015
    6
    I was forcing myself through chapter 10 when I realized something. I wasn't having fun. I wanted to, but couldn't. The survival horror turnedI was forcing myself through chapter 10 when I realized something. I wasn't having fun. I wanted to, but couldn't. The survival horror turned arena action adventure was a shock. Now I did get a few legitimate jump scares which was cool. But the atrocious frame rates combined with clunky shooting spoiled the whole game. And the story is extremely confusing. 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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