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  • Summary: The Suffering captures the disturbing and terrifying nature of the horror genre in a compelling third-person action/adventure game set in the mature and gritty world of a maximum-security prison. You'll control of the prisoner Torque, a man sentenced to die for a murder he may or may not have actually committed. Enter a nightmarish world where creatures jump out of shadows, fall out of trees, and erupt out of the ground. Battle ghoulish apparitions, hardened criminals and guards, and the demons from your own forgotten past. Will you solve the mystery of Torque's past and survive or fall victim to The Suffering? Expand
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  1. Positive: 34 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. The Suffering also does a good job of volume changes. I know it sounds silly but if you have been creeping along, only with ambient noises then there is a crash of broken glass and a body flies past your nose, it scares the liver out of you.
  2. Send the kids to Grandma's or tell your squeamish friends to stay at home, put out the cat, lock the doors, turn out the lights, and prepare to creep yourself out.
  3. 85
    The action is intense, the creatures are actually creepy, and the story does not shy away from truly macabre elements. One cannot say enough about the horrific world that's been created here.
  4. 80
    It's faster and nastier than most of the kindred of "Resident Evil" at the cost of losing a bit of edge. [May 2004, p.71]
  5. Though the game relies heavily on cheap scares, it's a refreshing take on horror-themed games. It's also a bit longer than you'd expect from a straightforward action game, though the increased length is offset by an overall lack of variety.
  6. 75
    It's offensive, psyche-damaging, brutal, makes no sense, and is unforgiving and violent. And damn good fun.
  7. It's not that this is a bad game, but to ignore the more important elements of gameplay in order to add more gratuitous elements to the cauldron is unforgivable, and in that sense The Suffering is most similar to Soldier of Fortune II and the like. [June 2004, p.123]

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  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Nov 16, 2013
    when i buy new releases now in 2013, it just dont feel the same as 10 or 11 years ago to have a brand new xbox or ps2 buying suffering or red faction 2. games nowadays are cool, but they just wont ever have that one satisfaction as a good classic like this. Expand
  2. JoshuaD.
    Mar 7, 2004
    The most gruesome game ever, but yet the COOLEST, SICKEST game ever. You have to have it!
  3. EWWS
    Mar 23, 2004
    It's the best.
  4. MichaelC.
    Feb 5, 2004
    I played the demo level and I was pretty blown away. I was expecting another third-person shooter with some boring little box puzzles. What I got was one of the most sadistic, heart-pounding shooters I've played in a while. Take Max Payne, add a somewhat intriguing story, better graphics, 10 times the blood and gore, and the most terrifying environment you can imagine, and this is The Suffering. Expand
  5. BobL.
    Apr 7, 2004
    It can scare the hell out of you. It must be played in the dark and in 5.1 surround. You won't be disappointed!!!!!
  6. JamesH.
    Aug 23, 2004
    Dark, Sinister and surreal. The Suffering manages to create an atmosphere of nervy tension as you explore the dark and depraved reaches of Carnate prison. The game has a balance of puzzle-solving and shooter action which is weighted to the latter. There are also several opportunities in the game to buddy-up with other escaped inmates or guards. Those that wish to trigger the 'good' ending must work with these NPCs and keep them alive. Those that want to get the 'bad' ending should kill them indiscriminately. The game is relatively short and re-play value is limited (I didn't even play through twice) as its playability lies in the fear of the unknown. As other reviews have pointed out, the intensity and fear factor of The Suffering drops off towards the end of the game. However, overall its a great game and well worth renting at least. Expand
  7. Jun 11, 2011
    okay, lets just get one thing straight. THANK GOD that whoever made this knew what he was doing. this game was full of jump scares (which i usually hate because they are so predictable) that actually scared me. which is rare! now, these scares that we are talking here were very few, and weren't as impacting as scares from the silent hill series (which i dearly love.) but still deserve credit. the story was great, scratch that, excellent. and the monsters were psychodelic, and the action flowed pretty well. (except at the common "where the **** do i go moments"). now lets get to the bad things about the game, and the only reasons that the game gets the score it does. i felt that the fact you could turn into a monster was ****ing ridiculous! i felt that the way you could do that was cheating. alot of the jump scares involved an ink blot, or a badly drawn picture flashing across the screen, and get anoying when i'm trying to shotgun a whole army of damn mother ****ing **** monsters! there are three endings (not telling what they are) and two of them are very closely resembling, and makes me feel that the game designers were getting lazy. now, i like this game about as much as i like RE 0, i didn't really enjoy it at the most times. the plot was forcing itself upon the player, and i couldn't really decipher if he really had committed the murder or not. the parts that i couldn't figure out where to go just were out there all the time, and weren't as fun as silent hill, because silent hill wasn't even action oriented! and this was, so the puzzles ruined it like in God Of War **** That Game) and at least in silent hill and resident evil it made sense for there to be puzzles because they weren't as action oriented as the suffering, and when i play a game that has a whole bunch of action, that is soon replaced with a puzzle like a rubix cube with a million sides, with a million little squares on each side. so in other words, if you absolutly adored the crapstock known as god of war , than this is that, except with less shouting, and more guns.â Expand

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