The Suffering: Ties That Bind Xbox

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
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  1. Ties That Bind makes few changes to the formula, stretches a thin story to somewhere near the breaking point, and delivers a bloody, curse-filled action game that might still please fans of the first game, though it's more likely that you'll feel like you played the same game last year.
  2. Gamers who enjoyed the first game will find something to enjoy about Ties that Bind although it's not as brilliant as the first offering. Ties that Bind is cool, creepy and bloody, but it gets old fast.
  3. 70
    A decent survival horror action title, it just simply hasn't evolved much from its predecessor; the environments are a little restrictive and the action can be a bit stop start sometimes.
  4. 70
    The whole game comes across as the equivalent of a B-grade horror movie: exciting at times, ultimately unmemorable.
  5. 70
    Although the game doesn't bring a lot of new experiences to the table, it does do a great job of adding to the experience gamers enjoyed the first time around.
  6. But take heart, horror-inclined gamers. Any random two minutes of Ties that Bind's blood-soaked gameplay is likely to give your parents, stuffy friends or sensitive authority figures of your choice the dribbling shiznits, and pretty much all the first game's good stuff has remained intact.
  7. Offers so much potential but ultimately falls short of its ambitions and as such fails to stand out from the crowd (or even its own antecedent).
  8. A gory good time. And that's really all that matters.
  9. 60
    The main problem is that Ties That Bind doesn't live up to the once-promising pedigree of "The Suffering." While we got more of some things--more swearing, more gore, and more story--we actually ended up with less: less ammo, less creativity, and fewer thrills to keep you going.
  10. Edge Magazine
    50
    After the interesting and confident debut of The Suffering last year, Ties That Bind remains a straightforward action game, and one with a coherent story that feels well paced, if too full of schlocky cliché for some. But that is, ultimately, all it does: remains. [Dec 2005, p.106]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
9.1

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 20, 2015
    10
    simply amazing, the game maintains a constant voltage to an excellent standard, the sound is haughty and graphics comply perfectly, its sequelsimply amazing, the game maintains a constant voltage to an excellent standard, the sound is haughty and graphics comply perfectly, its sequel is good but it is unbeatable an essential Xbox Full Review »
  2. JuanP.
    Oct 20, 2005
    10
    Excellent spine tingler.
  3. DavidL.
    Oct 8, 2005
    10
    I've played and beat the first game and I thought it was one the best games I've ever played so when "Ties that Bind" came out I I've played and beat the first game and I thought it was one the best games I've ever played so when "Ties that Bind" came out I instantly got it. It has taken me two days to get to the end but I'm stuck, I can't figure out how to beat blackmore!!! Full Review »