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. The game oozes with style and originality unlike anything that might dare to compete with it. And yes…there will be blood.
  2. It simply crushes most of the competition in terms of art direction and audio composition. The gameplay is still a bit trite, and you won't need a PHD to figure out the puzzles, but the action is still more entertaining than the original.
  3. 81
    There are more neutral people in the environment, but one of the original's strengths was how we were so isolated within a seemingly inescapable mote of horror. That was an excellent tension. There was also something quite Gothic about it that doesn't carry over into Ties That Bind.
  4. It's the kind of sequel that gamers look for, just as if you were to see a great horror film and then anxiously await the next installment to get all the answers.
  5. AceGamez
    If you like lots of guns that feel the business, lots of demons who look the business, lots of tension, lots of suspense, a great plot that keeps you guessing and interested, and buckets and buckets of blood, then you'll probably love this.
  6. Everything in Ties That Bind creates a solid experience that still scares the ever-loving crap s*** out of us all in the office.
  7. Official Xbox Magazine
    There are moments of gut-wrenching terror and suspense, but the most remarkable part of Ties That Bind is that it never, ever flinches at depicting gore, evil, and depravity. [Dec 2005, p.114]
  8. This game isn't about the blasting or the slashing – it's about the scares. Let me tell you, it'll scare you good.
  9. The story is still scary and still a bit confusing but the action is good and that makes this a fun ride worth taking.
  10. Game Informer
    Simultaneously fun and extremely frustrating, compelling and flawed, mature and foul, engaging and confusing. As a game, it can be aggravating, but as a piece of interactive storytelling, it flirts with brilliance. [Oct 2005, p.123]
  11. The lack of quality weapons early on may discourage some players, but stick it out, it will get better.
  12. Besides a weird story, this game is loaded with tons and tons of great, non-stop action that will keep you playing the game to the very end just to shoot-up some demonic baddies with all kinds of deadly weapons.
  13. Be prepared to come with a strong stomach, as this game earns its "M" rating in spades.
  14. Play Magazine
    Quotation forthcoming. [Nov 2005]
  15. The control system is responsive and accurate. The graphics still illustrate some spine chilling scenes and disturbing animation of the undead characters. This game is almost guaranteed to give you nightmares.
  16. Ties That Bind offers the best kind of horror in gaming, because it never cops out and tries to put you at ease. Surreal Software really doesn't care if you're disgusted, offended or just plain horrified by what you see. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  17. There are enough things that feel distracting to keep this from becoming a classic game, but a strong enough foundation of gameplay and direction to make it a worthy addition to the console library.
  18. 80
    Playing the game is like watching an episode of "Oz" while a priest performs an exorcism on your liver. And if you like your gore served up hot and fresh, you've come to the right place.
  19. The single player is reasonable length and with some replay options such as playing as a good or dark character means that you will get to experience a slightly different game depending on your actions.
  20. It's a great chapter to Torque's story, but some of the restrictions with the combat and linearity make it a good action title instead of a great sequel.
  21. Those of you who loved The Suffering probably won't enjoy this title quite as much. The scares and suspense have been replaced with nonstop action, and a story that just doesn't compare.
  22. Midway has actually succeeded in creating an acceptable sequel to The Suffering, one which fans of the original should definitely look into.
  23. 76
    Graphically, it's unimpressive but serviceable. Nothing is really outstanding except the creature designs and the blood effect.
  24. 75
    The controls have also been improved over last year's game, with improved first-person aiming in particular, which works very well for battles where you have to fire off shots as quickly as possible.
  25. Sure, the action is pretty basic-it's still kill or be killed-but with more open spaces to run around and new foes to fight, Ties is like a weekend with Russell Crowe: disturbing, bloody, and a damn good time.
  26. More of the same. While there are minor revisions to the game, the core of the game remains the same.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Nov 20, 2015
    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
    Excellent spine tingler.
  3. DavidL.
    Oct 8, 2005
    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 »