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  • Summary: The Suffering: Ties That Bind is the sequel to the action horror game The Suffering. This time, you must defeat a host of abominable creatures through spooky 3D environments set in a prison in Baltimore. The game lets you choose to be good or evil, and your choice affects your abilities as well as the storyline. Ties that Bind also features vehicle combat and more combat controls. Expand
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  1. Positive: 26 out of 36
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  1. 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.
  2. The story is still scary and still a bit confusing but the action is good and that makes this a fun ride worth taking.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Midway has actually succeeded in creating an acceptable sequel to The Suffering, one which fans of the original should definitely look into.
  6. 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.
  7. 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]

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  1. 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 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!!! Collapse
  2. JuanP.
    Oct 20, 2005
    Excellent spine tingler.