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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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Oct 15, 2014
    85
    The Evil Within has achieved something that not many games have lately: It scared me. Thanks for Mikami-san!
  2. Pelit (Finland)
    Nov 15, 2014
    82
    As the Japanese survival horror genre goes, The Evil Within feels a bit old fashion but in a good way. It certainly has the potential of becoming a cult classic. [Nov 2014]
  3. Oct 27, 2014
    80
    If you like the idea of Resident Evil 4 crossed half-and-half with Silent Hill then The Evil Within is the game for you. Just be prepared to put up with 30 FPS.
  4. Oct 15, 2014
    70
    If you like old-school third-person action games with horror elements, I'd recommend picking up The Evil Within on a console, possibly at a price cut. It will definitely scratch the itch of someone who has been pining for a return to the older days of gaming, but everyone else who has come to expect that certain layer of polish likely won't be amused.
  5. Oct 28, 2014
    65
    The Evil Within is an unoriginal but interesting concept that keeps the player on the edge of his or hers seat and makes the blood flow faster. It's a shame that outdated gameplay mechanics surfaces fairly quickly (and begins to frustrate shortly after). The game is quite easy to be memorized move by move, room by room - and that kills all the horror. The Evil Within is not bad at the survival part, it's quite good as a stealth game and mediocre as a shooter. It has an interesting story and dull characters - all of that can be fun, but I think expectations were much bigger.
  6. Oct 30, 2014
    60
    Despite darkness being a horror game’s natural habitat, living so much in other game’s shadows limits The Evil Within from being the genre redefining classic it really should have been.
  7. Oct 29, 2014
    40
    For every brilliant moment, there's a handful only worthy of exasperated annoyance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 211
  2. Negative: 79 out of 211
  1. Oct 14, 2014
    10
    You can unlock 60 fps and gg this game is **** awesome !!!! one of the best horror games in years so go and buy it now!!!!! or the evil willYou can unlock 60 fps and gg this game is **** awesome !!!! one of the best horror games in years so go and buy it now!!!!! or the evil will kill you!! Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2018
    10
    So GOOD resident evil 4's Son Game.
    just perfect japanese game
    Hard Diffulty and Creative Puzzles good shooting Feelings and high level Map
    So GOOD resident evil 4's Son Game.
    just perfect japanese game
    Hard Diffulty and Creative Puzzles good shooting Feelings and high level Map design.
    but letterbox was only worse and DLC 3 First Person view
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  3. Nov 29, 2017
    9
    Underrated game. Amazing horror experience even if it gets a little shoot em up by the last 3 chapters.

    Also janky controls keep this game
    Underrated game. Amazing horror experience even if it gets a little shoot em up by the last 3 chapters.

    Also janky controls keep this game from being perfect but still had an unforgettable time playing it.
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  4. Oct 17, 2014
    6
    The game itself is quite good, mechanics work fine and I have no problem with the controls (I use an xbox controller). Not the most originalThe game itself is quite good, mechanics work fine and I have no problem with the controls (I use an xbox controller). Not the most original survival horror, a lot is borrowed from resident evil and other games but fun enough to enjoy until the end. I would have given it a higher score if it had been ported better though. I don't have the most powerful rig but I played alien isolation with a decent fps on mid-low settings. This game is far more demanding because it has few graphics settings i can lower and even on 720p it gets choppy. Since I am well within the minimum specs required I expected not to have this kind of problem. Seems to be a case of bad porting to me. Expand
  5. May 7, 2016
    5
    I never played this game at launch and i just beat the game now. This game is still extremely buggy with cut scenes without audio, lockedI never played this game at launch and i just beat the game now. This game is still extremely buggy with cut scenes without audio, locked frame rate and horrible texture pop in. I had the game crash 4 times on chapter 3 at the same spot and it sent me back around 10 minutes each time. This again happened on chapter 6 but only twice, and im pretty sure it wasnt on my PC's end (GTX 970 i7 4790k with 8 gigs of ram).

    Even without the technical problems the game has horrible voice acting, and a protagonist that you want to punch. He either doesnt talk or just makes sarcastic remarks and takes nothing seriously. This game also fails to make you feel like this world was ever alive, or to make you feel bad at all for what is happening. The beginning of the game you are basically driving through an empty city, no signs of destruction yet, just a bunch of parked cars and maintained streets with NO people. This game is also not scary, a few enemies look gross but thats it, it just throws blood in your face and calls it scary. The game tries to make the villain scary, or thinks that you will be scared of him, all he has to him is a huge scar down his pale face and all he does is make a pouting face and covers his eyes. Its almost laughable because the camera zooms in on him every time it shows him making an eerie sound effect. i mean if your scared of blood, just blood everywhere from walls to floors to entire pools than im sure you'll be scared of this game

    The game has good gameplay and makes you want to search for ammo and other supply's and can be challenging at times and has some fun moments, i just cant take the world or story seriously, i mean even your character doesnt give a ****
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  6. Oct 20, 2015
    3
    "Next gen Game", remember that this is a game from the year Two Thousand and Fourteen.
    This is probably the MOST HONEST review you can have.
    "Next gen Game", remember that this is a game from the year Two Thousand and Fourteen.
    This is probably the MOST HONEST review you can have. You like the game? Buy it, but don't blame me for not warning you.

    - Next Generation 3rd Person View
    The game features horrible 3rd person view, an enemy is close to you, be ready to not be able to use your gun, because the game is absent of a decent, offensive meele. Did i mention that you have a knife? You can't use it on close quarters wherever you need to.

    - The next generation AI, Part 1.
    Probably one of the worse I've seen in years, you've seen this kind of AI behavior on those good old early 2000's games, where the Npc just follows you like there were no walls, just a straight line, ignoring obstacles.

    - Next Generation Horror Game.
    Horror? Terrifying? Scary? Honestly you don't feel any kind of psychological fear, unless you eat some depressive drugs (alcohol, heroin...). Yes, you'll make a "ugh, ugly creepy boss" (the Keeper looks amazing) and that "oh not he's going to kill me" because you can't just aim at him because of the next gen 3rd person view. In short, it could be better. The horror part of this game is the rage due to bugs.

    - Next generation AI, Part 2. Difficulty is ok i guess, can be hard sometimes. For instance, you think you ave to hit that boss's eye some times, in order to trigger the next phase, when you just needs to spam grenades until it falls dead. There's people on the top reviews talking about how this game is so "old school", well...take a look at Metal Gear Solid bosses and how you just can't mindlessly spam Grenades or Pistol rounds in order to kill it, a game from like...1999?

    - Next Gen face rig/expression system: Characters have no emotions, their internal scream is clear (voice actors were ok), but nobody can save then from the almost-poker-faces they make. (please, watch Dead Space 2 acting, from characters to dialogues)

    This could be an amazing game, a Triple A masterpiece, something totally worth of a sequel and probably a movie. Those games you would play again next year, and maybe in the next year too. But no, unfinished game, looks like an Alpha version of a future great game that needs a serious mechanics fix.

    Btw the story is pretty interesting if you're into mind bending stuff, you know Psychology stuff, that's why it gets a 3.

    Want a good horror game? Play Dead Space, then play Dead Space 2.
    Bad port etc? Nah, it's just bad...
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  7. Sep 18, 2016
    0
    The Evil Within is a very flawed game. The game suffers from many technical problems that mar the experience. The game has an extremely lowThe Evil Within is a very flawed game. The game suffers from many technical problems that mar the experience. The game has an extremely low frame rate. The highest frame rate The Evil WIthin will reach is 30. The game also has these annoying black bars that ruin the experience by making it impossible to see what is going on during the game. The Evil Within was created by Shinji Mikami the creator of the Resident Evil series. I personally love Resident Evil 4 and it is one of my favorite games of all time. The game reuses the same combat from Resident Evil 4 which is not ok. Resident Evil 4 came out about 10 years ago. The game also features horrible clunky stealth sections where you use throwable distractible objects and then sneak behind the enemy and use a one use stealth weapon to kill them. The game uses these awful run a bit sections where you run from enemies in terrible run sections where it is hard to see due to the horrible camera which gets stuck on things easily. The Evil Within is the worst horror game I have ever played and one of the worst video games I have ever played. It was so bad that couldn’t finish it. Resident Evil 7 is coming out soon I hope for the love of god that is takes no influences from this game. The Evil Within gets my lowest rating of a 0/10. Expand

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