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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 It's a shame that outdated gameplay mechanics surfaces fairly quickly (and begins to frustrate shortly after).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: 72 out of 189
  2. Negative: 77 out of 189
  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. Aug 16, 2017
    10
    Just one of my favourite action-horror games, it is a combination of Silent Hill with Resident Evil 4 with some very terrifying situationsJust one of my favourite action-horror games, it is a combination of Silent Hill with Resident Evil 4 with some very terrifying situations that made me scream to my monitor. Expand
  3. Dec 30, 2016
    9
    Este juego fue genial. Su historia queda completamente abierta, por lo que no se entiende demasiado bien el por qué de las cosas... QuedanEste juego fue genial. Su historia queda completamente abierta, por lo que no se entiende demasiado bien el por qué de las cosas... Quedan muchos cabos sueltos, probablemente porque Bethesda tenia planeado sacar una secuela.
    Este juego tiene el terror psicológico y el survival horror muy muy bien marcados. El hecho de poder mejorar a tu personaje con gel verde y de tener que quemar los cuerpos con cerillos hacen que tenga algunas cosillas no muy comunes en los juegos. Además, el estilo del juego es en plan "película de detectives clásica", por lo que es un survival horror de terror psicológico con acción y estereotipos de rol con trama negra e historia llena de drama. Sinceramente lo recomiendo mucho, y si hay una razón por la cual no le doy un 10, es por su rendimiento en general.
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  4. Dec 28, 2014
    6
    I was wishing to like this game so much more...

    Yeah, some of the problems have been addressed and patched. That stupid letterbox: gone. 60
    I was wishing to like this game so much more...

    Yeah, some of the problems have been addressed and patched. That stupid letterbox: gone. 60 FPS unlocked, hell yeah. But, even so, the game likes to take a crap on my PC, and even though it's not an Alienware, it should be able to run the game at least at medium settings. But the framerate keeps dropping all the time. And the texture pop-ins are still there. Ugh. Sadly, the PS4 version is much better and more stable.

    The story is rather interesting. The characters are totally bland and the game already starts with you knee-deep in the **** after only two minutes of intro. The pacing is kinda poor to me, but the plot is so bizarre that it's probably what will keep you going.

    Now, for the gameplay... ugh. The least I say, the better. I know this is supposed to be hard. I know this is supposed to be challenging. But it ends up just being... frustrating. The open combat sections suck. That enemy that throws dynamite at you sucks. And I wouldn't have that much of a problem with all the stealth if the controls and the camera weren't so bad. At the third chapter I just though "screw it", then lowered the difficulty and started shooting instead of trying to sneak my way over the place.

    So... The Evil Within. Not a bad game at all. It even was really fun, at least when I was not engaged in combat. The enemies are really creative, and, although the game is not really scary, it's very disturbing. If you want a challenge, are a fan of Resident Evil and love to try a section of a game again, and again, and again, well, then go ahead. I do not regret buying it, but I could've just watched a complete walkthrough on Youtube and save me the frustration with the clunky gameplay.
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  5. Dec 24, 2014
    4
    What I liked:
    - the creativity and imagination poured into this game is unsurpassed
    - the protagonist reminded me of a certain John Marston
    What I liked:
    - the creativity and imagination poured into this game is unsurpassed
    - the protagonist reminded me of a certain John Marston
    - game was very stable
    - the ending.. at long last

    What I disliked:
    - saving the game is very cumbersome and painful
    - ammo is very scarce that I ended up using the clunky melee attack more than I'd use guns
    - the handgun/magnum is horrendously inaccurate
    - early encounter with Ruvik is nothing but nuisance
    - some portions where the game locks your camera at a certain angles can be very disorienting
    - very poor visibility in dark areas
    - extreme visual effects can make your eyes and head hurt in epileptic proportion
    - inconsistent damage from fire

    A marriage between Resident evil and Silent Hill, with The Matrix as venue - an experiment gone wrong.

    The game is peppered with cheap traps, cheap deaths, mediocre scares, levers and cranks, and distasteful visual effects that leave your head and eyes hurting.

    The only horror to you'd face here is that curiosity got the better of you to pickup the game.
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  6. Oct 19, 2014
    2
    I was really looking forward to this game. I am real junkie of horror survival games and movies. Unfortunately this game is broken on pc. IfI was really looking forward to this game. I am real junkie of horror survival games and movies. Unfortunately this game is broken on pc. If you don't have Xbox controller, then stay the f**k out of this game. The k+m controls are imprecise. Another technical issue is 30 fps lock; witch makes game almost unplayable, in my opinion. What’s the f******g point buying high end graphic cards if game developers lock frame rate to 30 fps? And there is this annoying aspect ratio that really grinds my gears. WTF?! It looks retarded and plays retarded. What is worse is that even it is possible to "fix" those issues, with unlocking console controls; the game still plays like crap. The aspect ratio is 2.35:1, by default and by changing aspect ratio, so it is in "full screen" mode, I notice that frame rate dropped significantly and after changing to new aspect ratio, the main character in the game "gets bigger", so much that it almost covers half of the view in the game. It seems like the whole view in the game gets somehow "cropped" or "blown up" It doesn't look nice at all. But how is the game it self. Is it scary in any way? Does it have any interesting story? The game is developed by some Japanese dude and creator of RE series, as you all probably know that already. I never played any of those games so I was kind of new to this. But if this is how those games are, then I know I never will try them. The gameplay is awful and very uninspiring. The texture in the game are just ugly, it is simply awful looking game, and what is worse is that this game is badly optimized for pc and it plays like s***. Forget high frame rates! The game doesn't feel like a survival horror game. It feels more like some clunky survival game, were you must gather some green crap, by killing monsters, so that you can upgrade your character. And then, by some miracle you get more ammo storage, better weapon damage, etc,etc. I really didn't find this kind of upgrade system interesting in survival game. Some people may find it interesting. For me it felt like some kind of unnecessary distraction. Game gets very frustrating because you die a lot, and not because of some tactical mistake made in the game. It is because of this sh***y aspect ratio and controls and all the other technical issues. It is frustrating even to make precise aiming or have any kind of control over any situation. The controls and the aspect ratio really make this game difficult to play. I don't understand what were developers thinking when they decided to make this game so unplayable. What about characters? The main characters in game are boring and sometimes annoying. I didn't care about any of them. The dialogs are boring and just made me skip most of those looong movie cut scenes, which I hate in games. I buy game to be able to interact with it. If I want a movie, I can always watch something on Netflix. Games are made to be interactive. It isn't scary game either. Maybe there are some few cheap jump scares that will make babies and small children cry, but overall, the game isn't scary at all. Though, it is very gory, which may appeal to some folks out there. It feels more like a survival game then a horror game. Disappointing! How about the story? Is it any good? If it is difficult to connect emotionally to the main characters, then the story itself will be less interesting. I got very confused and had problems to get anything meaningful from the story. I felt they were jumping from place to place all the time and I lost track of what was the story about. In the end, I really didn't care. The only thing that I really liked was the creative design of all the enemies . Would I recommend this game to anyone? Not for pc! Don't buy this game for pc. You might regret it. Expand
  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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