• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Sep 26, 2005
  • Also On: PC
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  • Summary: The Suffering: Ties That Bind is a revolutionary action-horror game that emphasizes the disturbing terror of its predecessor, with new twisted creatures and a few familiar faces. Set in the unforgiving streets and prisons of Baltimore, the player once again controls Torque as he seeksThe Suffering: Ties That Bind is a revolutionary action-horror game that emphasizes the disturbing terror of its predecessor, with new twisted creatures and a few familiar faces. Set in the unforgiving streets and prisons of Baltimore, the player once again controls Torque as he seeks revenge against the mysterious grand manipulator Blackmore, a man somehow tied to the death of Torque's family. Players explore the tough inner-city, with poverty and urban injustices trapping people just as effectively as a physical prison. The unique morality system returns, as players delve into the perverse world of Torque's sanity to discover his past and struggle to control his future. [Midway] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. AceGamez
    90
    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. Game Informer
    85
    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]
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Almost every room or alley Torque enters has a mental surprise awaiting.
  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. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. CoryP.
    Oct 9, 2005
    10
    It's about time we are presented with another great game for its genre. Only a few games I believe should deserve a mature rating and It's about time we are presented with another great game for its genre. Only a few games I believe should deserve a mature rating and I'm glad this is one that made the list. Expand
  2. JordanR.
    Oct 16, 2005
    10
    I cant believe how good this game is.
  3. RavenK.
    Nov 15, 2005
    10
    Good Game, perfect of terror
  4. JasonL.
    Oct 25, 2005
    8
    If your looking for a good violent game this is it.Its not very complicated, but thats the point.To just go out and kill some crazy lookin If your looking for a good violent game this is it.Its not very complicated, but thats the point.To just go out and kill some crazy lookin creatures and a few humans to. If your looking for hard puzzles dont look here,but you should have gotten that from the first one,so this is no suprise. Its not the all time best game, but the graphics, storyline, and "insanity" are awesome.Oh,and you can adjust the brightness level,so you don't have to use your flashlight all the time, unless ur as ignorant as dragon boy of final fantasy. So remember that when you play it, so you don't get "annoyed". Expand
  5. Jun 15, 2019
    7
    A horror-based action sequel for those who enjoyed "The Darkness", "Silent Hill" and "Manhunt". It's a spooky, gory and profane shooter. Not aA horror-based action sequel for those who enjoyed "The Darkness", "Silent Hill" and "Manhunt". It's a spooky, gory and profane shooter. Not a great game, but perfectly entertaining while it lasts. I would rate it with a 7.5 out of 10. Expand
  6. VahndD.
    Oct 2, 2005
    6
    Very difficult to control the player. The manual view controlling is something makee me fell a little bit confused and hard to focus wether i Very difficult to control the player. The manual view controlling is something makee me fell a little bit confused and hard to focus wether i want to hit or to view the environment. Expand
  7. MikeM.
    Mar 21, 2007
    6
    Ties That Bind is essentially more of the same, which wouldn't necessarily be such a bad thing if you liked the first game. However, Ties That Bind is essentially more of the same, which wouldn't necessarily be such a bad thing if you liked the first game. However, there's a problem. It needs patching. Toward the end of the game, freezes are common. There are also problems with events not being triggered, and similar bugs that prevent you from proceeding. It's hard to conceive how something this unfinished could be rated so highly by everyone. Apparently people's expectations have really sunk, as this isn't the first (or even fourth) well-received PS2 game to have such glaring technical issues. It's really ironic that over the past four years, nearly every PC game I've played has been bug-free out of the box, while more and more console games are infested with game-stopping bugs. Definitely not a good example of Surreal Software's proficiency and abundance of talent. They've really gone downhill since the excellent Drakan games on PC & PS2. Expand

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