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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: 42 out of 65
  2. Negative: 1 out of 65
  1. Oct 20, 2014
    90
    The Evil Within is a true return to form. Not just for Shinji Mikami, but for the whole survival horror genre this is a great title. Anyone that grew up with games like Resident Evil or Silent Hill will be enjoying this game to the fullest.
  2. Oct 13, 2014
    85
    It’s not easy, today, to scare the gamers offering a real survival horror experience. The Evil Within can sometimes achieve this goal adding in the mix the atypical Japanese flavour.
  3. 80
    While The Evil Within doesn’t quite reach the iconic Resident Evil 4‘s level of brilliance or scariness, this is a satisfyingly gruesome adventure.
  4. 80
    For all the games’ narrative themes of consciousness-probing, identity-subsuming science, the reordering of the psychic self for a greater application of the flesh, I needed to look no further than my own pathological gameplay in its honour. The rage quits, the restarts, the late nights, the infinitesimal adjustments to my thirteenth, fourteenth, fifteenth attempts, all part of my drive to survive to the end, no matter how many hours of hell it took.
  5. Oct 20, 2014
    75
    The Evil Within is a case of mission accomplished, but there are some casualties. The game is challenging and has a creepy feel to it, but the voice acting is bad, some locations just don't seem right, and the story loses its strength along the way.
  6. Oct 19, 2014
    70
    The Evil Within is the game Resident Evil 5 should have been. The problem is that in the last 5 years videogames have evolved and some gameplay solutions have become obsolete.
  7. Nov 25, 2014
    40
    It’s a game that seemingly aims to bottle lighting a second time, and fails spectacularly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 71 out of 375
  1. Oct 14, 2014
    10
    it may not be the best game out their but it the survival/horror return in the hand of it father shinji mikami this game have a greatit may not be the best game out their but it the survival/horror return in the hand of it father shinji mikami this game have a great atmosphere and require skills to survive bringing back the old school survival horror style "less resources, Puzzles, etc"this game is a must for survival/horror fans Expand
  2. Nov 5, 2014
    10
    The Evil Within liked me, in my opinion very suitable survival, but poorly researched horror.Take that someone would not say I liked this gameThe Evil Within liked me, in my opinion very suitable survival, but poorly researched horror.Take that someone would not say I liked this game (I'm just puzzled why you need so violently insult game, yet it is not terrible, and even good).I was pleased with the new masterpiece from Shinji Mikami and I advise buy this game and go through. Expand
  3. Oct 17, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I believe horror games should be scary, fun, or both. The Evil Within manages to (mostly) do both. Shinji Mikami's horror opus may play like a survival horror "greatest hits" but that's not a weakness but a strength. If you have played any recent Resident Evil games you will notice similar gameplay acting as foundation for a grittier, darker, and more punishing survival horror game.

    I personally love horror games, but I assure you my love does not make me blind to this game's shortcomings. First, let's get some technical issues out of the way:

    - There is significant pop-in (mostly at the beginning of a cut scene)
    - There is clipping (most notably is being able to walk through AI allies)
    - There are shadow glitches and the occasional low-res texture

    I never had a game-breaking glitch or have my game freeze. The graphics are good for what they are. Although, you can tell this game's development was shared with "last-gen" systems too.

    - The developers are dirty **** sometimes putting two boss battles back-to-back, pitting you against one-hit-kill enemies frequently, and forcing the player into "trial and error" more often than necessary. It borderlines (and becomes) frustration at times but the game is not as difficult as the Dark Souls series. The difficulty also stems from claustrophobic boss battles and annoying "chase sequences" that purposefully give you horrible camera angles.
    - I don't know whether the playable protagonist, Detective Castellanos is a badass or a dumbass. I found myself laughing at his repeated lines and how stoic he is within such a messed up world. After the umpteenth uttering of "what's going on here?" and other stupid in-game lines, it can start to detract from the experience unless you accept it as cheesy and bad, have a good laugh, and move on.

    That's it for the bad. Pretty minor actually. WARNING: below are tips and observations with generalized SPOILERS that should help to reduce frustration and make it more fun. There is nothing specific about plot, enemies, or locations. Skip to the bottom if you want to see my completion time and # of deaths.

    - Enjoy the plot like you would a Jackson Pollock or Salvador Dali painting. Don't try to make sense of it.
    - This is a survival horror game. Ammunition is limited but don't let your ammo stock get full. I had to leave ammo behind. That's not good when every bullet counts.
    - Upgrade intelligently. You'll notice some things are a lot more useful than others.
    - Your character gets more winded than a fat kid chasing an ice-cream truck. His stamina is awful. You may consider him an Everyman, but I have no idea how he passed his fitness test to become a police officer.
    - The cutscenes are good, albeit they mostly make no sense. And the voice-acting quality is good despite frequent repetition.
    - Sometimes you will have AI companions. They aren't completely worthless. Let them take the shot instead of wasting precious ammo. Be warned though, if they get swarmed it can be game over. You can however heal them up whenever you need to without using any supplies.
    - This is a personal preference, but there are a couple failed scare opportunities. You'll notice them after you play a lot of the game. However, you will also be pleasantly surprised at how often they do take advantage of opportunities to throw scares at you.
    - There is only one section of the game I absolutely hated. It breaks my "be scary or fun" rule. It was neither. You'll know it when you get to it because it is uninspired and boring. Fortunately it isn't too long.
    - The game does have some obvious "let's drain their ammo" sections. Just focus on surviving, not conserving ammo. It will alleviate some frustration.
    - The game does very little hand holding and I died like 5 times in the first 5 minutes of the game because they just get right into the trial and error aspects of the game.
    - There are some amazing boss battles and some I dreaded that ended up being a lot more enjoyable than I thought they'd be.
    - My pulse was pounding and I found myself begging not to die on many occasions. I also couldn't help myself from freaking out, jumping from a scare, yelling at my character to "go, go, go" it was a great experience!
    - I'm glad this game makes combat enjoyable, but good luck with stealth kills. Enemies are practically omniscient, they'll turn around at the worst times, or you'll get spotted by another enemy.
    - You're character has abnormally strong kicks and punches... when attacking crates and barrels. Otherwise, he might as well be slapping enemies with his glove; that is how impotent melee can be.
    - Destroy the little white statues!
    - You will learn to hate bombs.

    Overall, if you like survival horror you shouldn't be disappointed.

    True to form they make it worth your while to start a new game+. I completed my first play-through in less than 20 hours on standard difficulty with 49 deaths; better than the IGN reviewer but I hope you can do even better. Good luck!
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  4. Oct 28, 2014
    8
    This game is truly challenging and fun. I will admit, it made me rage during a few chapters, but all games I've thoroughly enjoyed have doneThis game is truly challenging and fun. I will admit, it made me rage during a few chapters, but all games I've thoroughly enjoyed have done that. It pays homage to Resident Evil 4, and even Silent Hill, but it asserts a distinct identity overall. The mechanics are polished, however, there are some BS moments. This is not to say that it feels as if it were made in a sloppy fashion. It is just a little too ambitious for its limitations. I wanted to care about the story, but I found that by chapter 11, I was just kind of chugging along. The reason I am not giving this game a 9 or a 10 is because it is not perfect, nor is it a step down from perfection. It is not as amazing as Resident Evil 4 was back in the day, but I do not feel any regret towards buying it at all. I'm having fun with it, and the anxiety-provoking situations it creates, and I am looking forward to starting a new game +. Expand
  5. Mar 24, 2015
    7
    The Evil Within was a Roller Coaster of a game for me. Initially, I was really uninspired by it. The first few hours were spent getting usedThe Evil Within was a Roller Coaster of a game for me. Initially, I was really uninspired by it. The first few hours were spent getting used to the game's unusually dark settings (literally dark, not thematically). After the first main box, the game really started to grow into its own and show its true colors.

    Survival horror at its core, it reminded my a lot of the original Dead Space. The feeling of helplessness is nearly tangible. After a few attempts at running blindly to get from point A to point B, and quickly learning that was a very bad idea, the game become much more about stealth and cunning rather than brute force. A few of the mechanisms are lost as the game progresses. Hiding from your enemies, while effective, seemed to become a less common practice about halfway through.

    The world the game is set in is the main focus. The protagonist himself is undeniable forgettable. His storyline is revealed through little journal entries preceding save points as the game progresses, making it even more forgettable for those who refuse to read for story depth.

    There are a few mechanical flaws that carry over due to the console base. Framerate drops, while not common, are expected. There are two black bars along the top and bottom of the screens to simulate a wider scope of view. While these were not game-breakers for me, many people were extremely agitated by their presence.

    Despite its flaws, I was drawn into the world. The game is not overly long, but the atmosphere is infectious! For any survival horror fan, this is a must play. Same goes for horror/gore nuts. For those just looking for the next game, would not recommend picking it up without playtesting first.
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  6. Jan 5, 2015
    5
    This game is broken, hard, glitchy, horrible and has a horrible ending.
    Finally finished it today glad it's over with.
    So the main
    This game is broken, hard, glitchy, horrible and has a horrible ending.
    Finally finished it today glad it's over with.

    So the main character is pretty funny he would rather be picking up bottles than climbing out of the monster infested water and impending death. You will see things like this more and more the more you play.
    Like hung up bodies that you waste matches on that don't burn. There's more than this though.

    The controls switch to type C mediately, prevents the constant incursion of the menu during battle. There is also a one second latency so don't just mash melee as after two melees the enemy automatically counter attacks.

    P.S. EVERYONE who gave this a user score of ten is INSANE.

    There are some frame rate issues and I'm not talking about when they are pulsing the screen to build drama.

    I liked the game early on and welcomed the challenge, that is what this game is a challenge. The hunting for parts and ammo is great a real survival horror game, but that's about where it ends.

    Buy this if you loved RE6 and other glitchy poorly storylined horror games.
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  7. Oct 18, 2014
    0
    The IA's enemys... where is gone? I dont see it.... well for all the pubblicity I thinked was amazing, but the story no have sense, ANY SENSE!The IA's enemys... where is gone? I dont see it.... well for all the pubblicity I thinked was amazing, but the story no have sense, ANY SENSE! I stop playing the 5th chapter?! the graphic (bethesda's hand) is so beautyfull but the gameplay it's ridiculus, looks like a japanese movie of second order... I'm realy disappointed :( Expand

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