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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: 76 out of 435
  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. Apr 11, 2018
    10
    The Evil Within is easily the best Survival Horror game to be released in years.
  3. Oct 15, 2014
    10
    The years do not ve a game like this, it's incredible, ambiance, gorgeous graphics, to blood everywhere, reminds me of the RE1 and RE 4The years do not ve a game like this, it's incredible, ambiance, gorgeous graphics, to blood everywhere, reminds me of the RE1 and RE 4 finally feeling the time of the Playstation 1 again imprecionante nostalgia is worth every penny, if you're a fan of Resident evil with the real you will definitely love this game. Expand
  4. Feb 11, 2015
    8
    Graphics/Sound: Okay I have heard before that the graphics in this game are not very good, I have no idea where that is coming from IGraphics/Sound: Okay I have heard before that the graphics in this game are not very good, I have no idea where that is coming from I personally thought the graphics were beautiful. Dark, dank, and disgusting yes but beautiful as a horror game should look. The textures, resolution, and frame rate (at least during game play) are all great on the PS4 version at least the PS3 version has some frame rate dips now and again. Now I will say that the cut scenes at least on the PS4 and PS3 versions of the game have issues, from popping in textures to the occasional stutter. That aside like I said the game looks and runs great and the visuals along with the sound design definitely made me pretty tense during some parts of the game.

    Story/Characters: Yeahhhhhh this is where the game kinda falls short. The story is not really bad but is pretty cliched and the pacing is really all over the place but I will say that I did want to see where everything was going so I have to at least give it that. The characters I have to be honest did almost nothing for me, I did kind of like Sebastian because of his almost not giving a crap attitude throughout most of the game and the dynamic between him and Joseph when it was allowed to be explored (which doesn't happen often) was kind of charming but besides that I just didn't care about what happened to any of them.

    Game Play: This is honestly kind of a mixed bag, I know this has been said before but think Resident Evil 4 meets Silent Hill and you'll be on the right track. The game is mostly a lot of shooting because melee combat is pretty much useless and the gun play is really fun and tense. You will find yourself looking around a lot for ammo and health items which in some parts of the game can be pretty scarce leading to some panicked moments especially against bosses. You can also find what I called Brain Juice throughout the game which can be used to upgrade yourself and your weapons in the save area. There are some things that got on my nerves like some kind of cheap invisible enemies and some segments that felt a bit to much like action shooter set pieces which would be fine if ammo was more plentiful but over all the game play is very solid.

    Verdict: While the game isn't everything I hoped and it does fall seriously short in some areas, the things that really matter in a horror game such as atmosphere and solid game play are a really good return to form for Survival Horror from the guy who revolutionized it in the first place Shinji Mikami and its great to see him return to what he does best with one of the best games in this genre I have played in a long time.
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  5. Jun 8, 2015
    8
    Great game that will have you Sh*ting your pants at some parts. The storyline is fantastic and very unique. I did find however, that this gameGreat game that will have you Sh*ting your pants at some parts. The storyline is fantastic and very unique. I did find however, that this game is more fun to watch than to actually play. The movement can be a bit clunky and I know that was intended. A must buy for fans of Resident Evil 4! Review score would be higher, but the movement and controls at time bothered me. Expand
  6. Dec 7, 2017
    6
    I can't understand the haters of this game. This is an objectively excellent horror, which is made in the best traditions of this genre. TheI can't understand the haters of this game. This is an objectively excellent horror, which is made in the best traditions of this genre. The problem of the game is that it came out at one time with fashionable screamers like Fivi Nights at Freddy and Outlast. For example, in this game you are trying to frighten the atmosphere and plot instead of stupid crawlers in an unexpected place. The only thing that amuses and annoys at the same time is the movement and running of the main character :) Expand
  7. Nov 28, 2020
    0
    This game is garbage in 2020. You will despise the game if you have played modern horror games such as Resident Evil 7 or Until Dawn, whichThis game is garbage in 2020. You will despise the game if you have played modern horror games such as Resident Evil 7 or Until Dawn, which are so much better. The control, graphics, characters, combat in this game is just plain boring and not engaging Expand

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