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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: 70 out of 395
  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. 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
  3. Oct 14, 2014
    9
    The Evil Within is Shinji Mikami's return to form that we have been waiting for. Tough-as-nails, unforgiving, and brutal to a fault, this gameThe Evil Within is Shinji Mikami's return to form that we have been waiting for. Tough-as-nails, unforgiving, and brutal to a fault, this game makes you scratch for every inch while screaming for more. Resources are scarce, and tension is ratcheted up to 11.Graphically, I was blown away by the depth of field effects, the lighting, the fog. It's a picturesque nightmare. the sound design and the exceedingly creepy creature design add to the overwhelming sense of dread. The story is meant to be a backdrop for the events you survive through, and this is apparent. Those looking for a deep storyline with believable characters may be disappointed. Survival Horror fans who liked the first Dead Space, Resident Evil 4, and Silent Hill will enjoy this title. Expand
  4. Dec 9, 2014
    8
    The Evil Within is like an unpolished jewel, it may not impress by how it looks, technically somewhat like an early PS3 game with anThe Evil Within is like an unpolished jewel, it may not impress by how it looks, technically somewhat like an early PS3 game with an inconsistent framerate. However, the content is valuable and worth our time. Sure, the the plot is a bit confusing and the characters felt underdeveloped, but I really enjoyed the gameplay, the atmosphere, the pacing (which is a really positive thing, since it lasts for almost 20 hours), the scenario diversity/ art and most of all: it's a survival horror that you feel like you're struggling to survive, not a mindless shooter like the last Resident Evil offerings. Expand
  5. Oct 18, 2014
    8
    Don't get all the bad revies, must be kids that never played survival horror.

    I'm in the middle of it and got to say: Of course it's not
    Don't get all the bad revies, must be kids that never played survival horror.

    I'm in the middle of it and got to say: Of course it's not SH2 (nothing is actually), but it's the best take on survival horror since the first Dead Space in 2008. It really scared me a couple of times apart from fascinating me with it's awesome atmosphere, sound design, enemies and graphics. The beginning is brutally challenging, but once you survived that the game evolves. If you're looking for SURVIVAL horror, give it a go, if you're looking for something easy to play - stay away.
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  6. Oct 16, 2014
    5
    This is basically Resident Evil 4, except very dumbed down and "cinematic". You will be interrupted by a cutscene or a scripted sequence everyThis is basically Resident Evil 4, except very dumbed down and "cinematic". You will be interrupted by a cutscene or a scripted sequence every 5 or so minutes. The controls are somewhat unresponsive, unlike in RE4.

    EW also seems to have had an identity crisis. It can't tell if it wants to be a horror game, or an action game, or a movie.

    This was a major let down, the Shinji Mikami seems to have forgotten what made RE4 so good in the first place.
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  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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