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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: 68 out of 346
  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. Dec 4, 2014
    10
    Great game. Great horror. Love it very much. Very hardcore game and interesting! Great game. Great horror. Love it very much. Very hardcoreGreat game. Great horror. Love it very much. Very hardcore game and interesting! Great game. Great horror. Love it very much. Very hardcore game and interesting! Great game. Great horror. Love it very much. Very hardcore game and interesting! Great game. Great horror. Love it very much. Very hardcore game and interesting! Great game. Great horror. Love it very much. Very hardcore game and interesting! Expand
  3. Apr 9, 2015
    9
    The Evil Within is a game that surprised me in a good way. I was a bit skeptical at first, but shortly after starting to play it, I wasThe Evil Within is a game that surprised me in a good way. I was a bit skeptical at first, but shortly after starting to play it, I was hypnotised by this awesome game. The graphics were pretty good, and the gameplay was similar to The Last Of Us in some ways, which is a good thing. Now, the story is a bit hard to understand, but if you can crack it down, you will surely see that this game has an amazing story. It isn't repetitive at all and some parts are really spooky. Overall, I think this is a great game that is worth buying and I hope that a sequel comes out and answer all the questions that were left unanswered. Expand
  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. Oct 30, 2014
    7
    In general this is a good with a great premise: The return of pure survival horror by legendary game designer Shinji mikami for next genIn general this is a good with a great premise: The return of pure survival horror by legendary game designer Shinji mikami for next gen consoles, and the results are actually almost there, but control is a bit mess, the graphics are so last gen and some bosses will give you either stupid cheap deaths or specific how-the-heck-i-know-i-must-do-that- pattern tasks to beat him/her, seriously it's almost an insult. Nevertheless i still enjoy the game i just wish Mikami had executed better Expand
  6. Oct 20, 2014
    5
    What are these reviewers smoking?

    I wanted desperately for the Evil Within to be a good game, I really did. It looked the part from all the
    What are these reviewers smoking?

    I wanted desperately for the Evil Within to be a good game, I really did. It looked the part from all the positive press, and seemingly gorgeous graphics. But not even two hours in, I set the game aside for good.

    The one word to describe the Evil Within is overindulgent. From the opening moment where detective Castellanos is being chased by the chainsaw wielding maniac, it becomes apparent that the game is hell-bent on being akin to a haunted house attraction during Halloween season. The game is literally begging you to be scared, from the bright lights and the loud sounds, and the forced camera angles and the slow gameplay. The monsters yell and there is no time for subtlety. Atmosphere aside, I had absolutely horrible hit detection throughout and by the time I was at the village, being swarmed by enemies, I realized that I was having no fun at all.

    The Evil Within wants to disempower the player, which can be done more smoothly. Instead, the player is forced to fight against large mobs, with a nauseating camera and horrible aiming reticule. If you give the player tools to fight back, make the system run smoothly! Resident Evil 4 is a prime example! The game was terrifying BECAUSE the gunplay and the character movement felt so smooth. The scares came naturally.

    Skip this game. Just writing this review makes me angry.
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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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