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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: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Oct 13, 2014
    100
    Where BioShock Infinite aggressively tugged on heartstrings, The Evil Within tears them from your chest and crucifies you. It strangles you with your own tendrils and feeds you your own beating heart, mouth locked shut and tied with entrails, forcing you to chew and swallow. But when the last sliver slides down the back of your throat, you’ll look up and smile a sadistic smile before asking “more, please”.
  2. Game Informer
    Oct 13, 2014
    90
    Horror fans shouldn’t let the disappointing story deter them one bit, however. Few Paranormal Activity fans care how these malevolent demons come back again and again – what truly matters is that the audience’s nerves are frayed until they’re raw.
  3. Oct 14, 2014
    85
    Fans of the genre should not miss this. While it is plagued with visual problems, the pacing is almost perfect, and the tension is unmatched.
  4. Oct 17, 2014
    80
    Shinji Mikami has yet to make a poor game, and The Evil Within does not blemish his record. But neither does the game enchant and disrupt in the way that Vanquish and the others managed. This is Mikami revisiting his past glories and, as such, it's both a delight and a disappointment.
  5. Nov 17, 2014
    70
    The Evil Within isn’t a return to the genre’s roots or a reinvention, but an exercise in reliving its greatest hits. It’s disappointing that Mikami has lost the wind behind his sails and there seems to be genuine creative apathy here. Nonetheless, The Evil Within is an enjoyable horror romp. It’s a shame it couldn’t be more.
  6. Oct 15, 2014
    70
    A throwback to survival horror's heyday, The Evil Within's story is daft and convoluted, featuring a mad scientist who might as well be Krieger from Archer. Frustrating and entertaining in equal measure, The Evil Within falls short of offering any proper scares.
  7. Oct 30, 2014
    40
    At its best, The Evil Within offers a few scares and decent, if bland and predictable, combat; at its worst, it’s unoriginal, uninspired and plodding.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 64 out of 98
  2. Negative: 18 out of 98
  1. Oct 14, 2014
    10
    Evil Within grafts Resident Evil 4's gold standard survival action to a far less forgiving world. That it even comes close to matchingEvil Within grafts Resident Evil 4's gold standard survival action to a far less forgiving world. That it even comes close to matching Capcom's masterpiece is cause to celebrate. And sweat. And quiver. Expand
  2. May 4, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Evil Inside tells the story of Sebastian Castellanos, a detective who is going to live his own nightmare when he goes to Beacon Psychiatric Hospital to investigate the brutal murders that have ended with all the staff. And we do nothing more than put the cake in the center when the first paranormal events begin to happen: a mysterious hooded figure annihilates the police, sharp beeps, pain and soon after, unconsciousness. Upon awakening, Sebastián finds himself bloodied, hanging upside down and in a room with a masked man who is crumbling a body: welcome to horror. Expand
  3. Oct 6, 2021
    10
    This game had more interesting story and concept than the second game. The gameplay is definitely not for beginners but it's very good andThis game had more interesting story and concept than the second game. The gameplay is definitely not for beginners but it's very good and challenging. Expand
  4. Oct 21, 2014
    8
    Finally we have some life in the horror genre for games. This game is pretty solid visually and the gore factor is great. It certainlyFinally we have some life in the horror genre for games. This game is pretty solid visually and the gore factor is great. It certainly leaves you on the edge of your seat while playing. It's been a long time since I've played a game like this and I tip my hat to Bethesda. Expand
  5. Nov 10, 2019
    8
    Making a good survival horror game is not an easy job. They've outdone themselves with this one. Great atmosphere, great level design, greatMaking a good survival horror game is not an easy job. They've outdone themselves with this one. Great atmosphere, great level design, great enemies. It's better than the Resident Evil series. Expand
  6. Jan 28, 2015
    6
    I was forcing myself through chapter 10 when I realized something. I wasn't having fun. I wanted to, but couldn't. The survival horror turnedI was forcing myself through chapter 10 when I realized something. I wasn't having fun. I wanted to, but couldn't. The survival horror turned arena action adventure was a shock. Now I did get a few legitimate jump scares which was cool. But the atrocious frame rates combined with clunky shooting spoiled the whole game. And the story is extremely confusing. Expand
  7. Jan 31, 2018
    0
    J'aurais dû faire plus attention lorsque j'ai chopé The Evil Within dans un bac à soldes pour une poignée d'euros : d'abord parce que dans cesJ'aurais dû faire plus attention lorsque j'ai chopé The Evil Within dans un bac à soldes pour une poignée d'euros : d'abord parce que dans ces bacs, on trouve tout un lot d'étrons très vaguement vidéo-ludiques (sinon, ils n'y seraient pas) ; ensuite parce qu'il y a "Evil" dans le titre et cela aurait dû me mettre la puce à l'oreille... en dépit du nom Bethesda sur la boîte, Bethesda qui n'a fait que publier cette grosse merde évidemment. Et comme chacun le sait, un gros éditeur peut éditer de vraies calamités à l'insu de son ignorance (tout le monde peut se tromper).

    Donc, ce jeu innommable est développé par un ancien de Capcon (développeur-étron bien connu) et son équipe de bras cassés, Tango Gameworks. Cette pauvre tanche est le responsable de quelques Resident Evil passés et dépassés et quoi qu'on en dise, on ne se refait pas -à moins d'un miracle ou d'une illumination peu probable- et un con reste un con.

    Voici un TPS très residentévilien qui présente toutes les caractéristiques de ce qu'il ne faut pas faire en matière de jeu vidéo, à savoir une jouabilité bancale qui ne fait que mettre des bâtons dans les roues de la manette et une maniabilité à revoir entièrement. Une sauvegarde automatique tous les 36 du mois côtoie des sortes de zombis qui ne disent pas leur nom sur lesquels il faut viser la tête au pixel près : autant dire que lorsque la précision des armes est aussi alarmante, on peut aller se faire foutre ; le corps-à-corps pour sa part est inexploitable et la discrétion est ingérable.

    En effet, le personnage que l'on contrôle est une brêle épouvantable, incapable de courir 3 mètres et qui marche accroupi comme une vieille tortue sénile. Il ne sait pas viser, ce qui n'arrange pas les affaires de ses armes à la balistique complètement naze. Il est fragile comme du cristal, une vraie chocotte : un coup et il est presque mort, le second, il passe l'arme à gauche. Et en plus, il prend tout l'écran ce gros con. En outre, le désamorçage des bombes est un gros GTE de merde (vachement crédibles, ces bombes clignotantes dans ce monde de zombis !).

    Les niveaux sont mal faits et la direction artistique est tout sauf artistique : une autre façon de dire que le jeu est bien moche en plus de s'avérer techniquement faiblard sans oublier des temps de chargement assez éloquents. En dehors de ces zombis pourris, un gros boss enragé vient de temps en temps vous courir après (c'est scripté) : ultra-vénère, il résiste aux explosifs, au poison, au calibre 12... à tout. Et il vous suit partout. Supeeer.

    Quelle saloperie d'archi-grosse merde infernale ! Bon, ça me fait quand même un beau boîtier tout neuf de secours. Et un frisbee pour jouer avec mon kangourou.
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