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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: 53 out of 87
  2. Negative: 17 out of 87
  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. Oct 15, 2014
    10
    Simply outstanding in every single way. Tense, horrific, survival horror in detailed and gorgeous environments. Mikami has delivered the bestSimply outstanding in every single way. Tense, horrific, survival horror in detailed and gorgeous environments. Mikami has delivered the best survival horror game of its kind in recent memory. Expand
  3. Oct 17, 2014
    9
    My First Ever Game review; so here goes.
    I have been waiting for this game for many months now, watched all the trailers, the reviews and
    My First Ever Game review; so here goes.
    I have been waiting for this game for many months now, watched all the trailers, the reviews and interviews, even went to the Game lock in to play the game early. Even though im only 3 chapters in iv gotta say its a brilliant game, really brings something back to the market that hasn't been seen in a while since resi 4 for horror survival games, it always has me on the edge and even when you no something is going to happen you still end up jumping half a mile.

    Pros so far;
    - Great game, does exactly what it says on the tin, survive while trying not to jump to far.
    - Great use of light and sound effects adds to the mood.
    - Puzzles get your brain ticking.
    - Gore Gore and more Gore

    Cons so far;
    - Camera angle can become a bit annoying, it kind of restricts your view.
    - GRAPHICS! the one thing that has let this game down Slightly, yes the cut scenes are amazing, but in game its a bit poor (n).
    - AI although at times can be good, can also be very predictive and if you watch the route enough you know when to go in for the kill.

    Overall I have given it an 9 out of 10, Great game so far and cant wait to play more of it a delve deeper into the story the puzzles and the horror. Only reason if have marked it down is due to the camera angle as it impacts on the gameplay. Other than that finally a survival horror thats bought something to the table.
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  4. Oct 28, 2015
    8
    Within ten minutes of sitting down to play this game on the supposed ''casual'' or easy mode, I found myself in a spot of bother, andWithin ten minutes of sitting down to play this game on the supposed ''casual'' or easy mode, I found myself in a spot of bother, and repeatedly being killed in some hideous ways on level one by a rather nasty enemy known as ''The Sadist''. Two first impressions then: This ISN'T going to be easy and this IS going to be gory!
    And I was right. The evil within is a graphically gory, sickly and messed up ride of a game from beginning to end. It IS also bloody difficult, though not to the extent where persistence doesn't pay off - and once you've got through the fairly drab and un-imaginative first couple of levels, the gloomy graphics, creepy music and extremely dark and twisted plot draw you in and you'll find yourself wanting to persist in the challenge, no matter what. Though I didn't find the game particularly scary, it's certainly tense and at times delivers some adrenaline packed moments of gameplay.
    Originality isn't this game's strongest card. In terms of gameplay and graphics, it's very similar to Resident Evil 4 (indeed designed by the same creator) and in terms of plot and atmosphere bears a resemblance to Alan Wake. But those who loved either or both of those games will certainly enjoy this. Bursting with atmosphere, varied nightmarish landscapes and memorable bosses, this is a very playable and challenging adventure.
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  5. Jun 19, 2017
    7
    It`s an amazing visual journey. The visual landscapes are incredible and you are going to surprise with every new scenario. But I think theIt`s an amazing visual journey. The visual landscapes are incredible and you are going to surprise with every new scenario. But I think the story and the playability are not at the same level. Anyway, it worth to play it. Expand
  6. Nov 12, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Sencillamente un juego que cumplió lo que debía un survival horror, poca munición y grandes recuerdos del pasado Resident Evil que sin duda me han encantado cada uno de ellos. Pero me inquieta la historia en si, sinceramente han copiado la idea de la película Origen la de ponerlos en sueño en unas bañeras no me ha gustado la verdad, no es que sea malo, pero me esperaba una cosa más de este gran creador, por que yo se que el puede mucho mas y nos lo ha demostrado en el pasado. Una ambientación y una banda sonora que salva el juego, realmente me ha producido Tensión pero no terror 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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