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  • Summary: The Suffering captures the disturbing and terrifying nature of the horror genre in a compelling third-person action/adventure game set in the mature and gritty world of a maximum-security prison. You'll control of the prisoner Torque, a man sentenced to die for a murder he may or may notThe Suffering captures the disturbing and terrifying nature of the horror genre in a compelling third-person action/adventure game set in the mature and gritty world of a maximum-security prison. You'll control of the prisoner Torque, a man sentenced to die for a murder he may or may not have actually committed. Enter a nightmarish world where creatures jump out of shadows, fall out of trees, and erupt out of the ground. Battle ghoulish apparitions, hardened criminals and guards, and the demons from your own forgotten past. Will you solve the mystery of Torque's past and survive or fall victim to The Suffering? Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. The Suffering also does a good job of volume changes. I know it sounds silly but if you have been creeping along, only with ambient noises then there is a crash of broken glass and a body flies past your nose, it scares the liver out of you.
  2. Send the kids to Grandma's or tell your squeamish friends to stay at home, put out the cat, lock the doors, turn out the lights, and prepare to creep yourself out.
  3. 85
    The action is intense, the creatures are actually creepy, and the story does not shy away from truly macabre elements. One cannot say enough about the horrific world that's been created here.
  4. 80
    It's faster and nastier than most of the kindred of "Resident Evil" at the cost of losing a bit of edge. [May 2004, p.71]
  5. Though the game relies heavily on cheap scares, it's a refreshing take on horror-themed games. It's also a bit longer than you'd expect from a straightforward action game, though the increased length is offset by an overall lack of variety.
  6. 75
    It's offensive, psyche-damaging, brutal, makes no sense, and is unforgiving and violent. And damn good fun.
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    40
    It's not that this is a bad game, but to ignore the more important elements of gameplay in order to add more gratuitous elements to the cauldron is unforgivable, and in that sense The Suffering is most similar to Soldier of Fortune II and the like. [June 2004, p.123]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. MichaelM.
    Feb 22, 2004
    10
    This game has great potential. when bodies are thrown threw windows and monsters jump from know where and scare the hell out of you, you know This game has great potential. when bodies are thrown threw windows and monsters jump from know where and scare the hell out of you, you know it is a good game. NOTE: even better if played with dolby digital 5.1 and turn that stereo up baby, yeah!!! Expand
  2. JoshuaD.
    Mar 7, 2004
    10
    The most gruesome game ever, but yet the COOLEST, SICKEST game ever. You have to have it!
  3. Nov 16, 2013
    10
    when i buy new releases now in 2013, it just dont feel the same as 10 or 11 years ago to have a brand new xbox or ps2 buying suffering or redwhen i buy new releases now in 2013, it just dont feel the same as 10 or 11 years ago to have a brand new xbox or ps2 buying suffering or red faction 2. games nowadays are cool, but they just wont ever have that one satisfaction as a good classic like this. Expand
  4. BobL.
    Apr 7, 2004
    9
    It can scare the hell out of you. It must be played in the dark and in 5.1 surround. You won't be disappointed!!!!!
  5. Sep 23, 2021
    8
    If cats had pajamas this would still be a fantastic game! Very scary, tremendous fun! When I say remake you say... It doesn't matter what youIf cats had pajamas this would still be a fantastic game! Very scary, tremendous fun! When I say remake you say... It doesn't matter what you say and I won't be there to hear it. Which even if I could hear it how would that help us? Just you and I yelling remake and whatever you would say to the sky like a bunch a crazies!? This'll get us nowhere.
    Oh yea, I loved this game as a kid and my memory of it is still really strong but it can't hold up nowadays. Big gulps huh? Welp, see ya later!
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  6. ChrisD.
    Apr 6, 2004
    8
    Genuinely frightening. Immersive environment (eerie sound effects, gruesome visuals). Gameplay is not overly difficult but does provide a Genuinely frightening. Immersive environment (eerie sound effects, gruesome visuals). Gameplay is not overly difficult but does provide a certain amount of challenge at times. Great game to play if you want to be freaked out. Expand
  7. Jun 11, 2011
    3
    okay, lets just get one thing straight. THANK GOD that whoever made this knew what he was doing. this game was full of jump scares (which iokay, lets just get one thing straight. THANK GOD that whoever made this knew what he was doing. this game was full of jump scares (which i usually hate because they are so predictable) that actually scared me. which is rare! now, these scares that we are talking here were very few, and weren't as impacting as scares from the silent hill series (which i dearly love.) but still deserve credit. the story was great, scratch that, excellent. and the monsters were psychodelic, and the action flowed pretty well. (except at the common "where the **** do i go moments"). now lets get to the bad things about the game, and the only reasons that the game gets the score it does. i felt that the fact you could turn into a monster was ****ing ridiculous! i felt that the way you could do that was cheating. alot of the jump scares involved an ink blot, or a badly drawn picture flashing across the screen, and get anoying when i'm trying to shotgun a whole army of damn mother ****ing **** monsters! there are three endings (not telling what they are) and two of them are very closely resembling, and makes me feel that the game designers were getting lazy. now, i like this game about as much as i like RE 0, i didn't really enjoy it at the most times. the plot was forcing itself upon the player, and i couldn't really decipher if he really had committed the murder or not. the parts that i couldn't figure out where to go just were out there all the time, and weren't as fun as silent hill, because silent hill wasn't even action oriented! and this was, so the puzzles ruined it like in God Of War **** That Game) and at least in silent hill and resident evil it made sense for there to be puzzles because they weren't as action oriented as the suffering, and when i play a game that has a whole bunch of action, that is soon replaced with a puzzle like a rubix cube with a million sides, with a million little squares on each side. so in other words, if you absolutly adored the crapstock known as god of war , than this is that, except with less shouting, and more guns.â Expand

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#29 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2004
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#39 Most Shared Xbox Game of 2004