Release Date: 14/10/14
Developed by Shinji Mikami – creator of the seminal Resident Evil series – and the talented team at Tango Gameworks, The Evil Within embodies the meaning of pure survival horror. Experience a disturbing reality as you try to break free from warped machinations that could only exist in the most horrifying worlds. Face twisted creatures and experience true terror, all heightened by cutting edge lighting and animation made possible by a customised version of the id Tech 5 engine.
While investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners encounter a mysterious and powerful force. After seeing 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 frightening journey to unravel what's behind this evil force.
Pure survival horror returns
Shinji Mikami, the father of survival horror, is back to direct a chilling new game wrapped in haunting narrative. Tension and anxiety heighten dramatically as you explore the game's tortured world. You'll have limited resources at your disposal as you fight for your survival and experience profound fear in this perfect blend of horror and action.
Brutal traps and twisted creatures
Face unthinkable horrors and cruel traps as you struggle to survive against overwhelming odds. Turn evil against itself by using the same diabolical devices against overwhelming deadly creatures.
Unknown threats in an uncertain world
Mysterious and wicked fears loom ahead in a world that warps and twists around you. Corridors, walls, doors, and entire buildings change in real time, ensnaring players in a reality where threats can appear at any time and from any direction.
The new face of horror
Highly crafted environments, horrifying anxiety, and an intricate story weave together to create an immersive world that will bring players to the height of tension. Defeat insurmountable terror and experience the ultimate thrill by discovering The Evil Within.
As a gamer for a fair number of years I’ve had fun with all sorts of platforms as well as multiple genres, yet the one thing that I remember most was my introduction to Resident Evil 2 (yep way back on the original Playstation.) I died a lot, but improved and loved jumping at each reveal with my favourite being when you see the Licker for the first time (on the Police Station ceiling.)
So, as a huge fan of the horror genre, I’ve always got my ear close to the ground to see whats not only new but what is going to give me the next big scare and hearing about The Evil Within, I thought that I’d find something special, the fact that it was done by Horror Master Shinji Mikami made it all the sweeter.
So what did I get? Well, to be blunt, a lot of game time with multiple scares, cracking dialogue and perhaps best of all multiple deaths as I fought my way through each scenario, I loved the fact that it dived into multiple horror scenario’s from the chain saw wielding butcher through to Zombies with cracking sound effects as well as visually visceral graphics that really push the console to the boundries.
All round it’s a great game and one that I’ve had a lot of fun playing, with the delicious chills that stayed with me as I climbed into bed each night. My only real gripe is that it does feel like quite a short game and that’s where the problems occurs, when you’re dealing with top notch photorealistic graphics something has to give and sadly that’s usually the game play time. Don’t get me wrong I’ve had a hell of a time with it, but when you’re spending £40 a game you want the maximum amount of time for your buck (or in my case pount.)