Excerpt: Hand-to-hand weapons like lead pipes never need reloaded and can cause a good chunk of damage, but, come on! Do you really want to go head-to-head with a gigantic spider-like demon wielding a slew of guns with nothing more than a lead pipe? Going head-to-head with these foes as an enraged monster makes a lot more sense and you will be doing that a lot.
Excerpt: Midway had themselves a sleeper hit on their hands last year with the Suffering, which is undoubtedly one of the creepiest games to come out in some time. Set in a gritty prison overrun with mutated evil, it managed to weave creepy environments and great scare moments with fast paced gunplay. Now that Midway has another successful franchise and a brand new movie deal to boot, it would only make sense to bring fans a sequel.
Excerpt: The Suffering: Ties That Bind takes the style and feel laid down by the game's predecessor and fixes a few of the complaints that I've heard about making it an even better addition to the survival horror genre. Though Torque is no longer held captive on the Carnate Island correctional facility, his settings in the dark underbelly of Baltimore seem to be just has grimy and dingy as before.
Excerpt: You can imagine the scene. Torque, the anti-hero at the centre of The Suffering: Ties That Bind, is finally talking about his emotional problems with a professional: Doctor: "So how are you today?" Torque: "I'm feeling kind of angry." Doctor: "Why is that?" Torque: "Well, I guess it... it all started when I murdered my wife and children and it has all gone downhill from there. Monsters, soldiers, scientists, they all keep trying to kill me.
Excerpt: Poor Torque. When he first appeared in The Suffering, he was sitting on death row awaiting his execution for the murder of his family. Making matters worse, he had no memory of the crime, so he himself didn’t know whether or not he did the deed. While sitting out his last days in his cell things really got crazy for Torque when his penitentiary was suddenly overrun by vile demons.
Excerpt: In The Suffering , players were set into the boots of Torque, a man on death row because one day he accidentally killed his wife and two sons. Granted, he didn’t remember any of it, but ignorance is no excuse. Torque was sent to Carnate Island, Maryland, the worst penitentiary imaginable, to die a death worthy of a convicted murderer.
Excerpt: Midway Games pulled its act together early last year with the release of The Suffering for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The third-person action-horror game was a mild success for the company commercially, but at least put them back on track. In fact, The Suffering was so impressive that it was one of our top rated games of 2004 with a 9.5 , as well as a serious contender for our Game of the Year award.
Pros: Great visuals and good sound, Controls well, Great visuals and good sound, Controls well
Cons: Weapons really lack punch, Increased reliance on creature form doesn't make the game any more interesting, Functionally identical to the original game, Weapons really lack punch, Increased reliance on creature form doesn't make the game any more interesting, Functionally identical to the original game