Release date: 14.10.2014
Developer: Tango Gameworks
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
We know that Bethesda can publish great games. Series like Fallout, The Elder Scrolls and Doom. But horror games are missing in that list. Until now. Can this game live up to the expectations?
The Evil Within follows the character of Sebastian Castellanos, a police detective working in a crime-filled metropolis called Krimson City. When Castellanos and his partners are summoned to the scene of a bloody mass murder, they find themselves separated and teleported into a twisted version of reality where regular humans are turned into horrifying, mutated killers. While the setup allows for a more psychological bent than many modern survival horror games, I can't say that the plot of The Evil Within ever really pulled me in. Much of the blame for that rests on the shoulders of the dull leading man and thin supporting cast.
That said I must say that the story here is the weak point. To my mind a good story is the corner of a great horror game. Well not the story before or after the game events, but right in the middle of it. The next corner stone for horror games is the atmosphere. A good horror must be able to make you feel scared even when you know it's just a game. Maybe it's just me and I'm used to horror games (Dead Space, Silent Hill, Descent and so on), but something is missing here. I can't put my finger at it, but something is missing.
Where the game lacks of story and atmosphere it catches up with gore. Only the first minutes of the game are blood free and those minutes are in the intro cutscene. It doesn't take till you slide down a bloody slide till you end up in a pool where the blood is knee deep.