Release Date: October 14, 2014
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC
The Evil Within is the latest video game from mastermind Shinji Mikami, the creator of the popular Resident Evil series. As a mix of action and survival horror, The Evil Within provides an ample amount of body jolting scares while offering plenty of gun-play to mix up the cinematic visuals.
In the game you play Sebastian Castellanos, a gritty, veteran detective with a dark, hidden past and sadly, the rest of the cast is equally unimaginative. The narrative follows Castellanos as he attempts to solve the mystery behind a psychopathic killer who has brutally murdered everyone in a hospital.
In terms of gameplay, The Evil Within feels like a standard over-the-shoulder, third-person shooter that Mikami revolutionized almost a decade ago with Resident Evil 4. Yes, it was amazing when it was first introduced, but it is disappointing to see how little it has changed since then.
Everything one would expect in a modern action game is here: a substantial upgrade system, collectibles, and light stealth elements, among other features. Although the standard arsenal of shotgun, sniper rifle, and magnum are available for players to use, the crossbow is what stands out the most. The weapon allows players to craft various types of arrows, such as those that explode, shock, or freeze. In short, the game offers players a wide range of weaponry to fend off and destroy the barrage of terrifying creatures that threaten your character’s life. Overall, the action of the game holds up well and is not overshadowed by the game’s horror aspect.
The Evil Within offers a horror experience that uses psychological means to frighten players, as opposed to cheap jump scares. In an already niche genre, this allows the game to shine even more.
Won’s final verdict: Buy