The Evil Within
What were the developers thinking?
Ok, if you are not a fan of horror games because they are scary, this will not change your mind. Go play Outlast, that might. The game is developed by a Japanese studio called Tonga GameWorks and published by one of the big ones, Bethesda. The game is a great mix of different genres and it really uses every element in the game to suit its purpose.
50% psychological, 100% Scary
The Evil Within starts pretty normalish as you play as Detective Sebastian Castellanos who is expecting a crime scene of mass murder. Playing this game without researching it first does mess with your head as you start thinking that this is pretty normal, well for a game it is. Then out of near enough nowhere, you are thrown into another reality and separated from all your co-workers. The game starts now as, after this, you’re chased by a man wielding a chainsaw, you flee. Soon after this, you’re reunited with your co-workers and find out that you’re actually in the murder’s head... The plot is very confusing and messing with you a lot when you’re playing, but it adds something special to the horror aspects because you’re never going to know what is going to happen and gives you that extra bit of fear on top. As you start to get used to your surroundings and what you’re up against but then it completely changes in a minute freaking you out and leaving you clueless and where you started.
I’m not going to sleep
The Evil Within was created using the Id Tech 5 Engine, the same engine that was used to create games like Rage and Wolfenstein: The New Order so it’s in good company. All these have something in common. It has very good blood graphics and this game has a lot of it! It gives you that little extra fear when you wake up hung in a butcher type area with other bodies.
The Evil Within graphically is very good and realistic as it could be especially for how crazy some scenes are. Without the stellar graphics, I don’t think the horror moments and the aura wouldn’t have been the same, but the plot does add a lot to the element of horror the graphical realism in the mind of murder does add a lot of depth to the game.
Hide or Pray -It's your choice...
The gameplay here is great with a survival horror genre but having boss battles scattered through the game has added aspects of an adapt or die atmosphere. The game tells the story through chapters, gives you a good sense of progression when you successfully complete a chapter. It has a stealth system where you hide and sneak past enemies that you might fight later, or you could fight but you don’t have many resources in battles that gives you the survival horror element. So, sneaking past the enemies is usually the best way to go about it but it can take everything away from you and all you can do is run. It mixes all these mechanics together giving you this sense of unease because you never know what is around the next corner.
Better have an extra pair of underwear for this one
The Evil Within mixes a lot of different elements of gameplay but it is a survival horror game at its core and it never lets you rest as you never know what’s coming for you next. All the elements together, work very well, this is also a very interesting story which you’re going to want to get to the next chapter to find out more about what is going on. It's a really enjoyable game for any horror gamer if you don’t maybe try it out during the day with the lights on while listening to the song ‘I’m happy’ from the Lego movie. Good luck!