Posts Tagged ‘The Evil Within’

A Halloween Treat: The Evil Within Demo

By Adam Smith on October 30th, 2014.

As Halloween approaches, do you find that your hunger for horror is increasing? Fear not. Or ‘fear a lot’, I guess. The first three chapters of The Evil Within are now available as a demo on Steam, with demo saves carrying over into the full game should you choose to purchase it. There’s also a 50% discount on the Season Pass and anyone who buys the game during this promotion, or has already bought it, will receive a copy of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth.

Those first three chapters are a fairly good taster, with a bit of spooky stealth, a big setpiece and just enough freedom and trapping to show what’s coming later.

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Evil Within Your Letterbox? There’s Options For That Now

By Graham Smith on October 30th, 2014.

An evil letterbox.

Adam thought The Evil Within was a fine game, but that its letterboxed screen size was a hindrance – a technique that would have been best used sparingly, rather than for the entire length of the game. Rich Stanton thought that the technique was well deployed, increased tension and was never put towards creating cheap jump-scares. Parts of the internet, meanwhile, thought that the black bars were probably a technical fault rather than a deliberately-employed artistic technique.

Whatever you think, you’ll have now have to make a choice: a patch has just been released that lets you turn the black bars off, change the frames-per-second cap between either 30 or 60, and other tweaks.

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The Resident Evil Within

By Rich Stanton on October 23rd, 2014.

Shinji Mikami, the director of The Evil Within (TEW), directed both Resident Evil and Resident Evil 4 when at Capcom. It was always clear from TEW’s title that this in some way marked a return to those roots, but about halfway through I started thinking that someone at Capcom had really pissed Mikami off. This is not just a loose reinvention and homage to Resident Evil, but one that absolutely goes for the throat in the latter stages, offering up parallels so stark the comparison is direct rather than implied. So what’s Shinji saying?

Click to once again enter the world of survival horror.

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Wot I Think: The Evil Within

By Adam Smith on October 16th, 2014.

At its best, The Evil Within is the sequel that Resident Evil 4 deserved and that subsequent viral not-zombie games failed to be. That’s reason enough to recommend the game to anyone who believes Resident Evil 4 is a fine thing to emulate, and that is probably true of everyone who has played Resident Evil 4. There’s much to celebrate in Mikami’s return to survival horror but the course of true terror does not run smooth. Here’s wot I think.

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Dread On Arrival: Unlocking The Evil Within

By Adam Smith on October 14th, 2014.

The Evil Within has been unleashed and I started playing shortly after midnight. I did get some sleep but, cripes, things move along at a rapid clip in Shinji Mikami’s return to survival horror. The time to chainsaw is around ten minutes – five if you skip cutscenes. From there, it’s around five seconds to the first hideous death animation, two minutes to spinning blades, two and a half minutes to near-drowning in pool of blood and guts, and half an hour to ‘the city is collapsing and now there’s a creepy hospital ward inside my brain and, blimey, this is all very entertaining, isn’t it?’

Full thoughts as soon as I’m done but I wanted to report in with news that Bethesda have released a list of debug console command inputs. You may find them useful.

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New Evil Within Trailer Contains Messy Ways To Die

By Graham Smith on October 12th, 2014.

I want to die doing what I loved: being pulled by ephemeral blood-soaked hands into the solid floor of some hell-set asylum. The Evil Within let’s me simulate and prepare for this occasion ahead of time, plus many other less desirable demises. There’s a new trailer below – there’s been about a thousand of them now – ahead of the October 14th crikey-that’s-Tuesday release.

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The Framerate Debate: 30 “Feels More Cinematic” Than 60

By Alice O'Connor on October 10th, 2014.

It is pretty.

“The human eye can’t see more than 24 frames per second,” Those Internet People say. “Tests found fighter pilots watching a 250fps video of playful kittens will grow furious if you slip in one single frame of Plumbers Don’t Wear Ties,” Others insist. “If a game ran at 500fps it would seem so real that if you died in the game you would die in real life,” I’m also told. I thought I’d heard it all in The Great Framerate Debate that rages eternally across the gameosphere. Dear, sweet, naive Alice.

Some Ubisoft chaps have declared that 30fps “feels more cinematic” than 60fps. Gosh.

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Gore You With The Details: The Evil Within

By Adam Smith on September 30th, 2014.

I have reason to believe that the latest trailer for The Evil Within is directed at a very specific audience. It might even be an audience of one. I share it here just in case the individual in question happens to be reading this website, for it now contains all of the answers he or she will ever need. The person we’re seeking still thinks that The Evil Within will be a subtle and unnerving psychological horror experience, the sort that haunts dreams and takes up residence somewhere under the skin. The rest of us know – and can see final confirmation below – that it is a game in which everything is either bleeding, screaming or wearing its organs on the outside. While exploding.

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The Evil Within Puts It All Out There

By Alec Meer on September 17th, 2014.

Start To Spooky Hospital: 16 seconds. Yep, horror game, goddit.

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Fewer Oceans: The Evil Within Bumped Up In Europe

By Alice O'Connor on September 4th, 2014.

Please help me! I can't open this box until three days after the NA release!

It is quite daft that big publishers still delay international releases of games–coming out on Tuesday in North America, then the Thursday or Friday elsewhere. Here on this wide wonderful web, which has no oceans, it’s silly that they artificially stagger releases to appease retailers, especially given that most retail releases nowadays are little more than a Steam key in a box.

But it’s fine, Bethesda have finally come to their senses with The Evil Within and bumped the release date forward to- oh no, nope, they’ve made it even sillier. Most of the world will now get the survival horror at the same time, but some of you will still need to wait a few days, because reasons.

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Shock! Horror! The Evil Within Delayed Into October

By Alice O'Connor on May 27th, 2014.

Boo!

The monsters we fear reflect anxieties of the era, some say. Frankenstein’s creature is unmediated ambition of science. Godzilla was atomic weapons. Vampires are sexuality or, alternatively, posh people. Zombies are death or boredom or something I don’t know I mean I glaze over any time someone starts to lecture me on them. What about the 21st century’s first big new monster, The Slender Man? What does he represent, lurking in the distance, hinting at his presence, vanishing, then swooping in to make teenagers scream and swear? Why, video game delays, of course!

Boo! Publishers Bethesda have delayed The Evil Within. The Slender Man grows more powerful.

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Bad Medicine: The Evil Within Trailer

By Alice O'Connor on April 9th, 2014.

Awfully unhygenic

Mysterious things, boxes. What’s in them? Biscuits, cats, our wife’s severed head… we simply won’t know until we open them. How enigmatic this makes The Evil Within‘s villainous Boxman, so named because he’s a man with a box on his head. What ever could this box contain! It’s quite comforting, though. Seeing Boxman and co in a new trailer for the scare-o-shooter reminds me of Resident Evil 4, which is certainly welcome. We’ve got cruel countryfolk, silly science, mansion deathtraps, honking great fleshy monsters, and characters taking very seriously things which are quite absurd.

Capcom have clearly lost the knack of making good Resident Evil games, not to mention that it’s drowning with tons of horrible lore pushing it down into dark waters, but perhaps other people can nail that tone. To a wall. Then write something cryptic in blood. Then a shocked character cries “Wha- what is this!”

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Horror Stories: A Maddening Lack Of Imagination

By Adam Smith on September 27th, 2013.

I didn't have to mock this image up to illustrate the article

Looking through the recent releases on Steam, a casual observer might believe that there’s a horror game renaissance underway. In the last few weeks, several games have appeared, with titles like Paranormal and The Orphanage. I’ve installed a few of them, heard them go bump in the night, and then moved on. Despite some quality releases, horror is in a rut. And it’s an unpleasant one.

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