The Evil Within


March 27, 2015

CrispySinger

Hello and welcome to my first review, considering I just recently finished my Lets Play of The Evil Within I thought it would be a good idea to review this game. So, I hope you enjoy my review of The Evil Within! — (Video Notice: Due to the way I edited this video it is quite speedy and some of the backing audio over powers my voice, so hopefully you can hear me!)

Background

The Evil Within is a survival horror game developed by Shinji Mikami, the creator of the Resident Evil series and the team at Tango Gameworks. The Evil Within utilises its environments and enemies to create an intense and immersive world that will bring you to the height of tension and often make you think before you act because any move you make, could be your last.

Having limited resources at your disposal and being pitted up against hordes of enemies who will do anything to bring you down, you have to tactically conserve ammo and health kits by using stealth to your advantage to quickly take out enemies before they take you out.   Sebastian is not overly strong and never feels overpowered and more often than not one enemy is more than capable of taking you out with ease if you’re low on ammunition of just not prepared for the situation.

Gameplay

The Evil Within is quite linear in the sense that each chapter often has one main goal, or destination so to speak, although on the course of making your way to said goal there are often some chances to do some exploration which is normally rewarded in the form of Ability points, ammunition or the likes.

Is it worth exploring out with your main route?, well I guess it all comes down to whether or not you want to stock up on supplies and get ability points. Because sometimes you can explore and end up worse off than you were before you went looking around.

I did a mix of looking for supplies and just pressing on, not risking the possibility of wasting what supplies I had for the chance to potentially get something out of it.

Controls

The controls of the game were quite easy to pick up making it easy enough to get into the game without having to mess around getting used to the controls, I never felt that it was a struggle to do any tasks or switch my weapons or that in the heat of a fight. So that was refreshing to say the least.

Difficulty & Challenge

In regards to the difficulty and challenge of the game, I personally felt that at the start, the game was quite difficult more so than the rest of the game and this was partially due to being thrown in with little to no resources and having to adapt quickly due to the enemies being able to take you out quickly and easily.

Although, later on in the game there were some enemies, sections and bosses that proved to be a bit of a challenge to pass… and I swear it was done to the lack of ammo the majority of the time which resulted in me repeating several sections over and over or having to slowly punch the crap out of every enemy I could until I got lucky.

Overall for Normal mode I wouldn’t say it was overly challenging but I do feel that playing hard mode would prove much more difficult

One thing I don’t understand is why the knife Sebastian carries was never useable as a weapon for fending off close range enemies. I don’t know what implications that would have but it would have been a useful option as an alternative to having to use your fists on enemies… which happened to me a lot, sometimes I had to punch my way through every enemy in an area due to the lack of ammo.

I know this was likely done to add to the intensity of the game, sure the point of making ammo and supplies scarce is to make you think before you go in gunning every one down potentially wasting all your bullets within minutes and to add to the intensity of the knowing you’re now down to your last few rounds and there could potentially be anything around the corner.

It is possible that having a last resort weapon would have made the game less intense due to the fact running out of ammo wouldn’t leave you as helpless knowing you’d still have a weapon that could fend off one or two enemies at a push. Obviously depending on the type because the ones like the chainsaw wielding sadist and other one hitters would mess you up close range regardless?

Although if you use your weapons tactically you can conserve ammo, one of the best ways to take out a small group of enemies at once is to try and gather them together and use a fire bolt as this will set the first enemy ablaze and then spread to the rest of them which are close enough to him, making quick work of a group of enemies who could have easily cleaned you out of ammo for your main weapons.

In regards to The Evil Within, the gameplay is great and the story is alright but somewhat lacking but I feel it’s forgivable. If you’re a fan of survival horrors then I’d highly recommend this game, more so if you were a fan of Resident Evil 4. It’s not exactly ground breaking but it was a breath of fresh air in comparison to some of the previous survivor horror games that have been coming out recently..

It does have its flaws and sometimes getting through sections where you take on a horde with little to no ammo can be a pain, but it doesn’t really detract from the overall enjoyment of the game.

Conclusion

If you’re a fan of survival horrors then I’d highly recommend this game, more so if you were a fan of Resident Evil 4. It’s not exactly ground breaking but it was a breath of fresh air in comparison to some of the previous survivor horror games that have been coming out recently..

It does have its flaws and sometimes getting through sections where you take on a horde with little to no ammo can be a pain, but it doesn’t really detract from the overall enjoyment of the game.

The Verdict

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/ 10

About CrispySinger

A Gamer who loves pretty much all genres of Games! (More so RPG, FPS, Survival Horror, Action Adventure etc.) Known to collect “Retro Games and Consoles” and also for being guilty of having an ever expanding back log of games. To get to know him better and see what he’s been up to, catch him online via his Gaming Accounts… You know what to do!

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