From the creators of classic horror video game Resident Evil, comes another horrifying, mind-bending experience with their game, The Evil Within. The third-person survival horror game takes players on a uniquely horrifying ride, as is as fun to play as it is interesting. Let’s take an in-depth look at the game to give a more thorough understanding of what an incredible ride this game provides. We’ll take a look at all the important design elements in our Evil Within review.
|Type of game:||Survival-horror|
|Total Play Time:||17 hours|
|System Requirements:||OS: Microsoft Windows, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One|
The World of The Evil Within
The Evil Within has an incredible amount of variety. With all that there is to appreciate about the game, we’ll start our Evil Within review by covering the atmosphere & locations, the main characters, the storyline, and the available DLC & expansion packs.
Atmosphere & Location
Unending terror follows you as you both pursue Ruvik and flee from from his abominations. Krimson City Police Department detective Sebastian Castellanos respond to a report of a murderous spree taking place at Beacon Mental Hospital, an eerie, massive mental asylum. From here, Sebastian is hurled into the twisted world of STEM, where he’s flung from one nightmare to the next.
Early on, he awakens in a hellish slaughterhouse, reminiscent of Silent Hill, where he desperately evades a hulking man with a chainsaw, until he eventually comes to in a village full of zombie-like humans, similar to Resident Evil 4.Fortunately, Sebastian often awakens
Fortunately, Sebastian often awakens in, and can find mirrors which transport him to, a place called the Safe Haven with a nurse named Tatianna, where he’s given a brief break from the madness surrounding him. He’ll be throw constantly back and forth through similar areas, including the Cedar Hill Church, a church used by the previously mentioned villagers, a second hospital, a heavily collapsed parking garage, Ruvik’s mansion, the basement of which is filled with death traps and circus music, zombie infested sewers, a subway station, and the devastated Krimson City in ruins after an apparent earthquake.
The game follows Sebastian Castellanos, a police detective who recently lost both his wife and daughter. His daughter, Lily, perished in a house fire, and his wife, a detective investigating the Mobius corporation, Myra Hanson, went missing. When Sebastian becomes depressed and begins drinking heavily, his close friend and loyal partner Joseph Oda reports him to Internal Affairs, straining their relationship, though remaining friends.
Sebastian, Joseph, and new detective Juli Kidman accompany him in responding to the Beacon Mental Hospital call, and thereafter attempt to regroup and assist Sebastian throughout the game. Ruvik, short for Ruben Victoriano, is the main antagonist of the game and is the creator of all of the game’s enemies and threats, as he manipulates the STEM world at will.
Throughout, Sebastian and his team pursue Leslie Withers, a young boy from Beacon that Ruvik seeks to use in his plans. In the village, Sebastian encounters Dr. Jimenez who is a staff member of Beacon Hospital, former associate of Ruvik’s, and currently treats Leslie.
Initially, Sebastian’s objective is to investigate the killings at Beacon Mental Hospital, but this investigation grows unfathomably more complex once he arrives. Somehow connected the STEM machine, Sebastian is flung into a nightmare-scape where, while still technically trying to bring the killer, Ruvik, to justice, he desperately clamors to reunite his team and escape.
Once learning of Ruvik’s plan to place every human consciousness within STEM, Sebastian’s aim is stop Ruvik, even if he has to give his life to do so. While The Evil Within is a masterful horror game, it is heavily combat-focused, meaning Sebastian rarely flees from enemies and instead spends a large portion of the game fighting back. Being somewhat of an ode to the classic Resident Evil games, The Evil Within has many puzzles, not only to open doors and clear paths, but also to defeat the numerous mini-bosses throughout the game.
Many times, he’ll have to solve puzzles with waves of enemies bearing down on him. The Keeper, a towering butcher with a safe for a head, wields an enormous meat tenderizing hammer, barb-wire mines for trapping victims, and a sack holding the brains of his victims, terrorizes Sebastian throughout the game.
The game is often fast-paced, but the slower areas are cleverly designed to build dread and catch the player off-guard, creating an incredible, action-packed horror game. Sebastian presses on and on, as Ruvik constantly shifts the world around him, creating more and more obstacles in his way.
Rarely, Sebastian is relieved with the assistance of Joseph Oda, but this is often short-lived as they are often separated again. Throughout, Sebastian finds clues and information about Ruvik, showing him the story of how Ruben Victoriano became Ruvik, creating some sympathy since he and Sebastian both lost loved ones due to a fire.
DLC & Expansion Packs
The Evil Within is supported by three releases of downloadable content: The Assignment, The Consequence, and The Executioner. Juli Kidman, the new detective working with Sebastian, is the main character of The Assignment and The Consequence.
The Assignment begins before the start of the main game, showing Juli’s true motives as an agent of Mobius, how she ends up working for Krimson City Police Department, and introduces the player to an ominous man shown as a tall, black silhouette called the Administrator, as well as explaining her whereabouts during the events of the game and how she ends up in the situations Sebastian finds her.
Similar to Sebastian’s struggle to escape or defeat The Keeper, Juli is stalked throughout the chapters of both DLC’s by a spotlight with womanly legs known as The Shade. After losing her gun early on, Juli is equipped with only a flashlight and occasional hatchets, forcing the player to mostly hide and flee, unlike the core game. Following one of the main game events that separate Joseph and Juli from Sebastian, The Assignment shows where they ended up after, and provides another interesting glimpse into the horrors Juli is experiencing alone.
The Consequence picks up there, with Juli waking up in the Safe Haven, surprisingly, and pressing on. The Executioner is played in first-person as a man controlling one of The Keepers. Given the full arsenal witnessed in the main game, the player must fight various creatures in arena-style gameplay. With the plot content of The Assignment and The Consequence and the pure excitement of The Executioner, the DLC for The Evil Within is worth every penny for players who enjoyed the core game.
Offering such a deeply woven story, exciting gameplay, and a truly terrifying experience, The Evil Within quickly joined the ranks of predecessors such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill. The paranoia of being attacked envelopes players in Ruvik’s ever-changing world, creating a feeling of terror and suspense that has not been shown in a survival-horror game in years. Fighting unique creatures and exploring a mind-bending world, players will find it hard to stop playing as they seek the answers to their multiplying questions.
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