- Brutal, gory details — blood & fluids drip, pool and splatter as you travel on this chilling, stomach-turning journey
- Multiple deadly weapons, from shivs to Tommy guns — you’ll need them all to fight the horrifying monsters you’ll face
- Interact with the hardened criminals and determine their fate
- As your Rage Meter fills, Torque will turn into a hideous and powerful creature
- Experience nine terrifying levels — traverse indoor & outdoor terrain, where horror waits around every corner
List Price: $49.99
The Suffering Description
Experience nine terrifying levels — traverse indoor & outdoor terrain, where horror waits around every corner..
Reviews By W.W. Nowe : Date March 14, 2004
I’ve been a fan of horror films for over twenty-five years now and have reached the conclusion that I can no longer be scared by them. I’m not saying that to be macho. I like being scared. I want to be scared. It’s the reason I still go to horror movies.
I’ve of course tried to get my fix from horror video games. Resident Evil, Clock Tower, Silent Hill, Fatal Frame, ect. I’ve played whatever the critics or fans recommended as scary. To be honest, I found most of them to be laughable and some flat out boring. Playing The Suffering was like hitting the jackpot.
Some things I recommend before playing:
1) If possible play on the Xbox in Dolby Digital with a good receiver and speakers.
The sound FX are what drive this game; they’re second to none. Fighting the monsters isn’t really scary. It’s actually comforting. What’s scary are the noises you hear coming from the shadows. Something clawing it’s way through the ducts behind you and to the right. The sound of men screaming, shots being fired, then flesh being torn apart to your left. A monster trying to smash it’s way through the door directly in front of you which you’ve just tried to open but found locked. The sounds in this game are phenomenal.
2) Adjust the brightness of you T.V. to a low level.
The game will ask you to do this before you start playing. It’s similar to other horror video games. You really need to have dark shadows for all those scary sounds to be effective.
3) Play in first-person mode.
Third-person mode is easier. You have a wider perspective, which makes it easier to move and see around you, but that wider perspective feels like a buffer zone between you and the monsters. You feel like you don’t have to watch your back because the camera is doing it for you. First-person is a little more difficult to move around but much more intense. You feel like your really there.
4) Play alone, late at night with the lights off.
You know why.
The game starts off with you in a cell on death row. You’ve murdered your wife and children but don’t remember because you suffer from blackouts. Soon the lights go out and you hear the other inmates being torn apart. Something pulls your cell door off and your set loose into the prison.
Reviews By Mr. : Date May 13, 2004
I’m only halfway through with the Suffering but I can safely say that this game is something that other horror games are not: it’s fun!
First of, the controls are very easy to work with; Unlike Silent Hill 2 and Alone in the Dark where the controls seems to work against you – and thus ruining the game experience for you.
Also, the atmosphere (great sound effects!) and the creatures are awesome. I really think this is one of my the better games in my Xbox collection. It action scenes are pretty addicting…
There are some bad points about the game that I have to point out though:
1. The movie sequence in the very beginning of the game is also the worst part of the game. The character models of the inmates do not look right and the voice acting is terrible in this section.
2. There are few bugs in the Xbox version. Sometimes the lead character, Torque, gets stuck between chairs and tables, etc.
Reviews By Robert Davis : Date March 16, 2004
The Suffering (XBox version reviewed) is by far the most disturbing, violent, foul-mouthed, and perverse game I have ever experienced (the only one to come close is Manhunt – which is also all of the above – but in a much sleazier way….Manhunt, while a very guilty pleasure, makes you feel the need to shower after playing). The Suffering, on the other hand, is outstanding in every aspect – including the setting (a prison with a blood-soaked history steeped in violence and corruption). Into this environment, without warning, comes an unspeakable evil – and here is where the gory tale begins. Someone finally got it right when it came to translating real horror to the console game (Alone in the Dark, and the Silent Hill, House of the Dead, Clock Tower and Resident Evil series must now take a back seat…and I do not say this lightly as I am a big fan!!!). You play the game as Torque, a brutish killer on death row for the murder of his ex-wife and kids – a crime he has no memory of committing – who is suddenly freed from his cell when the carnage erupts. I cannot begin to truly describe the sense of dread that you experience playing this game – and much of it comes from fleeting images, whispered voices, sounds of graphic slaughter, and the terror-filled screams of the victims (inmates and guards alike). It is what you do not see that is the most frightening. Also the brief flashbacks that the protagonist experiences truly enhances the overall fear factor. Add to all of this the moral choices your character is forced to make when he encounters survivors. Inner voices urge him to either save and/or kill them – and whatever Torque (you) decides to do will ultimately affect the outcome of the game! From a technical point: the sound, voice acting (especially the character of Hermes, who sent chills down my spine) and overall graphics enhance the gameplay a thousand-fold. Also the designers truly understand the importance of being able to easily save (ie. at the gamer’s discretion not the game’s!!!) Only one quibble (and it is very, very minor): I wish there were more variety in the creatures (although the ones they have – designed by Stan Winston’s studios – are truly nightmarish…and represent bizarre morphings of various methods of execution (hanging, lethal injection, electrocution, etc). This is by far the best game I have played. Highly recommended for fans of genuine horror.