Horror is back, with a vengeance. Yep, after 9 years of Shinji-less Resident Evil, we finally get a game that remembers what horror is all about. Take Resident Evil 4’s strengths, mash in Silent Hill and add a sprinkle of Dead Space gore. That’s The Evil Within.
The game basically plays as a 3rd person shooter. The shooting controls are tight and well done and the enemy AIs act smart and unpredictable. Tension is also built up through random monster encounters that help to keep the player on their toes.
Sound plays a vital role in The Evil Within in order to create anxiety, paranoia and tension. The character dialogue is also excellent, with talented actors such as Jennifer Carpenter from Dexter and Jackie Earle Haley from Watchmen.
Although the story is very well done, often it can be confusing. Without giving anything away, the game hiccups a few times, not enough to ruin the story, but just enough to invoke multiple head scratches.
So in the end, the game excels at what it was created for: Survival Horror. No hand holding and no safety in infinite ammo capacities. This is what horror is supposed to be.