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The Evil Within Hands-On Preview


If you don't know already, Shinji Mikami, creator of the universally known Resident Evil franchise has a new studio - Tango Gameworks. And their first game heads back to the genre that Mikami originally found success in back in the mid-1990s. Bad news out of the way first, The Evil Within has been delayed slightly, missing it's original August release date and now terrorising our screens on October 24th.


The Evil Within whys away from the style of almost comic horror found within the recent Resident Evil titles in favour of a more traditional poop-your-pants-and-dispose-of-them-quickl-type affair, probably better known as physiological horror. You'll step into the shoes of Detective Sebastian Castellanos, a dapper cop with a blatant disregard for fear or even his general wellbeing. While investigating the scene of a particularly gruesome, mass murder, Sebastian and associates are ambushed and knocked unconscious. Upon awakening, he finds himself in a pretty spooky world, full of deranged creatures and the sort of things that would keep you up at night. 

And that's where I come in. Bethesda kindly invited us down to have hands-on experience withthe E3 demo of their upcoming nightmare simulator. The Bethesda rep even described the room that we'd be going hands-on in as "smelled of fear". Two portions of the game taken from Chapters 4 & 8 were available for us to endure. 

Our first taste had us scouring a disturbing village for a patient belonging to the doctor I was with. Why we were looking for him, or even partnered up wasn't explained. The village was extremely detailed, mist covered the ground lightly, creatures wandered and shuffled around generating an air of discomfort. Once spotted, they'd attack you with crudely made hatchets, scythes and any sharp object that they'd happen to be holding. Sebastian can collect matches, which are dotted around the world, it's essential to keep a ready supply of them handy as it's the best way of ridding the land of the evil that ambushed you. A few shots from your trusty revolver and the creature is knocked off their feet and can often look dead, at this time you're able to light a match and ignite them, evaporating them from the world. 

Our Bethesda representative really emphasised how important scavenging for loot was and boy, was he right. Ammo, on anything other than the easiest difficulty, is in seriously short supply and health packs, which take the form of syringes, are few and far between. It's really worth looking around, items can be found in the most unlikely of places. Cupboards, cabinets, boxes, under beds and even inside things. I accidentally sliced one of the village pigs open, only to find two precious bullets inside. Grim.

Our second section appeared to be a less than subtle nod towards Resident Evil 1, taking place within an similarly iconic, grand mansion. The objective was pretty clear, gain access to the large double-doors that slammed shut as we entered. Strangely, above the door was three, large, empty syringes, which on closer inspection appeared to be the key to the unlock. Searching the mansion found the usual sort of unsavoury characters that seemed determined to ruin my day as well as a few puzzles. Perhaps the most gruesome thing I encountered was how to activate the syringes. The mansion had been home to all sorts of disgusting and downright terrifying experiments and the only way to open the door in the grand mansion hall was by inserting electrodes into had disembowelled heads in order to gain a reaction from a certain part of the subject's brain. Yeah, that's right. It really made me feel a little queasy.

The Evil Within really isn't for the faint of heart. The jump scares, ghoulish monsters and just remarkably unsettling atmosphere are pulled off with ease, the first boss fight encountered is that off a freakish spider lady who spawns from a pool of blood with her limbs flailing wildly. Attempting to shoot her was not advisable as she appeared to be almost indestructible, so, I ran and didn't look back.

The Evil Within gives you nightmares on October 24th 2014 releasing on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.




Edited On 27 May, 2014

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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
This was off my radar but starting to sound like a decent survial horror game like resi and the images look quite impressive with detail , i like a good make you jump game and the lack of ammo and stuff gives it a good challenge
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
just had a check for october and it seems full of games all out that month, going to be expensive month
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
Theres far too many games coming out then, will give this a miss until its cheaper.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
It wasn't on your radar? Even knowing that it was a Shinji Mikami project?
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
"will give this a miss until its cheaper" This is why companies rarely work on new IPs. (Not having a go, just saiying)
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
@Nox i did not know a resi creator was working on it i thought it was just a run of the mill horror game , but i was wrong looks good
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
The only reason it got a lot of press when it was first announced was cos Mikami was working on it
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Dead 3 years ago
Shame about the delay, this is one of the few non Nintendo titles on my pre-order list, really reminds me of Deadly Premonition ;)
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
I know Nox normally I would but in October so far I want Dragon Age 3, LOTR, Aliens, Evolve, Pokemon Sapphire and thats only so far.
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Bindiana 3 years ago
The delay could really hurt this game in August it would of had a pretty free run and would of picked up extra sales as not much else about now it could get lost in the Crazy October this year.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Sequel, Sequel Sequel, New Ip, Sequel. Why do people say they want new IPs?
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Bindiana 3 years ago
Looking at all the games confirmed coming before Christmas for Xbox one and PS4 there are only 6 new IPS 4 multiplat and Sunset Overdrive for xbox one and Drive Club for Ps4. Quite depressing really.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Cos people only buy Sequels as proven by Zombieflamingo (It's a joke) Tbh you should extend your eye to PS3/WIIU/PC as well
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
Technically LOTR and Aliens are not sequels. I am missing out on one new IP thats coming out I am sure I can live with that.
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Bindiana 3 years ago
Well Wii U only has one new IP but that hasnt been confirmed for this year yet and that is X and PS3 only has 3 new IPs apart from the Multiplat ones.
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Bindiana 3 years ago
ps not having a go at anybody not buying this just commenting on how little new IPs in general we get these days.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
X isn't a new IP
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Bindiana 3 years ago
Wasnt sure about that one thought it was linked to Xenoblade but wasnt sure. So that means no new IPs for Wii U The Zelda Hyrule Warriors is an odd one as its 2 ips mashed together.
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Dead 3 years ago
Reckon Nintendo will be announcing at least one new IP at E3
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Xenoblade was linked to Xenosaga and Xenosaga was linked to Xenogears. Crossovers do technically count as a new IP, Hyrule Warriors & Megaten X Fire Emblem
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JoeToots 3 years ago
nintendo and new IP in the same sentence? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
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Dead 3 years ago
Everything was a new IP once, I remember Mario when he was a new IP.
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Bindiana 3 years ago
Technically wasnt Mario a spin off from Donkey Kong?
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JoeToots 3 years ago
showing your age there gloria..
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superniceguy 3 years ago
October is not too bad as there are more games in August than October that I want. Even Feb had more releases. Ones in August I am after will be Street Fighter Ultra, Sacred 3, Risen 3, and Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition. If this was released then that would make 5. In October there is only LOTR and Dragon Age (sceptical about this with Bioware ripped to shreds, as I doubt it will have the same feel as DA1 or DA2, but if it was a new similar IP, I would still buy it like I did with Kingdoms of Amalur), and with this that is 3.
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Dead 3 years ago
Yep, I am wise and experienced Tootell ;)
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PrometheusFan 3 years ago
October is already over scheduled with major releases. This game has basically signed it's own death warrant moving to then. Really should have aimed for getting in under the fence before the big boys start releasing. " Crossovers do technically count as a new IP, Hyrule Warriors & Megaten X Fire Emblem " - Uh... what? Those don't 'count' as new IP in any way.
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JoeToots 3 years ago
Gloria don't push your luck..
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jay.hamilton 3 years ago
this has been on my radar since day one, looks awesome but I am a massive horror fan, looking forward to October, very busy and expensive month for me
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Dead 3 years ago
I'll push whatever I like Tootell.
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JoeToots 3 years ago
i bet you would...
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TruDarkAssassin 3 years ago
I agree this will get lost in the oct madness is the new batman arkham down for oct as well or was it november
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JoeToots 3 years ago
I'm actually suprised you spell my surname correctly gloria most people spell it tootle or tootal
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Dead 3 years ago
Literacy is important.
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
I thought the new Batman was down for next year.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
That is why I said "technically" Kevin. Each "Enter name here" Warriors is considered a new IP & each crossover is considered a new IP
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Zombieflamingo 3 years ago
Well if they count as new IPs then so do Aliens and LOTR so I only have two sequels and 3 new IPs in October then :)
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juvan1le 3 years ago
This seemed to be gettting mixed previews from other people but i am still interested in it, if its as scary as outlast i will be very happy, glad its delayed to polish up the game
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ShoryukenToTheChin 3 years ago
This defo has potential, could see myself buying this but dunno if on release as October is stacked with Batman Arkham Knight etc.
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Akemi no Zero 3 years ago
Really need more horror games. So im looking forward to this a lot.

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