Ausgamers - 10
Where BioShock Infinite aggressively tugged on heartstrings, The Evil Within tears them from your chest and crucifies you. It strangles you with your own tendrils and feeds you your own beating heart, mouth locked shut and tied with entrails, forcing you to chew and swallow.
GameInformer - 9,0
Horror fans shouldn't let the disappointing story deter them one bit, however. Few Paranormal Activity
fans care how these malevolent demons come back again and again – what truly matters is that the audience's nerves are frayed until they're raw. The Evil Within excels at keeping your palms sweaty while delivering a harrowingly rewarding gameplay trial. Watching the credits roll with a sigh of relief doesn't feel like winning; it feels like surviving.
IGN - 8,7
The Evil Within is a brutal, challenging, and remarkably fun game. Its eerie world and imaginative enemies are genuinely frightening, and the scares are heightened significantly by the scarcity of resources at your disposal.
Hardcore Gamer - 4/5
The Evil Within
marks Shinji Mikami's triumphant return to horror, cementing his status as a mastermind of the genre. Smartly aiming for psychological horror over cheap jump scares, it gets under the skin and effects the psyche.
TheSixthAxis - 8,0
Despite borrowing a lot of well-worn themes from other games and movies (Hello, creepy shop mannequins from Silent Hill), The Evil Within feels fresh and exciting. It's easy to recommend to fans of the original Dead Space and the earlier Resident Evil games.
Polygon - 6,5
The Evil Within has great moments where the excellent combat and creepy environmental design come together. But those moments are fleeting, inevitably sapped of their delightful terror by design choices that feel trapped in the glory days of a decade ago.
The Escapist - 6,0
Unfortunately, for all its attempts at being a full-blooded survival horror game, The Evil Within
suffers in execution, and isn't quite the bastion of terror it could have been.
Joystiq - 2,5/5
just plain doesn't give you a fair chance to succeed. It doesn't provide enough information for you to make good decisions and it handicaps your ability to fight well.
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