The Evil Within

The Evil Within Reviews Summary

Summary: The Evil Within is Shinji Mikami's mixed result of a return to the survival horror genre. On the one hand it faithfully recreates the feel of older entries to the genre, but it does nothing more than that

Rating Summary

Based on 88 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

72

Top Critic Average

50%

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10 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2014

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. But when the last sliver slides down the back of your throat, you'll look up and smile a sadistic smile before asking "more, please".

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9 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2014

Is feeling completely unnerved for 15-plus hours your idea of a good time? Then you're in for a treat

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9 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2014

The Evil Within is a survival-horror masterpiece. Anyone concerned this is just another action game soaked in blood needn't worry. Tense pacing, stunning atmosphere, and terrifying enemy encounters come together to create a journey you may never forget.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 14, 2014

An intelligent, authored, and consistently entertaining game which combines loving references to the horror genre with the distinctive personality of its director.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 31, 2014

The long awaited next survival horror experience from the creator of the iconic Resident Evil series is here with The Evil Within from the mind of Shinji Mikami

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4.4 / 5.0
Oct 13, 2014

Tango Gameworks have successfully ticked all the right boxes when it comes to the survival-horror genre and the game is beautifully presented on the PlayStation 4 from its exceptional opening sequence to the twisted and sometimes sickening story of Detective Sebastian Castellanos. The relationship that you form with the game is one of love and hate that I could happily recommend to any gamers that want a true challenge on the PlayStation 4.

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IGN

Top Critic

8.7 / 10.0
Oct 15, 2014

Superb gameplay, a breakneck pace and terrifying enemies makes The Evil Within a wonderful survival horror experience.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2014

Director Shinji Mikami's latest fright-fest is pretty much just what our reviewer has been aching for in a survival horror game for the last decade.

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Ken McKown

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Oct 13, 2014

Even with these issues I still enjoyed the lengthy adventure Evil Within delivers. It has been a long time coming, but Mikami has definitely delivered classic survival horror. Fans of the genre should not miss this. While it is plagued with visual problems, the pacing is almost perfect, and the tension is unmatched. There is a lot to love with Mikami's latest title, and I cannot wait to see where he goes next.

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8.5 / 10.0
Oct 30, 2014

When you actually think about it, was "Resident Evil" really ever about the story? Was Wesker a well developed villain? That series has always been gameplay over narrative. "The Evil Within" continues that trend. "Resident Evil" has been on the decline for the last decade, but "The Evil Within" can be its honorary resurgence.

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