THE EVIL WITHIN

headerThe Evil With was released March 27, 2014 by Bethesda. The game was developed by Tango Softworks.  The Evil With is a 3rd person survival horror action game.

The main character of The Evil Within is veteran police detective Sebastian Castellanos. The game attempts to be a throwback to the classic horror genre.

The game is played from a third-person perspective in which scavenging for supplies and learning when to fight or run are key factors in surviving. Sebastian Castellanos, the protagonist, needs to make use of the environment if he wants to survive whatever is thrown at him.

The game world can transform during scripted events and as the result of player actions, altering locations and creating new paths. Castellanos must use medical items to restore health; some of these items cause temporary hallucinogenic effects. By collecting vials of green fluid throughout the game, players can upgrade Castellanos’ abilities.

We can see a lot of ideas borrowed from games like Resident Evil and probably Silent Hill.

The player has access to various weapons such as a revolver, shotgun, sniper rifle, knife, grenades, and the Agony Crossbow, a projectile weapon that fires bolts capable of freezing, blinding, electrocuting, or exploding enemies.

Ammunition for weapons is scarce, but mechanical components can be harvested to craft additional bolts. One source of components, bombs, serve as traps that react to the player’s proximity or movement. The bombs can be disarmed via a mini-game.

The player has to find weapons, sometimes he is running while being chased by a zombie. Corridors, walls, doors, and entire buildings change in real-time, ensnaring players in a reality where threats can appear at any time and from any direction.

Melee is limited to pushing the zombie back, it still needs to be killed with a weapon. There can be as many as 12 enemies to fight or run from at a time. This is typical within the genre.