Bethesdas upcoming survival horror title is not for the faint-hearted. The Evil Within features blood, blood, and more blood. Players will find themselves trapped in a world eliciting nothing but fear. The story follows a Detective Sebastian Castellanos reporting on the scene of a gruesome murder--surprisingly enough, all the cops have been slaughtered. Castellanos is knocked unconscious and awakens to find himself in a nightmarish reality. A world filled with a rarity of monsters--ranging from a ‘Boxman’ wielding meat tenderizers to a multiple limbed woman referred to as ‘Bone Laura’.
Castellanos inhabits a world where mutants and the dead walk side by side. Channeling his inquisitive nature, Castellanos sets out to discover what force lies at the heart of this nightmare.
Players will come to discover the constant struggle of deciphering what reality is true--seeing that the lines have become blurred.
The Evil Within was initially revealed back in April of 2012, but under the name of “Project Zwei”, directed by Shinji Mikami. It wasn’t until April 2013 that we first started seeing teasers of the project, and when the game was first announced to the public, along with the platforms it would be releasing on.
#3 Upgrade System
One interesting aspect that The Evil Within features, is that Sebastian is able to acquire this ‘green gel’, giving him the power to upgrade his different abilities (e.g. melee damage and sprint time). This fluorescent green gel is scattered throughout the environment, often found in glass jars.
Another peculiar dynamic in the game, is the way players regain health. There are different types of health packs that you’ll come across: there are bigger ones, and then smaller ones. What’s interesting is that when you choose to ingest the bigger health packs, there’s a certain obstacle that comes along with it. When you choose this type, you’re health is significantly restored, but the game becomes more challenging--having more enemies pop out, and players become overall more vulnerable. So, depending on where you are in the game at that time, you might want to think about whether or not a mega health pack is suitable for you.
#1 Interactive Environment
The environment in The Evil Within has blown me away since the hands-off demo I saw at PAX East. Everything about this world screams the epitome of horror and awful. Buildings collapse around you, and creatures inhabit the ruins. Players will find themselves walking through blood stained hallways, with supplies to help them along their way. Given Shinji Mikami’s track record, we should all know by now that you need to check your surroundings before venturing forth--there almost always will be something useful around. You’ll come across a variety of different items, ranging from matches to trap parts--all proving to be useful one way or another. But, given the fact that this is indeed a survival horror title, items will either be well-hidden, or scarce.
Overall, from what I’ve seen of this title, it looks nothing but promising. There have been a lot of mixed reviews out there in regards to The Evil Within, but I’m confident that Tango and Bethesda will deliver a game that will scare the sh*t out of me--hopefully not quite literally, but I wouldn’t be surprised. For someone who’s never been a dying fan of survival horrors (no pun intended), The Evil Within has certainly captured my attention, and encouraged me to keep an open and honest mind to the genre as a whole. I have nothing but utter anticipation for this game, and can’t wait to write a more complete review once it launches.
The Evil Within is set to release this upcoming October 14, 2014 on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.