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The Suffering

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
78
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Windows
78
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Xbox
77
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Description

You play the role of Torque, a death row inmate with an ambiguous past who has been imprisoned for slaying his ex-wife and children. Shortly after being interred in a new prison on Carnate Island, an earthquake appears to release demonic creatures based on the many modes of execution used in the sordid history of the island. These creatures proceed to eliminate much of the prison population, leaving only you and a scant few other inmates and guards to eliminate the horde and find out what has happened.

Screenshots

The Suffering Xbox Luckily, weapons won't be missed, but ammo may come scarce.
The Suffering Xbox Memories and flashbacks will constantly come to haunt you.
The Suffering Windows It's nice to see when a main menu has this sort of work on it.
The Suffering Windows No, I don't know who those 'strange people' are either, you regular-next-door-understandably-aloof-while-lonely-wandering-the-woods-by-midnight-no-at-all-creepy little girl...

Alternate Titles

  • "劫难" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

Silent Hill 2 meets Max Payne. And, against all odds, it works. Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590)
A really good atmospheric horror game to enjoy. PlayStation 2 Reborn_Demon (124)
Tight horror-shooter that's better than it looks Windows Chase Dahl (6)
Survive the terror! Windows Perfil Falso (3331)

The Press Says

Game Chronicles Windows Jun 22, 2004 9.4 out of 10 94
GamePro (US) Xbox Mar 26, 2004 4 out of 5 80
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Apr 23, 2004 7.6 out of 10 76
GameSpot Xbox Mar 09, 2004 7.6 out of 10 76
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Apr 05, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 May 17, 2004 14 out of 20 70
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Jul 14, 2004 66 out of 100 66
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Mar 12, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpy Xbox Mar 12, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
X-Power Xbox Jun 07, 2004 6 out of 10 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
What's your excuse for not playing this NOW? >:( 14 PolloDiablo (16614)
Nov 26, 2008

Trivia

Cancelled Port

A GameCube version was already planned, but was cancelled because previous Midway titles sold poorly on the platform.

Development

The creatures and characters in The Suffering were designed by movie special effects master Stan Winston (designer of the Terminator exoskeleton, the Predator, the Alien Queen and the Jurassic Park dinos).

German version

There are a number of changes in the German version:
  • The making of feature and a trailer were removed.
  • There are no mutilated humans to be found.
  • Several cutscenes were cut. In some just the blood was removed, a few scenes are completely darkened out.
  • In the PlayStation 2 version, an instrument of torture was removed from a dead guard.
  • All swastikas were removed (this applies to every version except US)
A detailed list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).

Re-release

The PC version was released as freeware on September 25, 2008.

Awards

Information also contributed by Atomic Punch!, Kabushi and piltdown man.

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Contributed to by ob5idian (8) and Jeanne (75620)