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The Suffering

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 2
78
3.8
Windows
78
4.0
Xbox
77
3.6
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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 Windows Disturbing and disgusting as you see it, once in motion this scene becomes a delicious metaphor about the nutritional chain.
The Suffering Windows What could be more annoying than small fast-flying hard-to-hit insect-like creatures, you ask? Why, big underground-dwelling randomly-surfacing fast-moving long-reaching worm-like ones, of course!
The Suffering Xbox Arriving by boat with the rest of the prisoners on a prison island.
The Suffering Windows I don't even know what that is, and see if I care. Hopefully there will be enough meat left among all the lead thus I will know if I made the right choice or what.

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 (3332)

The Press Says

Game Freaks 365 PlayStation 2 Mar 15, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Worth Playing Windows Jul 05, 2004 8.9 out of 10 89
Netjak PlayStation 2 Jul 08, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GameZone Xbox Mar 16, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
Extreme Gamer Xbox Mar 13, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Next Level Gaming Xbox Mar 09, 2004 84 out of 100 84
PC Action Windows Dec 09, 2004 82 out of 100 82
ActionTrip Windows Jun 16, 2004 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Mar 09, 2004 7.6 out of 10 76
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Mar 12, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
What's your excuse for not playing this NOW? >:( 14 PolloDiablo (16616)
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 (75624)