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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.


The Suffering Xbox Memories and flashbacks will constantly come to haunt you.
The Suffering Xbox Trying to take him out before he gets a chance to throw a poison needle at you.
The Suffering Xbox Approaching the mansion... or asylum... or some dark place anyhow.
The Suffering Xbox Watch out for these needles.

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Alternate Titles

  • "劫难" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

An superb first-/third-person horror shooter packed with atmosphere Windows *Katakis* (38210)
Silent Hill 2 meets Max Payne. And, against all odds, it works. Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (580)
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 (3311)

Critic Reviews

Game Freaks 365 PlayStation 2 Mar 15, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Game Chronicles Windows Jun 22, 2004 9.4 out of 10 94
Extreme Gamer Xbox Mar 13, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Captain Windows Nov 16, 2004 81 out of 100 81 Windows Nov 08, 2005 80 out of 100 80
ActionTrip Windows Jun 16, 2004 78 out of 100 78
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Apr 23, 2004 7.6 out of 10 76
GameSpot Xbox Mar 09, 2004 7.6 out of 10 76
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Mar 09, 2004 7.6 out of 10 76
X-Power Xbox Jun 07, 2004 6 out of 10 60


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What's your excuse for not playing this NOW? >:( 14 PolloDiablo (16598)
Nov 26, 2008


Cancelled Port

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


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). The prison of Abbott State Penitentiary in the game was partially inspired by Alcatraz; Alcatraz was originally a military prison and the prison in the game was built from the remains of a WW2 army base.

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 (German).


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


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