The Suffering

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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 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 Blade monsters are quick opponents.
The Suffering Windows Fog effects are visible even on low-end machines
The Suffering Xbox Trying to take him out before he gets a chance to throw a poison needle at you.

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 (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 (3328)

Critic Reviews

Diehard GameFan Xbox Mar 29, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
The Video Game Critic Xbox Oct 05, 2005 B+ 83
Game Over Online Xbox Apr 21, 2004 83 out of 100 83
PC Action Windows Dec 09, 2004 82 out of 100 82
Game Captain Windows Nov 16, 2004 81 out of 100 81
GameSpy Windows Jun 24, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Windows Nov 08, 2005 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Windows Jun 18, 2004 7.6 out of 10 76
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Sep, 2004 74 out of 100 74 PlayStation 2 May 17, 2004 14 out of 20 70


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What's your excuse for not playing this NOW? >:( 14 PolloDiablo (16608)
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).

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.


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

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