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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 I'm out to fix this whole pickle, guys! You just ---HANG IN THERE! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... Yeah, ok, I promise I'll stop it.
The Suffering Xbox Blade monsters are quick opponents.
The Suffering Windows Fighting headless zombies in the mad doctor's secret lab, nested deep within a haunted manor/asylum. Does it get ANY better than this? (don't worry, this is no spoiler --there's MUCH more to the game)
The Suffering Windows Hey, Torque, what's up? All ssssssmokin' here... BTW, now that I think of it, you kinda remind me of someone...

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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* (38291)
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 (3308)

Critic Reviews

IGN PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
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 Windows Nov 08, 2005 80 out of 100 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jul, 2004 75 out of 100 75
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Sep, 2004 74 out of 100 74 (UK) PlayStation 2 Apr 05, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Mar 12, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
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 (16596)
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.


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

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