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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 Torque just lost it, someone will have to deal with it... (I hope you enjoy this shoot, it took a God-awful amount of work to properly time the friggin' capture)
The Suffering Xbox Random loading screen
The Suffering Xbox On this forsaken island any help is welcome.
The Suffering Windows Torque's Insanity at its best: I hope you were not too keen on that creature, as it won't be much of it left in a matter of seconds. Blurrily brought to you by courtesy of Motion Blur (TM).

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* (38165)
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 (3329)

Critic Reviews

Worth Playing Windows Jul 05, 2004 8.9 out of 10 89
Game Watcher Windows Oct 29, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
Shooterplanet Windows May 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
IGN PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Xbox Mar 05, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
The Video Game Critic Xbox Oct 05, 2005 B+ 83
PC Action Windows Dec 09, 2004 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot Xbox Mar 09, 2004 7.6 out of 10 76
Factornews PlayStation 2 May 24, 2004 7 out of 10 70
Absolute Games ( Windows Jul 14, 2004 66 out of 100 66


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What's your excuse for not playing this NOW? >:( 14 PolloDiablo (16605)
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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