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The Suffering: Ties That Bind follows in the footsteps of its predecessor by combining a disturbing horror atmosphere with action/shooter gameplay. Players can switch between third person and first person depending on their preference, and will shoot a lot of hideous demonic manifestations of evil before the game is done. The player is also able to transform into a hideous creature at key times in the game, which allows him to engage in intense melee combat. The game includes a morality system which records the player's actions during gameplay and changes the story accordingly, and also alters the player's creature form. Everything from the first The Suffering has been refined and turned up a notch for the sequel.

The story picks up right where the first game left off. The player once again takes on the role of Torque, former death row inmate with a mysterious past. Now returning to his home town of Baltimore, Torque must confront the mysterious Blackmore, the man who may or may not have killed Torque's family. But it won't be easy, as the hideous creatures from the first game have now overrun the streets of Baltimore. Will Torque finally be able to come to grips with his past?


The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Windows Our hero... anybody got a tissue?
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Xbox Weapons crates hold guns & ammo.
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Xbox A dog with a human head? Nice!
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Xbox The doc's back in all his glory!

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Alternate Titles

  • "劫难:纽带" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "The Suffering: Кровные Узы" -- Russian title
  • "The Suffering: Les Liens Qui Nous Unissent" -- French title

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Critic Reviews

Shooterplanet Windows Nov 22, 2005 85 out of 100 85
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Oct, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
XBox Evolved Xbox Oct 05, 2005 8.3 out of 10 83
Game Captain Windows Nov 03, 2005 82 out of 100 82
TeamXbox Xbox Sep 29, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82
Cheat Code Central Xbox 2005 4 out of 5 80
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Oct 24, 2005 7.9 out of 10 79
1UP Xbox Oct 20, 2005 B 75
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Sep 27, 2005 7.2 out of 10 72 (UK) PlayStation 2 Oct 24, 2005 7 out of 10 70


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German version

In the German version, all blood effects which emerge after direct player interaction were removed. Most of the scripted sequences in-game are not effected, but most corpses which can be found in the levels are not mutilated. A detailed list of changes can be found on (German).

Save import

Gamers who finished the first game can use their saved games to begin Ties that Binds on Evil or Good morality based on the ending they got in the first game. Alternatively, players can finish Ties That Bind once and unlock to ability to start the in any of the three morality alignment.

Windows version

On the PC version, the first Suffering and the patch must be installed first followed by Ties That Bind. Installing the sequel first and predecessor later would cause glitches in the first game.

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