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The Suffering: Ties That Bind

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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 Xbox This game gives Silent Hill a good run for its money in the gore stakes!
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Xbox A dog with a human head? Nice!
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Windows Facing "The Creeper" and his impaled whores.
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Windows Certain creatures can only be killed while in your transformed state.

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

AceGamez Windows Dec 11, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Gaming Age Xbox Oct 13, 2005 B+ 83
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct 24, 2005 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) Xbox Sep 26, 2005 4 out of 5 80
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 Oct 24, 2005 7.9 out of 10 79
Game Over Online PlayStation 2 Oct 24, 2005 79 out of 100 79
Kombo.com Xbox Oct 01, 2005 7.6 out of 10 76
The Video Game Critic Xbox Jan 21, 2006 B 75
X-Power Xbox Nov 24, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox Nov 04, 2005 13 out of 20 65


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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 schnittberichte.com (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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