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The Suffering (Windows)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

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 Disturbing and disgusting as you see it, once in motion this scene becomes a delicious metaphor about the nutritional chain.
The Suffering Windows I picked the wrong week to stop drinking the contents of the molotov coctails.
The Suffering Windows Switch on the lighthouse beacon to get off the island

Alternate Titles

  • "劫难" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

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Survive the terror! Perfil Falso (3331) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Game Chronicles Jun 22, 2004 9.4 out of 10 94
Worth Playing Jul 05, 2004 8.9 out of 10 89
Game Watcher Oct 29, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
Shooterplanet May 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
PC Action Dec 09, 2004 82 out of 100 82
GameSpy Jun 24, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamesmania Nov 08, 2005 80 out of 100 80
PC Powerplay Nov, 2004 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Jun 18, 2004 7.6 out of 10 76
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Sep, 2004 74 out of 100 74

Forums

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What's your excuse for not playing this NOW? >:( 14 PolloDiablo (16614)
Nov 26, 2008

Trivia

Cancelled Port

A GameCube version was already planned, but was cancelled because previous Midway titles sold poorly on the platform.

Development

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 schnittberichte.com (German).

Re-release

The PC version was released as freeware on September 25, 2008.

Awards

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

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Jeanne (75605) added The Suffering (Windows) on Jun 19, 2004
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