The Suffering (Windows)

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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 You wanna understand people? Always refer to their family's backstory. I mean, does that picture leave ANY kind of doubt about this manor's owner?
The Suffering Windows No, I don't know who those 'strange people' are either, you regular-next-door-understandably-aloof-while-lonely-wandering-the-woods-by-midnight-no-at-all-creepy little girl...
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).
The Suffering Windows Meet The Three Stooges, only there are two of them and they're slightly more dangerous. Hey, it's ME who you should be cutting in half, you rampant IDIOT!

Alternate Titles

  • "劫难" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

Silent Hill 2 meets Max Payne. And, against all odds, it works. Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (580) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars
Tight horror-shooter that's better than it looks Chase Dahl (6) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
Survive the terror! Perfil Falso (3328) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

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
IGN Jun 16, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Captain Nov 16, 2004 81 out of 100 81 Nov 08, 2005 80 out of 100 80
PC Powerplay Nov, 2004 80 out of 100 80
GameStar (Germany) Jul, 2004 75 out of 100 75
Absolute Games ( Jul 14, 2004 66 out of 100 66 Jan 28, 2005 10 out of 20 50


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What's your excuse for not playing this NOW? >:( 14 PolloDiablo (16610)
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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Jeanne (75480) added The Suffering (Windows) on Jun 19, 2004
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