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The Suffering: Ties That Bind (Windows)

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Description

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?

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The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Windows Consuela's diary holds interesting notes regarding Baltimore's dark past.
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Windows Certain creatures can only be killed while in your transformed state.
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Windows Here you can see me die and do a "Machine gun cha-cha" while my arms are getting ripped off.
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Windows Our hero... anybody got a tissue?

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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The Press Says

AceGamez Dec 11, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Game Captain Nov 03, 2005 82 out of 100 82
PC Games (Germany) Oct 24, 2005 82 out of 100 82
PC Action Dec 08, 2005 82 out of 100 82
1UP Oct 20, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
Game Freaks 365 2005 7.4 out of 10 74
GameSpot Sep 27, 2005 7.2 out of 10 72
GameSpy Oct 19, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Nov 09, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 04, 2005 11 out of 20 55

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Trivia

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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Slarty Bartfast (71) added The Suffering: Ties That Bind (Windows) on Nov 23, 2005
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