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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 Fog effects are visible even on low-end machines
The Suffering Xbox Eavesdropping on other inmates.
The Suffering Windows Strolling under a dusky moon
The Suffering Xbox With all that commotion, the bars got loose.

Promo Images

The Suffering Screenshot
The Suffering Screenshot
The Suffering Screenshot
The Suffering Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "劫难" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

An superb first-/third-person horror shooter packed with atmosphere Windows Katakis | カタキス (42788)
Silent Hill 2 meets Max Payne. And, against all odds, it works. Windows Slug Camargo (589)
A really good atmospheric horror game to enjoy. PlayStation 2 Reborn_Demon (136)
Tight horror-shooter that's better than it looks Windows Chase Dahl (6)
Survive the terror! Windows Perfil Falso (3310)

Critic Reviews

Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Windows Jul, 2004 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Game Freaks 365 PlayStation 2 Mar 15, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
IGN Windows Jun 16, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Xbox Mar 05, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Next Level Gaming Xbox Mar 09, 2004 84 out of 100 84
GamePro (US) Xbox Mar 26, 2004 4 out of 5 80
ActionTrip Windows Jun 16, 2004 78 out of 100 78
Factornews PlayStation 2 May 24, 2004 7 out of 10 70 PlayStation 2 May 17, 2004 14 out of 20 70
Games TM PlayStation 2 May 20, 2004 4 out of 10 40


Topic # Posts Last Post
What's your excuse for not playing this NOW? >:( 14 PolloDiablo (16872)
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). The prison of Abbott State Penitentiary in the game was partially inspired by Alcatraz; Alcatraz was originally a military prison and the prison in the game was built from the remains of a WW2 army base.

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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