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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 Windows Facing "The Creeper" and his impaled whores.
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Xbox Clearing out the building of monsters in 3rd-person
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Windows The secret room of the developers is somewhat of a... bloody mess.
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Xbox Armed forces are tailing my truck

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The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Screenshot
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Screenshot
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Screenshot
The Suffering:  Ties That Bind Screenshot

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 Xbox 2005 9 out of 10 90
PC Powerplay Windows Nov, 2005 83 out of 100 83
Gaming Age Xbox Oct 13, 2005 B+ 83 PlayStation 2 Nov 08, 2005 80 out of 100 80
The Video Game Critic Xbox Jan 21, 2006 B 75
GameStar (Germany) Windows Oct, 2005 73 out of 100 73
GameSpot Xbox Sep 27, 2005 7.2 out of 10 72
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Sep 27, 2005 7.2 out of 10 72
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN) Xbox Oct 12, 2005 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Xbox Sep 28, 2005 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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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 (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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