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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 Drug problem? Whaddaya mean 'drug problem'? I don't have a drug problem!! I can leave dis crap whenever I wanna! I just, like, don't wanna right now.... *snort*
The Suffering Windows I'm out to fix this whole pickle, guys! You just ---HANG IN THERE! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... Yeah, ok, I promise I'll stop it.
The Suffering Windows Torque just lost it, someone will have to deal with it... (I hope you enjoy this shoot, it took a God-awful amount of work to properly time the friggin' capture)
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...

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "劫难" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)

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User Reviews

An superb first-/third-person horror shooter packed with atmosphere Katakis | カタキス (42788) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Silent Hill 2 meets Max Payne. And, against all odds, it works. Slug Camargo (589) 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 (3310) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Chronicles Jun 22, 2004 9.4 out of 10 94
GameWatcher / Strategy Informer Oct 29, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
Shooterplanet May 18, 2004 85 out of 100 85
Game Captain Nov 16, 2004 81 out of 100 81
GameSpy Jun 24, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Nov 08, 2005 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Jun 18, 2004 7.6 out of 10 76
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jun 28, 2004 75 out of 100 75
GameStar (Germany) Jul, 2004 75 out of 100 75 Jan 28, 2005 10 out of 20 50


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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Jeanne (76229) added The Suffering (Windows) on Jun 19, 2004
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