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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 Xbox Watch out for these needles.
The Suffering Xbox Arriving by boat with the rest of the prisoners on a prison island.
The Suffering Xbox Firefight with abominations at close range.
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

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Critic Reviews

Diehard GameFan Mar 29, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
GameZone Mar 16, 2004 8.7 out of 10 87
IGN Mar 05, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Over Online Apr 21, 2004 83 out of 100 83
The Video Game Critic Oct 05, 2005 B+ 83
GamePro (US) Mar 26, 2004 4 out of 5 80
GameSpot Mar 09, 2004 7.6 out of 10 76 May 17, 2004 14 out of 20 70
GameSpy Mar 12, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
X-Power Jun 07, 2004 6 out of 10 60


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What's your excuse for not playing this NOW? >:( 14 PolloDiablo (16880)
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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ob5idian (11) added The Suffering (Xbox) on Mar 21, 2004
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