The city has its demons... and so do you. An inescapable enemy
torments and persecutes Torque, even as he struggles to rid
the streets of evil. The dark heart of the city can feel like
prison. Can you free yourself...?
Suffering: The Ties That Bind is
the sequel to 2004's The
Like the previous instalment, The Ties That Bind attempts
to be as slick as Resident Evil and as haunting as
Silent Hill. Sadly it falls way short on both accounts.
start the game in the midst of a prison riot and it's not
long before you break out and are heading back to familiar
surroundings - your old neighbourhood. Here you slowly unravel
secrets buried in your past. Was it you that really killed
your wife and children? Or have you spent that last few years
in prison for a crime you didn't commit?
the game benefits greatly from a different surrounding, Torque's
old stomping ground, it's a shame that there wasn't any effort
to make it appear as though you had free run of the city.
If you go round trying doors more often than not you won't
be able to open them, yet once a task has been completed (like
a baddie killed) then your exit from that level is made clear
(e.g. one of the previously locked doors is now open). This
hand holding becomes infuriatingly obvious after a while and
spoils any little surprises. If you can't find an exit then
you prepare yourself for an invasion of monsters.
problem is the fact that (although this can be remedied in
first person mode) should a monster appear behind you it is
a bit of a pain attempting to turn around before being able
to slap them about.
ongoing storyline is interesting and it's great the game's
developers actually go back to explore Torque's past. He doesn't
seem like the kind of guy who would slaughter his family,
but he appears to have memories that indicate he did...
does have it's surreal moments, and plenty of jumpy situations
(never as eerie as Silent Hill, nor as jumpy as Resident
Evil) and, like the first instalment, try not to kill
too many innocent humans. Stick to killing those who try and
kill you and you should be okay.
of the original The Suffering will be impressed with
this game. At the end of the day it's more blood, guts, gore
and freaky goings on.
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