If you've read my blog on The Evil Within Demo Impressions a month recently picked up the game on release date just last Tuesday, already halfway through the game as it is but yet so far I'm really enjoying my time playing The Evil Within. Ok yes the PS3 version does have some textures and odd layouts when it comes to the landscapes and surrounding environments during gameplay plus the odd textures and frame rate drops here and there on characters and cutscenes but with it being on PS3 its likely it'll get patched up with an update not sure if it's the same with the 360 version too but also heard the PC version has been having some problems too.
But I do like the 3rd-person spective around this when it comes to gameplay does remind me an awful lot on Resident Evil 4 using weapons such as a revolver, shotgun, knife, grenades, and the Agony Crossbow, a projectile weapon that fires bolts capable of freezing, blinding, electrocuting, or exploding enemies. Ammunition for weapons is scarce, but mechanical components can be harvested to craft additional bolts, so you might want to use your ammo wisely later on in the game but that would depend on what difficulty you plan on playing it on. Plus when you shoot enemies you think aiming for the head would work on them, no you have to burn them alive in order for them to not come back from the dead again, but if you waste all of your matches you are pretty much stuck and outnumbered if more than 5 enemies appear out of nowhere. I would talk more about the main story but that may spoil it for some people but so far it does have a mix of Resident Evil and Silent Hill; I do love most of Shinji Mikami games over the years especially the Resident Evil series I know I'm halfway through The Evil Within but during my time playing the game some of it does make me think on what if this was Resident Evil 5 to begin with? I found the original Resident Evil 5 released back in 2009 disappointing on the lack of horror and suspense focusing more on action then survival, however Shinji Mikami was not involved with Resident Evil 5 and left Capcom and working on other titles with Platinum Games he did play Resident Evil 5 a year later after recent interview from CVG.com
During my time playing The Evil Within there were quite a few Resident Evil references throughout various parts of the game including the opening scene when you first encounter your first zombie, chainsaw man and one of the labs obtaining various experiments and a look alike tyrant behind glass. With Resident Evil 1 and 4 references added in the game it really did make you wonder why this could have been Resident Evil 5 to begin with if he did work on it back in 2009. He also stated that it will be a "true" survival horror game, "one in which the player confronts and overcomes fear." that is something I do agree with playing this on normal difficulty setting there have been a few moments that made me jump especially around Chapter 4 and 5. Yet I also liked the idea of sneaking behind enemies and attack from behind silently with a knife just like you would see on an episode of The Walking Dead; with the fact that recent survival horror games becoming action horror games it does make you wonder if there really is a game that will scare you. I know that Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro are working on Silent Hills which I am looking forward to see more information and gameplay of it in the future but do hope that future games do keep this element when it comes to horror games because the genre did go downhill soon after both Resident Evil 4, Silent Hill 4 and Fatal Frame were released in 2004 and 2005.
I do plan on doing a review on this as soon as I beaten the game first.
Have you picked up The Evil Within this week? Has any moments in the game made you jump?
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