Res­i­dent cre­ator goes un­rated and retro with another asy­lum-based sh*t-’em-up

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The Evil Within keeps the ten­sion high, plus DriveClub and more Bor­der­lands

In the wake of Out­last’s sec­ond-wind suc­cess and Hideo “Metal Gear Solid” Ko­jima’s terrifying “PT” demo for his up­com­ing Silent Hill up­date, the next-gen sur­vival hor­ror re­vival is well and truly on. Now fol­low­ing on from Alien: Iso­la­tion’s well ob­served scares slith­ers The Evil Within, a new, suit­ably claret-soaked scarefest from Shinji Mikami, the bloke who in­vented the whole genre with Res­i­dent Evil.

Set in yet another crum­bling in­sane asy­lum where a mur­der must be in­ves­ti­gated, this chiller scores fairly high on the cliché counter as play­ers take on the role of De­tec­tive Se­bas­tian Castel­lanos (why, of course), who in short or­der finds him­self sucked into a night­mare di­men­sion where ev­ery ter­ror he can imag­ine is in pur­suit.

Jumping from over-the-shoul­der third­per­son ac­tion to fash­ion­able quick-timeevent dra­mat­ics, The Evil Within reads like a smor­gas­bord of hor­ror, rop­ing in visual nods to The Texas Chain­saw Mas­sacre, Hos­tel, Car­rie, The Grudge and The Ex­or­cist. We sure hope there’s a good, nar­ra­tive rea­son for so much pil­lag­ing, but it’ll cer­tainly be a fun, gore-rid­den trip find­ing out. From $80, theevil­, Out Oct 16 on PC, PS4, X1, PS3, X360

“Safe, man. Safe”

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