Resident creator goes unrated and retro with another asylum-based sh*t-’em-up
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, theevilwithin.com, Out Oct 16 on PC, PS4, X1, PS3, X360
“Safe, man. Safe”