At this years PAX East, we weren’t treated too much in terms of footage from Bethesda’s upcoming The Evil Within. We got to watch someone else go through the scares of the game, and it didn’t leave a good impression for many. At E3 this year, Bethesda finally let us get our hands on the game, and it did not disappoint.
The Evil Within, Shinji MIkami’s return to the survival horror genre, is something that many fans of horror games have been waiting for. Since leaving behind Capcom and the Resident Evil series, it’s safe to say that the game series has taken a turn for the worst, and it most definitely left fans hoping for another game they would be scared to play in the dark.
Thankfully, The Evil Within seems to be that game. In the somewhat short demo we were able to play at this years E3, we were thrust into the shoes of Detective Sebastian Castalleanos, our protagonist and someone who is in for a large number of scares. While we already know that the story involves Sebastian coming across a mysterious, powerful force and awakening in a world filled with monsters, we only got to see a short offering of what was to come in the demo. However, while playing, we were able to experience some of the things we can expect to see in the upcoming game, along with some of the mechanics we can look forward to.
The Evil Within aims to bring survival horror back to its roots, bringing back the idea of scarcity in resources. This simple idea adds an entirely new layer to games of this genre, as you are now not only alone and in immediate danger, but you must also hunt down and store ammo, weapons, and a number of other items if you want to live. As if this wasn’t hard enough, the game throws some truly tough and terrifying enemies your way. Not every monster can be done away with, either. Certain enemies, like the creepy, spider-like woman you encounter in the demo, is there to simply try and kill you, and the only thing you can do about it is try and get away.
Even the enemies you can kill don’t go down without a fight. In true survival horror fashion, killing an enemy with a headshot or by melee weapon won’t be enough all the time, and you’ll be forced to burn the bodies down to make sure they stay dead for good; that is, if you can find enough matches to get the job done.
In many games, atmosphere is something that can make or break your experience. This is especially true in horror games, and something that The Evil Within seems to get 100% right. Not only do the monsters look scary once you see them, the music, lighting, and overall atmosphere of the world make you nervous just to pick up the controller.
Horror game fans have been waiting a long time for a game to come along that truly terrifies them. Too often we find games start out with a scary premise, only to revert back to an action/shooter type of experience. So far, it seems like Shinji Mikami return will be a breath of fresh air for a genre that is desperate for something new and innovative.
The Evil Within will release on October 21 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.