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The Suffering (Post-E3 2005)

Developer: Surreal Software | Publisher: Midway
Players: 1 Player Game | Genre: Survival Horror

Release Date: 03/09/04

The Suffering was the first really good and polished release from Midway in years. While the company had strived to create high quality titles, it wasn't until the release of The Suffering that their vision became a reality. After the success of the first title, I am sure that it is no surprise that Midway started work on a sequel. However, I was not expecting it to look as good as it does.

In the current build shown at E3, Ties That Bind is running at a very good framerate. The game looks very sharp too and should improve upon the visuals from the first title. When playing the title for the first time, I was impressed with the level of detail in the main character. This time around, Torque looks much more impressive. I was told that is due to the developers completely redesigning his character model. While the game's visuals are still far from complete, at this stage of the game, things are looking very good and I was told that the game look even better once it is ready for release.

Besides the visuals, players will also find that The Suffering: Ties That Bind is much easier to control. Players will find that this time around The Suffering will give you many more options when controlling Torque. These controls will be easily seen once you start controlling our hero in one of his 졬ternate forms.î?Š

Speaking of his forms, depending on how you play The Suffering: Ties That Bind, you will gain the use of a different 졬ternate form.f you make evil moral choices, you will have the use of a brutal knife carrying baddie that is about as bad as they come. If you make good moral choices, the player will have the use of a much bigger monster that can pummel his foes to a bloody pulp with his huge fists. Whoever said violence couldn't be fun?

Because of the bloody and violent nature of The Suffering: Ties That Bind, you will want to keep younger audiences away from the game. Like the first Suffering title, this one will receive a Mature rating. While I did not have a lot of time to spend with this title at the show, Ties That Bind is shaping up to be a very worthy follow-up to a great title. Look for this one later this year.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 06/08/06
ESRB Details: Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language

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