I Don’t Think I Like The Evil Within

I am struggling to play The Evil Within, the new survival horror game from Tango Gameworks. I do not know if it is me or the game. After three gaming sessions, now part way through chapter three, I can say that I have not had any fun.

I am frustrated by the game. First, it is hard. Even switching the difficulty level down has not helped. I am not opposed to difficult games. They can be fun when there is a rhyme and reason to the difficulty. Rogue Legacy was difficult, but I had a blast playing. The Evil Within feels different with rough camera work, unclear objectives and clumsy controls. Difficulty due to bad design is not the same as being challenging. Second, the save points in the game are too sporadic. Checkpoints occur throughout the levels, but at times the gaps between these points can be too long. If death occurs then you are forced to replay through chunks of the stage. The levels are not fun the first time through. They do not get any better on the second and third. Lastly, the game does not look great. I could be forgiving to other aspects of the game if I felt like the experience was worth taking in. Sadly, most of the levels and characters look like they belong to previous generation hardware. It does not have the polish and visual splendor found in games like Infamous: Second Son and The Last of Us: Remastered.

The game has garnered mixed reviews. The most positive say it continues the survival horror genre where Resident Evil 4 left off. I was a huge fan of the early Resident Evil and Silent Hill games, but I have not played survival horror in a long time. Maybe I am missing something. Maybe I am no longer a fan of the genre. Even so, I would hope that I could find some enjoyment in the title. Instead of moving on to other games, I feel strapped down to finishing this one. I have begun to fill my time set aside for gaming with other interests instead. It is hard for me to leave a game unfinished, but I may have to make an exception here. There are too many other games to let one bad apple spoil the bunch. I was expecting a lot from The Evil Within, but so far it has failed to deliver any value for me. If only I could find the strength to let go.

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