The Suffering: Ties That Bind

The Suffering: Ties That Bind
Game: The Suffering: Ties That Bind
Platform: Xbox
Studio: Midway
Rating: 8/10

GAME STUDIO DESCRIPTION: The Suffering: Ties That Bind is a uniquely American action-horror experience that surpasses the original in every way. You are Torque, armed with a deadly arsenal and your last shred of sanity, condemned to wage war against horrific monstrosities in a bloody battle for revenge against a hidden mastermind who holds the keys to your past.

PLAY: Anyone that has played the original version of The Suffering will hit the ground running. There are some great weapons to choose from; bunches of guns and grenades. There is plenty of things to chose from that can cause all sorts of damage.

Ties That Bind has some extraordinarily hard spots. You can go along feeling as though you finally got handle on the game and then next thing you know it becomes extremely difficult. It sounds like a sick way to keep us interested and that is exactly what it becomes. You move along with a false sense that you are getting better only to have it all deflated by getting you’re hat handed to you.

As much as the environment seems open—its not. You will find that there is a set path and you must follow it as dictated by the games creators. The brilliance is in the fact that you don’t immediately recognize you are in a linear game.

GRAPHICS: This version looks very similar to the previous incarnation. If you don’t know the original then I’ll tell you that this game looks great. It’s even better on the Xbox where the animation is much more fluid. The atmosphere is a perfect one for bad dreams.

SOUND: How can you argue with voices like Michael Clarke Duncan? His voice packs a great punch as Blackmore. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The entire voice acting is top notch. The sound effects are also wonderful. Nothing was skimped on.

FRANKLY: Ties That Bind doesn’t move the series along enough. There is so much that could have been done with this franchise. This seems more like a missed opportunity than a grand expansion. Everything you experienced that was great about The Suffering is here and that is all great—but we’d rather have version 2 and not 1.5.

+ Richie Wright

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