Early last year Geek Native showed The Evil Within trailer. The game is a partnership between Skyrim’s Bethesda and the creator of Resident Evil.
Trailers are one way to get a feel for a game but in a way they undersell the sort of immersive horrors that Shinji Mikami is known for. We’re all pretty used to clever cut-scenes and lurching shadows. That will be why The Evil Within has turned to another familiar but effective approach – a reaction video. Sometimes you can get a far better idea of just how spooky a game is by watching others play it.
My favourite moments in that had to be the guys determined to play it calm – only to be thoroughly got by the game. It’s a sign to me that the Shinji-Bethesda team-up as worked.
To be honest with you, I need to think about whether I rush for this game or not. Like most roleplaying-centric gamers I fell in love with Skyrim and the world. It’s that ability to relate to a world that makes the survival horror such a double-edged sword. It can be too scary!
In another sign that the partnership understands their audience the pre-order bonus pack is cleverly designed. Pre-order the game and you’re given “The Fighting Chance Pack”. Does that mean without the pre-order you don’t have a fighting chance?
The Fighting Chance Pack will include one extra medical kit, a green gel that can be used to update attributes and a double barrel shotgun with three shells. The game features a regular shotgun as a weapon but this double barrel variant is, as you would expect, a more damaging weapon. In addition the Fighting Chance Pack includes two types of “Agony Bolt” weapons. The Incendiary Bolt shows nearby enemies with sparks of fire and the Poison Agony Bolt lures people towards with while it poisons them.
The insider tip is that the poison agony bolt is especially useful when it comes to distracting enemies when you need to run away. I have to wonder whether the game is smart enough to let you use the sparks from the incendiary bolt for fire raising purposes too.
The character in the game is a cop called Sebastian Castellanos. He’s a detective who goes to investigate the scene of a mass murder but is ambushed and knocked unconscious. The Detective awakens to find himself in a strange world where monsters roam among the dead.
The video in this post is a sponsored placement from The Evil Within team. The text, thoughts, speculation, typos and commentary are all mine. Sponsorship is used to offset hosting costs.