Metal Arcade: Rick Bakker writes:
Survival horror is one of the best genres in all of video games. Nothing can match the immersive experience that a great horror game can pull you in with, terrifying and exciting you at the same time. It’s the winning formula that put Resident Evil and survival horror on the map in 1995, culminating with the timeless classic Resident Evil 4 in 2005. In the time since then, big budget survival horror has fallen by the wayside as RE and other recent entries such as Dead Space have evolved into action games, leaving independent PC games like Amnesia and Outlast to keep the genre alive. But when the news broke that Resident Evil 4 creator Shinji Mikami was returning to the genre he helped define with The Evil Within, fans couldn’t help but hope that they would finally receive the big budget horror masterpiece that they have waited almost a decade for. Even with that weight of expectation and hype riding on its shoulders, The Evil Within is able to overcome some technical flaws and deliver a great horror experience.