Garrett Glass of The Koalition writes:
Shinji Mikami, director of the acclaimed Resident Evil 4, promises to bring back old-school Survival Horror with The Evil Within. To be honest however, I don’t think the genre has ever left. Survival Horror continues to thrive in the indie gaming scene where consumers can find games that replicate the classics such as Lone Survivor or try something different like Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Even the recently released Alien: Isolation is a genuine Survival Horror experience that eschews the annoyances of classic Resident Evil and Silent Hill titles. These games have already beaten The Evil Within to the punch, even if the genre admittedly continues to struggle to compete with the mainstream console success of, say, the first-person shooter.