Giant Bomb- The Evil Within Review

Giant Bomb- It's hard to imagine how someone follows up Resident Evil 4, possibly the most influential game of the last decade. You can see pieces of RE4 in nearly every third-person action game produced after 2005. And that's forgetting Shinji Mikami is also responsible for the original Resident Evil, Vanquish, and countless others. For much of his career, Mikami's had the golden touch. The creator's latest comes with understandably high expectations, and while there are moments when The Evil Within rises to the occasion, it's a deeply flawed experience that's more prone to generating frustration than fun 'n scares.

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nX1502d ago

Giant Bomb - reviewing games by their own idiotic standards

Dudebro901502d ago

Grow up.

Just because someone has a different opinion than yours doesn't make them idiotic.

Giant bomb is a group of well rounded and respected reviewers in the industry.

There is plenty wrong with the evil within, and they are not the only ones to call it out for its giant missteps

morganfell1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

People are entitled to opinions I agree. But calling RE4 possibly the most influential game of the last decade?


It is a good game, great by the standards of some... but most influential?

If you are honest with yourself (and others) about the impact of various games in the last decade then there are plenty of titles ahead of RE4. Again, it isn't about which game you love or which game is a 10/10, it is about the impact of that title on the industry and on gamers.

RE4? Not that game. Even more troublesome is this remark came from people that claim to be adept at game analysis.

Imalwaysright1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

It's influential because it popularized the over the shoulder view and redefined the TPS genre. The last TPS I remember having an over the back view is Max Payne 2.

morganfell1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

RE4 was not the first game to use the OTS view, nor was it the most prominent. Ghost Recon 2 is just one example and it released before RE4. If you look at biggest titles to appear since RE4, the OTS view is hardly the "way to go". As foir TPS, agaion, many other games had been redifining the genre log before and long after RE4.

If you examine mechanics in the game, they are not something that influenced a decade. In fact, not walking and shooting was one of the big complaints with the successor, RE5. People felt the series needed to evolve from RE4 into the new generation.

If individuals can put down their love of the game for just one second they will see it didn't have the influence of a COD or a Gears, a GoW or several other games and series.

Imalwaysright1502d ago (Edited 1502d ago )

I'm well aware that RE4 wasn't the game that introduced the over the shoulder perspective. Splinter Cell released in 2002 and had that perspective when you drew a weapon.

What I said is that RE4 popularized the over the shoulder view because it was one of the best games ever made to that point making it far more proeminent than Ghost Recon that released just 2 months before RE4.

As for the over the shoulder as a mechanic is only natural for it be improved as time passes by. Take a look at the cover system in TPS today. It started with Winback and has been vastly improved since then.

Also, you say that Gears is influential. Well Cliff himself said that RE4 was one of the games that influenced the development of Gears.

MrChicagoWind1502d ago

GTA III was easily the most influential, and arguable Shenmue.

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Darkwatchman1502d ago

Someone a little angry because a person didn't like a game? How cute

Muzikguy1502d ago

Wow, I can't believe that review. There was so much good talked about and then all negatives. And all that RE4 comparing, wth. I never once thought of RE4 while playing this game and I find it an enjoyable game. Only on Chapter 7, but it's a good game IMO

ReesesPuffs1502d ago

Oh boy you're going to enjoy 9 and 10

MrChicagoWind1502d ago

I wish I could get into it guys. The gameplay just seems too shabby and not fluid enough... and aiming sucks IMO.

Again, not really a fan of survival horror, but absolutely loved RE4.

TedCruzsTaint1502d ago

Resulting in them being seen as one of few truly trustworthy gaming publications around at the moment.

Grow up. Honestly.

FriedGoat1501d ago

Haha no. Giant bomb were trustworthy a year or two ago before gamespot bought them. Now they are just a shell of their former selves RIP Ryan.

TedCruzsTaint1501d ago

Feel how you wish to feel on the matter.

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VGMMDI1502d ago

What didn't you like about the review?

hennessey861502d ago

but a regrettably bad game, I was really looking forward to it.

HighResHero1502d ago

Did you try playing it? I've heard some good things about it.

iDadio1502d ago

I enjoyed vanquish more than RE4

Bathyj1502d ago

I dont know what that has to do with anything, but same. Way more.

heliotropic1502d ago

Can't say I have much regard for Giant Bomb or their scoring standards. Definitely not as good as it should have been, but The Evil Within is still an above average videogame. The story and characters are awful, but the environments, challenge, and mixture of stealth, action, and resource management more than made up for it. In many ways it made me lament what has been lost in gaming over the last 10 years. The Evil Within doesn't try to be a movie and it doesn't hold your hand. It's just pure gaming, not necessarily at its best, but still better than most of its contemporaries.

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