While at PAX Prime 2014, I was lucky enough to play a 25 minute demo of The Evil Within. Chapter 9, Cruelest Intentions was the title of the demo. Even while waiting in the loading screen, you feel an ominous fear hanging over you thanks to the brilliant sound design.
As Sebastian walks up the creepy mansion, I open the doors and have a strange feeling of awe and horror at the scene. Walking inside the player is granted to the site of a mysterious doctor and his patient running away through the middle door on the first floor. with multiple options, I open a door with blood smeared in a circle. A cracked mirror with a light can be seen, and by holding the A button you are transported to a twisted macabre place.
Sebastian is greeted by a nurse at the desk, and as I navigated I was soon visited by hideous ghouls that attacked me. Because of my poor skill, I was soon ambushed by the ghouls despite shooting them in the head multiple times. My attempts to run were futile as they surrounded me and ripped me apart.
I had the luxury of playing the game on Xbox One, and the game looked fantastic. The controls were all smooth and the puzzles were balanced according to difficulty. The atmosphere of the game really shines, and Shinji Mikami has really harken back to what Survival-Horror is really about.
The Evil Within releases on October 14, 2014 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, and PC.