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Feeling love for 'The Suffering'

Reading Aborto Thefetus's post about fear led to me thinking about The Suffering. I absolutly LOVE this game, at first I was gonna write a post on my blog at therottingzombie.blogspot.com (shameless plug) but it is not really zombie oriantated so thought I would stick it here instead. Look I know my spelling is bad ok!

The Suffering is an amazing survival horror action game, and one of the most atmospheric games I have ever had the pleasure of playing (along with...Doom 3...).

The game features you as a new deathrow inmate on the Prison Island of Carnate. Soon after arriving there is an earthquake which frees you from your cell. It soon becomes apparant that the prison has been invaded by monsters, prisoners and prison guards alike are being hunted down and killed. Your goal is to escape the island. Along the way you can choose to help both the guards and prisoners, ignore them, or even kill them all. The cutscenes and ending change depending on your actions.

The monsters are all based on different cruelities which have occured on the cursed island, the reason for thier arrival is never made apparant, I myself like to think that all the evil done on the island through it's history has caused a gateway to Hell to open up.

The island has a really logical feel to it, it doesnt feel like a series of levels, but more like a real place. As well as the Prison itself there is an old insane asylum, a disused military base, and various other historical buildings. Thier backstory is told both through brief flashbacks that occur in game, as well as an archive accesed from the main menu. These really give the island a sense of real history, fantastic.

The back story of the monsters, the locations, and the events that have happened make this game, it would be a bland nothing without, I can't recommend the game enough.

I played this game in its entirity one rainy Sunday, 6 hours, without even a toilet break, it was an amazing experiance. Apart from 'Stubbs the Zombie' and 'Resident Evil 2' it is the only game I have played in one go start to finish the day I got it.

I had high hopes for the sequel 'The Suffering: Ties that bind'. The opening section was fantastic, continuing directly from the ending of the first one it had your character being apprahended at the docks at Baltimore and taken back into custody, until the evil of Carnate island catches up with you and the madness starts again. The game completly fell downhill with...ugh it's too painful to talk about, needless to say the locations were terrible, the story over explained and made rubbish, and the same baddies appeared but with really lame explanations for what they were suspossedly based on, : (
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About The Rotting Zombieone of us since 1:29 PM on 08.19.2007

Games Currently Playing:

-Dragon Quest IX
-Dragonage: Origins
-Dante's Inferno
-Zak and Wiki


Am 28 years old, live in Northampton, England, work as a internet administrator. Like horror films, rock music, zombie books etc etc.

My gamertag is Happyhead UK, I really really want to play online games with friendly people,as I hate playing with strangers, I really feel like I'm missing out on online games due to this fact so am envious of all the people with thier fancy 'friend lists'!

Anyway my first console was a BBC Acorn Electron, I loved it, had hundreds of games for it. My fave games were the Repton ones, as well as Crazy Rider, and a game set in a underground base that I can't recall the title of. All good things come to an end though. One day the cassette box thing broke, rather then get a new one my parents chucked the whole thing away, and sold all the games to some dodgy bloke at a car boot sale for �5.

That was the end of my console owning days I assumed. My friends all had Master Systems, so we would spend hours playing Alex Kidd and Sonic, I thought the graphics and sound were unbelivable.

One birthday I find a big present, I open it to find surrounded by a legion of angels a Megadrive, a pure virgin Megadrive, with Altered Beast and Sonic. Before that day I had not even realised such a beast of power existed.

I become the cool kid in the neighbourhood with everyone wanting to play it. A year later a bitter war erupted, a enemy appeared on the horizon - the Super NES...

It was a bitter and bloody battle over the next few years. Some of my friends got Megadrives, while other friends were torn asunder and got Super NES's, a civil war of apocalyptic proportions. Fighting in the streets, gangs armed with Game Gears and Gameboys beating each other into bloody chunks, a literal Hell on Earth.

Looking back I think this is were my dislike of Nintendo appeared. Don't get me wrong, nowadays I love Nintendo games, I own a GBA, DS, Gamecube and Wii, but at the root of my being I will always love Sega more. To this day I dislike Mario. I think the games are amazing, but he himself I detest. I refuse to believe there is such a thing as a bad Sonic game, I just turn a blind eye to the bad ones...anyway I digress.

After that I brought a NES, sold it, though liked it, brought a Super NES (my fave game of all time is the Super NES version of Batman Returns), sold it to get a Playstation, sold that when I got a Playstation 2, brought an almighty Dreamcast (RIP), and got a N64 for Goldeneye. Swallowed my pride and brought a Xbox. The rest is history.

Now I own a Dreamcast, Wii, Xbox, 360, Playstation 2, Master System, Megadrive (my pride, over 200 games), GBA, DS, NES, Super NES, and a Gamecube (which I have misplaced somewhere).
Xbox LIVE:Happyhead UK


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