We’re back at it again with another Steam game giveaway. This time, The Evil Within and The Evil Within 2 will be up for grabs! These two games definitely scare the living daylights out of me, so if you’re a horror enthusiast, I would highly recommend both!
The Evil Within
This survival-horror game is set in Beacon Mental Hospital, which definitely sets the tone of the game. I can assure you that the game sets the horror atmosphere extremely well, as there is no shortage of eerie sounds and jumpscares. The game also makes sure boss fights feel terrifying. You can expect to face extremely deformed and twisted mutant-like creatures, which will definitely challenge your strategy and tactics.
In the beginning of the game, you are very weak and lack any substantial resources. This means you’ll need to resort to hiding to survive, which is quite nerve wracking if you think about it. There is also an element of stealth, as you can hide and distract enemies. Of course, you can always just go ballistic and start shooting, though that’s probably not the best course of action. When you have the opportunity for upgrades, you have to make tough choices… Is it worth increasing your gun damage or your stamina?
The gameplay is certainly not very linear, as you often lose your grip on reality. By this, I mean that you can be in one location, and suddenly have warped to another. This psychological state just makes things even more scary and exciting.
You always have to keep a good eye out, because there always seems to be an enemy lurking around in the shadows, ready to pounce. Trust me, there will definitely be a good few moments where you rage quit and get frustrated. Though, it’s all worth it in the end.
The Evil Within 2
The Evil Within 2 starts off in a dypostian and apocalyptic city. This presents a more unique atmosphere, as it can be surprisingly more horrifying to be in this barren landscape, as opposed to a confined interior environment.
Think of this game as an open-world survival game, but with a sinister horror twist. Honestly, I think that you get more ‘freedom’ to move around as a player, since you’re not limited to just a few rooms at a time. You’ll have to scavenge for crafting materials, ammunition and other resources. This bigger map for overall gameplay allows for more side quests you can take on, which justs adds to the overall narrative
Apparently, everything always changes in The Evil Within 2. After dying, if you thought that enemies would spawn in the exact same location, you’re wrong. This constantly keeps me on the edge of my seat. It personally feels as though this game is centered more around exploration, and trying to strategically plan where to make your next move, as you can see enemies lurking around in the somewhat open-world environment.
Finally, the overall usage of resources (with crafting) seems more refined in this game. You can collect scraps that enemies drop to upgrade your weapons, increasing ammunition capacity, time for reloading and more. Also, you can unlock a multitude of different abilities, including one that’ll allow you to slow down time!
I’ve browsed the internet for some reviews on both games, and it seems that people prefer The Evil Within, over the second game that came out afterwards. The first game is much more unpredictable, with a slightly more ‘eerie’ atmosphere and story compared to the sequel. With that being said, gamers have praised The Evil Within 2 for having improved combat mechanics.
Both games really give off Resident Evil vibes though! Overall, if you’re looking for games that balance horror and survival really well, with a healthy sprinkle of jumpscares, go ahead and enter the giveaway… You have nothing to lose!