A death row convict must fight his way to freedom when nightmarish monsters invade the prison.




Cast overview:
Dallas / Luther (voice)
John Patrick Lowrie ...
Hermes / Sergei (voice)
John Armstrong ...
Killjoy / Horace (voice)
Ross Douglas ...
Clem (voice)
Mark Dias ...
Ernesto (voice)
Bhama Roget ...
Inferna (voice)
Earl Alexander ...
Jimmy (voice)
Meg Savlov ...
Consuela (voice)
Brandon Whitehead ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
Chris Wicklund ...
Additional Voices (voice)
Carmen (voice)


A man known only as "Torque" is sentenced to death for the murder of his wife and two sons, an event he can remember nothing about, and is soon locked up on death row at Abbot State Penitentiary, the toughest, nastiest prison in Maryland. Torque has little time to lament his fate, as Abbot is suddenly overrun by strange monsters. As guards and prisoners alike are cut down by the creatures, who seem to embody different methods of death, from be-headings to lethal injection to being buried alive, Torque must battle these beasts (with guns, improvised weapons, and even an adrenaline-fueled rage ability that almost literally turns him into a monster) if he hopes to get off Carnate Island alive. Along the way, he'll learn more about Carnate's sordid history, including the restless spirits of a former prisoner, a former executioner, and a psychologist who's not quite right in the head himself. He'll also encounter friendly faces along the path to freedom, and whether he chooses to help ... Written by Andrew P.

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9 March 2004 (USA)  »

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Loading Screen: Take away a man's light, his clothes, his food, his friends, his air, and you leave him with nothing but himself. And for most, that is not pleasant company.
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Followed by The Suffering: Ties That Bind (2005) See more »

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My first computer game review !
27 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I still am a very big gamer and I always seem to make time where ever and whenever possible to play although its I don't play as I used to due to other various commitments but still my fondness for the escapism of computer games has not faded and what an excellent way to mark my return to the world of computer games with The Suffering!

Being a huge fan of survival horror genre with the likes of Resident Evil and Silent Hill it was going to be difficult for something to come up close and match the high level of atmosphere and game play, and I was glad to see that The Suffering delivers on many levels.

Players will assume the lead role of Torque an inmate sent to the infamous and remote barren Prison Island called Carnate, he has been sentenced to death for the murder of his wife and children , the action then picks up for there as you are swung into a nightmare world and take control of the hard as nails Torque. The game receives a lot of praise from me for capture of the grim and depressing place that is the island it-self along with an explanation to its rather colourful past. There are truly some jump out at you moments with scare and atmosphere all the way along to keep you going further. The game captures this Silent Hill/The Shining atmosphere well in some places and a Resident Evil theme in the other and carriers that well so the player never really does get bored.

The faults I would have to say start with the graphics which seem a little like PS 1 graphics in most places and the controls really do taking some used to (can't tell you how many times I blew my-self up when I was just trying to jump) but if you put the effort in you get used to them in no time. Also game play can be a little bit tedious in most places with a bit of repetitiveness but having said that you never truly do feel like turning your console off because the scary atmosphere keeps you going.

The game took my 4-5 nights of serious game play and believe me it is great playing at nights in a dark room! Players should also remember that the endings are determined by your behaviour and choices during the game. To sum it up The Suffering is what a computer should be about

  • entertainment and escapism and this delivers more than that as it
also has a few themes tied behind it, my only regret is that I checked out a little too late . I am also aware that there is a sequel called Ties That Bind and a movie is in the works so I am looking forward to both , highly recommended and worth a look at.



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