The Suffering: Ties that Bind

A sequel that reads your hard drive to see how you finished the first game? It's sorcery!

We played this for the first time while eating. A bad idea. The Suffering: Ties That Bind is a perfect sequel - more guts, more gore, more action, you get the picture. The only thing we were worried about was that, if this was a sequel, how would it pick up from the first game, given that there were three possible endings? Simple - it'll read your hard drive and determine just what kind of game you're going to get. If you murdered your wife in the first game, her ghost (which haunts you) will be spiteful and restless. If you were framed for her murder, she'll be compassionate, offering tips and help. Like in the previous Suffering, you'll be master of your own destiny - but what happens depends on how you played the first game...


The game area has moved from inside a jail to the streets of East Baltimore. We're told by the developer that East Baltimore is not a very nice place, which will reassure those who think Ties That Bind will suffer without its claustrophobic penitentiary. Gutted pawn shops, decrepit theatres, strange shadows lurking in alleys - all these things make the world outside a far nastier place than the jail ever was. Thank Torque, then, that you'll have double the weapons this time around. Still, that supposedly comforting fact didn't stop us wanting to dive behind the sofa to hide from the squiggly, crawly beasties so intent on eating our face. Rest assured, you're going to be repulsed by this. And yes, that's a good thing.