Review by KFHEWUI
A disappointing sequel with too many bad changes
The Suffering: Ties That Bind picks up where the original game left off. Torque arrives in Baltimore, his home town, and a group called "The Foundation" is trying to capture him. He must avoid them while trying to solve the murder of his family.
The Suffering had a good story, but Ties That Bind has an awful story. The plot twist is absurd, and sadly the game leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Also like the original the game goes overboard with the profanity, but it is even worse in this game. There are three endings, and all three of them are terrible.
Controls is one of the strangest areas in the game, and for some reason, the control scheme was completely redesigned. The new scheme is terrible and feels awkward and unnatural.
The graphics are okay, and the game is much darker, and it makes navigating some areas tough even with the flash light. The animation is good especially some of the enemies.
The music is still great and creates an eerie atmosphere like the original, and the sound effects are okay. The voice acting is passable.
The game play for the most part is like the original however there were some new changes that are not for the best.
Most of the enemies from the original return, and there are new enemies which are not that great like the Isolationist which are surrounded by electricity and take a lot of damage plus they release roaches that explode on contact when they die.
Another change is the insanity system and now there are enemies that can only be killed by the creature in insanity mode. The strangest part is how the attacks affect the moral system, and using certain attacks will either give good or bad moral which makes no sense at all. Ties That Bind thankfully does have a moral bar which is the only good thing added. Also the creature can now take damage.
Speaking of damage, Torque can no longer carry xombium instead the pills are used when they are picked up, and this makes the game more challenging for the wrong reasons. There are a few on rails parts where there are no pills which make the sequences tougher, and the pills also placed at terrible places.
Combat is the same as the original with two exceptions there are enemies that can only be killed by the creature and Torque can only carry two weapons now. This change is terrible and hurt the game the most of me. Since the weapons do not carry a lot of ammo, weapons must be swapped constantly and on the higher difficulties this is a nightmare.
The camera can be troublesome in this game since the corridors are much smaller and cramped and like the original there is still a first person view.
The replay value is multiple endings, a demo of Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks, and videos of Blitz the League and Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy.
The Suffering: Ties That Bind is a disappointing sequel with too many bad changes and an awful story and endings.
Rating: 3.0 - Fair
Product Release: The Suffering: Ties That Bind (US, 09/26/05)
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