The Evil Within Review Roundup

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The Evil Within, the latest horror title from Shinji Mikami, launches today.

In the game, you play as a detective investigating a mass murder--only to realize that things are much worse than previously anticipated. But after the hype, critics see Evil Within as a title that didn't reach its potential.

The game currently holds a score of 76 on Metacritic. And critics are stating their ambivalence about the title.

"The Evil Within has a strong foundation in the past but fails to build on it," Polygon states in their review of the game, "I'm still questioning whether I'll make that second pass, though.

The Evil Within has great moments where the excellent combat and creepy environmental design come together. But those moments are fleeting, inevitably trapped in the glory days of a decade ago."

Joystiq echoed Polygon's sentiments. Giving the title 2.5 out of 5 stars, Joystiq stated that "it manages a few moments of inspiration, but their scarcity makes them feel like fortunate accidents rather than deliberate elements of the overall design."

IGN gave the game a score of 8.7 out of 10--calling it "Great." They disagreed with the common opinion, stating, "The Evil Within is a brutal, challenging, and remarkably fun game.

Its eerie world and imaginative enemies are genuinely frightening, and the scares are heightened significantly by the scarcity of resources at your disposal."

For more about The Evil Within, visit its official website here.