The Suffering (2004)

The Suffering (2004)

About This Game

Experience the terror as you fight your way out of a maximum security penitentiary overrun with ghastly creatures. Your desperate bid to escape this horrific prison and the island that surrounds is only the beginning as you learn the truth behind The Suffering

The game tells the story of Torque, a prisoner on death row for murdering his ex-wife and two children, a crime of which he claims to be innocent, saying he blacked out and cannot remember what happened. Shortly after he arrives in Abbot State Penitentiary on Carnate Island, off the coast of Maryland, an earthquake hits the island, resulting in the prison being attacked by unusual supernatural threats. So Torque needs to attempt to fight his way to freedom, whilst also going up against the demons within him, and attempting to remember what really happened to his family. The game features three endings, depending on the players’ actions throughout, each of which reveal a different version of the murder of Torque’s family.

The Suffering received primarily positive reviews. Whilst some critics felt the blend of action with horror didn’t work, and that the game was not sufficiently scary, others praised its differentiation from traditional survival horror games such as Resident Evil, Silent Hill and Fatal Frame. Many also lauded the creature design, the tone, and the game’s morality system, which determines both the ending, and how certain characters interact with Torque during the game. The Suffering was a commercial success, selling over 1.5 million units worldwide across all platforms. In 2005, a sequel was released, The Suffering: Ties That Bind.


  • A full arsenal of brutal weapons.
  • Transform into hideous and powerful beast
  • A horde of ghoulish monsters representing vicious executions
  • Experience three different endings based on your actions.

Game Details

Genre Shooter – Survival – Horror
Works on Windows (7, 8, 10)
Languages Audio and text: English
Released January 1, 2004
Size 1.3 GB
Company Surreal Software / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment


Minimum system requirements – Windows:

7 / 8 / 10
Processor: 1.8 GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended)
Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended)
Storage: 1GB available space
Mouse, Keyboard

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