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2The Suffering series

The Suffering

Prison is hell, a phrase that’s taken literally here. Developed by Surreal Software, The Suffering and its sequel Ties That Bind are a pair of action-horror games originally released in 2004/5 for the PC, Xbox and PlayStation 2. Players take control of Torque, an inmate sentenced to die for a crime he can’t remember committing. Caught up in a mysterious supernatural cataclysm, Torque must escape first a haunted prison island and then a monster-infested city as he confronts his own tormented past.

The games can be played in either first- or third-person mode, with the player able to switch seamlessly between perspectives. Torque is no stereotypical defenceless horror protagonist either; players will have to shoot, burn and bludgeon their way through a horde of nightmarish creatures if they want to survive. Torque has a few inner demons himself, and can transform into a creature capable of going toe-to-toe with the beasts he’ll come up against. Both games also feature a moral choice system that not only determine Torque’s ultimate fate, but reveal the true details of his past as well. You can pick up both games right now over on GOG.com. They may be old, but they’re still some of the best horror games you can play on PC.