The Suffering

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The Suffering
The Suffering Cover.jpeg
NTSC-U Cover Art
Game general and emulation properties:
ESRB rating: M (Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language)
PEGI rating: 18+
Widescreen supported natively
Widescreen patch available
Languages supported:
English: SLES-51693 & SLES-52439 & SLED-52488 & SLUS-20636
German: SLES-51693 & SLES-52531
French: SLES-51693
Spanish: SLES-52439
Italian: SLES-52439
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20636
Release date: March 9, 2004
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-52439
SLED-52488 (Demo)
Release date: May 14, 2004
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Surreal Software
Publisher(s): Midway
Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN8.5/10, Metacritic77/100
Game description: The Suffering captures the disturbing and terrifying nature of the horror genre in a compelling third-person action/adventure game set in the mature and gritty world of a maximum-security prison. You'll control of the prisoner Torque, a man sentenced to die for a murder he may or may not have actually committed. Enter a nightmarish world where creatures jump out of shadows, fall out of trees, and erupt out of the ground. Battle ghoulish apparitions, hardened criminals and guards, and the demons from your own forgotten past. Will you solve the mystery of Torque's past and survive or fall victim to The Suffering?
The player controls Torque, a man who has been sent to Abbott State Penitentiary on Carnate Island, Maryland. Torque has been convicted and sentenced to death for murdering his ex-wife and two children, although he claims to have blacked out at the time this happened and cannot remember anything. In the game, the player is presented several opportunities to test their morality, usually in the form of a person who is trying to survive the horrors of the island. In most cases, the player is presented with three options: help the person (good), kill them (evil), or remain indifferent to their plight (neutral). A hallucination of Torque's wife will attempt to convince him to take the good path in the obvious cases, while demonic voices attempt to coerce Torque into being evil.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows
  • I5 3330
  • HD radeon 6850
1.3 Git 28 of May GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006)
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i5 750 @ 2.67Ghz (3.0GHz OC)
  • AMD Radeon HD 5850 1024MB
1.3.0 Git 2014/07/08 (v1.21-213) GSdx 0.1.16 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Europe v02.00(14/06/2004), Defaults + MTVU (Multi-Threaded microVU1), Work fine at max speed (50fps) in hardware mode using also custom resolution (1920x1080) without any slowdowns.

Known Issues

Missing lights/shadows in Hardware mode

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Some lights won't be rendered in Hardware mode, and so the shadows they cast.
  • Workaround: Set Renderer to any of the "(Software)" options.

The gallery

Public compatibility forum links