The Evil Within: The Assignment - PS3

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March 10, 2015

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The Evil Within: The Assignment is the first of a two-part, story driven experience where players take on the role of detective Juli Kidman, Sebastian Castellanos’ mysterious partner, in a concurrent story that looks to answer some of the questions surrounding her whereabouts during The Evil Within. Along the way she will encounter disturbing new enemies, discover new mysteries, and uncover new horrors. The Assignment gives fans of The Evil Within the perfect opportunity to discover detective Kidman’s hidden motivations and her mysterious connection to Mobius, the shadowy group thought to be behind the gruesome events of The Evil Within.

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The Evil Within: The Assignment is a DLC add-on for the title known as the 'The Evil Within', this game was developed by Tango Gameworks and published by Bethesda Softworks.

The Assignment is the first of what we hope to be many DLC releases for our favorite last gen survival game. If you haven’t played through the original Evil Within all the way to completion then you should probably stop reading now. There will be spoilers regarding both campaigns as we look over what The Assignment brought to the table for the PS4 rendition of The Evil Within. If you don’t feel like reading anything else we can say this simply: If you loved the main campaign then hurry up and purchase this game.

We have a sort of love and hate relationship with DLC in current gen gaming. One of our primary complaints is that DLC, and patches, serve to finish incomplete games that were launched to market too soon while also cash grabbing a fair bit of money. Game developers know that fans will buy DLC, if only to satisfy their innate desire to 'complete' the game. With that being said DLC packs tend to hover in one of two categories: cosmetic or story expanding. The Assignment follows the side character Juli Kidman and it serves to flesh out both her backstory and what she was up to during Sebastian’s adventures in the primary campaign of The Assignment. Astute gamers would notice that Juli frequently vanished during their initial play through and probably wondered what she was up to during that time. Taking a page out of the book of games like Assassins Creed: Black Flag and Dead Rising, The Evil Within: The Assignment gives us another elaborate, story enhancing chapter by putting us into the skin of a great character.

The Evil Within is a survival game that pushes you both logically and strategically. The atmospheric game, much like Dead Rising and Bioshock to an extent, keeps you immersed in the moment. You have to carefully navigate through a world that is ready to consume you. Sebastian, unlike Juli Kidman, gets his mits on some pretty awesome weapons during the course of his time in the story. So playing as Sebastian may lead to a bit of an increase in action and adrenaline, thus changing the experience slightly. The Assignment still runs with that style, only it is massively tailored down to be a stripped experience. When we say stripped experience we mean it in the best way possible, like an elegant and minimalistic room. Juli Kidman is not an action hero and she is unarmed for almost 95% of The Assignment’s campaign. So this DLC pack is an exercise in the familiar shown to you in a new way.

The campaign mode in this DLC expansion runs around 3.5 total hours if you take your time and roll through the story patiently. The story itself details Kidman’s history while also showing where she was and what she was up to during Sebastian’s campaign. There will be moments where you actually run into Joseph and Sebastian at different points in the primary campaign. This neat little wrinkle makes the whole universe feel more cozy and inviting due to the fact that everything feels suddenly more connected. We really liked that the developers at Tango didn’t go the easy route and do a story completely set before The Evil Within. If the campaign is strong, which it was in the initial title, then we want to see more of it.

The primary differences come into play when we compare Juli Kidman and Sebastian as main characters. Sebastian is a much more capable combatant in the game due primarily to his access to damage dealing weapons. As we stated above, Juli is without a gun or even blunt weapon for almost the entirety of the game. Due to this change in the gameplay dynamic you are forced to traverse the shadowy levels in a different manner. Where Sebastian was more equipped to deal damage, Juli is equipped to avoid it. In order to compensate players for their lack of weapons, Juli is given a slew of abilities that will help her as a survivalist in the game.

The act of simply being unarmed in a tense and frightening game like The Evil Within will make you aware of every movement on your big screen TV. You’ll see every enemy as a threat and you will have to devise ways to get around them without getting killed, forcing you to jump back and retry the whole ordeal all over again. So Kidman takes a stealth based approach to her section of the game. You have the ability to tactically lure your enemies to different places on the map by throwing items, making noise, and even shouting out. These moves may not sound that impressive but they work wonders if you know how to utilize them. To help equalize Kidman a little bit she also has individual buffs. Kidman can auto heal during the game and she can run without running out of breath, which makes a huge difference when things turn sideways and you need to make a quick escape.

We did run into some issues with the game, though fortunately none of them were game breakers. The primary issue we had was with the old school style controls. The over the shoulder, third person action game has been perfected by titles like Resident Evil. Here, though, we had some issue reconciling the stealth element with the archaic movements. Often times we would find that we left ourselves a little bit uncovered - thus opening the element of an attack from our enemies. It was annoying, sure, but something you learned to deal with pretty quick.

At the end of the day what we found most likable in The Assignment was that it extended the story in a meaningful way. The voice acting for Juli was wonderful and her character now actually has substance when you go back and play the primary campaign.

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