You'll probably never happen across a person raving about a survival horror game by saying how hyperactive their amygdala was, and how their rostral anterior cingulate cortex was powerless to dampen the emotional stimuli.
Before beginning this article, we thought it might be an idea to dig out our review of the first Suffering game (not written for this website, by the way, but for a long since dead PS2 magazine you'll never have heard of). And not just to see if there were good jokes we could reuse, either - we wanted to make sure that we weren't missing anything, that there wasn't some new element in The Suffering: Ties That Bind that we'd forgotten wasn't in the first game.
It was a fruitless effort, however, and not just because there were no good jokes. We realised that our review of The Suffering could pretty much do for our review of Ties That Bind with only a few amendments and the addition of three key words here and there. That's because this is a sequel which doesn't really move things on much - apart from different environments and some further plot developments, there's not a lot that's new here.
But this isn't about to turn into one of those rants against unoriginal games which begins with a general discussion of the nature of sequels before directing a blast of bile at EA and finishing up with a complaint about how even Miyamoto's at it these days and all the Mario Party games are rubbish.
The Suffering's action-oriented take on the horror genre made for a refreshing change for fans with a thirst for the darker side of life when it arrived out of the blue last year. Carving itself a niche as an action-horror title certainly paid off for Midway, too, with the game going on to sell well over 500,000 copies worldwide, and managing to be one of a select few new brands to make any kind of impression on the masses at all.
Midway has announced that Hollywood film actors Michael Clarke Duncan and Rachel Griffiths are to voice characters in forthcoming PC, PS2 and Xbox sequel The Suffering: Ties That Bind.
Duncan is best known for his leading role in The Green Mile and also appeared in Armageddon and Planet of the Apes. He will play dastardly villain Caleb Blackmore in the game.
(MCD trivia part 1: Michael used to be a bodyguard for the likes of Will Smith, LL Cool J and Notorious B.I.G., but quit after he took the night off and B.I.G. ended up getting shot. MCD trivia part 2: Michael apparently gives five dollars to anyone who recognises him on the street and knows his full name.)