The Evil Within: The Assignment - Xbox One

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10 March 2015

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The Evil Within: The Assignment on the Xbox One is a continuation into the dirty and grimy world that The Evil Within created. Developed by Tango Gameworks and later published by Bethesda Softworks. The survival game puts you into the shoes of Juli Kidman and it pushes you to complete a two part story in which you will have to find answers through any means necessary. Having played the original Evil Within is mandatory going into this game so if you want to avoid spoilers, you should probably quit reading right about now. For those that have already played the initial game, and wish to learn more about this expansion, keep on reading.

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The Evil Within: The Assignment on the Xbox One is a continuation into the dirty and grimy world that The Evil Within created. Developed by Tango Gameworks and later published by Bethesda Softworks. The survival game puts you into the shoes of Juli Kidman and it pushes you to complete a two part story in which you will have to find answers through any means necessary. Having played the original Evil Within is mandatory going into this game so if you want to avoid spoilers, you should probably quit reading right about now. For those that have already played the initial game, and wish to learn more about this expansion, keep on reading. We picked up The Evil Within: The Assignment for the Xbox One.

So DLC tends to come in two main varieties. The first kind of DLC is simply aesthetic, a repurposing of pixels in order to sell more copies of their game. You’ll see this kind of DLC in the form of 'horse armor' or other item based variety. The second form is a story enhancement package. The Assignment is the first DLC product offered for The Evil Within and it serves as an expansion to the story of Detective Juli Kidman. Kidman should be familiar to you due to her appearance in the primary campaign, however she was not always present and frequently took a backseat. This DLC package gives title developer Shinji Mikami another chance to show off his universe through the eyes of another character within it.

The Assignment itself follows the tried and trued style that The Evil Within has made so popular in recent years. The Evil Within is an atmospheric game that pushes you to stick to the shadows, keep out of the way of your enemies, and maintain a constant cool head while on the run - you don’t want to panic when you run into some of the horrors within the game. So The Assignment has you treading those same gameplay elements. It is not revolutionary or particularly inventive, but it is familiar and sometimes that is all that we need.

The campaign mode for The Assignment runs at around four hour and the story itself occurs simultaneously as the primary campaign. So you will have events from the main game intertwining with this title, thus making it all feel a little more relevant. This was a cool way to keep the story’s tight and unfortunately it hasn’t been followed too much by other game developers. We have seen games like Dead Rising use this to great effect, but we digress. The primary story thread that you will follow details what Juli Kidman was up to whenever she would vanish during the main campaign. Many fans had theories as to her whereabouts and what she was doing, and this release serves to answer at least a few of those questions. As Kidman you will run into Sebastian and Joseph frequently, only from a different perspective - it’s a pretty neat feeling if you liked the main game.

SO the primary difference when coming into this game is that Kidman is a much more intelligent character than Sebastian. The story itself is still convoluted and reaching, but it becomes more palatable through her more capable eyes. She is much more enjoyable as a character, Sebastian was grating most of the time, and that may be due to Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter) and her spirited voice work. She never resorts to theatrics but she always remains genuine, even in those simple moments where lesser performers would make theatrical choices.

For a lot of reasons Kidman is not as strong as Sebastian, the primary one is the fact that she does not have a weapon for the majority of the campaign. Being unarmed makes you almost hyper aware of your surroundings and the creatures and enemies lurking within the darkness. Kidman is a stealth based character who has the ability to strategically lure enemies around with a few tricks. Kidman can throw items against the wall to create distractions, she can yell out to get the attention of other characters, and she is also great at taking cover. Kidman’s individual perks include an auto-heal factor and her ability to constantly be on the move without running out of her puff.

With that being said, there are still some issues when it comes to working through the campaign from a gameplay element. Despite how nifty her abilities are, the old school controls still definitely weigh pretty heavily upon us. As is the wont of third person strategy games, sometimes you start to feel like you are driving a tank instead of maneuvering an individual person. With Kidman’s role being so stealth based, a clunky movement mechanism could be the difference between living and dying. Unfortunately we ended up dying a few times as we accidentally revealed ourselves in certain situations due to the clunky controls. We also had issues using our specialized stealth attack, and that wore on our nerves as the game progressed - particularly against some big bosses later on.

But all of the issues of clunk fall to the way side once you realize just how thrilling the game is. Just about any respectable survival game will be fun due to the nature of the genre, with death lurking around every corner. The Assignment takes it one step forward by keeping a weapon out of your hands and making you rely solely on your wits. Due to this you feel a sense of pride whenever you actually succeed in what you are trying to do. It just isn’t the same when you can run into a room with your guns blazing and fight your way to the end.

With The Assignment being the first DLC release for The Evil Within we can already tell that the title is going to have some serious legs. This 3.5 hour excursion back into the game, with an interesting character, is just the flavor of DLC that we need.

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