CHICAGO â€“ Sept. 26, 2005 â€“ Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment publisher and developer, today announced that The SufferingÂ®: Ties That Bindâ„¢ has shipped to retailers nationwide. The follow-up to 2004â€™s critically-acclaimed The SufferingÂ® is available now for the PlayStationÂ®2 computer entertainment system, the XboxÂ® video game system from Microsoft and for PC.
The Suffering: Ties That Bind begins shortly after the first game ended, as protagonist Torque arrives in Baltimore Harbor after leaving the unspeakable carnage of Carnate Island behind. As Torque makes his way through the gritty streets, the disturbing demons seem to have followed him to the mainland and are now wreaking havoc across the city.
â€œThe Suffering franchise is the definitive action-horror experience,â€ said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer, Midway. â€œThe Suffering: Ties That Bind brings an American sensibility to the genre with Torque, the main character, taking the fight to the horrors stalking him as opposed to running for his life. The team at Surreal puts as much focus on providing a great experience that draws you in as they do in delivering top notch gameplay and the results speak for themselves.â€
Ties That Bind features Michael Clarke Duncan (The Green Mile, Armageddon, The Scorpion King and Sin City) in the role of Torqueâ€™s nemesis Blackmore, and Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under, Blow) portrays Jordan, the woman in charge of a strange paramilitary research outfit that has been conducting cleanup. Torqueâ€™s dead wife Carmen returns from the first game to help guide players, as does the demented Dr. Killjoy.
The unique morality system also returns in The Suffering: Ties That Bind. As players choose between good and evil throughout Ties That Bind, they will determine which of three possible endings will conclude the game. Players with a save game from the first game will also be able to see one of three different beginnings depending on their morality choices made in The Suffering.
Additional information about The Suffering: Ties That Bind can be found online at www.midway.com and www.sufferingtiesthatbind.com.
â€œCreepy, bloody, edge-of-insanity gameplay and atmosphere.â€ - PSM, October 2005
â€œTies That Bind is a sloppy feast for horror fans and one of the most intense action games of the year.â€ â€“ Game Informer, October 2005
â€œThe Suffering: Ties That Bind is a gory good time.â€ - Electronic Gaming Monthly, November 2005
â€œSurreal Software has a very clear and detailed vision of the location and the people and tortured souls that populate it, an intuitive and smooth control scheme, and a dripping, engaging atmosphere of unpredictable nightmare.â€ â€“ IGN.com, Sept. 20, 2005
About The Suffering: Ties That Bind
The Suffering: Ties That Bind is a revolutionary action-horror game that emphasizes the disturbing terror of its predecessor, with new twisted creatures and a few familiar faces. Set in the unforgiving streets and prisons of Baltimore, the player once again controls Torque as he seeks revenge against the mysterious grand manipulator Blackmore, a man somehow tied to the death of Torqueâ€™s family. Players will explore the tough inner-city, with poverty and urban injustices trapping people just as effectively as a physical prison. The unique morality system returns, as players delve into the perverse world of Torqueâ€™s sanity to discover his past and struggle to control his future.
About Midway Games
Headquartered in Chicago, IL with offices in San Diego, CA, Seattle, WA, Austin, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Munich, Germany, London, UK, and Adelaide, AUS, Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY) is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for major video game systems and personal computers. More information about Midway can be obtained at www.midway.com.
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