In the final DLC of The Evil Within titled, The Executioner, surviving STEM takes a turn for the better. Enemies that once inspired fear received an unimpressed grunt before meeting their doom at the end of a massive spiked hammer. Areas that conjured dread at the notion of exploring were now comfortable and cozy. Playing as The Keeper made it all feel like home.
The Executioner, takes place after the main game when a father willingly enters STEM under the observation of Mobius, with the hopes of finding and freeing his daughter previously trapped there by Ruvik. In doing so, he must dispatch the other occupants to end their influence over the girl before the damage done to her mind is irreparable.
Playing as the over powered Keeper made for swift work when dealing with regular haunted. The bosses however, needed a bit more than the swing of the mighty hammer. Referred to as “subjects”, these foes were the level bosses from the main game and as such required a bit more creativity to beat. Such as using environmental traps.
Upon defeating each subject, the weapons specific to them becomes available for purchase with the Keeper Coins collected from downed haunted. The store also features an upgrade system where you can strengthen your weapons, lessen damage dealt by enemies, quicken your walking pace etc. To gain extra Keeper Coins there is the option of completing several arenas, where the Keeper is tasked with multiple foes at once. After completion, two additional arenas are unlocked. One of them featuring a face off with Sebastian Castellanos, as well as New Game +.
Overall, the experience of The Executioner was pleasant. It wasn’t very challenging, but playing as one of the stronger characters in the game makes that somewhat inevitable. It was nice however, to give the Keeper a touch of humanity and redemption with his goal being so selfless. The first person view had smooth controls and wasn’t a hindrance at all, giving instead new angles on the gore and havoc wrought by a distraught father in search of his child.
Developer: Tango Gameworks
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Available On: Windows PC | PS4 | XO | PS3 | 360
Played On: Sony PlayStation 4
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this downloadable content was provided to RealGamerNewz for the purpose of this Review.