Sunday, 11 October 2015

THE DEVIL INSIDE


Let's face it, most reality TV sucks. If there's one thing that would interest me in likes of Big Brother, it would be a mass load of rampaging zombies (and we have that thanks to a TV show called Dead Set). Add in a large dose of The Running Man and you get Cryo's 2000 action game The Devil Inside.

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Cryo Interactive. Their games are often impressive to look at with interesting premises but for every great game they release, there's more that are close to unplayable. The Devil Inside is thankfully not one of them, perhaps in part to sharing some creative talent that was behind Alone in the Dark. It is a very fun third-person shooter with a B-movie sensibility and tonnes of pixelated gore.

You are Dave, demon hunter and star of the "hippest reality show on the entire west coast". An evil mass-murderer who was executed the year before has escaped from hell, taking many cursed souls with him. He's taken refuge in a Hollywood mansion with a spooky reputation named Shadow Gate, which just so happens to be perfect for your ratings. Send them all back to hell in the most entertaining of ways to keep the show on the air.

You're not alone in your quest to entertain. Back in the safety of the studio is the host, Jack T. Ripper, who will keep you updated with how satiated the crowd is. A cameraman will stick close to you to capture everything, no matter the danger. At certain moments you can even summon the game's namesake, Deva. She is a powerful devil residing inside of you (see what they did there) whose magic abilities cause extra devastation. She's also a massive crowd pleaser.

The first thing you'd want to do when you boot the game up is change the controls. The default keyboard config is awkward as all hell with movement and strafing being at opposite ends. Factor in the use of a mouse and this setup requires three hands to use effectively. I simply changed it to the modern standard of WASD movement and most issues disappeared.

I say 'most' for a reason. If there is one major negative that cannot be fixed it's in the aiming of your gun. I found the mouse to be a little too twitchy, even at the lowest sensitivity settings. It's not so bad as to break the game, but it does invite some frustrating moments. There is a red laser to see where you're aiming, but finding it in the first place is difficult particularly in the outside sections. Not all weapons require the pointer though. There are several close-range weapons such as a buzz-saw which unleashes some beautifully gory kills.

Enemies are re-used often throughout the game, but what is there is great. They range from your basic shuffling zombie, a crawling deadite severed at the waist to a little old lady hunched over a walking stick. All of them react differently depending on where you hit them. You can shoot off limbs, heads or even blast massive holes in their torsos. Once they're dispatched they burst into flames which is harmful to both you and other enemies. It's a useful tactic to target one enemy and lure the rest into the flames to conserve ammo.

Sometimes the police will help out but they're not exactly LAPD's finest. You're not penalised if one of them bites the dust. The biggest assistance you'll receive is from the devil inside of you, mainly because you control her directly. She also has the ability to collect the souls from her dispatched foes in a similar way to the Soul Reaver games. She is working in direct cahoots with Beelzebub himself who's a little angry that so many souls have escaped his domain.

As is standard for most Cryo games, the graphics are pretty good. The odd use of sprites for plantation prove its age, but this is most noticeable in the exteriors. Go inside the mansion and everything still looks pretty stunning. The support for high resolutions not too common at the time helps.

The Devil Inside is simply a fun experience. It's not too deep but the dark satire and extreme zombie gore (not to mention the occasional nudity) make for a show that I'd definitely tune into.


To download the game, follow the link below. This is a custom installer exclusive to The Collection Chamber uses DxWind to run on modern systems (thank to ModsMonthly @relicanyobro & BZPlasma for the help). nGlide 3D Wrapper (included) must be installed. Manual included. Tested on Windows 10.
  19.05.2018 - Version 2 -  Uses DxWind to fix the CD error in Windows 10.
                                         Added compressed CD audio compatible with DxWind

File Size: 328 Mb.  Install Size: 363 Mb.  Need help? Consult the Collection Chamber FAQ

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The Devil Inside is © Cryo Interactive
Review, Cover Design and Installer created by me

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9 comments:

  1. Hello again. I never heard back from you after your initial response to the first email I sent you, so I thought I'd try here. I'm guessing my emails to you never got through. I just wanted to let you know that one of them has a Google drive link with the Windows 10 fix for this game, if you're still interested.

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    1. Ooh! I am! My computer buggered up a bit after the latest Windows update so that's been taking up my time along with life and work. (Note: do not install the April update!). I'm going to write my next post review before I work on this.

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    2. That sucks to hear. I've heard so many people complain about their PCs getting messed up after installing one of those notorious Windows 10 updates. I might be one of the only lucky ones to have never had any issues after installing every update so far. Anyway, let me know if you need the file link again. I sent a few messages to your gmail with links to it, so if they're not there, I can send another message with the link again. Let me know whenever you can. Good thing I'm a PC repair tech, so I'm use to PC problems :)

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    3. Yes, I have the download saved so I should be good. Apparently the April update screwed up because of an SSD drive, which then corrupted some user data when I reverted back. Got very frustrating chatting with them so I just did a fresh install. Had to reinstall all my programs and lost a couple of save games which weren't backed up but other than a week of my life, that's about it.

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    4. Just gave the fix a go, I have heard of DXWind before though I've not really spent much time with it. While the game does run smoothly, I'm having trouble with mouse and input issues which I can't seem to resolve. The cursor is too sensitive which makes the game unplayable for me. That being said it is a good program which I could utilise in future. I do think it's perhaps much more dependand on each individual system configuration (it might need different settings for different machines or not work at all).

      Worth a try though, and I might put my tinkered config in there as a separate download for those who want it.

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    5. Slept on it, got it working. Ver.2 coming soon.

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    6. Awesome to hear. Glad it worked. I'll give your new version a test on a future stream of mine in the next couple of weeks. I'm definitely excited to try it out. I always use a gaming mouse with custom dpi buttons on it, so I never have issues with sensitivity. I'll let you know what day I stream it and you can stop by to check it out if you're interested to see version 2 in action. I'll be playing through the whole thing. It may not be a perfect fix, but at least it works on Windows 10 now. Copy protection on modern OSes are such a pain.

      PS: It's "nGlide" not "bGlide" :P DxWnd is also included in the whole thing as well. I basically copied it to the main game directory and created a shortcut to run it.

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    7. I'll definitely check the stream out out. The installer also includes some notes I made on the features I checked in DxWind to get it working. I've only touched the surface of the program so I'm not entirely confident it'll run the same on different systems but it's probably close enough.

      Also time for an edit :P.

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    8. Awesome. I'm planning on streaming a few of your custom build games. X-Files, 101 Dalmations, Aliens Trilogy, Aliens: A Comic Book Adventure and Nocturne to name a few. I'll even plug your site to my viewers while I stream them, so you can get more recognition for your hard work. It's really great that you're trying to keep these great retro classics alive on modern OSes. I'm a hardcore retro fan. Might I ask a favor? If you have free time, I'd love if you could take a look at Toy Story Action Game for PC. I've been wanting to play it again since 1999, but the game won't run on any OS after Win 98. PC version has superior CDDA redbook audio compared to the compressed midi of the console versions. I'd love to be able to finally stream it after all these years!

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