Freeware Game Of The Week (The Suffering)


Oct 2 - Oct 8 :  Halloween Monthly Special

Imagine you’re transported to an eerie island, to a high security penitentiary on death row that’s crowded with slews of bad-guy’s, for a crime you never actually did (or you might have, but you don’t remember a thing: the story unfolds as you play) but the worst of the worst is yet to happen? devil As if pitch black cell walls or sure death wasn’t enough, the prison is haunted with horrific monsters and grotesque ghostly figures who kill the in-mates and the prison guardians alike @@!
Chaos erupts and you’re left to gamble for your life as you fight to escape the unleashing of penitentiary’s gruesome secrets in a challenge more terrifying than death itself. surprise Prepare yourself for the GREAT ESCAPE....
The Suffering wallpaper
Gameplay: The Suffering features ultra-mature content. You take on the role of Torque, an inmate who must face much more than his own inner demons and the harsh and gritty reality of death row for murdering(or not) your family and finally escaping this monster infested prison compound. cool The game features nine levels, frightening character morphs, and more than 10 deadly weapons from the shiv to the tommy gun to aid in the survival of this freakish nightmare!! 
The best parts of the game are its immersive plot, range of monsters and attacks, plenty of gore, some light puzzle solving, 1st person to 3rd person switch, Torque turning into beast in rage mode, thick and eerie atmosphere, flashbacks unfolding in real time and 3 distinctly different endings depending upon how you choose to survive (such as being helpful to other people in need or brutally killing them, will later have an affect on the story and portraying if Torque is actually really guilty or not of murdering his family.) The Suffering is one of the best in its genre and hey, it's the best for a freeware. wink
Come on, turn the light’s down low, grip your controllers and keypads, crank your sound ystem to max and get ready for a thrilling adventure and onslaught of the blood thirsty monsters late at night. frown
Ad-supported?: Previously ad-supported. Now softpedia lists it as Free. Short video ads upon starting and exiting the game. The ads are geographical location dependant, if lucky you won't have any or probably streaming ads are no longer served now. Anyway simply block the game from accessing the internet through firewall.Solves all problems! If you cannot start the game because of this, please unblock the game.
Reviews?: IGN-8.5, Worthplaying-8.9, Gamespot-7.6, GameZone-8.6, Gameover Online-8.3, GameChronicles-9.2, Cheat Code Central-8.0,, 
Genre:Psychological horror, Third/First person shooter.
Content:M for Mature: Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language
Download: Softpedia or FreewareFiles
Patch(optional, for bugs & compatibility issues only): Shacknews or Fileplanet
System Requirements: Allgame
Update: For those of you who are experiencing issues with the sound/textures (broken at intervals):
Win7: Click the Start button, type "regedit" in the Search box and hit Enter.
WinXP: Click the Start button, then click on Run and enter "regedit" and hit Enter. 
Navigate to HK_LOCAL_MACHINE->SOFTWARE->Surreal->Riot Engine. Delete SettingsDX105. 
For 64bit users: Navigate to HK_LOCAL_MACHINE->SOFTWARE->WOW6432->Surreal->Riot Engine.
Next Run Suffering.exe and the config utility box will pop up. Under the Audio tab, uncheck the box next to Use 3D Sound Buffers.

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YES!!! I finally fixed the MISSING/INVISIBLE/TRANSPARENT TEXTURES problem. What I did was just delete SettingsDX105 from the registry and then ran Suffering.exe and on the configuration utility I just set everything to the highest settings possible. If that doesn't work for you, try various settings from the configuration utility.

Note: On my particular registry, the SettingsDX105 is located under

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->SOFTWARE->Wow6432Node->Surreal->Riot Engine

and not under


Either way, if you can't find it manually, just use ctrl+f and type in "Riot Engine" then hit "Enter"

Thank you for reporting this. I assume yours is a 64 bit system, so that's why the entry was located in WOW6432 node. I'll add this info to the main article.

Okay Well I can't get this to work. I've tried everything I could think of. When I try launching the game regularly it wont launch. When I launch it with Windows XP Service pack 2 it launches, but there are lots of missing textures. I can't run the update installer, because all I get is a "1628: Failed to complete Installation" error. I've read all of the fixes posted, and none of them work. I've tried deleting my entire temp folder, and that doesn't work, and I also can't find the Local Security Policy thing anywhere. If you know how to fix any of this please any help would be greatly appreciated.

What O.S are you having and it's version? 1. Do this first and then click on Graphics tab. Is the option for Detailed Texturing greyed out? Uncheck the option for Detail Texturing. Run the game again. 2. Some of your files might be corrupted, you might have to re-install the game again after uninstalling, or your downloaded file might have got corrupt, in this case you will have to re-download the game again. 3. Your system should be connected to the internet to play the game. 4. You will have to launch the game (Suffering.exe) twice to run properly in most cases. 5. You don't have to install the update patch if you're running the latest version of the game from the download site. (v 1.1)

Okay so I found out why I was having broken textures, it was because I had The Suffering Ties That Bind installed, and apparently that causes the first game to have broken textures.

Ya it might have messed with the DirectX somehow. I believe everything is fine now.?

If it isn't, have a look at my comment in this section. I found a fix that worked for me for the missing textures

dude the game is not working in mine pc. i am coonected to internet then also it says to connect and i tried to install the patch also but says some error like 1942- or something like someone has stated above. i use xp sp3 plz i tried using run with adminisrator but then also not working.. help

Please describe the error in detail, the error code and such. I'm playing the game right now on Win7 64bit with no problems whatsoever. I don't think you would have problems once you are connected to internet. Try running the .exe file twice.