Creeptacular survival horror game The Evil Within comes out today. If you're playing the game on PC and having trouble fighting its unsightly monsters in addition to your own personal nausea, publisher Bethesda Softworks has highlighted some handy cheats to set you on your (evil) way.

The two main ones that stand out to me are invincibility and infinite ammo, though the ability to pass through walls can't hurt either, I suppose. Also, alongside these gameplay hacks, the debug commands also offer a few ways to fiddle with the game's camera, frame rate, and aspect ratio, which could be useful if you're having trouble with its actual performance on your rig.

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Bethesda outlined the available adjustments in a post on The Evil Within forums. Technically, these are "debug console commands," which means that in order to activate them, you have to put the game into its debug mode. Here are Bethesda's instructions for how to do that:

To access the debug console, do the following:

  1. In Steam, right click on The Evil Within and select "properties" then under the General tab, hit "set launch options."
  2. Put this in to unlock the console: +com_allowconsole 1
  3. Once the game has launched, hit the Insert key to bring down the developer console

Bear in mind that debug mode "is unsupported by Bethesda and [its] customer service team."

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Here's the full list of commands, with the publisher's descriptions for each included below:

Manually adjust the frame rate:

"R_swapinterval <NUMBER>"

  • Sets the FPS lock. Note that the numbers below are negative.
  • -2: This is the default, set to 30 FPS. This is the officially supported frame rate
  • -1: This sets the FPS limit to 60. Fully playable, although there may be quirks (we're going to fix these).
  • 0: This fully unlocks the FPS. We do not recommend playing above 60. We will not fix any issues above 60.

Become invincible:

"God"

  • God mode. You are effectively invincible, and certain enemy kill moves will not be used against you (Laura, for example, will not jump on you)

Walk through walls:

"Noclip"

  • Allows you to walk through walls

To get unlimited ammo:

"G_infiniteammo"

  • Unlimited ammo (provided you have at least 1 bullet when you enable this)

To stop time:

"G_stoptime 1"

  • Stops time. Note there is a bug right now where using this command causes a UI element to appear on screen. We're looking to fix that in the near future.
  • Re enable time with g_stoptime 0

To untether the camera from Sebastian:

"Toggledebugcamera"

  • Separates the camera from Sebastian so you can freely move around the

Adjust the aspect ratio:

"R_forceaspectratio <NUMBER>"

  • Sets the aspect ratio. Default is 2.5, which is our official aspect ratio.
  • 0 is full screen, but not ideal. 1.8 or 2 is probably most comfortable for those who don't want bars.

Toggle the game's FPS counter

"Com_showFPS"

  • Turns on id's native FPS counter

Slow down time:

"Startslowmotion2"

  • Slows down time
  • Disable slow motion by entering "Stopslowmotion"

You know, now that I think about it: do you think that evil dudes with impractical seeming objects like, say, boxes on their heads (see above) have just been using the "Noclip" cheat this whole time? Because horror games would make a lot more sense to me if so...

via Eurogamer

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