Conclusion: An asylum in the middle of nowhere filled with mentally deranged patients, bloodied surfaces, pitch black areas and supernatural occurrences all makes up for the eeriest experience I’ve ever had in a video game. I am talking about the first-person survival horror game called Outlast. Developed by indie studio Red Barrels, Outlast was released earlier in the month as a digital-only title, and was added to the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection.
Excerpt: In my gaming history, I have experienced a lot of unnerving video games. From cautiously sneaking about the first level of Rebellion’s 1999 Aliens vs. Predator, dodging Pyramid Head in Silent Hill, fighting Necromorphs in Dead Space, worried if my companion was infected in 2002’s The Thing video game, and an uncountable array of others.
Excerpt: When I started up Outlast , I suddenly remembered it had been a while since I played one of these super-scary first person horror games. Sure, I played through Amnesia when it came out and I joined the Slender craze with everyone else last summer, but that was the last time. As the criminally reckless journalist that the player controls in Outlast pulls up in his car to an insane asylum atop some Colorado mountain in the middle of the night, I realized I was in for...
Excerpt: Crafting a quality horror game that actually instills an intense sense of fear is an endeavor that doesn't happen too often. Games like Amnesia and Penumbra have haunted the dreams of gamers for years, but they are few and far between, with many developers attempting a horror spin that flatlines rather early.
Summary: I'm entirely cut off from the world. Noise-canceling headphones cover my ears, the lights in my room are switched off, and I've thrown a sheet over my curtains so that not one speck of light will appear from the street lights outside. And I'm shaking. A film of sweat covers my mouse, and I can still taste the blood in my mouth -- the result of a bitten lip during a particularly intense game of cat and mouse in a pitch-black, waterlogged basement. I'm a hot mess.
Excerpt: First of all, I’d like to say that since this is a DLC review and the mechanics are exactly the same as the original game, I won’t be talking about them in detail, but instead the experience this DLC offers. To read more in-depth details of the gameplay mechanics and more, please read our review of the main campaign of Outlast HERE .