How does it simultaneously feel like yesterday and ages ago that the first Outlast was released to wreck havoc upon the public’s fragile psyche? The game was only released on September 4th, 2013, and since then we’ve also been tortured (in a good way?) by the horror that is Outlast: Whistleblower and Outlast 2.
If you’re not aware, in the original Outlast you play as journalist Miles Upshur, investigating a tip about nefarious goings on at a local asylum. As you sneak in, it quickly becomes apparent that something majorly wrong has just happened. There’s blood, bodies, and patients roaming the halls and rooms. Getting back out isn’t that easy though, as one of the patients has taken an interest in you and your camera and want to make sure you document as much as possible. Other patients take an interest in you as well, in ways that would ensure you never leave.
What sets this game apart from Horror titles such as the Resident Evil series, Silent Hill, or The Evil Within, is that there is no fighting back against the beasts that want to see you dead. All you can do is use the night vision on your camera to see them before they see you, and hide until they pass.
This makes for very intense, and at times frustrating, gameplay. Much of the game is shrouded in darkness, so if you overuse the night vision, you can quickly find yourself out of batteries and stumbling around in the dark. In addition, while most games have only a single invincible baddie chasing you around, Outlast has several, meaning as soon as you escape from one, you’re likely to only have a quick breather before you’re running from another.
Reviews have been strongly positive, averaging 7-8 out of 10 on most gaming websites, and it remains a game as terrifying today as ever, even beating out some of the more recent horror outings.
If you’re a fan of the “found footage” type of horror movie, you’ll love Outlast. It combines that with a gaming experience where you get to experience first-hand what happens before the footage is actually found by the next person to come along. While you might think night vision is cool enough to actually want some goggles of your own, the things that green glow illuminates in this game will cure you of that desire.
If you haven’t played Outlast yet, it’s still available. In fact, you can currently grab Outlast: Trinity, which includes Outlast, Outlast: Whistleblower, and Outlast 2 all in one terrifying package for Playstation 4 and Xbox One. So feel free to grab it and freak yourself out!