Outlast is a gun-free survival horror thrill that evokes frequent bouts of dread as it takes you through a 4-hour descent into hell. It will be challenging for you to avoid those deranged mental patients that will be roaming the halls of the horrifying classic world. You will run and hide and you will get horrified as you discover the many terrors that Mount Massive Asylum has to offer. However, between the beautiful environment and the endless scares, Outlast is indeed a great horror game.
This Outlast review is meant to give you a detailed understanding of the game. By the time you finish reading it, you will know what to expect when playing the game.
|Type of game:||Puzzle|
|Total Play Time:||about 4- 5 hours|
|System Requirements:||Network- broadband internet connection
Graphics- ATI Ra0deon HD 3xxx / 512MB NVIDIA GeFORCE 9800gtx
Processor-a 2.2 GHz Dual Core CPU
Memory- 2 GB RAM
Sound card- DirectX Compatible
Storage- 5 GB space
Operating system- Vista/ Windows XP/7/8-64 bits
DirectX- Version 9.0c
|Price:||$19.99 (PC Version) and $8.99(Whistleblower DLC version)|
The World of Outlast
The Outlast review below is going to give you a brief overview of the game’s atmosphere & location, its main characters, storyline, and expansion packs. The game is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars on microsoft.com and gamespot.com.
Atmosphere & Location
Outlast’s asylum environment feels so real- from the rattling gates to those creaking floorboards to the horrors trailing out of sight in the darkness. You will hear explosions, screams, roars, and nerve-shattering music that will start off quietly. All you will hear at first is Miles’ clasping and whimpering, but then it builds up to become a deafening crescendo that will fill your ears. When it is silent, it’s normally a trap. Though at first glance, Outlast looks just like another asylum horror game, it manages to bring new elements to what seemed like a stale survival horror game setting.
Although not too revolutionary, Outlast is very good looking. Low lighting dead bodies, decapitations, blood puddles, and other kinds of entrails are availed. Some of the horrors come from the violence you will witness. This will send you a clear message that the Asylum isn’t safe for anyone, including you. It’s also commendable that jump-scares are relatively few and far apart, such that Outlast is a scary game that builds horror, rather than force it.
The night vision is incredible and could be the best camera effect in any game since 2013. As impressive as it is, you will see lots of the green color while navigating the hallways. This is the only way to see while in darkness.
It isn’t so difficult to navigate the asylum even though the pitch black environments don’t make things easy. You will have just enough lockers where you can hide or beds to duck under. The cabinets and beds are sprinkled throughout the areas, so you will be able to hide and cringe from the deadly patients.
The Outlast game has four levels, with the degree of difficulty increasing as you move from one level to the next. There is the normal, the hard, the nightmare, and the insane stages. From normal to nightmare, your enemies will get smarter and stronger, and the battery allowance will get shorter and shorter.
Hard difficulties will be tense and frustrating at times, batteries will be rarer, and some checkpoints will put you back farther compared to what you expected. You may feel that all this is unfair to you, but those are some of the challenges you have to overcome to continue playing. At the insane mode, the enemies get ridiculously smart and will hit harder. Although you regenerate health, the obstacles can be frustrating.
Miles Upshur is the protagonist of the Outlast game. He also appears in the Whistle Blower storyline, as a secondary character. His backstory is relatively generic for a survival horror game. He is an investigative reporter who goes to check out the Mount Massive Asylum after receiving an anonymous tip via email.
The Mount Massive Asylum is populated with a great number of former patients. The common name for all these patients is Variants. Some Variants stand out as Outlast secondary characters in their own right. These include The Twins, Frank Manera and Edie Gluskin, also known as The Groom.
Most of the variants, including The Twins and The Groom are not just mindless former patients. Most are still relatively aware of their surroundings, and some even display a high degree of intelligence. To a degree, all the Variants in the Mount Massive Asylum are victims of the nefarious experimentation that has been taking place in the asylum.
What’s most disturbing about the Outlast characters is that unlike other types of survival horror antagonists, they retaing some form of humanity. The player can almost understand what motivates them, and can understand their reasoning, however terrifying it may be. Perhaps one of the best horror characters in a long time is the Groom. While he does pose a physical threat, as he has a tendency to mutilate and kill his victims, it’s his motivationt that is the most disturbing. The sexual component in his madness is what truly horrifies. The Twins will also add to this unnerving feeling, as they are completely naked throughout the game. And Outlast is not at all shy about their nakedness.
Another thing that manages to add to the sense of confusion and chaos of the Outlast storyline is that not all Variants are hostile. True, some will attack without warning, but most will simply ignore the player character, while others will try to be genuinely helpful. Thus, apart from the more prominent Variants mentioned, it will be impossible to know who to trust and who to kill.
The Outlast storyline is not really the main hook of the game. At times, the Outlast story feels more like an afterthought, to hold the various sequences of the game together. Still, it’s not offensively bad, and it doesn’t get in the way, which is something that should be praised.
The story starts with Miles Upshur arriving the Mount Massive Asylum, following an anonymous email. Right from the get-go it’s clear something really bad has happened here, as there are bodies everywhere. Through scattered documents and bits of coherent story offerd by Outlast’s secondary characters, it becomes clear that the patients living at Mount Massive Asylume have been heavily experimented on. The goal was to create a host for the Walrider, a quasi-supernatural being made up of nanites. Humans can supposedly control the Walrider through a state of lucid dreaming.
The Walrider is controlled by Billy Hope, a comatose patient of the asylum. The Walrider is seemingly the one to blame for the madness that has swept Mount Massive Asylum. He is the creation of a German scientist Rudolph Wernicke.
Upon learning this, Upshur goes to disable Hope’s life support, in an attempt to stop the Walrider. In true horror game fashion, the Outlast story ends with Upshur managing to turn off Billy Hope’s life support but in the process he is taken by the Walrider entity. Outlast ends with soldiers storming the facility and being killed by the Walrider who has found a new host.
DLC & Expansion Packs
The Outlast stoyline is heavily expanded with the Whistleblower DLC. The Whistle Blower DLC acts as a preqeuel to the main Outlast storyline. If offers th story behind that email Miles Upshure receives, which pushes him to investigate the Mount Massive Asylum. This Outlast DLC is a genuinely worthy addition to the main Outlast storyline, which doesn’t overstay its welcome, and genuinly enriches the experience of the main game.
Other than the additional characters and new maps to the Outlast universe, Outlast Whistleblower offers new insights on the history and dark secrets of Murkoff Corporation. You will witness some new sources of terror, memorable new encounters and some of the answers to mysteries outlined in Outlast.
Outlast provides a bloody terrifying experience of a true survival horror that accomplishes what it is intended to do- to scare the hell out of players efficiently and as often as possible. For horror lovers, this is the best horror game you will ever play, and it is worth a purchase. You can play it on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One.
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