Outlast – Review
Outlast is a first person survival horror game developed by Red Barrels. If you enjoy games that leave you a sweaty mumbling pile of neurotic terror than this game has earned your consideration. We enjoy a quality terror game and this little gem from our wish-list didn’t fail us.
Beautiful Scenery – There are a few moments when you can’t help but sit and enjoy the ambiance of the world you’ll inhabit playing through Outlast. Great depth was achieved in the details and it doesn’t go unnoticed.
Jump Scares – This game does a wonderful job of not over emphasizing the jump scare. You know, the moment when the eerie music comes on as you slowly open a door to a pitch black closet just to have the creepy little clown doll fly at you cackling like a manic college student with an impending deadline. Kudos to the developers for using jump scares effectively and sparingly.
Danger – Opponents aren’t as lethal as they should be. This unfortunately takes a lot of the fear out of encountering them. Running around a room three dozen times avoiding enemies while gleefully solving a puzzle makes the strange nude adversaries in Outlast a bit more comical than frightening.
Freedom– This hallway has a dozen doors and you’re only allowed to open one of them. You lack any real freedom to explore the locations you encounter and often times can be very frustrated by locked doors. What is more frustrating is that two minutes later some half-naked, mentally absent, grotesque potato head was able to open those very locked doors. The fun isn’t over until you find that the potato mongoloid used your escape route and saw fit to block it off so you have no choice but to trudge forth deeper into the mad house using the door he respectfully opened for you.
Rushed – Even if you could navigate door knobs with the prowess of an ambitious toddler you don’t really get the opportunity to explore. You have a task and it is urgent that you accomplish it. This can elevate your anxiety but it also takes away from the mystery and eeriness of the whole experience. Don’t expect to stop and smell the blood soaked roses in this thriller.
Terror – This game will make you suspicious of everyone and everything. You can open a door to a closet, inspect the contents, close the door and still be unsure if it is truly safe or if something maniacal and evil is just waiting to make you regret not checking it a third time.