I picked up Outlast during an Xbox Live sale, and I want everybody that reads this to know that I hated it. But, it was actually an amazing game. What I hated about it was having to open a door with barely any light, knowing that an insane monster that had been chasing me for the last hour could be waiting there to kill me. Or having the night vision on my camera run out of battery, and barely being able to see two feet in front me. So, for anyone that actually wants to hear about this game, here’s the review.
The story of Outlast felt pretty weak to me, but I was barely paying attention at the beginning because I was too scared. But the basics are that you are a journalist going to investigate an insane asylum called Mount Massive. It had been abandoned for years, but it was reopened recently, and an anonymous person sent you an email saying that there was suspicious activity happening there. This feels to me like it could have been a great story, but near the end it really starts falling apart. I’m not going to give any spoilers, but I felt like they could have done a little better job on the ending. And, even though many people complained about the story being too short, I was glad when it was over, not because it was bad, but just because I was so scared.
The graphics were definitely not the best I’ve ever seen, but they were OK. I felt like this game could of easily released on last gen consoles and run just as well as on the current gen ones. But, the bad graphics didn’t make the game bad. I actually felt that it helped give the game a scarier feel. That said, there were some great visuals, and I felt like putting your camera down made the graphics a lot better, and I had my camera up as much as I could so I could collect all the notes.
The first hour of Outlast was probably the scariest gaming moment I have ever experienced. After that, it was still scary, but I was used to what they were doing to try to scare, and even though I still could barely open a door without hoping that it was going to be the end of the game, it wasn’t as bad as in the beginning. This is why I feel bad for people that say they quit after the first 20 minutes, because if you just push through the beginning, you will probably be able to handle the rest of the game. Believe me, there was never a moment in that game where I didn’t want to quit myself, but, as I said above, this is truly an amazing game, and everyone that buys it should play it through to the end. And then they made me go outside, at night, in the rain, and I REALLY wanted to quit.
Like I said in the story section, I heard many complaints about this game being too short. But for me, I thought the length was perfect, because any longer might have made me go crazy. If you are really into getting achievements or trophies though, there are a few that you probably won’t get in your first play through. Normally, I would have gone back and tried to get these, but when I finished Outlast, I knew that there was no way that I was going to go back into Mount Massive just to try to get an impossible (but rewarding) achievement. Unless you really like horror games though, Outlast is not worth the full $20, but if you can get it at least 50% off, I think that you should at least give it one play through.
So, if you are still interested in playing Outlast, it is a good game. I don’t get scared too easily, but there have been some movies and shows that have scared me pretty bad. This is the first game that has ever truly scared me though, and a lot of people have agreed with me on that. So I think that if you want to play one of the scariest games you will probably ever play, and definitely the scariest game of this console generation, you should try playing Outlast, at least one time.
Developer: Red Barrels
Publisher: Red Barrels
Original Release Date: September 14, 2013
ESRB Rating: M – Mature
Platforms: Xbox One (Reviewed), PS4, PC, Mac, Linux