Outlast is a horror story of a journalist who encounters the consequences of strange experiments in a hospital. In this first-person game you will have to steal around, unable to fight completely, you’re your camera as the main equipment. Download Outlast for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, OS X, Linux or Windows 10, and touch the survival horror classics!
For those not into the genre the visual part of the game seems too gloomy. But true fans will see it as a feature, not a bug. The darkness is all around you, and, combined with the first-person perspective, it makes Outlast really scary. You also better put your best headphones on, or connect the 5.1 acoustics, to feel the sound: not does it only contribute to the atmosphere, but also helps to spot dangers.
A journalist suddenly gets an invitation to the psychiatric hospital with homicidal patients, told that there is a mystery. And there are evidences of experiments conducted with Nazi scientist, resulting obviously in creating a new destructive cult. The strangest thing is that the cult isn’t entirely based on fiction: there is really something your character is to discover.
But he is only a journalist, with no weapon but the camera. The camera can get useless too if you run out if batteries. If you want to get out and record all you’ve seen, you better watch out and steal around, not letting anyone spot you.
The game remains unpredictable until the end, keeping the ambiguous mood most of the time. Its first-person perspective lets you feel like the protagonist, and (a spoiler!) the more terrible the ending feels. There was a sequel that wasn’t as popular as the original, though.
Stealth games are equally good with gamepads or with keyboard and mouse. Given that the game was released both for computers and consoles, the developers use both. The response is swift, the movements are almost physically felt if you have a vibro-enabled gamepad, so we recommend it. Though, if you only have a desktop and no controller, you will still enjoy Outlast.
Replay Value (3/5)
Stealth games (like most survivals and quests) are not of high replay value: it’s little fun to solve puzzles you have already solved. Any separate quest, though, may keep you playing for long, because there’s no guarantee you’ll complete it with just one try.
The Bottom Line
If you have missed Outlast back in 2013, It’s not too late to join. Though the visuals may seem too simple in 2019, and jump scares too frequent, the game is still worth your attention (in case you love horrors and survival). It inspired two sequels by 2020, but none of them has beaten the original.
Outlast was a real phenomenon in stealth horror games. If you want to once in a life play for an unarmed character in a terrifying environment, download Outlast and do it.
- Graphics 4
- Gameplay 5
- Controls 5
- Replay Value 3
Good visuals for a horror game.
No skill required, as you impersonate an unskilled protagonist.
The developers abuse jump scares.
- Everyone enjoy playing this game
- Everyone recommends to play it!
One of the best action games ever!