Outlast brings the thrill of hide and seek to video gamers looking for a good scare
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 23:09
Everyone loves a good game of hide-and-seek, but what if there are crazy, mutilated men chasing after you as you run through the blood strewn walls of an insane asylum?
From Red Barrels developers and publishers, the new first-person, survival-horror game “Outlast” takes on a whole new level of terrifying. Playing as the independent journalist Miles Upshur, you find yourself trapped within Mount Massive Asylum and must uncover the truth behind the treatment of its patients in order to escape.
Before the release of the game, Red Barrels developers posted on their website that while at PAX East, attendees that went to the booth to test the preview of the game, jumped from the booth. Steam carries the game for $20, and for that price, it is a steal.
As a fan of horror games, I search for a video game that I get completely immersed with. Outlast kept me at the edge of my seat with chase scenes and detailed depictions of Mount Massive patients. The sounds and music incorporated into the game help with the eerie feeling and sudden chases. Plenty of times I found myself enjoying the moments where I jumped out of my own seat because I was petrified of what happened.
What helps keep you alive is being able to hide in lockers and beneath beds as well as special keys assigned that you use to look behind you as you are running from these crazed monsters. Your only source of light is from the video camera that you ironically brought with you into the asylum. Interestingly, there are many patients in the asylum that you come across who are harmless, mumbling sweet nothings to themselves. You will be surprised when you come across enemies and not realize that they are your enemy until the music picks up and he starts lunging at you. Unfortunately, there isn’t an option to fight in the game.
The game revolves around stealth and, if found by the patient, hiding in places. Finding batteries for your video camera is time consuming since they are so difficult to find in certain rooms. If you have a weak stomach and can’t handle gruesome cut scenes, don’t play this game. You witness limbs being cut off, heads ripped off and walking into surgeries that have been put on hold because the surgeon is looking for his next victim: you. The developers didn’t have any shame in featuring thoroughly detailed naked men who chase after you at certain points in the game.
Both IGN and GameSpot reviewers labeled this game as a good horror game, giving it a seven out of 10 rating, but their community members voted slightly higher due to the effect that it had on them personally. I recommend Outlast to any gamer that is in search of a good horror game that you feel like you are a part of. If you really want to play a gruesome game of hide-and-seek, Outlast is your game.