There’s been a surge of new horror games recently, thanks in part to the indie gaming scene, where smaller developers can often outdo the big publishers who are all-too eager to put guns in their game. Look at Dead Space, for example, which transformed from a horror game (albeit one with a focus on guns, anyway) to a co-operative action game by its third instalment.
Sometimes it’s great just to be scared silly, and Outlast achieves that brilliantly.
Set in an abandoned mental institution, Outlast is immediately rather unsettling, something that’s not helped by all the creepy characters. You’re trapped in there with them and all you have as a video camera, which can be used to document the situation or to allow you to see in the dark, though you probably don’t want to see what’s hiding in there.
It’s a very scary ordeal, which is definitely what a lot of people wanted and expected from a game such as this. Hide-and-seek enthusiasts were probably quite happy with the game, as a lot of it relies on hiding in cupboards, lockers, under beds, or just about anywhere that the monstrosities of the asylum aren’t dwelling.
Dan Jones reviewed the game for TSA, saying that you will “have a hard time finding a game that embraces horror better than Outlast” and scoring it 8/10.
Outlast is one of, if not the scariest game I’ve played. It’s creepy, suspenseful and terrifying at times. It does lack variation in terms of the objectives you complete, but the unpredictable jumps and scares should be enough to maintain that nail-biting tension you will find yourself strangely craving for.
Just remember to turn off the lights and try not to cover your eyes, because you’re in for one hell of a ride.
Personally, I managed to make it to the prison section (I know, that’s not really far enough at all) before I gave up on the game. It’s very enjoyable, but it’s something that had already been done before in titles such as Penumbra and Amnesia. Still, I’d like to go back at some point and get scared once more.
But would you? Let us know what you thought of the game in the comments below – were you scared silly, or did the game bore you? Is horror not your sort of thing, or did you lap it up?
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