So have you Gaymers checked out the Newest Horror game on the PS4 yet? Yes, it’s called “Outlast" and if you are Playstation Plus member you can get the full game for free. And let me start off by saying that as a True gamer, it has been years since a horror game has scared the hell out of me the way this game has, they did a wonderful job! I haven’t been this scared of any horror game since Resident Evil 2 and Silent Hill 2. Also, this game totally has no limits and goes all out with Uncut stuff. This photo that you see right is a photo I personally took from my PS4 system during gameplay. This game has full fledged NAKED men in this game with their dicks hanging all out too, No fucking lie. The area I’m in is kinda like a Horror version of "OZ Prison" (Remember that Prison series from HBO)? Yes that’s what it’s like, A horror version of OZ but of course there is more to this game than that. Check this awesome game out as soon as you can!
OUTLAST: MY REVIEW
When it comes to survival horror games, there’s really not enough of them. Sure, there’s been some great survival horror games that have come out, but you can about count them on hand (the good ones that is): Dead Space, Dead Space 2, The Silent Hill games, The Fear Trilogy, Resident Evil 4, Alan Wake. These are just a few to name, and there are more, but you get it. Survival horror is a genre that’s not really touched that often. When you sit down and play a game, you want to play a game that’s immersive. You want to play something that you can get completely lost in, and no other genre does that better than the survival horror genre. When it comes to horror, I’ve always felt like games have somewhat of an advantage over films. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen my fair share of films that have caused me to lose sleep, but a film will last, max, two and a half hours. On the other hand, play a game that takes about 5, 10, even 15 hours of being on edge with little or no resources, completely alone, and vastly outnumbered? That’s pretty effective in scaring people. Thanks to the glory that is Playstation Plus, I’ve had the month of February to play Outlast (for free I might add) and wow….was it scary.
First off, you have to ask the question, What makes a good, scary game? Besides running around a haunted insane asylum, with nothing but a camcorder with night vision, and deformed lunatics chasing you with clubs or machetes, there has to be solitude. A true survival horror game will put you completely alone with no one to help you, but your wits to survive. Secondly, there’s the setting. A survival horror game where you’re running down the beach of sunny South Florida probably isn’t going to feel scary. Last but not least, there has to be limited resources (just enough to get by) and a whole more of “them” than you. With all of that said, I can confirm that Outlast meets all of those standards. In Outlast you play as the intrepid reporter Miles Upshur, Upshur receives an anonymous tip that there’s evil afoot at Mount Massive Asylum, a psychiatric facility. One you arrive, you do indeed discover that there’s evil afoot. Dead, bloody bodies and body parts lie in pools of blood around the asylum, and patients of the facility that look like they’ve been burned and mutilated roam the halls, sit quietly in corners clinching their knees, and even murmur nonsense and write religious phrases in blood all over the walls. Something is definitely wrong here. By roaming around the asylum you find documents in folders that have things like patient interviews and analysis after test results. I enjoyed this aspect of the game very much. It gave it somewhat of a Bioshock feel as I began to learn more and more about the place I was in as I read each document. So we can check yes on our list for the creepy setting category.
As I also said above, a good, scary game will have more of them than you, and you’ll have little resources. Outlast didn’t just meet those standards, it went above and beyond. Some of those crazy patients don’t just sit around clinching their knees in the corner, some of them will chase you, and do everything they can to hunt you down and kill you. My favorite and the most horrifying aspect of Outlast, was the limited resources. Most survival horror games, like Outlast, will only give you just enough to get by, but just about all of them will give you some way of defending yourself: a gun, a knife, a stick. In Outlast, you have nothing but your legs to run from pursuers, and lockers to hide in and beds to hide under, and oh yea - a camcorder. About 75% of the game is completely in the dark, but luckily you have your trusty camcorder that also has night vision. This comes at a price however. Your camcorder runs on batteries and you’ll have to scavenge for batteries around the asylum if you want to navigate through the dark. This aspect of Outlast was absolutely brilliant to me. It felt like true survival and horror. I was constantly on edge walking around in the dark with nothing but faint green light to show the way, and trying not to walk too fast so a pursuer wouldn’t hear me.
While Outlast was brilliant in its survival horror aspects, I did have an issue with the game. The main mission objectives grew very tedious and repetitive as the game progressed. I stopped counting after a while how many times I came to a door I needed to get through that was locked, so I had to find a key. I also ran into situations where I had to turn something on but the power was out, so I had to go downstairs to restore it, and last but not least, I turned my fair share of valves. While these kind of objectives did annoy me after a while, it didn’t take away from the overall experience of Outlast, nor did it take away my fear.
I’m someone who has always thought that games should be taken at face value. In other words, I believe that you have to look at a game and ask yourself honestly, what kind of game is this game trying to be, and based on that, you judge the game. Outlast is trying to be a survival horror game and was it a survival horror game? Absolutely. There was never a moment when I felt at ease while playing Outlast, and it did more than just provide a few good jump scares. It was truly a horrific game and it left me unsettled, and when a game does that to you, you know you’ve played a good one.
I only heard about this game a few days ago from word of mouth. It sounded like a really interesting game, and from the way it was described, I doubted a video game could be so scary.
So, I got home that night, downloaded Outlast off of Playstation Network for free since I’m a plus member. Immediately, for an Indie game, a free one at that, I was absolutely astounded with the quality of the graphics. I thought for a free game it wasn’t going to be that great of quality. The tone of the game is set fairly quickly, as lighting plays a huge factor. After some aimless wandering I find out where I’m supposed to go in order to enter this Asylum, and within 30 seconds my heart was beating faster than normal.
Now, it definitely helped that I was playing this game while wearing my Pulse headset. The surround sound made the game even better. Not only was my heart rate picking up, you can hear the character you play as, Miles Upshur, breathing heavily at times, swallowing hard, and even shaking a little. It was very realistic.
Now, about 2 minutes into this game, I open a door, and jump about 20 feet in the air.
Let’s get one thing straight. I don’t do that.
Sure someone can pop around a corner and scare me, but watching movies, or playing video games, rarely do I get scared, especially to the point that I actually jump. This was most certainly not the first time this game made me jump, but I had to pause the game a nervously laugh for a while after this first time.
Wielding only a camera, I venture through the asylum, often requiring to turn on the night vision on the camera, and even more often jumping out of my seat. After collecting documents and recording everything possible, the story develops as I run for cover, slowly hoping to escape this asylum.
After roughly 4 hours of gameplay on normal, I met the end of the game, and with a heart ready to explode. I can honestly say, I was absolutely shocked by this game. Expecting nothing but some time to kill, all aspects of this game exceeded more than passing time. Anyone into video games, and even anyone who enjoys a good scare, I highly recommend checking this game out. Especially if you are a Playstation Plus member while this is still free. Definitely worth your time.