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Outlast

Outlast review

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11 months ago

Boo! Outlast is free right now, and its expansion too

One of the better 'peer through a camcorder viewfinder while hiding from spooky monsters' horror games which shambled out of the early tensies, Outlast [official site] is free for keepsies if you grab it in the next two days. Hit the Humble Store before 6pm on Saturday (10am Pacific) and you can nab both Outlast and its prequel expansion, Whistleblower, in DRM-free and Steam key…

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1 year ago

Feature: Nasty, brutish and not nearly short enough

Outlast 2 review

If you’ve ever wanted to experience crucifixion from a first-person perspective, Outlast 2 [official site] will let you scratch that one off your bucket list. Moving away from the first game’s psychiatric hospital, developers Red Barrels unearth another necropolis’ worth of horror tropes in a splatterfest about apocalypse, antichrists and clashing cults. The most frustrating thing about Outlast 2 is that it’s few redeeming features…

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2 years ago

Horror Fans: Outlast 2 Demo Is Out Now, Has Corn

“The horror,” said famous army colonel Walter Kurtz. “The survival horror.” Outlast 2 [official site] will have some of that, by the looks of things, and good news for impatient people who like to be scared: it has a demo out today. It’s a short one at 10-15 minutes and will be familiar to anyone who saw the footage from PAX. But for those of…

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Corny: Outlast 2 Delayed Into 2017

Ah, the early tensies! Cast your mind back to an era when a Slender Man lurked in every corner, crazed diary entries littered the streets, and Nicola Roberts was making a real go of a solo career. Of all the first-person stealth-o-spookers that followed Amnesia and old balloonhead, Outlast was one of the better ones. Following a touch of DLC, developers Red Barrels announced a…

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Feature: I just can't buy the batteries

Have You Played…Outlast?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. As a survival horror fan, I was at first willing to overlook the asylum-set Outlast’s [official site] stigmatisation of issues of mental health because it was a concept I thought otherwise sounded interesting. A combat-less scare fest that swaps Amnesia’s gas lantern for…

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Sunless Sea, Else Heart.Break() In Humble Indie Bundle

While Brendan skipped around gaily like a cyberkid in a cybercandy shop, hacking that candy to receive godlike powers, John was less enamoured with Else Heart.Break(). If you were torn between those two opinions and passed over the sandbox RPG when it came out last year, hey, it's in the latest Humble Bundle. It's a mega-bargain, also offering Sunless Sea, Trine 3, Door Kickers, and…

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3 years ago

Boo! Outlast 2 Announced For 2016

Outlast was one of the first shiny-polished horror games to rise from the growing trend for first-person unarmed spooky walkers in 2013. It was pretty good, Ben said when we gave him a pair of extra-strong pants and sent him into a spooky asylum. Developers Red Barrels today announced a second round of spookings for autumn 2016, though it looks like Outlast 2 [official site]…

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4 years ago

Seeking Asylum – Outlast: Whistleblower DLC Out In May

Those darn Whistleblowers. Always huffing and puffing until they (whistle) blow entire houses down. Edward Snowden did it to the NSA, which now... remains frighteningly functional, and the main character of prequel DLC Outlast: Whistleblower will do the same to the game's Asylum, leaving it... frighteningly functional for the main game's plot. But that's whistleblowing for you. The only thing it immediately grinds to a…

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5 years ago

Feature: Fear Of The Unknown

Why Horror’s Future Is Bright (Or It’s Totally Doomed)

It was not so long ago that our own Adam "Murder Maestro" Smith lamented the lack of imagination in horror stories. Implausibly trap-laden asylums, spoooooky forests, and hastily cobbled-together castles dominate, while more interesting locales and subject matters are few and far-between. While I wouldn't go so far as to say that horror's stuck in a full-blown rut, it could certainly end up there if…

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It’s A Madhouse: Outlast’s ‘Whistleblower’ Prequel DLC

Outlast might not have been the most inventive horror game ever, but it certainly brought the scares. There is, however, some intrigue in exploring its Standard Horror Setting asylum before it became an implausible sea of saw blades and psychosis given flesh. In fact, I really like that idea - if only because I want to see horror attempt settings that are less trite, typical, or…

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Feature: Bane Of Terror

Horror Stories: A Maddening Lack Of Imagination

Looking through the recent releases on Steam, a casual observer might believe that there’s a horror game renaissance underway. In the last few weeks, several games have appeared, with titles like Paranormal and The Orphanage. I’ve installed a few of them, heard them go bump in the night, and then moved on. Despite some quality releases, horror is in a rut. And it’s an unpleasant…

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Feature: Giving Us The Shakycam

Outlast review

When a rag-tag collection of industry super-veterans form a new studio and come at you with a claim of "scariest game ever" you should sit up in your armchair and pay attention. Red Barrels, which is something like half fomer-Ubisoft and half EA Montreal folk crammed into one office, busily doing anything that isn't making another Assassin's Creed or Splinter Cell. Their first game, survival horror Outlast,…

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6 years ago

Trick Or Retreat: Outlast Mixes Scares, Mirror’s Edge

Alright now, everyone, gather 'round. I'm going to tell you a ghost story. One especially spooooooooky sunlit morning, we brought you word of Outlast, a PC-only survival-horror scare-a-thon from a group of folks who worked on Splinter Cell, Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed, and Uncharted. The attached 50-second snippet of footage seemed to hold promise, but tickled fancies more than it did scarybones. Now, though, developer…

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In Outlast, The Greatest Horror Enemy Of All… Is Man

There are many frightening things in this world. Some of them are to be expected - for instance, giant, violently writhing millipedes and whatever primeval force gave Gary Busey the power to "smile." Other things, meanwhile, are less expected. Things like penguin mouths. And still others are so expected that they've lost their chill-inducing mystique entirely. That's where videogame monsters enter the picture. I mean, it's…

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