I don’t do scary anymore, something about me being a big girls blouse, but if I did this would be the one I’d want to play, especially as it’s half price on Steam this weekend.
Outlast is a Survival horror video game developed and published by Red Barrels , a company founded by people previously involved with video games such as Prince of Persia, Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell and Uncharted. So although you probably haven’t heard of them they have a solid gaming pedigree.
The setting is somewhat predictable, you are a freelance journalist investigating sinister goings on at a psychiatric hospital. Upon gaining entry to the asylum, you find the bodies of the asylum’s staff strewn about the hallways, and the now escaped inmates, known as “The Variants”, roaming the grounds, but where as with most other games the player can defend themselves, in this you are armed with only a video camera which with the help of its night vision function helps you see in the dark, but this runs on batteries which you will have to find replacements for in the rooms you don’t really want to enter. To navigate the environment, you climb to ledges, vault over low obstacles, crawl, and slide in narrow gaps. Except for vaulting, the inmates are incapable of any of these maneuvers, which increases your chances of survival (slightly). Don’t worry though if it all gets too much you can hide like the little baby you are inside lockers or under beds, until they come looking for you…..
Looking at reviews this is a genuine horror game – taken from the games Steam page one gamer put in quite frankly “If you are constipated this game is a solution for you! You will poop yourself within minutes of playing!” and after watching the games trailers and various YouTube vids I can see how has come to that conclusion.
Does this sound like your type of game? Can you see yourself turning the lights off, putting on your surround headphones and finding out what really went on in the asylum? or shall we have a nice game of Scribblenauts Unlimited instead?