The Outlast Trials Reviews

The Outlast Trials is ranked in the 51st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
10 / 10.0
May 19, 2023

The Outlast Trials is going to take the multiplayer horror genre by storm, with a game that’s just as truly terrifying with friends as it is alone.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2024

The Outlast Trials is first and foremost an excellent stealth game in which you have to avoid enemies by hiding in the shade, under the bed or inside a closet, taking care not to make noise. After that, it's an extremely brutal survival horror, in which we have to carry out heinous acts without becoming victims of psychopathic madmen ready to tear us apart in the most gory ways. The atmosphere of the Cold War prison camps with no way out has been recreated to perfection, and it's easy to empathize with the protagonist as he tries to survive, accompanied only by the mad beat of his own heart. Co-op multiplayer with three other friends completes the offering.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2024

The Outlast Trials captures the gritty and often dark atmosphere of the series in an over-the-top, unique multiplayer experience and a must-play for fans of the horror genre.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 23, 2023

The Game as a Service formula of The Outlast Trials is challenging and punishing, but also functional and fun. Each element integrates perfectly into what is a game formula so distant from the saga's origins, but at the same time so functional.

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Mar 14, 2024

A terrifying experience with friends that excels at everything it does, The Outlast: Trials proves multiplayer horror can be something great.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2024

Experience the harsh trials together with other players and try not to go mad. Outlast is still scary and engaging.

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85 / 100
Mar 4, 2024

If you seek a gaming experience that encapsulates the anxiety and dread reminiscent of a horror movie, where you find yourself as nothing more than helpless prey awaiting capture, then The Outlast Trials is the perfect fit for you.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2024

The Outlast Trials is a brutally fresh twist of the knife for the franchise. Cooperative play meshes seamlessly with the horror experience, allowing players to squad up and take on brutal trials that are as horrifying as they are fun to survive together. Solo play is more trouble for the same reward, so it's a good thing the game includes a matchmaking system. With more content on the way, it's clear Murkoff has struck gold with this new take on a loved IP!

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Mar 4, 2024

Every trial feels like you're just scraping by.

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8 / 10
Mar 4, 2024

Red Barrels' third Outlast game is a departure in many ways, but remains memorable for its twisted villains and the grotesque world they inhabit.

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8 / 10
Mar 4, 2024

As a player, a lot of what’s on the table with The Outlast Trials ain’t for me. The prospect of time investment for a survival horror-style game combined with the Fortnite-style game loop makes my brain hurt. But I understand why it works for the folks who are down, and looking at those sickos having a great time in the Early Access version is a vicarious sort of fun you can have from the critic’s position. I don’t enjoy it, but I “get” it, and being able to see the enjoyment elsewhere helps wrap my head around the game holistically and fill in the blanks. I open this window into my brain for y’all to help explain why a game I won’t be picking back up again still gets a good score!

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8 / 10.0
Mar 12, 2024

The Outlast Trials seeks to bring a world designed so far for a single player to the multiplayer terrain. The result? A delicious survival game that, while unfair to the bravest, offers hours and hours of fun to any group that has enough stomach to face their terrifying figures and buckets of blood and viscera.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2024

The Outlast Trials is a unique, engaging, horrifying, and memorable multiplayer experience, and although this is its greatest strength, it also lessens the pure horror experience that Outlast is otherwise known for. The excellent environments and narrative choices are well worth experiencing; I only wish there was more story content to experience, and variety in mission structure.

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80 / 100
Mar 19, 2024

Although it can be played solo, surviving The Outlast Trials is better and more fun with friends, although they’ll need pretty strong stomachs and a taste for extreme imagery. The Outlast Trials has strong survival puzzle mechanics, a good bit of macabre humor, and a confidently over-the-top presentation. It’ll need some additional content over time for real longevity, but the foundation is strong.

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4 / 5.0
Mar 4, 2024

At times, it does feel like Outlast Trials is trying too hard to be shocking. It soon becomes less frightening and more silly. The sadistic mutants become predictable but this doesn't detract from the fun of it all. When playing with a team you get a unique experience I haven't had with other multiplayer horror games.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2024

The Outlast Trials successfully co-opts the Outlast formula into a multiplayer experience. It does a great job at offering what Outlast does best – macabre gore and tense horror with some genuinely gruesome objectives. But while it's fun to experience with friends, the solo players will find little reason to continue playing after the first program, and reusing some of the stalkers feels like a missed opportunity.

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8 / 10.0
May 22, 2023

Despite its focus on co-op, The Outlast Trials presents a strong early showing through its early access release. It runs well, has an interesting setting and story, and the co-op can be incredibly fun if you play it with the right group. The only downside is that jump scares might not be everyone's cup of tea.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2024

The Outlast Trials is brutal and unrelenting, constantly pushing you into the deep end and taunting you to stay afloat. Some aspects could use further touching up, but if co-op horror is your sickness, then this may be your kind of therapy.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2024

As you sprint through hallways of visceral blood while being pursued by beings of pure terror, The Outlast: Trials provides a unique experience only Red Barrels is capable of delivering.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2024

The Outlast Trials takes its bone-chilling horror and extends it to a multiplayer aspect. The series retains its horror roots that scare you at every turn. Completing missions also makes you feel like you are improving, giving you goals to work towards. However, part of the fear is dampened when you realize that failure isn’t as painful as it used to be. Missions also take a long time, subtly encouraging you to play with friends.

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