The Outlast Trials Reviews

The Outlast Trials is ranked in the 51st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
7 / 10.0
May 22, 2023

The Outlast Trials is possibly the most deranged the series has ever been, with plenty of smart ideas albeit quite sparse on content.

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7 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2024

A good multiplayer experience, which still needs some refinement and which goes a little too far in penalizing solo players.

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Travis Northup
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2024

The Outlast Trials is a bloody cooperative horror game that burns brightly, but fizzles after a few enjoyable hours.

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Travis Northup
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
May 18, 2023

The Outlast Trials is a unique cooperative horror game with a lot of potential, but it's one of those early access games that's unpolished and lacking content.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2024

The Outlast Trials can give you several hours of entertainment with your friends, while played alone it is far too unbalanced and frustrating. Unfortunately, after several hours the repetitiveness of the missions starts to become noticeable, and even in co-op it starts to become a bit tiresome.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2024

The Outlast Trials is a fun multiplayer fright-fest that’ll keep players on the edge of their seat, but it doesn’t always play to the strengths of the Outlast series. Don’t get me wrong, it still offers a bloody scary good time, but the more predictable gameplay loop and iffy enemy AI can make the experience feel a bit tame when compared to the horrific thrills seen in the mainline titles. But hey, with six trials to play through, plenty of challenges to conquer, and a whole host of gruesome tasks to complete, there’s plenty here to keep fans invested in The Outlast Trials’ multiplayer scares.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2024

Outlast Trials may not be for everyone, but I feel confident in saying that those that do love it, will really love it, and considering Red Barrels approach to listening to player feedback throughout it’s early access, it’s sure to be a worthwhile investment.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2024

The Outlast Trials is only half successful.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 10, 2024

While the strictly defined horror gameplay might not keep one hooked for hours-long sessions, The Outlast Trials’ style and atmosphere is worth several return journeys. It makes very few changes to the series’ usual stealthy scariness, yet the inclusion of three other players makes for a breezy version that’s pretty damn entertaining. Be aware that playing it alone makes everything take four times longer and isn’t particularly fun, but with even just one more player, some torture porny fun can be had.

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76 / 100
Mar 4, 2024

The Outlast Trials is not the Outlast 3 that many fans of the saga not only expect but crave very strongly, but this does not mean that it is not a game to miss, especially for those who have played the first two titles. As it is a prequel, the newcomers will not feel excluded from the story either, so at the hooking level, everything closes.

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78 / 100
Mar 4, 2024

It's one of the most extreme and hardcore multiplayer experiences we've ever had, but at the same time catching its madness and overcoming its challenges is very, very satisfying. It's not for the faint of heart, of course.

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Apr 5, 2024

The Outlast Trials is a fun coop game with friends (you can play alone as well). But there doesn't seem to be much in the way of content. The main maps are great with having the players do various objectives, but I found the MK Challenges tedious and lame.

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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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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 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
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 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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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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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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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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