Outlast Reviews

Outlast is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Feb 3, 2014

One of 2013's best games, Outlast deserves success in 2014 as a PlayStation 4 release. Disturbing and macabre, sometimes to the extreme, this is one of the best horror games to grace the world in a long time.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 3, 2014

Red Barrels seems to have crafted a character and a scenario that feels as real as the player wants to make it. Knowing that you have no way to fight, and a limited ability to see in the dark, affects your thinking within all situations. In addition, Outlast does not rely on jump scares. While there are some of those to be had, Outlast is truly shaped by the ambiance that it creates; by creating believable circumstances and enveloping you in them at a psychological level. Jump scares may have your heart racing for a few seconds, however, creeping across that darkened courtyard with your batteries running out while something out there wants you tortured and dead will have you on edge until the experience ends.

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4.3 / 5.0
Feb 7, 2014

Is Outlast the best looking game for the PS4? Certainly not. But it more than makes up for it in quality and gameplay, and with a free price tag for PlayStation Plus members, this game must be experienced by anyone who even has a passing interest in the horror genre. So, suck it up buttercup, and get ready to pee on yourself a little. Just a little. It's okay, that's what they make washers for, right?

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8.1 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2014

Other than these small gripes, though, Outlast remains a memorable and incredibly effective survival/horror quest. There are so many moments that will make you feel legitimate fear, and that's no easy feat. It's also worth noting that despite the game's constant desire to make you jump, none of them feel cheap or contrived.

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USgamer
Top Critic
Jun 19, 2014

A genuinely disturbing and terrifying game that'll have you jumping out of your seat in fright. It's a little short at around six or so hours, but the experience Outlast delivers is well worth the price of admission.

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8 / 10
Feb 12, 2014

Just remember to turn off the lights and try not to cover your eyes, because you're in for one hell of a ride.

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8 / 10
Feb 7, 2014

It's not perfect, but Outlast is still arguably one of the best survival horror games in recent memory. You'll need a strong stomach to get through the campaign, but if you can cope with jump scares and graphic content, then this is an exhilarating experience from bloody beginning to chilling conclusion. With fantastic audio work and a clever camera mechanic, Red Barrels' debut fear fest really will make you afraid of the dark.

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8 / 10
Feb 9, 2014

As a huge horror aficionado, it’s great to see that the horror genre is making more of a comeback in recent years.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 18, 2014

Outlast is flawed in many ways, but it's the most exemplary offering these days of how to engage, entrap, and entice players looking for something that scares them out of their wits.

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Feb 26, 2014

I applaud Red Barrels for embracing the origins of survival horror in a time when horror games in general have become synonymous with high action. The emphasis on running and hiding over standing your ground and fighting adds to the constant sense of dread. While I would have preferred some amount of defensive abilities, the overall experience was frightening, disturbing, and incredibly tense. 'Outlast' is not a game for everyone, and I believe even horror aficionados will be affected by the images and gameplay.

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8 / 10
Jul 8, 2014

Let it be known that Outlast is a genuinely stressful and nerve-racking experience, but that's exactly what a true survival horror game should be, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

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Nov 3, 2015

An intense survival horror experience from start to finish.

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Jun 23, 2014

Outlast is terrifying no matter what platform you play it on. Tense, punchy, jumpy and beautifully-paced, Red Barrels' debut is one of the most effective horror games of recent years.

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Mar 5, 2018

"You can only run or hide."

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Gameboffin
Top Critic
7.6 / 10.0
Feb 11, 2014

More intelligent enemies and less eye-rolling predictability would have made this one of my favourite videogame horror experiences.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 25, 2014

If you love getting scared, Outlast provides you with an enjoyable weekend; if you don't, your weekend is better spent elsewhere

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2014

Red Barrels' Outlast is a solid indie title, which provides tension and scares in equal abundance. And while it lacks the sort of story depth a lot of us have become accustomed to, there is still a plethora of terrifying fun to be had. Get it on PlayStation Plus as soon as you can.

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Feb 5, 2014

Outlast has elements that are genuinely frightening, but they yield to predictability, and predictability leads to tedium.

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7 / 10
Feb 4, 2014

Repetition and overfamiliarity are always the best ways to nullify fear, but until they set in this is one of the most effectively scary video games ever made.

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7 / 10
Feb 10, 2014

Outlast loses momentum occasionally, but its unsettling atmosphere and pulse-pounding chases keep pulling you along for the ride.

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