Outlast Reviews

Outlast is ranked in the 66th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
GameZone
Top Critic
6 / 10.0
Feb 5, 2014

The bigger issue is that Outlast accomplishes far more as an experience than it does as a game. That would be fine, but it tries to be a game more often than its stealth mechanics and AI could bear. Is it scary? For sure. But it's also capable of falling apart completely, deflating its own scare tactics, and leaving you wondering why Miles Upsher can't throw a single punch.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2014

Outlast is scary and will make you feel fear. It doesn't do much more than that, but if horror is what you're looking for, you won't do much better than this.

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Game Debate
Joffy S
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2014

Over the course of this review it became clear to me that unlike the majority of video games, Outlast is in no way designed to be fun. For me at least, it was an ordeal, something I felt compelled to go through but I had no idea why. It is oppressive and morbid, maniipulating common fears of imprisonment, isolation and madness. From the moment you step out of your car at the beginning you will yearn to get back in it and scramble away to safety.  I guess at least that's the very aim of horror. Outlast is memorable and gripping, but Outlast is also guilty of being a one-trick pony with little to offer beneath its terrifying surface. Once you've blasted through it once there really is no need to revisit it, the curtain's been pulled back and the puppeteers at work are laid bare for all to see.

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3.5 / 5.0
Feb 6, 2014

Outlast made a splash when it first came to PC and became a favorite among scare cam Twitch streamers and YouTubers, and it will no doubt see a resurgence thanks the PS4's streaming capabilities. The reason Outlast was such a phenomenon is due to its great sense of atmosphere and tense gameplay, all of which is all present in the PlayStation 4 version.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 13, 2014

There's actually some fun in traversing the asylum with friends around, or by streaming it online via the PlayStation 4's many sharing options. Plus, there's a decent enough mystery at the core of Outlast, and uncovering it bit by bit can be enjoyable if you're able to get invested. There's just not enough engaging material to keep you from getting bored after a few hours. There's plenty of room in the survival horror market for someone to come along and really revitalize the genre. Outlast just isn't that game.

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Feb 21, 2014

The terrifying debut of Red Barrels is a masterclass in the art of video game horror that is stretched a little thin

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Feb 3, 2014

Outlast is not the most satisfying horror experience around, but it had my heart thumping and my head throbbing enough to make it a worthwhile trip.

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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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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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Feb 5, 2014

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

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7.5 / 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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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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AusGamers
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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Mar 5, 2018

"You can only run or hide."

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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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Nov 3, 2015

An intense survival horror experience from start to finish.

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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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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 / 10.0
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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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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