Outlast II Reviews

Outlast II is ranked in the 60th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

While you won't feel any sympathy for an overly talkative player character, the story will intrigue you, your enemies will terrify you, and every scene will leave you awestruck with dread.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Outlast 2 is an intense adventure that will keep you up for many sleepless nights. Red Barrels knows how to keep players on their toes. The game's heavily-scripted scenarios can annoy if you don't get the mechanic at play immediately, and are thus forced to repeat a section multiple times, but generally the formula continues to work in Outlast 2. This is survival horror at its most base level, where you are a mostly defenseless layperson caught up in a horrifying ordeal, who would feel lucky just to escape with your life. The wait was indeed worth it, and Outlast 2 should be on the must-play list of horror fans everywhere.

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7 / 10
Apr 24, 2017

Outlast II significantly ups the ante in the production values stakes, but its biggest sin is relying a little too heavily on trial and error in the gameplay department. There's an unsettling story here that wanders into some quite shocking territory, but the writing doesn't always sing from the same hymn sheet, and some murderous moments are delivered a little too frantically for the fiction to fully marinate. Despite that, there's more than enough good on offer here to tempt you back to church. Pull up a pew and prepare for a psychological onslaught.

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Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane
Top Critic
5 / 10
Apr 24, 2017

The larger scope of Outlast 2 does more harm than good. The confines of the Asylum from the first Outlast made for great chase scenes and intimate jump scares. With too much ground to cover, cheap kills, and weird transitions, Outlast 2 aimed too high for its own good. Its interesting story isn't enough to cover up for its poor design.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Outlast 2 maybe is not the best game in the genre, but it still makes a great intense horror. Developer knows, how to correctly expand the series' universe and delivered slightly better game than the last one.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Outlast II creates a level of tension that has been very uncommon to see in a recent videogame. With great gameplay, amazing sound quality and outstanding setting, it becomes one of the best titles of 2017.

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IGN
Top Critic
8.3 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Outlast 2 is a terrifying sequel that builds upon the scares of the 2013 original. Even if its ambitious themes don't always land and navigating through its world can be frustratingly inconsistent, there's more wicked creativity at play here than I've seen in a horror game in a long time. Play it loud, in the dark.

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4 / 5.0
Apr 24, 2017

This game has a little longer playtime than the original, but that will most likely be extended in the first playthrough due to the unfamiliarity with locations and enemies. Outlast 2 will punish and terrify at the same time; it's a cruel game.

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3 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

At some point, it was decided horror games were more effective if they didn't involve combat; since then, they've flailed looking for ways to fill a now empty space, and a groundswell of aspiration, toward making videogames broadly about more than murdering for reward, has emboldened them. However, if the creators of horror games have silently, collectively agreed to redefine a genre, Outlast 2, packed with nonsense plot, engorged levels and frantic, anonymous bloodshed, feels like the definitive failure of their ambition. Don't be fooled by it, or its intent.

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Wccftech
Top Critic
8.3 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Dripping with Christian lore and barrels worth of red blood, Outlast II is a gruesome horror experience that never lets up.

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7 / 10
Apr 24, 2017

Outlast 2's scripted chases can grow frustrating, but its gripping atmosphere and unnerving sound design deliver unparalleled tension.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Outlast 2 is harrowing. It is a horror game that will make you want to take a shower after you're done with it. It's a horror game that will make you want to hold your loved ones just a little tighter next time you embrace them. It's a horror game that will scare you in the moment with shock and gore, then haunt you in the middle of the night with its ideas. And isn't that what the best of horror strives for?

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Apr 24, 2017

Outlast 2 is a true improvement on its predecessor, with Red Barrel Studio planting its flag to claim the standard for horror games in 2017. From the beautifully horrific environments, the ambitious ideas to the sheer unsettling nature, it's disturbing in the ways you'll want from it. It makes this title truly interesting, even affecting. While it's aggressive in its assault on the player, perhaps to the point of becoming tiring, on the whole the game is very, very good. This is especially true of the exquisite second half of the game that sings to a developer in tune with its vision. Outlast 2 serves up an expertly crafted horror experience that will likely find itself burrowing into you even after your time in the Sonoran desert has come to an end.

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GameMAG
xtr
Top Critic
8 / 10
Apr 24, 2017

In comparison with the first game, Outlast 2 is a huge leap forward with a lot of advantages, such as the deep atmosphere, great graphics, sound, violence and an intuitive plot development.

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8.5 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Forgiving a story that leans a bit too heavily on its forebears, Outlast 2 is an excellent horror game. It’s frightening, repulsive, and filled with the thrilling anxiety of the best games of its type. It does exactly what a sequel should. It delivers on all of the refinements and expansions you would expect to find three years from the original; and though its larger environments sometimes lead to repeated deaths, they also amplify the dread of being hunted. Outlast 2 made me uncomfortable, anxious, repulsed and frightened, and yet I couldn’t wait to see what it would deliver next. That’s a horror game done right.

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8.6 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Outlast II remains true to their formula of fearing the dark while being surrounded by maniacs.

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9 / 10
Apr 24, 2017

Outlast 2 is, from now on, one of the best horror videogames in history. Red Barrels has settle the future of horror and is full of gruesome situations and explicit violence. Tasty.

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90 / 100
Apr 24, 2017

Outlast 2 brings many remarkable improvements concerning graphics and gameplay and keeps the horror, which made the first installment known worldwide. The addition of the inventory menu and the new camera features fit perfectly in the game. Red Barrels repeated the amount of horror, thrilling and scary moments along with an interesting and well developed story, turning Outlast 2 into one of the best horror games of the year.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

Familiar yet terrifying, Outlast 2 mixes excellent production values with genuinely disturbing imagery and subject matter. It's a long way down to the abyss but it's worth every minute of the fall.

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8 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2017

If you liked Outlast, you will definitely love this sequel, which, though not perfect, is one of the most terrifying experiences ever.

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