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Shock tactics so persistently silly that they become the equivalent of a flaming bag of poo on a doorstep. I will always defend the right of horror fiction to be horrible, but never excuse it for being so dull in its depravity.
A wobbly first-person horror whose moments of splendid unease are spoiled by clunky stealth, casual misogyny and warmed-over scares.
Red Barrels's game is an immature and hateful slight at anyone who dares to believe in a divine creator.
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.
Outlast 2 does next to nothing to advance the survival horror genre in any meaningful way. It did very little to craft a coherent experience. It did very little to be anything more than a series of overused horror tropes. I have no doubt that there are people out there that will find the game to be a thrilling and often times scary experience, but I was not one of them.
What, that doesn't sound fun to you? Me neither
Outlast 2 is technically amazing and is very scary. But it is also too linear, repetitive and too much focused on jump-scares and trial and error. If you are looking to get a little scared, Outlast 2 might be satisfying, but if you are looking for a complete horror experience, there are far better options available on the market.
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A horror game that keeps you in suspense constantly, but is somewhat let down by its annoying and repetitive gameplay. An experience that's more enjoyable when you can share your reactions with others, whether in person or through YouTube and Twitch, than when played alone.
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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.