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  • Summary: As Waylon Park, the whistleblower who emailed Miles Upshur, you’ll witness psycho killers and asylum security face off as all hell truly breaks loose. Survive, and you may just have a chance to expose the terrible secrets at the heart of Mount Massive and unmask the true face of the MurkoffAs Waylon Park, the whistleblower who emailed Miles Upshur, you’ll witness psycho killers and asylum security face off as all hell truly breaks loose. Survive, and you may just have a chance to expose the terrible secrets at the heart of Mount Massive and unmask the true face of the Murkoff Corporation for all the world to see. Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. May 6, 2014
    80
    Outlast: Whistleblower isn't quite as memorable as its parent game, but nonetheless provides plenty of grisly encounters and tells a more complete story.
  2. May 20, 2014
    80
    Whistleblower is a short DLC that surpasses the original Outlast game in terms of fear and atmosphere.
  3. May 6, 2014
    80
    Outlast: Whistleblower doesn’t muck around with a formula that’s already proven to work, and it subsequently succeeds at extending the spooky atmosphere of Red Barrels’ survival horror release. The new campaign accompanies the original game well, and even improves upon it in many ways. It also ups the ante in the terror department, hitting harder and more frequently, without relying too heavily on jump scares.
  4. May 9, 2014
    80
    It expands on the original background, and somehow manages to fix some of the few issues of the main chapter, namely linearity. A great DLC, which you should absolutely consider if you loved Outlast.
  5. May 8, 2014
    64
    Delivers more of the same gruesome locales and jump-scares as the core game, but doesn't introduce much new to the horror experience. Its sound design is still top notch, and it took me to some dark places that few video games ever dare to go.
  6. Jun 24, 2014
    60
    Taken as a fun Friday night of gaming, it’ll give you an excellent horror fix, leaving you shaken and strangely exhausted from the episodes of sustained suspense.
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  1. Feb 28, 2015
    10
    Fantastic from start to finish. After completing the game itself you will be left with many questions in your mind about it, this Dlc is wellFantastic from start to finish. After completing the game itself you will be left with many questions in your mind about it, this Dlc is well worth it's price tag and will keep you hooked from the first instant. It is the story of an It technician inside the asylum, the same person that sent the email to the reporter in the original game. The story is baffling and has a very satisfying ending that will send chills to your spine and give you goosebumps. Expand
  2. May 9, 2014
    10
    Red Barrels delivers again. Found it even better than the original. Grisly, Hardcore, in your face horror. Love the setting and theRed Barrels delivers again. Found it even better than the original. Grisly, Hardcore, in your face horror. Love the setting and the characters. There are some scenes that will stick with you. Especially later on. I feel like I am reading a horror novel. Except living it. Imagine playing something like this on the Oculus Rift someday..how amazing and frightening would that be? Good to see there are still companies out there willing to do games this extreme. Dead Space is the only one I can think of in the last 10 years (Amnesia has nothing on Outlast). To American developers: There are still mature gamers out there! Can't wait to see what else Red Barrels cooks up. Highly recommended. Expand
  3. May 23, 2014
    9
    Whistleblower is, in many ways, a more realized piece than the core outlast game. The story is better developed, and as DLC, flushes out mostWhistleblower is, in many ways, a more realized piece than the core outlast game. The story is better developed, and as DLC, flushes out most of the elemebts that reained unknown with the first walkthrough. While including mostly similar environments, it is a treat to see them in the process of breakdown. Perhaps most importantly, the villans we encounter this time around are more varied, and make for a more slow burn scare and deeper sense of dread. The only place where whistleblower falters is in its length, but it is hard to fault it for this if we take it for what it is: an excellent, more deeply realized return to the truly scary locale of Mount Massive Asylum. Expand
  4. Mar 1, 2015
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. 8.5 out of 10 (rounded up to 9).

    Outlast was an incredibly scary game and was one of the most riveting horror experiences of 2014. Whistleblower- the sole add on for this adventure- plays as a sort of prequel/epilogue to the main game and fills in the gaps between the first game and the upcoming second. It also adds more depth to the story, with the player taking on the role of new character, Waylon Parks, who is the titular whisteblower who leaks the horrible goings on of Mount Massive Asylum to reporter Miles Upshur.

    Graphics wise this retains the same unsettling atmosphere of the base game. The gore is highly detailed as ever, the environments are diverse and well animated and the character models have received a few touches, with the new monsters looking nastier than anything previously seen. The only real problem is that a lot of the first game is repeated through familiar areas. While you make a reverse route from the laboratory to the exit, there is a lot of familiarity as you trek back through these places. There are some new places to explore (such as a cluttered hideout for new creature Destin), but they are few and far between, with assets being obviously reused to avoid high production costs.

    This game is still ridiculously scary though, with a feeling of tension pervading throughout the 2 hour run time. Of course there are still a lot of jump scares and these get me 90% of the time, but I noticed that there was more audio within these moments- sometimes without a visual atrocity to accompany it. A sharp violin twang can still fray my nerves when I am already so on edge, but if Red Barrels is going to do jump scares it is best to get them perfect.

    Sound is a bigger part of this experience though. The score is key to building up the horror and the ambient effects are so creepy that I was more scared of heavy breathing and bumps in the darkness than I was of any on screen monster. The voice acting is also a whole let better in this add on, with Destin being a particular standout due to his joyously creepy performance.

    In terms of gameplay, this is exactly like the first game. You can walk, run, hide, jump and mantle and you still have the camera to look around in the dark and make reports on particular events. There are also still plenty of documents scattered around the place and monster encounters are more enjoyable due to less predictable paths and actions. These set pieces signal Outlast at its very best and I am happy to see that they are given a greater focus in this content. The mission objectives are improved as well, with not as many fetch quest style mission perimeters. I would still like a map or an indicator or something though, because there are some parts where I had no idea where I was going, due to a hard to find mantle spot. In one particular instance, there was a psycho chasing me and I there were so many different paths that I kept getting lost due to the maze like design. I like the tight environments, but this is a little too far,

    Whistleblower tells a more directed, understandable story and the ending provides a lot more resolution than that of the main game. We get to see Miles after he is possessed and the final moments set up the second game nicely- Murkoff is shaping up to be a nasty villain. The whole story is kind of like a big escape sequence and it focuses more on the terror than the narrative- something Outlast does well.

    There is little replay value to Whisteblower and it is very short for the standard price. Repeated environments, vague mission objectives and weirdly designed scares hold this back, but the better story (and ending), monsters and set pieces ensure that this almost reaches the great heights of its horrifying predecessor. I am looking forward to the second game even more after playing this and I am genuinely excited to see where the story is heading in terms of the end goal. This is a horror series that actually knows how to do horror- how rare these days.
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  5. Jun 26, 2014
    8
    I thought Whistleblower was actually a little scarier than the main story. The characters were more memorable. However, I felt the game lackedI thought Whistleblower was actually a little scarier than the main story. The characters were more memorable. However, I felt the game lacked a good ending. And I didn't like that the cannibal issue is never resolved. Finally, the game could've been an hour or two longer. I think I finished it in about 2 1/2 hours and that was taking my time. Still, the environment was great, and really creepy for the most part. Overall, 8/10 from me. I hope they'll make at least one more DLC for this game. Expand
  6. May 8, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. First off, let me start by saying that Outlast is one of my favorite horror games of all time, and when I heard about Whistleblower, I was pretty excited. If you are looking for an experience completely different than the original Outlast, you should probably look elsewhere. Whistleblower is more of the same stuff that made Outlast great, and that is a good thing. I was truly scared through most of the game, but some parts were extremely frustrating and I kept dying. This kind of took away the scares and made it annoying. There's one part in the game where you have to find a key, while limping on a broken leg, and some crazy guy starts chasing after you. It took me 7 tries before I could successfully pass that mission, and by that time, I was not scared, just frustrated. So, bare in mind that this game can get extremely frustrating. It is very fun though and if you liked Outlast, you will like this! Expand
  7. Jul 12, 2014
    5
    the spooks and thrills kept me on the edge of my seat the whole day. this addition to the game has a good story but gets repetitive after athe spooks and thrills kept me on the edge of my seat the whole day. this addition to the game has a good story but gets repetitive after a while and when re doing a mission it lacks the feel that you get the first time. it is very linear as there is almost always one path to go on. that doesn't say that it didn't scare my pants off. for what it is it is good overall but it did not fully reach my expectations. one good play through and it was over, no point to play it again. C Expand

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