Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 90
    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.
  2. Feb 4, 2014
    90
    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.
  3. 86
    Is Outlast the best looking game for the PS4? Certainly not. But it more than makes up for it in quality and gameplay.
  4. Feb 12, 2014
    85
    Technically this excellent terror tale is not quite on the same level as the PC version and the constant light show of the controller takes away atmosphere instead of adding to it. But nonetheless this is an intensive survival course in a world reigned by horror and violence.
  5. Feb 11, 2014
    85
    It's pure horror, as if you were in an IMAX cinema. It will surround you, and terrify you, especially in the very well crafted first hours. Then it gets a bit repetitive, but it's still an adventure you won't easily forget.
  6. Feb 10, 2014
    85
    Finally a game that puts the horror in horror game.
  7. Feb 20, 2014
    81
    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.
  8. It’s not perfect, but Outlast still succeeds at scaring the pants off you. [April 2014, p80]
  9. Feb 15, 2014
    80
    It's not the sort of horror that'll stay with you long beyond the credits, not a quiet and subtle creep fest, but a blunt force shocker. And as such it's effective because it's just so damn drastic.
  10. Feb 12, 2014
    80
    Outlast is one of, if not the scariest game I’ve played. It’s creepy, suspenseful and terrifying at times. It does lack variation in terms of the objectives you complete, but the unpredictable jumps and scares should be enough to maintain that nail-biting tension you will find yourself strangely craving for.
  11. Feb 12, 2014
    80
    Outlast is one of the few recent games that can be proud of being able to truly scare the players.
  12. 80
    As a horror game, Outlast is a resounding success, due to an engaging story, a finely tuned sense of graphical detailed and a nuanced soundscape. If anything, it plays its strengths a little too safe.
  13. Feb 10, 2014
    80
    The PlayStation 4 porting of Outlast has nothing to envy to the PC version: graphics, immersion and controls are the same we’ve already seen last September, and now we can’t wait to play the DLC-prequel coming later this year.
  14. Feb 10, 2014
    80
    A good horror game, with plenty of chills and a very effective setting.
  15. Feb 10, 2014
    80
    It’s not perfect, but Outlast is still arguably one of the best survival horror games in recent memory.
  16. Feb 7, 2014
    80
    Outlast is the pleasant surprise of fall 2013, a true survival-horror game with an olds-chool gameplay and a very scary atmosphere. Fear is what it's all about and that's what you're going to find inside Mount Massive Asylum, and it already makes the game a success. With a very well made storyline in spite of a touchy ending, Outlast is definitely a reference title rivaling with Amnesia or Forbidden SIREN. In spite of some problems which are due to the tight development budget, hence the small retail price of 20€, the game will provide gamers with a deep dive into the most dark horrors, which will make you forget the minors faults that Red Barrels let slip pass. A title that will scare future PS4 owners for sure!
  17. Feb 5, 2014
    80
    We would have asked Red Barrels for a little innovation instead of sticking to the new hide & run mechanics, but still, Outlast is an outstanding survival horror that will terrify pretty much everyone.
  18. Somewhat limited by its own mechanics this is still a masterclass in videogame horror. The overuse of its core ‘run away and hide gameplay’ lessens the impact overtime but the visual and aural execution are flawless, making for a terrifying opening few hours, an unpleasantly distressing close and a satisfying exercise in fear throughout.
  19. 79
    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.
  20. Feb 8, 2014
    78
    Outlast will scare you and make you jump on your chair thanks to an almost perfect direction and sound design. However, the experience doesn't really stand out because of some limits.
  21. Feb 10, 2014
    76
    For the most part, Outlast lives up to its reputation. Although a little too quick to link gore with horror for my liking, it rests upon wide foundations of creepiness and builds on them with a good amount of tension and urgency.
  22. Feb 25, 2014
    75
    Outlast is a virtual tour through a hall of terrors. Even playing the game in full daylight makes me uneasy. However, the game's overall level design and gameplay were sacrificed at the altar of fear. If you're looking for an experience that will get your adrenaline pumping, Outlast is hard to beat, but if you’re looking for a meatier horror experience then you might want to run past this one.
  23. Feb 25, 2014
    75
    Outlast is the first horror experience to make its way into Playstation 4's world. It makes use of lots of sudden shocks and gore to make us feel distressed enough througout the game. However, the hide-and-run mechanics all along the way and the straightforward of it's gameplay make it a short adventure.
  24. Feb 7, 2014
    75
    This PlayStation 4 port of Outlast is identical to the previous 2013 PC version. Same contents, same menus and almost same graphics (1080-60 fps). In addition the game is free for PlayStation Plus subscribers and, despite too-basic game mechanics, Outlast is simply scary.
  25. Mar 10, 2014
    73
    A great example of the new wave of indie horror, Outlast isn't revolutionary or particularly terrifying, but some great jump scares and a fun, cheesy story make it well worth checking out. [Issue#241, p.72]
  26. Feb 22, 2014
    70
    The terrifying debut of Red Barrels is a masterclass in the art of video game horror that is stretched a little thin.
  27. Feb 21, 2014
    70
    Perhaps if it had taken a page from Gone Home and had been developed as a horror-themed exploration game sans enemies, then Outlast would have been more effective. Take away the tedious patrol route study and stealth conventions and Outlast could be the cause for many, many sleepless nights.
  28. Feb 19, 2014
    70
    Even though it can't be justified as a "true next-gen" game Outlast is one the scariest videogame experiences ever created.
  29. Feb 13, 2014
    70
    Outlast's few weak moments are overshadowed by the effectiveness with which it so often gets inside your head and scares the hell out of you.
  30. Feb 7, 2014
    70
    Whether on PC or PS4, Outlast is not so impressive visually, but it has a terrific atmosphere that will scare all players. It would have been better with a wide variety of gameplay situations, though.
  31. Feb 6, 2014
    70
    It has its share of frustrating moments and doesn’t offer much gameplay depth, but at its best Outlast is an engaging and immersive horror experience that will have you clutching your controller in terror.
  32. 70
    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.
  33. Feb 4, 2014
    70
    If you already own the PC version, there is absolutely zero reason to purchase this again. On the other hand, Sony is releasing it for free for PS members right off the bat, which is a tough price to argue down.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 488 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 88
  2. Negative: 5 out of 88
  1. Feb 5, 2014
    9
    Outlast is a horrifying thrill ride that's only downfall is the attempted implication of a poorly realized story.

    You are a reported,
    self-tasked with taking a trip to Mount Massive Asylum, where a mass outbreak of some kind has taken place, and the promise of big story awaits.
    Apart from trying to ram something about religious cults, and science experiments gone wrong down your throat, that's about as far as the story goes.
    Having said that, the story is hardly why you'll be downloading this on you PS4 with PS Plus this month. You'll be downloading it because this is by far one of the best horror games I have played in years.

    While playing through the 4-5 hour story, I was reminded that the last time I was this immersed in such a terrifying atmosphere was probably back in 2006 with Condemned: Criminal Origins on the Xbox 360. In Condemned, despite being able to fend off your foes with a bit of pipe or a piece of 2x4, you still felt incredibly vulnerable.
    That feeling is multiplied in Outlast, as there are no weapons, and the ability to defend yourself has been removed. If an enemy sees you, your only option is to run. Even if you find somewhere to hide, perhaps a locker or under a bed, you are never truly safe. If an enemy was too close to you when you entered the hiding spot, they have have seen or heard you. If there is only the one bed in the room, they know exactly where to look.
    It's these moments that make Outlast so special. Yes, the scripted jump scares are there, and because they are few and far between, they always pack a big shock value. But it's when you are free to roam the seemingly endless hallways of a ward in the Mount Massive Asylum, where the footsteps of an inmate echo throughout that the true sense of terror sets in.

    The game mechanics are, in one word, solid. This is a good example of how a PC game can successfully be ported to a console. You always have access to the commands you need via the bumpers and triggers, and by pushing or clicking the analog sticks. The touch pad has been used in order to zoom in or out with the camcorder, however, I found just as easy to use up or down on the D-Pad.

    Overall, Outlast is a welcome addition to the PS4 library in a time where the system is lacking in games. And seeing as it's free, you'd be stupid not to download it and try it just once.

    A 9 out of 10.

    Jack Valentine
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  2. Feb 4, 2014
    10
    This game is amazing! I have it for both PC and now PS4. Overall this game is probably one of the most spookiest games I've played in awhile! Also if your a PS Plus member it's free! That's the best part, even though I would buy it again if it wasnt. To be honest I first thought this game would be like the rest of the horror genre which is all action now but it isn't..it's a classic! Instead of shooting you actually have to hide which makes the game even scarier! Overall this game is great for people who like horror and challenging games or just for people that want to have some jumpscares and be spooked out! This an amazing game and of you have PS plus don't miss this opportunity! Full Review »
  3. Feb 7, 2014
    9
    At first I downloaded this, because, let's be honest... there's not much to play on PS4. I didn't expect much, but I was surprised as hell. I got so scared that I had to turn off the game. It's INCREDIBLE! I haven't been scared like this since I played Resident Evil 1 when I was like 7. The graphics are PS4 material. This is by far the best downloadable game on the PS4 right now, and if you have PS plus it's free, so WHY NOT?! Trust me.. you won't be disappointed. Full Review »