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  • Summary: Investigate the inside of Mount Massive Asylum and live to uncover the mystery. In the remote mountains of Colorado, horrors await inside Mount Massive Asylum. A long-abandoned home for the mentally ill, it has been recently re-opened by the research and charity branch of the transnationalInvestigate the inside of Mount Massive Asylum and live to uncover the mystery. In the remote mountains of Colorado, horrors await inside Mount Massive Asylum. A long-abandoned home for the mentally ill, it has been recently re-opened by the research and charity branch of the transnational Murkoff Corporation and operates in strict secrecy... until now. Acting on a tip from an anonymous source, independent journalist Miles Upshur breaks into the facility and what he discovers treads a terrifying line between science, religion, nature and something else entirely. Once inside, his only hope of escape lies with the terrible truth at the heart of Mount Massive. Outlast is a true survival horror experience which shows that the most terrifying monsters of all come from the human mind itself. Are you prepared? Expand

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. Jun 19, 2014
    80
    A genuinely disturbing and terrifying game that'll have you jumping out of your seat in fright. It's a little short at around six or so hours, but the experience Outlast delivers is well worth the price of admission.
  2. Jun 24, 2014
    80
    A good horror game, with plenty of chills and a very effective setting.
  3. 80
    Despite its shtick wearing slightly thin towards the end, at around 4-5 hours long this doesn't outstay its welcome. And it certainly ensures we'll never look at creepy green-hued night vision footage the same way again.
  4. Oct 21, 2014
    80
    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.
  5. Jul 29, 2014
    80
    A chilling and well-realised experience, Outlast accomplishes almost everything it sets out to do. A strong start for the team and a strong entry in this resurgent genre.
  6. Jul 13, 2014
    79
    If you're looking for some hours of anguish and high tension, don't wait anymore.
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  1. Jun 27, 2014
    10
    I don't come to Metacritic to write about the games I don't like. I login when I feel folks need to experience a great title -- and OutlastI don't come to Metacritic to write about the games I don't like. I login when I feel folks need to experience a great title -- and Outlast is flipping fantastic. It's not just jump scares. Listening to Chris Walker's footsteps as he pounds his way past your hiding spot.....or watching Trager peer under a bed frame as he hunts you amid his dozens of vivasection victims....or glancing over your shoulder as a mob of blade wielding crazies sprint after your down a pitch black hall, illuminated only by the IR lense of your mini-cam....HOLY CRAP. The sounds, the graphics, the overall atmosphere of this game and its DLC expansion (Whistleblower) are incredible. And for $30 you get about 8-9 hours of combined playing time....which is a lot of bang for your buck, when you consider there is NO down time here. If you're not running/hiding for your life you're waiting to haul a** from that next bloodthirsty loon.

    The game honestly deserves a 9 if you're looking just at pacing and gameplay. There are a couple of instances where the fun bordered on frustration (due to an escape route that might have been TOO well hidden). I'm giving it a 10 because Red Barrels was incredibly brave/focused on producing the game they wanted to provide. Do NOT let your kids try this thing. I've never seen a game more deserving of its rating. But in the same breath, this is the first time in years I've seen horror done right in a video game. I'll be playing through it again on a higher difficulty ...and to record some more polished clips to share with friends....once I get my heart rate back under control.
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  2. Jul 18, 2015
    10
    Outlast is one of the bests horrors games that I played so far. No hand holding , here you are in the moment and you feel like you most beOutlast is one of the bests horrors games that I played so far. No hand holding , here you are in the moment and you feel like you most be patient , face your enemies and explore the huge asylum. The story is great if you collect all the secrets and if you pay attention to the well scripted dialogue. It is worth it for horror games fans and it is a slap in the face of the big companies that don't know how to make a good horror game in our days. But , like every game , Outlast has some problems. Here you do not have a gun or any other way to fight , just run and hide. But , you know what ? This is how a horror game needs to be , real and immersive. If you wanna a horror game , buy it and enjoy. Expand
  3. Aug 5, 2015
    10
    When I can sit with my friends in the living room, turn on my console, and share good experiences, it's a good game.

    Outlast is definitely
    When I can sit with my friends in the living room, turn on my console, and share good experiences, it's a good game.

    Outlast is definitely one good game.

    The jumpscares, the theories we made during gameplay, the fear of being in danger while playing.

    Beautifully crafted, loved it.
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  4. Jan 30, 2016
    8
    Without any doubt at all, Outlast is one hell of a scary game. This wont only haunt you whilst you play, but the eerie tone is by far going toWithout any doubt at all, Outlast is one hell of a scary game. This wont only haunt you whilst you play, but the eerie tone is by far going to stick with you after you put your pads down. It's home to a brutally terrifying story along with some equally as freaky characters. The stunning visuals and unsettling environments make Outlast an atmospheric horror you wont be forgetting anytime soon. The only issues here are the unconvincing NPC's and lack of enemy variety. However those alone are by no means enough to drag this nightmare down from a well deserved pedestal. Expand
  5. Sep 26, 2014
    8
    Pretty solid horror game. At first i didn't like that you couldn't fight back but the game still works really well. It's like if Slender wasPretty solid horror game. At first i didn't like that you couldn't fight back but the game still works really well. It's like if Slender was actually a good game and actually had a budget. It does rely on some horror game tropes/cliches but it's downright terrifying and a lot of fun to play with friends taking turns. Surprisingly, the dlc story mission was not only a good length for the price but also a lot of fun, so if you end up getting Outlast, get Whistleblower with it! Expand
  6. Mar 5, 2016
    8
    An authentic survivor horror and a good fresh piece of meat to start this console generation with survivor horrors. Outlast takes some ideasAn authentic survivor horror and a good fresh piece of meat to start this console generation with survivor horrors. Outlast takes some ideas from Amnesia series when putting few enemies at your display to terrify your experience while you play, but not as scary as Amnesia though. Outlast is actually a more tense than a scary title, with dark corners all the way, without mention the environment… Poorly visible all the time, most of the places will require your camera with night visions to see it through, so you better pick up any batteries you may find around.
    The plot is sharp and convincing for the proposal it contains. I am not sure if I am convinced about the ending though, I haven’t played the DLC yet...
    Outlast is one of those games that gives you freedom to create an interpretation of its meaning, just like Silent Hill for example, even though there is a ˜logical explanation˜ inside its events, it is never logical enough to fill all the answers lying in our heads, that is part of the mystery that circles the immersion of this game and survivor horrors alike.
    Outlast has enemies, bosses… And all you can do is run and hide, which provides the game an intense and tense situation to be concerned about, if you want to find jump scares, this one doesn’t provide much of them, if you want jump scares and **** on your pants, go to Layers of Fear instead…
    Outlast has good graphics (for an indie game, let it be clear and for a 3GB sized game), good gameplay, outstanding art direction and terrific AI on enemies… At least the most noticeable… I wish the game should`ve lasted a little longer, it wouldn’t hurt… More situations and more things to do on the game would be awesome… I had the feeling that the ending happened in the middle of the playthrough, and that was like taking back that cake was given to me.

    So, my verdict about it: I really enjoyed the game but at the same time I felt like half of the experience with this game was taken from me! I am not complaining that is too short, I am complaining that it looked shorted, when it should be bigger taking in consideration its own proportions from the story itself.

    Graphics: 8
    Gameplay: 8
    Story: 7
    Sound design: 8,5
    Fun/immersion: 8

    Overall: 8
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  7. Jan 2, 2015
    6
    I forced myself to finish playing this game. No mini map, no sense of direction. Just irritating. Outlast was worth 4 of the 6 dollars I paidI forced myself to finish playing this game. No mini map, no sense of direction. Just irritating. Outlast was worth 4 of the 6 dollars I paid for it. Such a wast of time Expand

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