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  • Summary: Investigate the inside of Mount Massive Asylum and live to uncover the mystery.

    Survival horror at its most terrifying 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
    Investigate the inside of Mount Massive Asylum and live to uncover the mystery.

    Survival horror at its most terrifying

    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?
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 14, 2018
    90
    Regardless of any slight graphical downgrade from other systems, the full Outlast atmosphere and performance levels are present and correct in this excellent package. It's a must for the collection of any adult Nintendo fan.
  2. Mar 19, 2018
    80
    Outlast: Bundle of Terror is a generous survival horror bundle ideal for newcomers to the game and old hands.
  3. Mar 3, 2018
    80
    Outlast is a generous package of finely crafted survival horror thrills. It looks and sounds great on Nintendo Switch, and while its brand of hide-and-seek gameplay occasionally falters, it'll still keep you playing right until the grisly end.
  4. Mar 26, 2018
    80
    Outlast is an excellent addition to the Switch's library. An acclaimed game that raises the bar for horror and survival beyond what we are used to and it's essential to those that like the genre. However, it would be better if the Switch version had an addition or feature to differentiate itself from the other versions.
  5. Mar 1, 2018
    77
    The total lack of new features and some graphical issues don't make it less appealing for those who didn't play it in the past. Core survival horror gameplay for a disturbing experience.
  6. Jun 3, 2018
    75
    How fun it is to come back and walk the dark corridors of Outlast's asylum, thanks to this perfect Nintendo Switch bundle.
  7. Mar 5, 2018
    70
    Over the years, Outlast has aged well thanks to its production design and ultra-violent spectacle. The simple act of hide-and-seek is still engaging and the adventure's length does not overstay its welcome, something that hurt the overly long sequel. Mount Massive Asylum is a memorable and grisly place and the wide cast of maniacs to meet in the core game and DLC chapter leave a lasting impression. This is a very linear horror game that is heavily scripted and is elevated thanks to the imaginative scenario. There are tons of weapon-less horror games these days and more often than not they tend to be more annoying than scary. Outlast is one of the few that just barely gets by without irritating too much. Perhaps it's because of the brevity and pacing of the game that keeps things tense and exciting so its more obvious shortcomings become much less apparent.

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Score distribution:
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  1. Feb 28, 2018
    10
    After arriving at the asylum, Miles and his trusty camcorder (complete with night vision) head inside to see if there is any validity to theAfter arriving at the asylum, Miles and his trusty camcorder (complete with night vision) head inside to see if there is any validity to the email he received. The asylum appears to be vacant with no signs of life from the outside. Upon entering in a window, you’ll proceed through the narrow, claustrophobic spaces and start to meet the doomed or deceased residents of the asylum, solving some mild puzzles and eventually running for your life. The corpses and people that were residents of the asylum are all over, often at angles that make you question whether they’re dead or alive. You will spend a good chunk of your time in this title hiding under beds, in closets, or simply running, just hoping to break the line of sight while one of the maniacs pursue you.

    The game does not offer much variety in terms of the enemies you’ll face, as there are only a handful of foes that will pursue you and often be limited to certain areas of the game. Almost all of them act in the same manner, walking room to room searching for you or coming out of nowhere, sometimes busting through walls only to ruin your day. These adversaries are downright terrifying and only get worse as you progress through the story, each having their own motivation for hunting you down. While most of these would pose little to no threat if you were armed, you are never in a position where you can defend yourself, and the only thing you can use is your camcorder.

    The camcorder doubles as a means of finding the game’s collectibles, which either involves scanning notes or files you come across, or recording specific events that unfold. In times of darkness, it also serves as your guiding light with the night vision. This will be needed, since long stretches of the game will unfold in almost pitch black areas. Using the night vision feature will deplete the battery and require you to either keep a look out for replacements or use the feature sparingly – more often than not, you’ll be doing both. The reliance on this mechanic makes for a very tense game, which is palpable early on before things even get crazy.

    I want to be very clear; this game is terrifying in every way. From the second you enter the hospital through its conclusion, you will never feel “safe.” In the event that you do, you’re probably about to get ripped in half, or worse. Up until its sequel, which I have yet to finish, this is by far the scariest media I have ever witnessed; video game, movie, or otherwise. I do not startle easily and jump scares rarely set me off, but this struck a chord with me. From the long, stoic silences between encounters and the adrenaline pumping chase scenes, Red Barrels has crafted an anxiety inducing yet addictive game that will likely be talked about for generations.

    Much of this horror can be attributed to the overall design of the game. It set the bar for visuals upon its initial PC release – while it may not be as awe-inspiring today as it was at launch, it is still appealing on the Switch. That is saying something for a game that spends over a third of its lifespan with everything in a green hue due to the night vision camera. This coupled with the super realistic sound effects which echo and chatter in a way that you’re always guessing if something is coming up behind you or lying in wait, just outside of your viewing area. The game still controls well and is easily accessible, with only a handful of buttons needed to play.

    This helps add some replay value to the game, as it can be extremely fun to task your friends or family members to try and see how long they can go before tapping out, or ruining your carpet (fun fact: the developer offered adult diapers as a Kickstarter perk for Outlast 2). My wife lasted around 10 minutes before she uninstalled the game from her console. Outside of the emotional terrorism you can inflict on others, there isn’t much else as far as replayability. If you’re so inclined, there are a few difficulty options in addition locating/filming all of the collectibles, but nothing outside of the norm.

    In addition to the main story, the Bundle of Terror includes the Whistleblower DLC, which works as a prequel to the main story. Having finished both campaigns, I would recommend completing the DLC after the main game due to the endings intertwining. The story revolves around Waylon Park, the person that reached out to Miles in the main game.

    Outlast is hands down one of the most terrifying experiences one can enjoy, but it may be too much for some. I consider completing this game a badge of honor; while not everyone may finish the title, the $24.99 (or less depending on platform) cost of admission is well worth the attempt.
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  2. Mar 25, 2018
    9
    I didn't expect the 30fps difference from PC to actually ADD to the experience. But the somewhat jarring movement only makes the game better.I didn't expect the 30fps difference from PC to actually ADD to the experience. But the somewhat jarring movement only makes the game better. Great port! Expand
  3. Mar 14, 2018
    9
    Amazing port, nothing new in the game from Ps4 and Xbox but still a very good game for the switch.
  4. Feb 28, 2018
    9
    Fantastic port, runs at a solid 30fps and visually very close to the PS4 and Xbox however this version is portable. Well done to the developers.
  5. Sep 16, 2019
    8
    Can't say anything negative about this for the Switch. It is atmospheric and the port is well done. Would buy it again.