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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  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. Mar 13, 2017
    10
    The the terrifying atmosphere in which this game immerses you, makes this game one of the best horror games i've ever played. The game putsThe the terrifying atmosphere in which this game immerses you, makes this game one of the best horror games i've ever played. The game puts you in very difficult situations, specially when you only have a camera and sometimes you have have to go trough dark places when you can run out of batteries, also it forces you to go to places you really don't want to. It is a great horror experience, if you enjoy being in anguish all the time that is. Expand
  3. Mar 7, 2022
    10
    Wow this game is scary on another level, a must play I've been playing video games for twenty years ago this is the scariest video game I'veWow this game is scary on another level, a must play I've been playing video games for twenty years ago this is the scariest video game I've played, highly recommend Expand
  4. Jan 24, 2018
    8
    Non-stop tension will define your trip to Mount Massive Asylum, should you choose to take it. Outlast puts players into the role of aNon-stop tension will define your trip to Mount Massive Asylum, should you choose to take it. Outlast puts players into the role of a freelance journalist who's only method of defense is to run and hide. A single camcorder makes up your entire arsenal of tools. It's a novel idea that sets Outlast apart from the pack, and will carry you through this twisted ride until the credits roll.

    Definitely not for the faint of heart. You'll witness some truly horrific acts. The disturbing moments, extreme violence, and creepy atmosphere make for a truly unsettling horror experience that will stick with you long after you've completed it. The chase sequences will get your blood pumping and pulse racing as you desperately try to lose your pursuers. The story at the core of things is decent, but it's the side-stories found in case files scattered around the asylum and the personal notes one will get from recording and documenting certain events that really get under your skin. Especially since the final act takes a turn for the less-frightening as you move away from the dark hallways of the asylum in favor of the brighter-lit underground laboratory locations. Admittedly, I appreciated the moment to catch my breath after being constantly on the edge up until that point, and it does seem like the next most reasonable place for the narrative to go. Still, the game ends on a slightly flatter note as a result.

    Your gameplay experience with Outlast will be plagued with dread to the point where it may even be hard to keep going at times due to apprehension about what may be around the next corner. As terrifyingly exhilarating it is to narrowly escape with your life when running from one of the asylum's deformed denizens, these moments can also be pretty frustrating. The game's tendency to every now and then force you into a more contained section of the asylum where an enemy or two relentlessly patrols the area while you must do things like reach pumps to drain the path forward in order to progress gets old fast. They are scary at first, but can quickly become tedious in the face of several repeated attempts. Something that can drain the fear from Outlast and make players want to move on for entirely different reasona.

    The complaints I have didn't do much to lessen my enjoyment of the game though. Especially since it's a pretty brief experience. The originality is what will win you over and ultimately scare the pants off of you. There's nothing quite like stealthily making your way through pitch black corridors with only your camera's night-vision mode to guide you and an ever-rapidly draining battery. It's like the first ever found-footage style video game and it's a blast to play.
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  5. Oct 16, 2014
    8
    This game was a breath of fresh air in the horror genre. Mixing a powerfully chilling atmosphere with enough jump scares to make you thinkThis game was a breath of fresh air in the horror genre. Mixing a powerfully chilling atmosphere with enough jump scares to make you think twice about playing this in the dark. It was a little slow in places and came across as pretty frustrating at times. But the dark aura, great use of night vision and limited battery usage kept you constantly on edge. Plus with no weapon to defend yourself, you truly felt vulnerable and scared at what could lurk around the corner or even behind you. A great effort by the guys at Red Barrels. Expand
  6. Nov 1, 2020
    8
    ---{Graphics}---
    ☐ Beautiful
    ☐ Good X Decent ☐ Bad ☐ Don‘t look too long at it ---{Gameplay}--- ☐ Addictive X Good ☐ Mediocre ☐
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    ☐ Beautiful
    ☐ Good
    X Decent
    ☐ Bad
    ☐ Don‘t look too long at it

    ---{Gameplay}---
    ☐ Addictive
    X Good
    ☐ Mediocre
    ☐ Mehh
    ☐ Irresponsible

    ---{Audio}---
    ☐ Very good
    X Good
    ☐ Bad
    ☐ I'm now deaf

    ---{Audience}---
    ☐ Kids
    ☐ Teens
    X Adults
    ☐ All

    ---{Difficulity}---
    ☐ Easy
    X Significant brain usage
    ☐ Easy to learn / Hard to master
    ☐ Difficult

    --{Story}---
    ☐ No Story
    ☐ Some lore
    ☐ Average
    X Good
    ☐ Lovely
    ☐ It‘ll replace your life

    ---{Game Time}---
    ☐ Short
    X Average
    ☐ Long
    ☐ To infinity and beyond

    ---{Price}---
    ☐ It’s free [or i get free]
    X Worth the price
    ☐ Worth it in a promo
    ☐ If u have some spare money left ☐ Not recommended ---{Bugs}--- X Never heard of ☐ Minor bugs ☐ Can get annoying ☐ ARK: Survival Evolved
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  7. Dec 27, 2016
    2
    Un jeu d'horreur qui peut éventuellement faire sursauter quand un streum taré vous poursuit mais le fait est que son caractère répétitifUn jeu d'horreur qui peut éventuellement faire sursauter quand un streum taré vous poursuit mais le fait est que son caractère répétitif l'emporte largement sur l'effet de surprise ou la peur de crever... sans que l'on puisse rien faire d'autre que s'enfuir comme un crevard, cela va de soi. Alien Isolation connaît bien le problème, lui qui surjoue à fond cette même carte ad nauseam malgré évidemment un univers autrement plus riche que celui d'Outlast dont le côté horrifique est des plus génériques.

    Mais dans Outlast, le plus désagréable est aussi de se promener avec son caméscope dont les piles s'usent à très grande vitesse, caméscope indispensable pour voir dans le noir... évidemment ! Sans carte, il faut errer pour activer des trucs et des machins (comme dans Alien Trisolation, tiens !) et accomplir moult allers-retours en se planquant régulièrement dans des putains de placards.

    En outre, aucune sauvegarde manuelle comme d'habitude, seulement des points automatiques fort distants parce qu'il paraît que le joueur moderne (Jean-Kévin Bobokikoolol) aime recommencer et recommencer encore jusqu'à la crise de tremblements (prémisses de l'épisode parkinsonien juste avant l'épilepsie). Comme dans Alien Consternation ou les plaisirs de Sade et Masoch, les Dark soûles, Bloodbored et al.

    Cela étant, s'il faut trouver une qualité à Outlast, elle s'avère inattendue pour un jeu indé : son soin indéniable dans ses graphismes ainsi que sa grande fluidité. ça ne vaut pas une messe et ça ne le vaut pas bien mais ça vaut au moins ses deux points.
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