Outlast Review
Outlast Box Art
System: PS4
Dev: Red Barrels
Pub: Red Barrels
Release: February 4, 2014
Players: 1
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language

The darkness of the game is part of visual appeal, as well as part of its visual issues. Though the character models and environments aren’t going to be winning any awards for graphical prowess any time soon, they do their job well enough. The darkness of Outlast hides a lot of visual shortcomings and adds to the macabre setting, but most importantly it keeps you engaged in the gameplay instead of staring at pretty visuals.

Outlast Screenshot

But, if there is a place that Outlast excels above all others, it is sound design. The pitch perfect soundscape suits the game so completely I can’t really think of any way to improve it. The asylum is littered with noises in the distance, attackers banging on doors are loud and intense, and the uneven breath of Miles Upshur as he gets the bejeezus scared out of him overpowers other sounds adding to the intensity. Couple that with perfectly timed orchestral score that accentuates anything that happens in the environment and scales with the action as it progresses and you have painstakingly realized world created through sound.

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Is Outlast the best looking game for the PS4? Certainly not. But it more than makes up for it in quality and gameplay, and with a free price tag for PlayStation Plus members, this game must be experienced by anyone who even has a passing interest in the horror genre. So, suck it up buttercup, and get ready to pee on yourself a little. Just a little. It’s okay, that’s what they make washers for, right?

By
Joshua Bruce
Video Director
Date: February 7, 2014

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
Visuals aren’t groundbreaking. But they aren’t bad either.
4.5
Control
Control scheme keeps it simple with basic FPS movement and environment interaction. The scheme works very well on a console controller.
5.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Ambient sounds in the distance, perfectly timed orchestral crescendos that match up with on-screen action, and the rest of the creepy soundscape are pitch perfect.
4.5
Play Value
Replayability is affected some once you know some of the scares are coming on a second playthrough, but getting chased never gets old, and playing Outlast for the first time is a must-have experience.
4.3
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • True Survival Horror Experience: You are no fighter - if you want to survive the horrors of the asylum, your only chance is to run... or hide.
  • Hide and Sneak: Stealth-based gameplay, with parkour-inspired platforming elements.
  • Real Horror: Outlast's setting and characters are inspired by real asylums and cases of criminal insanity.

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