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Outlast

18 critics
7.81
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Score Distribution

9.00 to 10.0
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8.00 to 8.99
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6.00 to 7.99
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Jessica CondittSep 04, 2013
Those moments when the stress of running and hiding and worrying about every single little sound become too much, and the paranoia eats away at your sanity until you feel trapped. You want to quit – to escape – but you can't, because you have to get out of the asylum, to see it through to the end. Outlast perfects this self-inflicted madness in every area of its design, and it's absolutely petrifying. I love it.
Christopher LivingstonSep 11, 2013
It can feel overdone at times, such as during a chase, when loud, nerve-jangling music, the sound of your own panicked breath, and the growls of your pursuers all merge into one big, sloppy noise. In its quieter moments, however, Outlast can be terrifying, with subtle scares, wonderfully timed surprises, and a crushing sense of dread accompanying you as you inch through the darkened corridors, waiting for something – anything – to happen.
Leif JohnsonSep 04, 2013
Most of the time, particularly early on when its quirks are fresh and unknown, it delivers. Even its weakest moments owe their existence not to ineffective ambiance and tension, but rather to excessive confidence spurred by eventual predictable encounters that clash with the promise of the setting. From start to finish, it never loses sight of the "survival" component of survival horror, and in such a way that reminds us that few things on this earth can be as terrifying as our fellow human beings.
Giancarlo SaldanaSep 04, 2013
It’s not so much that it tries to scare you with monsters, blood, or gore that makes the experience so powerful as it is how the game mentally plays with your senses and emotions. Even if you don’t think you’re easily scared, try playing Outlast alone in the dark with headphones on. This intense rollercoaster ride will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you jump out of it a few times too.
7.80
Marty SlivaSep 04, 2013
Outlast can stand proudly as a unique and terrifying survival horror game. Unlike many modern horror games, it remembers that the most frightening monsters are those that you can't kill, but have to flee from, and it creates an outstandingly creepy atmosphere that rendered me defenseless against its many well-paced jump scares. Annoying design choices and forced moments of repetition have a bad habit of spoiling the mood, but between them is an experience that's scary as all hell.
Smosh GamesSep 12, 2013
Ryan StevensSep 04, 2013
You most likely will outlast Outlast’s biggest appeals, though gladly stick it out to the conclusion. The initial hours, when played with a survivor’s unsure intent are electrifying, illuminating a slice of fast, animal terror. Before long, it settles into the mechanical, methodical, human realm, challenged by a few creative late-game curves. By all means check in, get a physical, but you might want to opt for outpatient care.
Fraser BrownSep 04, 2013
Outlast simultaneously reminds me of the grainy slasher flicks of the '70s, the gruesome body horror of Clive Barker, and gratuitous modern torture porn. It manages to squeeze a great deal of diversity into what is quite a small package of around six or seven hours, but it doesn't burst or struggle to reconcile the different elements.
Rich McCormickSep 05, 2013
Despite these hubs - and some clever level design that gives the illusion of space - progress in Outlast is linear. There's little chance to branch off the main path and explore - but that's for the best. Stop and peer too long into Outlast's gloom and you'll see the zips on the monster costumes. Take it at at speed and you'll find a haunted house worth visiting.
Ricardo C. EstevesSep 09, 2013
Outlast dosen't have the production values of some other survival horrors, despite having quite good graphics. The gameplay is somewhat limited, without any character progression or in-game actions, and the AI kind of breaks the concept. Still, it's one of the few current games that is genuinely scary and it's well worth the £14.99 that it costs on Steam.
Chris MatulichSep 04, 2013
While Outlast may be a little on the short side, clocking in at around ten hours, they're likely some of the most intensely petrifying ten hours you'll experience. You can spend more time searching every dark corner for scattered documents that detail some of the patients and more horrific experiments that have been conducted by the Murkoff Corporation. Outlast is a shining example of the horror genre, and simply an excellent game in general, especially at only $20. It's quite a small asking price for one of the best games of the year.
Ben AllanSep 06, 2013
Outlast gets the visuals and sound right, has some great mechanics, and will provoke feelings of dread and horror in even the most jaded gamer. It's cat-and-mouse sequences are a repetitive dirge, but elsewhere this is a strong first offering.
Álvaro CastellanoSep 06, 2013
Cargado de momentos terroríficos y siguiendo la estela de juegos como Amnesia, Outlast es una montaña rusa infernal capaz de poner los pelos de punta al tipo más duro. Cierto que es breve, y que tanto el ritmo como el impacto decrecen conforme avanza la aventura, pero con su precio y su espectacular ambientación es una cita apasionante para los amantes de las emociones fuertes.
Josep Maria SempereFeb 10, 2014
Outlast es un muy buen survival horror, y uno de los pocos videojuegos recientes que pueden enorgullecerse de saber inquietar de verdad - o incluso imbuir de auténtico pánico - al jugador. Esta nueva versión para PlayStation 4 no aporta nada a aquellos que ya disfrutasteis de él en PC el año pasado, pero para los demás es casi obligada teniendo en cuenta que este mes la tenéis gratis en la colección instantánea de PlayStation Plus.
Martín IraolaSep 05, 2013
Si eres un amante del terror, Outlast es una experiencia imprescindible que te dejará ampliamente satisfecho. Es un juego que ofrece una sensación poderosa de terror, metiéndonos en un entorno donde no todos sus habitantes son un peligro directo, pero sí una amenaza constante y una turbadora imagen que no falla en dejarnos malas sensaciones como paso previo a enfrentarnos a una amenaza real.
LoganSep 10, 2013
Se voulant une véritable extension vidéoludique de films comme Grave Encounters, R.E.C. ou bien encore Diary of the Dead, Outlast réussit son pari en distillant une ambiance malsaine ramenant, à l'image de Penumbra, aux fondements mêmes du survival-horror. D'autant plus vrai qu'aucun temps de chargement n'est à signaler et que les checkpoints sont bien pensés afin d'accentuer l'immersion. Du coup, si le jeu de Red Barrels bouffe à tous les râteliers (Clock Tower, Dark Corners of The Earth, Condemned...), on ne lui en voudra pas, surtout si on lui pardonne plusieurs défauts synonymes de durée de vie limitée, d'absence d'énigmes, de progression trop uniforme et de concept tournant rapidement en rond.
Jorge LoureiroFeb 05, 2014
Com tão poucas opções dentro deste género, mesmo no PC, e com séries como Resident Evil absolutamente afastadas das suas origens, Outlast vem relembrar os jogadores o que é sentir medo a sério e constantemente, sendo mais que aquele simples jogo que prega sustos momentâneos. Outlast é arrepiante do princípio ao fim.
7.50
Francesco DestriSep 28, 2013
Stessi contenuti, stessi menu e comparto grafico (1080 a 60 fps) senza troppi complessi di inferiorità rispetto a quanto visto su PC. In più il gioco è gratuito per gli abbonati a PlayStation Plus e a zero euro ci si porta a casa un survival horror di buon livello, che nonostante meccaniche di gioco fin troppo essenziali e a rischio ripetitività a lungo andare fa ottimamente quello che promette, ovvero far paura e costringere a giocare con una tensione continua e con davvero pochissimi momenti di calma apparente.

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