Now that my favorite month has snuck up on us, I think it’s only fitting to start it off with my rendition of “31 Days of Halloween” just for you guys filled with gaming, music, television, and even fashion tips to make your October a spooky one. Sure I’ve missed a couple days already, but there’s no better time than the present to fill you all in on some of my personal Halloween favorites. Top of the list? OUTLAST.
Outlast is one of my favorite games in existence and it easily ranks in my top ten of scary games. Created by Red Barrels (a crew compiled of people who worked on Assassins Creed, Prince of Persia, etc.) the game came out for PC in the summer of 2013 and PlayStation 4 the year after. It’s a first person horror game that shockingly, features no combat.
Weird right? I mean, how can you do horror without combat?
Well, easily. Outlast is a survival horror, and rightfully one of my favorites because it’s more realistic in the sense that in order to outlast the horrors of the asylum, you must hide. For those of us out there who are runners rather than fighters, this game will adhere to your inner flight or fight instincts. In a world where nothing is what it seems, your only option is to protect yourself by hiding from enemies lurking in the dark while you literally follow the trail of blood spread throughout the game in your attempt to uncover the dark truth about the asylum; and considering the types of things lurking around – like the infamously brutal Chris Walker who wants nothing more than to collect your head, hiding is definitely the best option.
In the game, you are Miles Upshur, a brave-hearted journalist just dying for a story, who travels to Mount Massive Asylum on the whim of a mysterious informant to find out the truth of what’s really going on behind the locked doors of the insane. Upon arriving, you immediately notice that something isn’t quite right. Maybe it’s all the blood on the floor, the genetically altered patients now dubbed ‘The Variants’ who are all trying to kill you, or maybe it’s the ominous surroundings, but regardless of the obvious chill factor that would send most of us running, Miles enters anyway armed with his balls of steel and a video camera which he uses to document the horrors within. Very quickly you realize that you’ll spend a lot of time sneaking around as well as using the camera’s night vision feature (hands down the coolest feature of the game) to get past some pretty nasty characters on the hunt for you, and of course, you’ll spend just as much time looking for batteries, gathering files, hiding, and running for your life. And to be very frank, it’s literally the most intense game of hide-and-seek you will ever play.
Outlast is a game that easily caters the need to be scared with its well-placed jump scares, incredible storyline, creatures, and of course, the tense moments when you’re hiding in a locker just hoping that the deafening sound of your heartbeat doesn’t give you away. It’s a game that easily puts me on edge, and seems flawless from start to finish (If you don’t count the select few bugs in the game of course – Hey, no game is perfect!). I definitely recommend that if you’re into survival horror, you definitely give this one a try or two or head over to Youtube to watch PewDiePie, BruteSpecialist, or other gamer’s power through the dark and outlast the terrors within. Good luck, have fun, and try not to scream…too much.
!Featured Image from the article “Get Outlast Game for FREE on PS4 in February” by Jay Ram (2014) http://binarywall.com/2014/01/get-outlast-game-free-ps4-february/ Related Articles: “Paste Goes to PAX East: Outlast” by J.P. Grant (2013)http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2013/03/paste-goes-to-pax-east-outlast.html “Outlast PS4 Review” by Nathan Kelly on “B.F.G – Blog For Geeks” (2014) http://itsthebfg.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/outlast-ps4-review/