Kicking back and enjoying a horror flick or book is one thing, but what if you were to actually engage yourself in the story? What if you were the main character that everyone was rooting for? Well, you can experience that if you’re a gamer. Their has been quite a few horror video games released over the years, with the original Resident Evil of 1996 for the PS1 usually taking the throne, that has sent chills and nightmares to anyone brave enough to play them.
One game has pretty much changed the way we all look at horror. Fighting off hordes of zombies and monsters with guns and knives is one thing, but what if you were totally unarmed? No gun, knife, and no ability to pick up anything to defend yourself. You cannot even throw a punch or a kick. Sounds insanely difficult, correct? Yes. It is, however, one of the most clever ideas to come out of the video game world in some time.
On February 4, 2014 a game was released for the Playstation 4. It had received quite the positive feedback, but no one was expecting it to be one of the greatest horror video games ever created. On June 19, 2014 it was released for the XBOX One. March 31, 2015 brought it to Linux. February 27, 2018 the Nintendo Switch got the gift. The earliest it had arrived was on Microsoft Windows on September 4, 2013.
Outlast is a first person survival horror video game developed and published by Red Barrels. Written by J.T. Petty and with the soundtrack by Samuel Laflamme, it gave players the very real feeling of being completely helpless in a very unsettling atmosphere. You play as Investigative Journalist Miles Upshur who decides, for some reason, to investigate an abandoned mental hospital in Leadville, Co. Armed with only a camcorder that has the night vision function, and a pad and pen to collect evidence and your thoughts, you head into the massive asylum to do a little exploring.
You quickly find out that using the night vision function on your camcorder drains your battery level, you will begin to find yourself frantically searching for batteries in every nook and cranny. Without it, the game is extremely difficult to see. Even with the brightness on your TV and in game turned up, you may still find yourself stumbling around in the dark. With blood on the floor, you know that you are not alone. This blood is fresh.
You will run into all sorts of madness here. Homicidal patients freely roam the building and grounds as you soon realize that their also may be a supernatural entity at work. You will run, jump, crawl, and hide your way to survival in this thrilling addition to your horror library. Now, I am very doubtful that any horror/gamer has yet to play or see this, but I do want to spare too many details just in the case that someone reads this, and decides they are up for the challenge.
If you are a gamger and a horror aficionado you owe it to yourself to give this game a go. It can be frustrating with the sheer darkness and running into walls, but it seems to grow on you after awhile. Nothing is perfect, but this game shines pretty brightly after fans were screaming for a true horror game. People asked, and people received. A lot of blood, gore, sexual themes, and cursing plague this game, so if you are easily offended, this may not be the game for you. I just wanted to throw that disclamier out there.
Let me know what your thoughts are on this game. Did you like it? Love it? Hate it? Why? Let me know! Until next time friends…stay scary, stay safe!!