I think many of us can agree that the horror genre has hit a bit of a lull. The line between horror, suspense, and torture porn is becoming increasingly thinner, and fans are getting restless. Luckily, this is a great thing for game developers who want to make a great game. When a high-quality title comes around, it stands out. Sometimes, it’s helmed as a “classic.”
That is why Outlast, the debut title from Red Barrels Games, made such an impact at this year’s PAX East. The booth was small, and could have been easily overlooked, but always had a line filled with people who had been hearing about one of the scariest games ever made. After trying out the 20-minute demo, I can say that the word of mouth may be almost correct. It’s hard to say if it’s the scariest game of all time, but it’s most likely going to be the stand-out horror title of the year.
In Outlast, the players take on the role of Miles Upshur, a journalist pursuing a story at Mount Massive Asylum, a place with a violent history, and even more violent secrets. You are equipped nothing with your video camera and your need to pursue the story despite it being the absolute worst idea in the history of journalism (and trust me, I would know).