Probably 2013’s scariest game and a runaway hit, Outlast came almost out of nowhere and brought that horror feeling back into mainstream. In some ways, it could be said that it, alongside Amnesia titles, shaped Resident Evil 7 into what it became in the end.
Outlast 2 brings an entirely new story, set in the Sonoran desert, where you are a journalist first investigating a murder, then also trying to figure out what happened to your own wife.
The game seems to have received some solid reviews, the main criticism being the lack of new things – the formula remains largely the same as in the first game, although the scope is much larger. Outlast 2 is easily twice as long as the original. The other main peeve seems to be reliance on all manner of horror tropes.
Let us take a look at some of the review scores:
- Destructoid – 8/10: ” It’s a horror game that will scare you in the moment with shock and gore, then haunt you in the middle of the night with its ideas.”
- Game Informer – 7.8/10: “If gory thrills are something you seek, Outlast 2 provides plenty to keep you on the edge of your seat as long as you can look past the clumsy storytelling.”
- Gamespot – 7/10: “Outlast 2’s maniacal commitment to its core conceit is simultaneously its greatest strength and its greatest weakness.”
- IGN – 8.3/10: “A panic-inducing experience for hardcore horror fans.”
- PCGamer – 85/100: “While it plays very similarly to the original, Outlast 2 takes its Christian themes into extremely uncomfortable and surprising territory, avoiding what could have been a familiar trek through cultish cliches. “
- Polygon – 7.5/10: “Outlast 2 may be the single most qualified recommendation I’ve given in my history of writing reviews, and not just because of its occasionally stilted design.”
- Hardcore Gamer – 4/5: “The voice acting from the enemies is flat out scary and the sound effects mesh well with the soundtrack to make players feel extremely isolated in an unknown, yet hostile environment.”
Outlast 2 is out on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and there is a Trinity edition as well, containing the original game and its DLC.