I only heard about this game a few days ago from word of mouth. It sounded like a really interesting game, and from the way it was described, I doubted a video game could be so scary.
So, I got home that night, downloaded Outlast off of Playstation Network for free since I’m a plus member. Immediately, for an Indie game, a free one at that, I was absolutely astounded with the quality of the graphics. I thought for a free game it wasn’t going to be that great of quality. The tone of the game is set fairly quickly, as lighting plays a huge factor. After some aimless wandering I find out where I’m supposed to go in order to enter this Asylum, and within 30 seconds my heart was beating faster than normal.
Now, it definitely helped that I was playing this game while wearing my Pulse headset. The surround sound made the game even better. Not only was my heart rate picking up, you can hear the character you play as, Miles Upshur, breathing heavily at times, swallowing hard, and even shaking a little. It was very realistic.
Now, about 2 minutes into this game, I open a door, and jump about 20 feet in the air.
Let’s get one thing straight. I don’t do that.
Sure someone can pop around a corner and scare me, but watching movies, or playing video games, rarely do I get scared, especially to the point that I actually jump. This was most certainly not the first time this game made me jump, but I had to pause the game a nervously laugh for a while after this first time.
Wielding only a camera, I venture through the asylum, often requiring to turn on the night vision on the camera, and even more often jumping out of my seat. After collecting documents and recording everything possible, the story develops as I run for cover, slowly hoping to escape this asylum.
After roughly 4 hours of gameplay on normal, I met the end of the game, and with a heart ready to explode. I can honestly say, I was absolutely shocked by this game. Expecting nothing but some time to kill, all aspects of this game exceeded more than passing time. Anyone into video games, and even anyone who enjoys a good scare, I highly recommend checking this game out. Especially if you are a Playstation Plus member while this is still free. Definitely worth your time.