The first Outlast was a disturbing trip through a dilapidated mental hospital. Now in Outlast 2 you will visit the cornfields of Arizona where a doomsday cult controls a village in the middle of nowhere. Disturbing imagery, unsettling sound design, and a feeling of hopelessness make Outlast 2 PC a rightful successor to the first game's legacy.
The story out of classic horror movies The Langermanns is a married couple of investigative reporters following the story of mysterious murders they traced back to a village on the Sonora desert. But everything went awry when their helicopter crashes and Lynn Langermann goes missing, leaving Blake to find her while staying alive. What he discovers and understands of the madness around him is up to the player to see.
And humans may not be the only things hiding in the dark. Outlast 2 gameplay Outlast 2 continues the gameplay style of its predecessor. Blake is not a fighter, but a professional cameraman.
Don't expect to be a hero dealing justice. Watch the world through your camera's night vision mode, but remember to scavenge for batteries. Blake's camera is very good, but sometimes maybe it's better not to see what crawls in the dark.
Can you stay away from your pursuers, understand the village's mystery, and find your wife before all is too late? Excellent audiovisual design Outlast 2 has masterfully crafted graphics to let you see in perfect detail the horrors of the village in Arizona. Every apparition, scuttling terror, and hostile cultist looks real and even more disturbing. The sound supports the visuals, creating an eerie atmosphere with just enough sound to keep the player alert.
Are you brave enough to play Outlast 2 with your headphones on and you handle the screams of terror, eerie whispers and the breath of things that must be directly behind you? Provocative imagery The Red Barrels studio holds no punches. Outlast 2 is set in a half-forgotten American village controlled by a cult believing the end of days is upon them. The burning crosses, defaced Catholic schools and satanistic imagery set the main theme of the Outlast 2 experience and create a consistently unsettling atmosphere.
Deciphering the meaning behind all the images will not be easy, and may be more terrifying than staying in the dark. Ignorance is bliss when knowledge reveals things you may not be able to handle.
A perfect storm of gore, atmosphere, tension, scripted and unscripted scares and a memorable plot that dares to explore darkness that can hide within the human psyche, what more can be said? Playing the game on even just normal mode for seven and a half hours was an inviting challenge of fear, misery, adrenaline, and despair which when combined together spells out fun in my book. The closest thing I can give to a negative is that the ending is a severe cliffhanger, and I hope to hear that Red Barrels will be tying up the story one way or another. I’m in love with a monster, and her name is Outlast 2.
Outlast II is the perfect sequel: it keeps and improves all the good aspects of the original. It's intense and very scary –so much so we think it's already a new horror classic.
Stealth and pursuit haven’t changed much in Outlast 2, but it excels as a beautiful, brutal journey through extreme spiritual anxieties.
If you liked Outlast, you will definitely love this sequel, which, though not perfect, is one of the most terrifying experiences ever.
Rather than nerves of steel Outlast 2 requires a stomach of steel, because it’s more repugnant than scary. I’m not quite sure whether an emphasis on shocking with atrocities is a sign of lack of talent on developers’ part or there is some deeper meaning to all this gore, but Outlast 2 undoubtedly includes a couple of scenes that push the boundaries of interactive horror. [07/2017, p.68]
Think of it as a ride through a really amazing haunted house: you don't have a ton of control and sometimes the ride breaks down for a moment or two, but it's basically guaranteed to leave you scared out of your mind.
The long and short of it is that Outlast 2 is generic, stereotypical, and poorly designed. There was so much initial promise, with a great premise and some truly stunning visuals, but the onslaught of everything we’ve seen a hundred times before in horror games with much smaller budgets than this left me feeling bored, frustrated, and even vaguely insulted. Truly a sequel in name alone.
March 29, 2018
Outlast 2 gets an easier mode to enjoy the game story.
October 30, 2017
Outlast 2: close to one million copies sold. Read more
March 28, 2017
Red Barrels submitted an Alpha version of Outlast 2 to the Australian Classification Board. Read more
March 16, 2017
Outlast 2 won't be available in Australia. The country has refused to give the game a classification. Read more