Finally, the sequel of award-winning, blood-chilling, gut-wrenching, nausea-inducing Outlast is finally here. Today, on the 25th of April, Red Barrel Studios has announced the launch of Outlast 2 for Windows PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Mac OSX. This article will introduce you to the nerve-racking world of Outlast 2, by talking a bit about stuff like graphics, gameplay, and atmosphere. Don’t worry, because we are bound to return with a thorough game review.
What or Who Is an Outlast?
Let’s start with the basics. Genre-wise, Outlast is a first-person perspective psychological horror stealth-based game. Sounds long and tedious, doesn’t it? Well, simply putting it, you have to hide, run, and get really scared. The plot revolves around Miles Upshur, a journalist who embarks on a journey to investigate the strange happenings at a decrepit asylum. What follows, is pretty obvious.
Now, as you would imagine, Outlast’s sequel continues the tale slated down by the first installment. However, this time you will be controlling Blake Langermann, a professional cameraman, who sets out with Lynn, his wife, and an investigative journalist, to uncover the secrets behind a xenophobic and cult-like community established in the town of Temple Gate, deep inside an unnerving forest.
Of Gameplay, Game Mechanics, and Atmosphere
As far as the game’s mechanics are concerned, there aren’t any major difference between Outlast 2 and the first installment of the game. You’re still stuck with the same first-person perspective, and the only way to find your bearings around the haunted city of Temple Gate is by using your camera’s features like flash or night mode.
Hostile encounters can only be resolved by using a combination of stealth tactics and running away like it’s the end of the world. Still, we have to admit that the running and stealth systems have been significantly improved, and the way the camera pans when looking back to see your assailant is a good way to induce that sentiment of sheer terror.
What can we say about the atmosphere? Maddening, nerve-racking, and gloomy – the developers did a great job on balancing atmospherics cues and jumps scare scenes. As for the soundtrack, it’s more than enough to make you play the game during the daytime, without headphones, and probably with all the lights on.
From a genre standpoint, we have to say that Outlast 2 is more akin to Resident Evil Biohazard, minus the weapons and fight scenes. All in all, Outlast’s sequel will turn out to be a great atmospheric game, full of dark mysteries and maddening scenes.
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