Published on September 9th, 2013 | by Fraser Brown
Exploring Outlast #1: A scary game for people who like to be scared
Admission: I’m not a brave man. In fact, I can be downright timid, sometimes. So my fascination with horror is rather masochistic, I suspect. It’s rare that a film induces any fear in me nowadays, and beyond the constant feeling of disquiet created by reading H.P. Lovecraft, I’m not often spooked by literature. Games, however, are another matter entirely. I couldn’t even bring myself to finish Amnesia, for instance.
Yet, last week, it fell to me to review Red Barrel’s Outlast, a horror survival romp that the developer touted as being the scariest game ever made. After I almost pissed myself within five minutes of playing, I’m tempted to let them have that claim. It’s bloody terrifying.
Since I’m keen to debase myself for the entertainment of others, I decided to film the first hour or so of my jaunt through Mount Massive Asylum, the derelict, haunted stage where Outlast plays out. I do hope you enjoy the sound of a grown man screaming. The second part, where I get utterly lost, learn to truly fear the dark and poo myself will be up later. I also manage to not fuck up the in-game audio, so it’s definitely worth tuning in for!