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Outlast, Or How I Screamed and Got A Noise Complaint
It’s 2:30 A.M. and I’m sitting in my dorm room. I thought, “what could I do right now that doesn’t involve sleep? How about playing Outlast?” I fired up my PS4, turned the TV’s sounds to very low, and I started to play it. I was walking in the dark with my camcorder on it’s nightvision mode when I see something in the corner. Being that it was 2:30 in the morning, I started to freak out. I started to run, hearing noises that shouldn’t be playing. I turn around and see nothing there. Relieved, I decided to turn back around. When I did, I was face-to-face with a monster that killed me instantly.
That being said folks, don’t play Outlast at 2:30 in the morning, because you will wake up your roommates and get a noise complaint from your neighbors.
One of the PlayStation 4’s biggest games, Outlast is finally available on the PlayStation Network. You play as freelance journalist Miles Upshur, who receives a tip about something sinister going down at Mount Massive Asylum. Once he gets inside the asylum, Hell, and everything that goes with it, breaks loose.
Outlast does one thing very, very right, and it’s atmosphere. When stepping into the asylum for the first time, the soundtrack is playing ominous tunes, the walls are covered with blood and falling apart, and the asylum truly feels abandoned. As the game goes on, that abandoned feeling goes straight out the second story window. The sound design is fantastic as well, with steps of Miles and his foes echoing throughout the hallway, Miles’ heavy breathing, and the soundtrack that plays ever so slightly in some areas and blares in others. The game wants to scare you, and trust me, it will multiple times before the end.
Miles is armed with only his ability to run and his trusty video camera, which is the core mechanic of the game. Other games have flashlights or lantern that enemies can spot; Miles’ camera has a night vision mode which enemies cannot see. The camera has a zoom function which is used nicely by the PS4 controller’s touch pad. When in night vision mode, the light on the back of the PS4 controller goes green, which is, frankly, really freaking cool.
Outlast truly promotes a sense of being vulnerable. Miles cannot fight the enemies that is stalking him, he can only hide or run. The game feels like a spiritual Amnesia sequel, it’s as close as Playstation players will get to playing an Amnesia styled game without buying that PC.
Outlast features a Playstation 4 only mode similar to hardcore mode on Minecraft called insane mode. Insane mode gives the players one life, and if they die, they restart the entire game over. There are no saves in this mode as well. This mode is awesome for players hunting for a realistic experience.
Really, Outlast does nearly everything right. It’s currently free on the PlayStation Network for free for PlayStation Plus members. Go get it.