Scary as hell.
Beautiful, ominous environments.
Clever use of lighting and shadows.
Fast-draining night vision camera keeps tensions high.
Explicit and uncompromising horror vision is highly unsettling.
Great audio adds to tension.
Absence of weapons requires smart uses of hiding spots.
Fascinating story told through documents and notes.
Underwhelming character design.
Nonhuman enemies are not as scary.
Sometimes confusing geography or requirements for advancing result in a lot of trial and error.
By PCWorld on September 27, 2013
Despite these problems, Outlast is a horror game that manages to be terrifying in spite of itself. As with any horror game, best results come from playing with the lights off and headphones on.80
By pcworld.com_techhive.com on September 27, 2013
Outlast, the new horror game from Red Barrels, puts you in the shoes of journalist Miles Upshur as he investigates the old Mount Massive Asylum, an abandoned facility in Colorado. Armed only with your faithful handheld video camera, you quickly find out...100
By New Game Network on September 13, 2013
Outlast is a little too mechanical, but still rather terrifying. Chases are exhilarating and the Asylum creates an unsettling atmosphere that keeps you on...75
By PCGamer on September 11, 2013
In its quieter moments, however, Outlast can be terrifying, with subtle scares, wonderfully timed surprises, and a crushing sense of dread accompanying you as you inch through the darkened corridors, waiting for something - anything to happen.75
By Gaming Nexus on September 11, 2013
Outlast is an incredibly effective horror game with a satisfying story, good looks and good pacing. Unfortunately, the whole thing is nearly derailed by linear level designs and painfully simple gameplay. But many horror fans will ignore all that when...80
By Sydney Morning Herald on September 10, 2013
I am hiding under a steel-framed hospital bed. I peer left and right into the gloom around me; naked light bulbs draw deep black shadows from upturned furniture, and in the shadows I see...-
By EuroGamer on September 05, 2013
There's little chance to branch off the main path and explore - but that's for the best. Stop and peer too long into Outlast's gloom and you'll see the zips on the monster costumes. Take it at at speed and you'll find a haunted house worth visiting.70
By IGN on September 04, 2013
Outlast can stand proudly as a unique and terrifying survival horror game. Unlike many modern horror games, it remembers that the most frightening monsters are those that you can't kill, but have to flee from, and it creates an outstandingly creepy atmosphere that rendered me defenseless against its many well-paced jump scares.78
By GameSpot on September 04, 2013
Even its weakest moments owe their existence not to ineffective ambiance and tension, but rather to excessive confidence spurred by eventual predictable encounters that clash with the promise of the setting. From start to finish, it never loses sight of the "survival" component of survival horror, and in such a way that reminds us that few things on this...70
By GamingTrend on September 04, 2013
Really, any review of a horror game can be summed up in a three word interrogative: “Is it scary?” You better believe it is. Outlast is the scariest game/movie/book I’ve consumed since Amnesia: The Dark Descent. What’s most amazing is that very few of the scares felt cheap, or unearned.93