|Dev: Red Barrels|
|Pub: Red Barrels|
|Release: February 4, 2014|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language|
The darkness of the game is part of visual appeal, as well as part of its visual issues. Though the character models and environments aren’t going to be winning any awards for graphical prowess any time soon, they do their job well enough. The darkness of Outlast hides a lot of visual shortcomings and adds to the macabre setting, but most importantly it keeps you engaged in the gameplay instead of staring at pretty visuals.
But, if there is a place that Outlast excels above all others, it is sound design. The pitch perfect soundscape suits the game so completely I can’t really think of any way to improve it. The asylum is littered with noises in the distance, attackers banging on doors are loud and intense, and the uneven breath of Miles Upshur as he gets the bejeezus scared out of him overpowers other sounds adding to the intensity. Couple that with perfectly timed orchestral score that accentuates anything that happens in the environment and scales with the action as it progresses and you have painstakingly realized world created through sound.
Is Outlast the best looking game for the PS4? Certainly not. But it more than makes up for it in quality and gameplay, and with a free price tag for PlayStation Plus members, this game must be experienced by anyone who even has a passing interest in the horror genre. So, suck it up buttercup, and get ready to pee on yourself a little. Just a little. It’s okay, that’s what they make washers for, right?
Date: February 7, 2014