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Hell is an experiment you can't survive in Outlast, a first-person survival horror game developed by veterans of some of the biggest game franchises in history. As investigative journalist Miles Upshur, explore Mount Massive Asylum and try to survive long enough to discover its terrible secret... if you dare.
Release Date: Sep 4, 2013
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“Easily one of the scariest games I've ever played”
9.5/10 – Bloody Disgusting

“"...what (Outlast) can definitely claim to be is a great game... It’ll also intrigue, terrify and surprise you. Outlast is not an experiment in how games can be scary, it’s an exemplification...”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“Outlast is the perfect nightmare. ...it's absolutely petrifying. I love it”
4.5/5 – Joystiq

About the Game

Hell is an experiment you can't survive in Outlast, a first-person survival horror game developed by veterans of some of the biggest game franchises in history. As investigative journalist Miles Upshur, explore Mount Massive Asylum and try to survive long enough to discover its terrible secret... if you dare.


In the remote mountains of Colorado, horrors wait inside Mount Massive Asylum. A long-abandoned home for the mentally ill, recently re-opened by the “research and charity” branch of the transnational Murkoff Corporation, the asylum has been operating in strict secrecy… until now.

Acting on a tip from an anonymous source, independent journalist Miles Upshur breaks into the facility, and what he discovers walks a terrifying line between science and religion, nature and something else entirely. Once inside, his only hope of escape lies with the terrible truth at the heart of Mount Massive.

Outlast is a true survival horror experience which aims to show that the most terrifying monsters of all come from the human mind.


  • True Survival Horror Experience: You are no fighter - if you want to survive the horrors of the asylum, your only chance is to run... or hide
  • Immersive Graphics: AAA-quality graphics give players a detailed, terrifying world to explore
  • Hide and Sneak: Stealth-based gameplay, with parkour-inspired platforming elements
  • Unpredictable Enemies: Players cannot know when - and from where - one of the asylum’s terrifying inhabitants will finally catch up to them
  • Real Horror: Outlast’s setting and characters are inspired by real asylums and cases of criminal insanity


Outlast contains intense violence, gore, graphic sexual content, and strong language. Please enjoy.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 - 64 bits *
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTX / ATI Radeon HD 3xxx series
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • Additional Notes: * 32 bits systems are not officially supported, but should work if configured to provide 3Gb of user-mode address space. See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/bb613473 or http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=175801311
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8 - 64 bits
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB NVIDIA GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 6850 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
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612 of 660 people (93%) found this review helpful
443 products in account
103 reviews
6.7 hrs on record
This was probably the most fun I've had playing a horror game in a good while, which surprised me because I really wasn't expecting much out of this one. Jump scares are definitely not the only things that will give you the chills, this game has strong atmosphere, and lurking around to avoid being seen by enemies can be some of the creepiest parts of the game, and can be terrifying when you're being chased.

The game also has enough meat to it to put all of it's mechanics to good use without ever feeling underplayed or gimmicky. I also feel that the game does a good job of making you care about the main character's well being, he goes through so much crap in this game that it makes it all the more motivating to keep going and see what happens next. I wont say more, overall I highly recommend this to horror fans, it's pretty awesome.
Posted: November 28th, 2013
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227 of 251 people (90%) found this review helpful
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1 review
1.9 hrs on record
If you are constipated this game is a solution for you!

You will poop yourself within minutes of playing!
Posted: December 26th, 2013
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51 of 65 people (78%) found this review helpful
135 products in account
1 review
11.5 hrs on record
Even though the past few years have brought along a number of horror titles that haven't really been up to par, Outlast is a survival-horror experience that shines through.

It's been stated previously that Outlast isn't the most innovative or creative work available, and although that statement rings true on a cetain number of levels, it's definitely a title to consider and invest in, especially if you're a horror-junkie who's looking for some more nightmare fuel.

Outlast contains the same atmosphere-type horror as the most-all-around praised Amnesia: The Dark Descent, although it also features several other elements that keep the game flowing smoothly and keep the player on the edge of their seat. The game does contain a good amount of jumpscares along with the overall tense feel of the environment, and even if you're not a fan of cheap spooks, Outlast does a wonderful job of placing them in areas you probably wouldn't expect them to be, getting the best reactions out of the people playing it.

Outlast also has fantastic aesthetic value, as the graphics are some of the most realistic I've seen in a long while. That being said, if you want to enjoy the full visual factor of this game, you might want to make sure your computer is up to speed.

The game does have its flaws, of course. The story is well placed together, but in order to fully understand it, you'll have to make sure to collect all of the documents and notes you come across, making the experience a bit confusing and monotonous at certain times. I personally also had my dislikes with how the entire thing came to a close at the end, as it wasn't the best wrap-up I've seen.

Although it has a few rough spots, Outlast is an overall excellent experience, and I was satisfied throughout the entire game. It's also the only horror title I've ever played that's caused me literal chest pain and nausea. Like, ever. So it's pretty damn good. Pick it up if you've got the coin. A definite must-buy for horror fans.
Posted: November 27th, 2013
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55 of 76 people (72%) found this review helpful
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30 reviews
7.1 hrs on record

You step into the shoes of freelance journalist Miles Upshur as he investigates rumors of corporate misdeeds at Mount Massive Asylum in Colorado. Your red Jeep leisurely glides up the dark path to the front gate recalling Half Life's tram ride into Black Mesa. Upon exiting his vehicle and locating an way into the monolithic nut house it doesn't take long to corroborate the information that led Miles to Mount Massive. The build up to first contact with the horrors within the asylum is classic. Strange noises assault your ear drums, your character's breath becomes shallow and ragged, human figures dart across long halls and lock themselves in rooms and pools of blood stain hallway carpets... Your trusty camera documents your findings and allows Miles to take notes. These notes act as an internal monologue relaying your character's thoughts and feelings. Documents can be collected a la classic Resident Evil and flesh out the motivations of the dastardly Murkoff Corporation. It's a tale that swirls science and religion together in a mostly compelling package.

Unfortunately, Miles didn't get his concealed carry license so that he could tote a rocket launcher around under a trench coat like a proper video game hero. Instead he is armed with only a camera that has night vision. It's this feeling of helplessness that is the crux of the game's scares. Upon encountering Mount Massive's monstrosities you are left with two options: run or hide. Most of the lights in Mount Massive don't seem to work anymore giving you plenty of cover to sneak past the mangled psychos that stalk Miles provided you move slowly. If you choose to sprint past the opposition you have keys that allow you to look back and survey your lead. Not every Asylum patient is a threat and this helps keep tension high since figures in the distance can be benign or send you to an early grave. Unfortunately, the pace of Outlast is hampered by a lack of puzzles and a reliance on key collecting or switch flipping for progression. These sections are predictable in addition to being uninspired since flipping switches alerts your psycho stalkers and generally prompts a mad dash for a hiding spot. Proper puzzles might have provided better opportunities for frights as well as encouraging exploration. Outlast is also very linear with few places worth poking your camera lens. Dark corners and dead end rooms often yield extra batteries for your camera or documents that flesh the proceedings out but fail adequately reward players who poke their noses around. Consequently the strict adherence to the critical path means that completing Outlast takes a mere four to six hours.

The halls and rooms of Mount Massive are soaked in blood and covered in viscera, sinks are littered with severed limbs and diabolical looking medical instruments are scattered around. It doesn't seem as though the Murkoff Corporation spent much on renovations as the interior of the facility is crumbling and decaying. All of these foreboding details are rendered with a liberal amount of grain and noise giving everything a course texture. Lighting is dynamic and moody and the limited field of vision when viewing the game world through the night vision on your camera is intense. Miles animates well, his hands grasp corners as you peer around them and that way the camera bobs to emulate the motion of his head while running creates a very immersive game experience. The excessive motion blur isn't exactly welcome however and may make players with sensitive stomachs nauseous. Enemies look like they belong in Leatherface's family photo album with their mangled and stitched up visages. It's unfortunate that there are so little variation among them. Also the animations of your foes are not as commendable as those of Miles. They look more clumsy than menacing and watching them slide across the floor as you hide under a bed dimishes their stage presence.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
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20 reviews
4.5 hrs on record
Is about 4 hours long. Has a good story and is very atmospheric. It causes some genuine jumps and the graphics look nice.
Main Criticism - No Steam Achivements.
Posted: December 1st, 2013
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Best horror game of 2013
- http://www.game-debate.com/awards/2013/best-horror
- http://www.eyewavegames.com/#!news-dec/c1ws1
- http://www.incgamers.com/2013/12/incgamers-2013-readers-awards-the-winners/2
- http://www.pressplaytv.com/game-year-2013-part-4/

Best PC Game:
- http://gamingbolt.com/gamingbolt-game-of-the-year-awards-2013/18

Best indie title:
- http://gamingbolt.com/gamingbolt-game-of-the-year-awards-2013/12