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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (12,133 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 4, 2013

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"Perverse, genuinely frightening, and uncompromising in its horrific scenarios, an indie horror game that isn't just YouTube bait."
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April 30

New Patch Released (April 30th 2014)

We've just released a new patch for Outlast today.

It's a little over 1Gb. It includes:

- Support for Whistleblower DLC (to be released next week, May 6th!)
- Adding Achievements
- Adding the Insane mode: one life at hardest difficulty. Good luck :)
- Support for Japanese language
- Lots of small bug fixes and improvements

Enjoy!

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Reviews

“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 This 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.

Synopsis:

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.

Features:

  • 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

Warning:

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

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
WELL HOLY ♥♥♥♥!
Yep, I probably said this many times while playing this game. What a nice way to kick off a review right? Let's get into it.
So, Outlast is a first person horror game in (mostly) see-through-camera perspective.

With breath-taking jumpscares you get right into this glorious and disturbing adventure by getting the job to inpsect the Mount Massive Asylum, this criminally insane (partly) abandoned Asylum sets the atmosphere of this game fairly... well f*cking creepy. It was originally run by Nazi Germans to conduct researches for the USA, but 1971 it was finally closed - caused by the brutal murder of three scientists.

Enough spoilers, let's look at it graphically. I must say, aesthetically this game indeed serverd a great job of giving you the shivers... from dark creepy places to corpse-filled bloody rooms, it has all the horror classics you can imagine... well let's forget about the forest-cliché. Story-wise, I am... fairly dissapointed. Excitement was not really built up, the storyline was pretty casual but I guess that's a matter of taste, right? Controls were casual, artwork was great, overall a pretty shivering horror game, but definetely nothing for people with weak nerves.

8/10
Posted: October 17
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
I found a guy fapping
Posted: September 26
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
The hours on record represent the time it took me to attempt to play the game. Basically, I paid full price for a game I'm too afraid to play.
Posted: October 9
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
the Good: - dark and dangerous atmosphere
- dynamic music ranges from eerie to intensely terrifying
- graphics, sound and controls
- combination of jump scares, suspense, helplessnes, and blair witch moments
- the infra-red on the video camera

the Bad: - backstory-rich collectables are difficult to search for in near constant danger
- can get stuck passing through doorways (this was rare)

Outlast does just about everything right. I was hoping for more dialogue/development from some of the antagonists. I never thought I'd say this but, I enjoyed the two naked guys and expected to see more of them. Regardless, this game will keep your heart racing. If you like horror games, Outlast is a must-play.
Posted: October 1
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
I played this for barely even 11 minutes 3 months ago and have been too afraid to play anymore since.

10/10
Posted: October 9
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
♥♥♥♥ing scary, so scary my balls retracted into my body. 10/10
Posted: September 24
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Outlast is a game that takes a few tips from horror games of old, creating tension in place of constantly trying to scare the player. The isolation of being able to obtain notes or see in the dark only through your video camera makes you feel completely vulnerable, much like Amnesia or Penumbra. A lack of being able to defend yourself heightens the anxiety for sure. I would say that this game fits more on the side of psychological horror, however, as much of what the player sees or experiences is meant to elicit a visceral or uneasy reaction rather than complete and utter scares; not that those have been neglected, either.

All in all, a good game, significantly long enough, the DLC is worth the money, definitely a favorite of mine, with a fun and different story. Buy it! Enjoy it! Pee your pants!
Posted: September 23
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
9.8 hrs on record
Outlast-Hell Is An Experiment You Can't Survive.
So, Well, Hey there. This is gonna be my first article. I am not serious about going into Videogame Journalism but still, I decided I'd do something 'productive' with my time. I'll begin with a game I fell in love with, but sadly, can't marry it, Outlast.

Outlast, the description is terrifying in it's own sense. The game is about a guy called 'Miles Upshur' who is a freelance journalist. He receives an anonymous tip from a guy who says that he worked in the Mount Massive Asylum. Miles feels this is gonna be a nice thing to take down the Murkoff Corporation and goes. Indeed, Miles had a bad childhood since he didn't watch much horror movies or he would've known what was gonna happen, but anyways, Miles did that so that we may enjoy.

BACK TO THE TOPIC.

Outlast is developed by Red Barrels, a company composed of ex-AAA developers. The devs used to work under big names like Ubisoft and EA. Well, Red Barrels used Unreal Engine to power their game.

The game has stunning visuals for an Indie. The description itself says, 'AAA Quality'.

To provide us with immersion, the game has amazing soundtrack, sound effects, and of course, No HUD. Yep, no HUD. Of course, this is not a typical FPS.

I'm a soundtrack-♥♥♥♥♥. I'll play any game with good soundtrack. And seriously, this game has a DOPE Soundtrack.

Starting with Gameplay
The game is a FPS. Of course, you knew that. The gameplay is like Mirror's Edge with horror. It focuses on your camcorder and quick wits rather than those twitch reflexes.

The controls are not too extensive like Bohemia Interactive's Arma. There is a key for journal, another for Nightvision. Just these two. The remaining are simple WASD, Shift and Space.

Let's get to the mechanics.
As I said, the game features no HUD. You don't fight, you run. Yep, Run and hide. But majority of the gameplay, you'll be hiding. Why? You'll simply be toooooo scared to go on. Like me.

The game has good physics, although, Environment doesn't play a major role, except from climbing. To be honest, if you've played Mirror's Edge, and then play this, you'll notice striking resemblance in freerunning and parkour mechanics. Although, Outlast doesn't have wallrunning and stuff, of course, Miles is just a journalist.

You happen to have a camcorder with you during the game which let's you record events, on which Miles writes his notes. I prefer having the camera out all the time because you never know which event is important. Your camcorder also has a Nightvision inbuilt, which you'll be using all the time. Realistically, your camcorder requires AA batteries to function. You'll have to think before turning on your NV or else you'll be running blindfolded from the variants until colliding with a wall and getting beaten to death.


Story Time!
Yeah, the game has a good storyline. It feels real. Although, it's not open ended. The game is linear and thus the choices don't affect the story. You don't get any choices to be exact. The only choices you get are whether you should run or hide. Yup. Just those two.


Aaand remember, for the first time, Hide.

Is it difficult?
Well, not really. Everything is difficult at first. There are a few difficulty levels. I recommend you Nightmare, sounds tough, but I recommend it for high immersion and fun. Insane is not recommended because you don't get saves.

VEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERDICTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!

Graphics.
Stunningly good for an indie. 10/10. Runs at the Medium on my potato.

Gameplay and Mechanics.
Good. Feels realistic. Not a lot of features but good. Extremely atmospheric.

Price.
The game is worth 20$

Soundtrack.
Amaaaaaaaaaaazing! I love it. I love the soundtrack. The BGM is amazing.


So, Should you buy it?
I'll be honest. If you liked Mirror's Edge, you'll love this game. A tinge of puzzle with buckload of horror. If you're into atmospheric and storyline, buy this.

Well, if you liked my review, join this group:-http://steamcommunity.com/groups/JustAnotherIndieGamer
I think I'll start writing crapload of reviews now because of this Curator function.
Originally posted on some random blog I made months ago:-http://justanotherindiegamer.blogspot.in/
Posted: September 23
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
The music, graphics, and style all set the tone very well, and it’s an immensely solid
title, deserving of being famous for its high quality.

Video Review Below:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=327334137
Posted: October 16
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Beautiful game
Highly Recommended!
Posted: October 6
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Outlast is without a shadow of a doubt the scariest game I have ever played. It sets a perfect tone, its wickedly atmospheric and despite a corny storyline/setting the scares are perfectly crafted. The gore is graphically wonderful, as are the disturbing characters you meet along the way. Its a tough ending to take but the journey to get there was a brilliant experience which is well worth putting yourself through if you think you can handle it...
Posted: October 8
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
If you're looking for a game that scares the pants off you, this is it. One of the best horror games I've played in a long time.
Posted: September 23
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
OMG!!!!!!!!This game soo horror,and gore.So you guys must try to play this game.. -_-
Posted: October 18
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
The scariest game I ever play.Its not for those with heart problems.Best to play alone in the dark.
Posted: October 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
You can capture some naked plebs with knifes. 10/10
Posted: October 11
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
41.7 hrs on record
Having 42 hours on record and 100% achievements on this game, I think I can provide a useful review. This is a great game and excels at what it was made for. That said, it is not for everybody. Thus, I shall be listing what to and what not to expect from it.

What to expect:
- Survival horror: there is no fighting (on your part), running and hiding is the aim of the game.
- Jump scares: yes, it's a survival HORROR for a reason. Keep a spare pair of underwear available when you are playing this game.
- Explicit and dark: violence, gore, vulgar language, some nudity and sexually related incidents all play a part in creating the dark, horrifying atmosphere of Outlast.
- Interesting storyline and background information: The storyline has a bit of a twist in the tale, things aren't exactly as you expected them to be. Also, with all the notes and documents one collects in this game, one gets a decent amount of background information which helps with the atmosphere of the game, develops the plot (and player understanding thereof) and gives the player insight as to the nature of the silent protagonist, as well as some of the antagonists you'll be facing.

What not to expect:
- Hours of replay value: your first playthrough will probably be about 5-6 hours and the DLC about 1-2 hours. As the game progression is always the same, there is little reason to play it again (with the exception of wanting to get achievements).
- Competitiveness: There is no form of multiplayer or leaderboards of any kind.
- Something suitable for children (you should have picked that up by now)
- Sunshine and roses
- Clean underwear
- Being able to sleep at night (slightly exaggerated)

I absolutely loved this game and highly recommend it to anyone that is a fan of the horror genre, whether it be movies or games. I hope the information listed will help you in your decision of whether or not to purchase this game.

Happy Gaming!
Posted: October 8
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
New Pants needed
Posted: October 13
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
at night, I do not dare to play

So this is the best Horror game i ever played
Posted: October 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.7 hrs on record
Outstanding. Outlast is filled with so many terrifying enemy chases and jump scares that you may have trouble sleeping. Considering its price the game is a little short (6 hours first playthrough) but it is a memorable experience. Make sure to turn off the lights and turn the volume up if you will play. Not for the faint of heart.
Posted: October 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
10/10 never again
Posted: October 5
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