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 (12,127 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


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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 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.


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
Helpful customer reviews
610 of 664 people (92%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Personal Rating: "Worth playing"
Traditional Rating: 8.5/10
Genre: Survival Horror

For me - Outlast arrived on wave of hype after watching IGN's clip of the game scaring the crap out of many of its contributors. Personally, I love being terrified in gaming but alas very few horror games have been able to chill my blood to the bone and leave a path of sweat trickling down my back. Games like Resident Evil and Silent Hill had the market sown up in the early days but for this gamer they were nothing more than a snooze fest than an actual scare fest. Thanks to the buoyant indie scene horror seems to be coming into its own and particularly on the PC.

A lot can be said how the original Amnesia: The Dark Descent changed the name of the game. By simply placing an ordinary and often troubled main protagonist into a world with no way of defending themselves but instead running and hiding from the terrors of the night developers where finally able to allow pure horror to emerge from the shackles of weaponry.

Outlast takes place in a mental asylum on a dark and stormy night (what doesn't get scarier than that) as you take control of a journalist, Miles Upsher, who acting on a tip-off that things are not well at all at the Mount Massive Mental Institute decides to take poke around to see if there is a valid story worth printing. Armed with nothing more than a hand held cam-corder his investigations will uncover a dark and deeply disturbing secret housed within its walls. It's better the player enter this sick and twisted world with as little information as possible so avoid youtube playthroughs and other detailed reviews until you have played it yourself.

Gameplay wise Outlast employs the same mechanics set about by Amnesia with the exception that the main character can now vault over obstacles in his course whilst fleeing from some of the most disturbing characters ever created for gaming. In between filming what you see you will be doing a lot of frantic running and hiding lest you forfeit your life.

On a scariness level - Outlast succeeds admirably even outdoing Amnesia at its own game. This is truly a terrifying experience (up the ante by turning all the lights off and playing with headphones on) and with fantastic AAA style graphics truly immerses you in a world of horror that is coupled with a sparse but very tense soundtrack. The audio for Outlast and the various sound effects it employs to scare it players is top notch.

If I have one complaint about the game, it's that it gets bogged down by its length. For a horror game to be truly terrifying it needs to be able to sustain that tension and usually tension of this sort can only be sustained for a short period before it becomes rather rote and unfortunately Outlast does become rote somewhere in the middle. It seems the developers (Red Barrels) were far too in love with the idea of scaring gamers that they missed the number one rule - brevity! By the time Outlast reaches the final stages of its story it picks up a bit again (the story it tells is quite a good one for a game of this nature) although it does rely yet again on what's been told countless times before in the movies/print media so you probably won't be particularly surprised or shocked at its outcome.

The DLC - called Whistleblower - that can be purchased to supplement Outlast is a truly harrowing afffair and I would say up's the scariness level by 10. Playing Whistleblower in the dark with the headphones on I could only sustain minutes rather than hours before actually developing a tension headache and on more than one occasion I was literally screaming out aloud in absolute terror (frightening the rest of my household). The main villain in the asylum for this piece - a cannibalistic psycho with an electric chainsaw - is literally the stuff nightmares are made of and had my skin crawling for the majority of the DLC's length. The DLC also succeeds admirably when it comes to the tension because its literally over in 4hrs. I would love to see more additions to the main game like this campaign because I really enjoyed the DLC.

As it stands - Outlast is now my favorite horror game on the PC. It does frustrate me a little that developers, and that includes the Amnesia Developers, still haven't gotten the pattern down perfectly yet (there is no need to artificially inflate your game when it's a horror game) but for a start this is a game headed in the right direction. Lets hope they get hold of a good editor should there be a sequel.
Posted: June 16
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471 of 553 people (85%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Hands down the scariest game I've ever played. Amnesia was awesome, but this game makes Amnesia look like a sunny and romantic walk in the park with your new puppy. :O
Posted: May 3
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462 of 585 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
I told my brother horror games don't scare me. I screamed like a little girl.

10/10 won't play again.
Posted: May 21
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782 of 1,053 people (74%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
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Posted: May 30
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396 of 554 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Naked Tony Abbot cut my head off, the last thing I saw was his ♥♥♥♥♥

Posted: June 4
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1,053 of 1,131 people (93%) found this review helpful
15.4 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 28, 2013
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