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.
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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

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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.


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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible
    • OS: OS X 10.9
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 750M / Intel Iris Pro 5200 / Radeon HD 3xxx
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard
    • OS: OS X 10.9
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB NVIDIA GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 6850
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard
    • OS: Ubuntu 12 / Fedora 20 / Steam OS
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GT 750M / 9800GTX / Radeon HD 3xxx. OpenGL 3.2+
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard
    • OS: Ubuntu 14 / Fedora 21 / Steam OS
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB NVIDIA GTX 460 / ATI Radeon HD 6850. OpenGL 4.x+
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard
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27.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Summary/ Overview Outlast from a Christian's Perspective
Outlast is a first-person survival horror game published by Red Barrels on September 4, 2013. You play as Miles Upshur, an investigative reporter that is called in to investigate strange and unlawful practices of Murkoff Corporation. The game takes place from the 1930's to the middle through late 1940's based on a true story around operation paperclip, a true account of criminal records that were kept based on a real insane asylum, also known near this time as Madhouses. In these mental hospitals, patients would be placed in separate rooms on different floors. Some were cannibalistic, others psychotic, some with schizophrenia, others with multiple personality disorders and yet others for a lust of flesh and bone. In fact, the events that take place in this game are so accurate; I believe that the developers in one interview lied on the web that they barely know everything about the greater themes behind their first game, Outlast. I know without a doubt that they know things that they have kept secret out of the view of public eyes, behind closed doors and windows.

They force you into severe human deprivation and down a road of fear of human dilapidation in which they reveal the secrets of darkness that is found in Satanism but within the wrong light. They encourage the malpractice of darkness by using biochemical elements that are hidden in the game.

Phenomenology, Hegel and Heidegger Overview in the Horror Genre at Its Core, The Tri-Unity of Darkness
Visual Stimulation
The first main element that they use to trick the mind into confusing your immediate perception, shifts based on the background images and objects, props placed throughout the environment. They use the game's soundtrack to distill the fear and bring the action, fear, dread and a biochemical drug known as dopamine to relax your mind while your conscious and subconscious remain separate from each other. They use this tactic so then you will be unaware of the hidden themes, messages, objects and props used when you are in the first-person perspective as an insider so you won't be able to see the Satanism and corruption as you go through ' hell' fighting through the dark powers of this world. It is a madhouse full of naked men, naked twins who are deranged that try to murder you, a demonic presence known as ' the Walrider' and an arch-rival on a conquest for blood known as Chris Walker.
The soundtrack is used to drive the action to distract you away from evil presences and evil spirits in the game keeping your mind occupied on something else in which they believe you won't have time to see the other elements used in visual representations and deeper themes only found in the non-perceptible world of metaphysics. Metaphysics, the existence of being, the effect of human deprivation that affects the heart, body, mind and soul. The body being your flesh that desires sin, the mind being the rational, irrational and patterns of negative thinking that your mind reflects on and processes through the connection of the body (flesh) to the mind (theoretical thinking, third-person view as an outsider within the subconscious) and the immediate conscious being the perceptions of your senses through visual stimulation.
Outlast 2 Speculation
There are not as many props and objects in Outlast I as there are in Outlast II in which I have found.
For example, though, in Outlast II there are two rocking horses. These rocking horses represent the loss of innocence. One is placed idly while the other rocks back and forth before you get to the well in Outlast II. The rocking back and forth represents the present loss of innocence and dreams which is very noticeable because they place it horizontally, so the gamer notices right before hearing a girl stuck inside a well that transports you towards another dimension in the Pax demo.
Examples of the corruption in their new game, Outlast 2 and Links to Human Nature and Human Deprivation as They Apply to deep contextual Metaphysics and Illustrate Real-life Examples

Links, Research References (Mostly Outlast II but some blend in with Outlast)
1. More on the Jonestown Massacre of 1978, https://www.bizarrepedia.com/jonestown-mass-suicide/

2. More on Jim Jones as a leader of ' The Family,' http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/?page_id=33190

3. Outlast analyzed more in-depth with another guy's theory, http://all-things-outlast.tumblr.com/post/140869455754/analyzing-the-outlast-2-teaser-trailer

4. More on some things of Outlast II: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/VideoGame/OutlastII

5. " The Nature of Human Nature: An Empirical Case for Withholding Judgment: Perhaps Indefinitely" - Vol. 16, No.1, Political Economy and Political Psychology, pp. 81-97 for more on The Cosmic Order, Cosmic Disorder, and nature of humanistic ideals

6. More on the Human Nature and Human Conscious of the mind. We know themes are included by the restated and aforementioned quote by Red Barrels, "
" A Twisted Journey through the depths of the Human Mind where everything and nothing is Black and Gray." I encourage you if you can get your hands on this. I only did because I am a University Student, so I get some Online e-books from what I pay invested into college. It is called, " Hegel's Philosophy of the Mind" by Wallace.W.; & Miller, A.V.

7. Finally, Daniel Pitt's Interview with the development team of the creators behind Outlast and Outlast 2 you can find here: http://pressa2join.com/interviews/red-barrels-outlast-2-interview

Themes and Corruption of Outlast II Based off of the Pax Demo and Themes, Concepts You Can Expect to See. Some of the same metaphysical themes also connecting both games, Outlast and Outlast II (1000+ views now)( Jane Doe)

Age/ Content Rating
I recommend personally, 21+ years of age and older for a game like this. Do not let anyone who is a minor play this game. This game is meant for adults only because of the graphic nature, cannibalism, misogynistic themes, homosexuality, castration in the Whistleblower dlc, slander, masturbation, one sexual scene with body on body contact with a dead body, corrupt ethics with the background of the morphogenic engine that is supposed to change the patients composure and mental state to be savages, strong language, nudity, murder, blasphemy and severe themes of human deprivation used to drive the game's influences, themes and Satanism found in two specific areas, the Walrider and in the downloadable content of two people talking among themselves which becomes one person with a multiple personal disorder of dissociative properties that comes after you to chase you before you face Gluskin in the Whistleblower, a deranged man that has replaced men's body parts with women's.

Biblical Scriptures that Condemn Outlast and Outlast II
Murder, Injustice, Lust, Revenge (Isa 1:21-26; Matt 5:27-30; Matt 5:33-37; Matt 5:38-42; Matt 7: 15-20 (cf. Luke 6:43-45).
Evil Spirits, Demons, Idleness (Mk 1:25-27 (cf. Luke 4:31-37); 2 Thess 2: 1-12; 2 Thess 3:11-15

Overall - 8/10 - While the game is consistent throughout and seen by others as entertainment, it is one of the goriest, darkest horror games in the market that is entertaining for the main horror audience, but morally abject towards those who are sensitive. Also, those within religion. I recommend it only because it is a game that needs to be talked about within religion, the Church of Christ and among parents,minors.

For more great and detailed reviews, my Steam accounts:
1. TheDragonsNiche http://steamcommunity.com/id/Oldschool1993159/recommended/
2. TheDragonsNiche(2)http://steamcommunity.com/id/InsightfulJourney/recommended/
3. DragonsWild
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28 of 41 people (68%) found this review helpful
73 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Great for testing anxiety meds. 10/10
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
I like this game, it reminds me of Amnesia.

Both protagonists are asthmatic drama queens, locked inside of a building.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
I usually don't play horror games nor watch horror movies because they make me laugh. I mean, they're not scary enough to scare me but Outlast did its job very well. It is a great game that made me almost ♥♥♥♥ my pants. You can't fight back when they attack you. All you can do is hide and run. That what makes the game scary anyway. I jumped too many times while playing, I felt really nervous while opening the doors, the atmosphere of the game is great, gives you chills and the story is brilliant. Long story short, if you want to experience some scary and disgusting hours, buy Outlast.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
insane game +rep
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
55.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Another classic like Amnesia. And you need to play dlc. It really concludes the story and just as scary.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
This game is very good and really a good game to play.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Great atmosphere, great setting, great story.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
This game is one of the most terrifying survival horror games I haver played. It makes Alien: Isolation or Amnesia look like a fun game to play with your children. The whole game, from the moment you get out of your car to the very end, there is an intense tension and feeling of dread, which is my favorite type of scariness in a game. There are some jump scares but not so many that the game feels full of them, and the ones that are used are done smoothly. Overall I'd highly reccomend the game to any fan of the survival horror genre.
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dale the radacool gamer
9.9 hrs
Posted: October 28
outlast is a horror game set in an asylum (we are off to a great start) your objective is to find out whats going on in the place and that objective changes fast. you run from mosnters pick up batteries and documents. that doesnt sound like much but its really fun to play (and scary asf) sometimes it gets annoying. overall outlast is an enjoyible horror game with a good (not great) plot



+ good graphics
+ the scares arent cheap crappy jumpscares
+ has a great atmosphere
+ not to repetitive (ok sometimes)


- 6 hours short (my time)
- sometimes repetitive
- sometimes AI glitches or glitches happen

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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 28
Genuinely engaging and scary.
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9.5 hrs
Posted: October 28
Acordei meus vizinhos culpa desse jogo
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2.2 hrs
Posted: October 28
Bought it for 2 hours ago and have been playing it. It's freaking scary.. Getting Outlast 2 also!! :DD
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Vildrix | trade.tf
2.7 hrs
Posted: October 28
Awesome game! It really is. One day i will play this trough...maybe not today or tomorrow but one day...
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1.1 hrs
Posted: October 28
this game scared me as fu*k
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9.2 hrs
Posted: October 28
This game is simply a is great. It might be a few years old, but the ambiance and scares are well done. This is scary on so many levels. The enemies are creepy, sound design is genious and the camera light night shot combined with constant need to recharge makes for a chilling experience. You will yell.You will be scared. This game is still very good and relevant to prepare you for the second game coming soon! My biggest complain is that after facing the same ennemy a few time, it get a little easier to fool their pattern making it easier. But yet, I have not played on hard. The game is also pretty short (around 5 hours) but playing The DLC is well worth it too and last about 3 more hours and some insight on how everything started.

I recommend watching my video ''Outlast in a nutshell: Rest in pieces''.
It is a very funny edit of my full 8h playthrough condensed in under 20 minutes with only the best scares, story moments and many funny edits! Just be wary of spoilers!
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2.0 hrs
Posted: October 28
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6.7 hrs
Posted: October 28
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1.7 hrs
Posted: October 28
Made me use a nightlight to sleep.

I'm an adult.

And never even used one as a kid.

But I'm a wuss though, still a great, suspenseful game.
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