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

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    • 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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43 of 65 people (66%) found this review helpful
82 people found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Alt+f4 simulator, try it
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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Great for testing anxiety meds. 10/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 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 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23

You play as this one dude that has camera, but smarter than the dude with a camera on the Slendarman games. You walk into this Asylum to investigate, despite knowing the dangers you'll face, you decided to bring just camera. No knife, no bandage, nothing to defend yourself. You continued walking towards the gate and into the building. The offices look pretty decent, decent enough that you can actually work in it, but you are an investigator, not an office worker.

The guy you're playing as seems to have an history about murder and rarely being surprised by dead bodies. Truth be told, you don't have a memory about your past. You're one of the protagonist who can live and finish the game without knowing you're very own history.

You meet several people, knowing that they are from an insane asylum, you believed what they say anyways and followed their order. Some want to kill you, some just ignore, and some just ask you to do stuff for them. Congrats, you just became the errand boy for them.

When halfway through the game you notice, you started to wonder, why he decided to continue exploring alone rather than going back outside and telling the police. You got enough evidence when you walked to the asylum, what else does the police need to be persuaded? The guy was one of the rejected members of the Mystery Gang where they try solving the case without the police help, that what the guy is trying to prove them that he is a capable member of the Mystery Gang. After he solves the problem, then he call the police.

In the end, you didn't call the police, you called a military group and you got F***** bad

(jk here's the real review)

Outlast does a great job with it environment. The place itself is scary enough that you want to quit the game, when you step outside your car. The people you encounter seems to be easy to avoid by just going far enough out of their AI pathing to make them stop chasing you. Some of the scares are quite predictable and easy to avoid. The story itself is pretty good and has a deeper meaning than you originally thought.

To summarize everything
You're part of the Mystery Gang
Atmosphere is great
The people in the asylum is stupid
You're smarter than the guy in Slenderman

My recommendation for this game: YES/YES
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
insane game +rep
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
I got spooked
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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2 of 2 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Great atmosphere, great setting, great story.
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14.1 hrs
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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Yung Shaun
3.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
let me start off, i almost ♥♥♥♥ing died at 5:08 am in the morning i ♥♥♥♥ hate u guys i still need to go to sleep :( legit ♥♥♥♥ off i hate u i rather die by drinking chlorox than getting killed by that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ in the generator room i hate u :( but good game tho legit made me want to die
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8.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
it's a good game
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2.2 hrs
Posted: October 22
YES, always scares me! If you want a scare then play this!!!
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9.3 hrs
Posted: October 21
Outlast - pure horror.

This game is very frightening, so be warned: If you are easily scared, you have to think twice about buying it.

The presentation is brilliant. Not only the graphics are superb, but also the sound adds to the eerie feeling you have all the time. I also liked that the character clearly shows his fear by fast breathing and whimpering - and trust me, it is all too natural to do so when you experience such terror.
The controls are also very good. It is most of the time quite easy to manoeuvre through th asylum. Only once in a while, I tried to jump over or crouch through obstacles and it did not work because I was supposed to take another route.
The story and the background information you learn about throughout the game are also very intriguing and fit nicely into the scenario.
I can absolutely recommend Outlast to all horror fans who are not too afraid of running like hell from various atrocities that will be encountered in that asylum. And you often have to either run or hide because you will never fight as you are a journalist, not a soldier.

I will always remember Outlast as one of the most frightening titles I have ever played.

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F.E. Calmatter
0.9 hrs
Posted: October 21
just rotates clockwise. faulty. but i got it cheap so expect games to stop working regardless of cost. if you get games cheap and they don't work you're supposed to shut up and accept it only cost 99c. or 2.99 or 4.99 or 9.99. or 39.99. at least it's stopped piracy.
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4.2 hrs
Posted: October 20
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Shorror (eh...)
4.3 hrs
Posted: October 20
It's not really that scary, and when you aren't scared by it it doesn't have a whole lot else going for it.

Beat it in under 3 hours, 1 hour was afk to get a burgah.

Short, not scary, not very interesting.
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2.2 hrs
Posted: October 20
I'm never coming out of that closet...
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