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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"The game unfolds with merely you and your camera. There's no combat, but the atmosphere just sucks you in and jump scares you off to the finish."

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March 31

Now available on Mac & Linux!

After popular demand, we're happy to announce the immediate release of Outlast for Mac and Linux!

You can now explore the mysteries of Mount Massive Asylum on your favorite platform.

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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.

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    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
    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 5 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard
    Recommended:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 5 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard
    Minimum:
    • 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+
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard
    Recommended:
    • 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+
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Standard
Helpful customer reviews
457 of 530 people (86%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
As soon as I get out of here I am going to write a poor review for this hospital on Yelp.
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818 of 981 people (83%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
*starts new game*

*gets out of car and looks at asylum*

*quits game and erases my hard drive*

10/10 would erase my hard drive again
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208 of 224 people (93%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
MINI REVIEW – OUTLAST

Details
Developer: Red Barrels
Engine: Unreal Engine 3.5
Genre: Survival horror
Mode: Single-player
Release year: 2013

The Good
☺Very atmospheric, dark soundtrack
☺Intense and thrilling chase moments
☺Interesting story of the crazy asylum
☺Well designed levels that are fun to explore
☺Graphically a nice looking game

The Bad
☹Relies too much on jumpscares
☹Hiding in same lockers and under same beds gets repetitive

Worth Noting
  • The game contains a lot of gore and nude content. If you don't mind seeing a few corpses and whistles from time to time, it shouldn't be a huge issue. But seriously, I wouldn't recommend this game for younger audience.

The Verdict: "Worth playing"

"A sick ride, but in a good way. Definitely one of my favorite horror games on PC."


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104 of 110 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
"What are you going to play next?"
"Umm. Outlast I guess. It's been in my backlog since summer. Supposed to be scary or something."

And there I went. Oblivious to what I was getting into. Honestly, I had only watched 2 minutes of vids online
and a Conan O Brian review. Then came the game; immediately creepy. And it quickly moved on to scary and terrifying.
The world seemed a bit Portal 2-ish, but the actual gameplay...was amazing. Pacing, story, real HORROR, and tension
like I had not really felt in a horror game. Not that I have played a ton of horror titles, but I would put it on par with early Silent Hill games.

I won't go into the details. Really, it would spoil it for you. Honestly, very basic. You are a reporter checking out the weird stuff
happening at the aslyum. And then you walk in into an evil Wonderland complete with menacing large evil killers and a nutso with
no pants.

Speaking of that, tweedle-nude and tweedle-nuder didn't get me once. I was kinda proud of that.

You can't fire a gun or use a weapon. The only defense is running, hiding, ducking, and having your heart up in your throat
as Chris Walrider walks by you...aw! He found me! AwHHHHHH!! RUNNNN!!!

Of all the games I have played this year, this has to be one of the best made in totality. The length is just right. Cues and
progression move at an exact rhythm that does not allow you to slow your scare down. The jumpscares are there, but are by no means
the meat of the game. There are no useless time wasting missions. Everything has a reason and the most annoying mission in the game
is perhaps one of the most terrifying when you do not know what will happen next at all. Normal difficulty is not impossible and not once
did I get stuck on geometry. A few things are not apparent - that much is true. Granted, if they were the game would not be hard enough.
It's just right. Really. It's absolutely just right. Kudos to the dev team.

At one point I told my buddy I was really wasn't super scared anymore by about the middle of the game. BUT. I could not play for more than
an hour or so or my heart would not slow down enough for me to sleep well. Too much tension. Then he said "Isn't that what terrifying means?"
He was right. Even when the horrific graphics no longer phased me, it was the sheer tension of the game that kept me in it's grip.
That is amazing, and impressed me more than many AAA titles I've played in the past.
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91 of 106 people (86%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
The first time I played this game, I decided that leaning back in my chair was a good idea.
It wasnt a good idea.

Constipated? Have a seat on the toilet while playing this game and watch all of your problems "go right down the crapper".

10/10 would ♥♥♥♥ myself and fall backwards in my chair again.
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78 of 94 people (83%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
1. Buy This game
2. Get in asylum
3. Scared
4. Delete this game

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49 of 53 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Outlast is a survival horror game that takes place in the Mount Massive Asylum. You are Miles Upshur, a journalist who has come to Mount Massive having received an email from someone within the facility (the main character in Whistleblower) which raised concerns about the safety of the facility and Murkoff, the company who run it. You will not encounter any scary monsters in this game, those who you run from are men, twisted by Murkoff.

A word of warning, this game is extremely graphic and contains some very disturbing scenes, this game is absolutely not appropriate for a younger audience.

+Gorgeous graphics which help add to the immersion of the game
+Interesting setting
+Truly terrifying and not just because of the jumpscares but because of the atmosphere of the game
+The game's sound design is fantastic and helps contribute to the above point
+You cannot fight what you come across in the asylum, you can only run and hide
+Unpredictable enemies makes the game even more scary
+Intense chase scenes
+Outstanding voice acting adds to the immersion of the game
+Some very interesting characters
+The 'people' you come across in the asylum who were once patients feel very real, mainly due to their unpredictability and the voice acting, and it really helps add to the immersiveness and atmosphere of the game

+/-Some very graphic and disturbing scenes, some may find these too much but I feel they help to add to the realism of the game
+/-You don't have time to catch your breath as there are no parts of this game where a scare isn't lurking around the corner

-Very little replay value
-You're gonna need more underwear

Verdict:
9

An outstanding horror experience made great by its atmosphere and characters more than anything. A must have for survival horror fans.

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El K.
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36 of 37 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 30
A truly great horror game experience that whilst it made use of jump scares, did not rely on them. An engaging story of horror, with a cast of sick and twisted individuals to torment and terrify you.

Set in an insane asylum run by a nefarious group, you play an intrepid reporter, intent on getting a great stroy. Unfortunately for you, it turns out that you are to become that great story, and your aims quickly change to a simpler one: Get Out!

There is a mix of supernatural and pseudo science that has an X-Files feeling to it but at its heart this game is a classic horror experience. You don't fight, you run and you hide. Actually the hide mechanics are pretty good and the 'enemy' AI will keep you on your toes (or cowering under a bed). And the game uses an interesting mechanic in the nightvision mode of the camera. It allowed the game to cover you in darkness and yet still be able to see, albeit not very well, and having to use valuable batteries. But more importantly it somehow made the game feel more real. More like a documentary gone wrong. Something akin to the Blair Witch Project.

If you like horror games, this is a must have.

You can see my playthrough of this game here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFCh-5BXs6M&index=1&list=PLE7DlYarj-Dcgi5vf_vnazG4kzaSqrpjV

And my play through of the DLC (Whistleblower) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI5-KCpqwPs&index=1&list=PLE7DlYarj-DfItvZz_L4yOTgJ6B5UCnQH
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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
*starts new game*

*gets out of car and looks at asylum*

*quits game *

10/10 would quit again
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
Outlast gives the player the feeling that they're in constant danger of death throughout the entire game. Enemies do massive amounts of damage on anything other than Normal difficulty and on Insane difficulty, they will instantly kill you. My heart rate didn't go down for over 3 hours while I was playing this on Insane difficulty and I'm walking away from this game shaking. I would absolutely recommend this game if you don't any have heart problems and are interested in an extremely stressful experience.
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45 of 69 people (65%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
Finally found some creatures that are uglier than Miley Cyrus and Nicki Minaj.


i r8 8/8 m8
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Bought game spent more time paused than playing, went trough 3 door's screamed like a girl wont play again.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
OUTLAST what a wonderful awesome horror game.



Dont think that this game will be easy for you , dont think that you will finish this game without any dead... dont think that this game it's one big s.h.i.t.


Never played better horror game, this game it's awesome, If you like horrors you MUST play it . but watch out... this game it's really scary

Outlast utilizes startling imagery and precision timing to make you call to daddy or mammy .

+ / the most important + in game
Graphic
sounds
some really , really scary moments
place of game


Gameplay 10/10 Sounds 9/10 graphic 9/10

10/10

and dont forget about DLC whistleblower ! .... it's scary the same like this... Good luck and Good night

I dont need to say anymore only have fun :D
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Outlast Pros and Cons Review:
@24/03/2015
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Overview:
Outlast is a survival horror, You are playing as a detective discovering the untold truth about "Mount Massive Asylum", From the point of you entering the asylum and through on out you very soon come to realise this asylum is not one for the faint of heart, Will you record and collect what you can then get out alive?

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Pros:

+The games graphics were by far the best for any survivial horror game coming out.

+The game has plenty of graphical options from the usual screen resolution etc and graphics properties for the Effects, Shadows and Textures.

+The story takes its time, You do not jump in and expect a quick scare, this story is well thought out about its scares and encounters in such a way which makes you feel permenatly on edge.

+Atmosphere is spot on, If you are luckly enough to run this game on th best of qualitys and have a good pair of headphones you are in for a serious scare, Monster chases and erie rooms and enough lockers to keep you clusterphobic needs at rise, it is truely a horrific experience.

+Animations and death scenes are creepy and perfectly done, There are hundreds of them inside the game and all of them give the diffrenent encounters a sense of discomfort.

+Perfect Erie Soundtrack along the way when playing.

+The camera idea is perfect, the idea of how you rely on your camera for both data, site and movement is amazing in such a game.

+The game provides characters you can enjoy even if they are trying to kill you, the dialog and speeches the enconters have are both funny and different throughout each one.

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Cons:

-The effects option can be a bit annoying, on lower resolution monitors I have noticed how the effects detail being on High causes the screen to almost fog up with dust particles distracting myself from the game and at times becoming rather annoying, if you are running a slower computer expect to turn it down also since it can really chug on your processes.

-Beds and Lockers can become overused, When in a boss chase it feels almost as if it is your only option whilst running away and hiding otherwise you are running and there is no coming back unless you want to get smacked.

-Jumpscares can become overused but this can be overlooked at times.

-Some of the Asylum characters can be low detailed or the texutres appear to be repeated and used again around the game.

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Final Verdict:
Outlast is a terrific classic for myself and I would say for others looking to play the game is outstanding and if you can overlook the small cons to this game you have a really fun journey ahead of you! 84/100 Score.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
The jumpscares aren't the only thing that makes you ♥♥♥♥ in your pants. It's your heartbeat, your every breath, your missing fingers, the air you breath, the smell of your wet pants. Everything about this game will make you call for your mom.
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
I thought it's overrated but it's not.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
a scary and really tense horror game, there is no combat here so you have to run and hide all the time, which makes it even scarier. tense atmosphere, great story and amazing creepy sounds ( jump scares included too) that adds a lot to the experience. it takes around 5 hours to finish the main game.

so is it worthy of a purchase ? i bet my smelly brown pants it is.

Edit: i have just finished the WhistleBlower DLC, the gameplay is pretty much the same as the main game, but it adds a lot to the story as a prequel and it explains what happens after the ending of the main story. highly recommended for sure.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Absolutely terrifying and intense from start to finish. You will feel nothing but fear and horror throughout the entire game, it's simply amazing.

So all my life I've been watching horror movies, read scary novels and what not. Figured Outlast wouldn't be that much of a difference, but it turns out I was wrong. Outlast throws you into the depths of hell by the name of Mount Massive Asylum and really pushes you to the limit. As soon as you pick up the camera and sneak into the building you can feel the intensity rising. You're about to have an experience of a lifetime, in between running for your life, hiding under beds or just screaming like a little girl as you try to find a way out.

The story could have been a bit more polished. At times it was quite confusing what was really going on, could it be I had missed a file somewhere which could explain what just happened? But overall I found it more and more intriguing the deeper I went. The more files I picked up, the more characters I met. Every meeting with a new main character really messes with your mind. They're all twisted in their own little ways, ranging from wanting to cut you to pieces to stitch you back up, eating your flesh or just brutally ripping you apart for their own amusement.

I greatly enjoyed the immersive atmosphere of the game. The distant lights you hoped to be safe, the creeping shadows you tried to hide in. It really felt like you were there, surviving for your own life whilst trying to figure out what really happened in the depths of the asylum.

The Whistleblower DLC
Is definitely a great addition to the game, and it delivers horror in a different way. You're taking the role of Waylon Park, a software engineer who works for Murkoff who is also responsible for the e-mail which brought the reporter, Miles Upshur, to the asylum. Having a completely new perspective on what's going on it still delivered the same, if not more horror on top of an already extremely scary game.

Overall the game gave me an amazing experience I'd recommend to anyone who would like a good scare and/or a great story to throw yourself into. However, keep in mind that it does contain quite vulgar language, gore and a lot of nudity.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
139.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
outlast is a awesome game that i have ever played and i think there should be a number 3 for outlast
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Only at the start of the game and i was ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ myself because of those god damn jumpscares... Anymore and i'll have a heart attack.


Buy this game, because the developers deserve some money. this game is great! scary, the only downside you'll be paying a lot of money on heart medication after you finish the game!
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