The game will take place in the same universe as Outlast, after the events of the Mount Massive Asylum Slaughter. Murkoff is also scheduled to make their appearance. According to the developers, the main setting takes place in a secluded village, located somewhere in the canyons of Arizona. Blake Langermann, a cameraman, with his wife Lynn, travel to southern Arizona to investigate the murder of a Jane Doe. The woman was previously found eight months pregnant by the side of the road, before committing suicide in the hospital that she was brought to, according to the facility’s records. Due to the desert climate and the region being inaccessible by land vehicles, the two take a chopper to reach their destination, which ends up crashing from unknown complications. Blake wakes up sometime after, with Lynn nowhere in sight. Later, Blake realises that he’s been stranded in a village with cult members that believe the end of times is upon them. His main goal is to find Lynn and escape alive from the hostile villagers.
My first reaction to this game was the sheer quality of visual and sound effects that has been added to give that real horror feel. Using the Unreal Engine 3 you can really see the quality in the visuals. My only experience with survival horrors this year has been Resident Evil 7 and that for me was one of the best I’ve played in a while. Outlast 2 has been banned in a few countries Australia being one of them. The story is twisted and disturbing and features a few things I honestly don’t feel comfortable commenting on. The way you play is really good and adds to the survival horror genre but it really baffles me that you can’t defend yourself. Like ok, you don’t have a gun which is good but surely Blake can pick up a plank of wood to warn off the creepy stalkers? You have a camera that you need to record footage and also take photos of documents you find, this requires batteries that you find littered throughout the game, but most of the time you find these batteries next to torches which again you can’t pick up and being that majority of this game is set in a dark and eerie atmosphere you have to rely on the night vision mode on the camera, this really does set the scene for the game though, think Blair witch project style.
Throughout the game, you will run into locals that will chase you and attempt to kill you but you can hide from them or outrun them. Hiding is really cool…just don’t press the wrong button otherwise you may end up peeking up and then exiting your hiding spot like I did on many occasions and then found myself in a sticky situation.
You can hide in barrels, wardrobes, under beds or even under water to name a few. Blake is able to run and crouch behind objects to avoid their pursuers, there is a limited sprint mechanic, which will decrease the more the player runs. The movement system was also reworked allowing players to slide when running. Players can restore health by bandaging their wounds. This, however, takes a few seconds and can be disrupted by nearby enemies.
Whilst playing Outlast 2 you occasionally get flashbacks to Blake when he was in fourth grade which again is eerie, I hate children in any horror format so going back to school days is scary enough.
Outlast 2 is by far one of the most disturbing games I’ve played and even though I was scared throughout I couldn’t put the controller down. It plays on emotions and also your fears. Like i mentioned before there are a few times where I felt really uncomfortable due to the sickening scene laid upon you, I’d like to say it is all part of the story but I’m sure there are some sick people in this world that would either do the stuff in this game or have done it.