Horror games don’t have to be subtle, but can be stomach-turning violent as in Red Barrels‘ found footage-inspired first-person survival Outlast 2.
If you’ve been following these pages and reviews, you might be aware of me being a big horror fan. So the first game and the DLC captured the terror of being put through bodily hell perfectly. Both games went quite far, especially Outlast: Whistleblower, when it came to sexual content and what’s possible to show without censorship, and this game seems to be no different in controversial violence.
Something the DLC could be accused of was that it was a rehash of the same story in the same environment, so it’s nice to see a change of setting and also character. The game tells the story of Blake Langermann, a cameraman who works together with his wife Lynn as reporters, following up the murder of a pregnant woman in the Arizona desert. When Lynn is abducted by a zealous sect, it’s up to Lake and his trusty nightvision camera to take them down and serve justice.
The game might not have the most original story and as far as first impressions go, gameplay doesn’t deviate too much from the tried and tested run-and-sneak gameplay, but if it’s another thrill ride with uncomfortable scenes to sit through, then it should certainly be worth checking out for horror fans who can stomach it, even if it means that it’s only a different setting with more outdoors activities. If you’re interested reading more about the game’s inception, make sure to check out the interview on GOG
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