Well, it appears that we are, once more, regaled with a tale of terror and madness from Red Barrel Studios, the creators of critically-acclaimed Outlast, probably one of the frightening games since Penumbra. If you thought that it was over, then guess again! On the 25th of April, Red Barrel Studios released the sequel of Outlast and, by the looks of it, the game hasn’t been any scarier than now. Here’s what we know, so far, about this amazing and blood-chilling game.
Outlast 2 – Characters and Setting
As you probably know by now, the first Outlast game focused on the haunting and death-defying experiences of Miles Upshur, an investigative journalist, who goes to the Mount Massive Asylum, a psychiatric institution, in order to investigate the strange happenings that occur there. Little did Upshur knew that the asylum is actually a giant maze and he is the lab rat trapped inside it.
Moving on, in the second installment of the game, you, as the player, take the role of Blake Langermann, a cameraman, who follows his wife to Temple Gate, a town located in a heavily wooded area, to investigate the cult formed around an ominous character named Sullivan Knoth.
As expected, the player will have to do all it takes in order to escape Knoth’s fanatics and monsters. As a small insight into the game’s mind-boggling Universe, Langermann’s fight for life begins with the murder of an unknown woman, whose body is discovered deep in the Arizona desert.
Gameplay and General Considerations
Gameplay-wise, we have to admit that we’re quite impressed with the developer’s steadiness. Instead of opting for something more on the line of open-word with tons of weapons and other ways to deal with monsters, Outlast 2 relies on the same flee or hide system.
This means that, if you see something resembling a monster or a cultist, the best thing to do is to either run like there’s no tomorrow or to find yourself a nice and cozy place to hide. We were especially impressed by the cornfield scene, where you had to do your best in order to stay out of the flashlights’ beams.
Basic game mechanics such as running have been improved to give you that true feeling of terror each time someone is chasing you. And to top it all up, there’s hardly a moment of respite in the game. What do you think of Outlast 2? Share your opinions with us.
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