Four years after the original Outlast released in 2013, Outlast 2 follows the perspective of Blake Langermann. In Outlast 2, we find ourselves right in the thick of Sullivan Knoth and his followers, who are preparing for the tribulations of the end of times. It’s been critically praised for the graphics, sound design and atmosphere. So, check out all you need to know and a spoiler-free review now!
Journalist Blake Langermann and his wife Lynn are roaming the Arizona desert to explore the murder of an unnamed pregnant woman. However, after their helicopter crashes, they are separated from each other. And now Blake is trying to find his wife. All whilst travelling through a village inhabited by a deranged sect that believes the end of days are upon them. Check out the story trailer below!
Our (Spoiler-Free) Review – ★★★★★
The story follows both the present and the past of Blake’s life. In the past – which is set in a school – you learn about what happened to Blake and Lynn’s friend Jessica. And in the present, you learn about a delirious Christian cult – lead by Sullivan Knox – and a Satanic splinter group known as the Heretics – lead by Val. But, both sides are after Lynn so it’s no easy task for Blake to get back to his wife and escape. As you make your way through the game you discover letters and video recordings that bring the story together.
Set in a secluded villages surrounded by forests, Outlast 2 makes great use of the chilling atmosphere. From heavy fog to extreme darkness, it can be difficult to navigate your way through the wilderness and it’s really hard to see what’s hiding in the dark. And even the scenes when we’re taken back to a more modern and brighter school, it’s still an extremely chilling experience. But the atmosphere is truly perfected when the blood rain begins and gives the game a stunning (and equally terrifying) red haze.
And instead of having a torch or flashlight for a source of light, you have to use the night vision on your camera, which gives the game a green tinge. But using this also drains the battery, so whilst you need to see you also need to be cautious of the battery life at the same time.
The music also plays a big part in making the game more intense. With an incredible soundtrack composed by Samuel Laflamme, the game becomes even more terrifying – particularly Martha’s chase music.
Although the story and setting are completely different to the first game, Outlast 2 stays true to the original by the fact that you play as a journalist and document your horrifying experience on camera. And you’re unable to fight back against the enemies, so it’s either run or hide. As a slight warning, like the first Outlast game, it gets very violent at times.
Outlast 2 is an amazing game that relies heavily on the atmosphere to make things super scary. And the graphic are exceptional, making the game terrifyingly beautiful. So, if you’re a horror game fan, the Outlast series is one you don’t want to miss out on!
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