The highly anticipated sequel to Red Barrels hit Outlast is here! Outlast 2 is set in a new location with lots of strange goings on, you play as Blake Langermann who has just crash landed into the wrong village. Want to know if it’s worth getting? Check out our review…
Outlast 2 the sequel to Outlast which was developed and published by Red Barrels, It features a new journalist who goes by the name Blake Langermann, and his wife Lynn Langermann, who are looking within the Arizona desert to explore the ‘murder’ of the pregnant woman Jane Doe. They end up having a helicopter crash and get separated forcing Blake to work his way through a village that houses people that think the end of the world is happening.
The gameplay in Outlast 2 in comparison to Outlast is much more in depth, I believe that some of the added features are considerably great as it allows for the player to have a more in depth grasp on what is happening around them, this addition is the microphone that allows you to hear enemies more clear around corners or through walls to allow you to avoid them. This obviously slowly drains your batteries and so far the batteries I’ve found have been spread out and well hidden, for example, there’s a few building that you have no need to enter, but if you did you might be rewarded with a battery and/or even the collectable notes about what is happening within the village.
As Blake is equipped with a better camera and is a certified cameraman unlike Miles Upshur from Outlast it allows him to zoom in with the camera and have a clearer image. A new mechanic they have added to the game is an inventory system where your character looks down and you can see how many batteries and bandages you are carrying it also allows you to check up on what current objective you have and it also allows you to look into your cameras recorded sections.
The change of location for Outlast 2 is amazing, as it gives a whole new vibe to the game, yet it stays to its roots of giving a high quality horror with the unique style of being extremely graphic in its own way, which is niche in the gaming industry. Which is another reason as to why this game is so great as there is nothing like it that has a focus on giving out the best quality horror with the right amount jump scares, chases and build up to significant points in the game.
Sticking to the core gameplay of the original is however one of its downfalls, as even though there is the slightly new mechanics, such as the microphone, zooming in and out and also with the inventory check, there is nothing else new so your stuck with having no ability to fight enemies, so when it comes to chase scenarios it is a case of trial and error almost every time as the exit to the chase is not always obvious. This worked for Outlast as it is a lot shorter than Outlast 2 but the game is still worth playing as even the trial and error system you will still get scared out of your mind no matter how many times you replay a certain section.
The story of Outlast 2 is a lot more developed than the story of Outlast in my opinion, as in Outlast 2 you can find suicide notes in the village and find information on Jane Doe and information about the village and what is happening within it, furthermore later in the story Blake begins to have hallucinations which adds a second side to the story of the game and this adds further depth of the protagonist which you didn’t get much from Outlast and this also has some deep emotional play later in the story, this is one of my favourite parts that has been placed in to Outlast 2 as they are done so well, adding information but not explaining it all out in one piece.
The graphics and audio are spot on, just as they were in the original game. No matter where you are in the game you will always feel tense as the background sounds, music and voice acting is done so well that it will leave you scared with how realistic the game sounds and it does a fantastic job of making you feel immersed in such a gruesome world.
All the elements of Outlast 2 come together so well, that I believe it out does The Whistleblower DLC and Outlast together, as the sight of seeing a pile of dead infants and a dead mans corpse mangled and tied together will never leave my head when I think of this franchise, and as horrifying as these images are, they show how dedicated the developers are to making a solid horror game that is on a level that no other is.