Outlast 2 is a first-person survival horror video game developed and published by Red Barrels for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on April 25, 2017. It is the sequel to the 2013 video game Outlast, and features a journalist named Blake Langermann, along with his wife Lynn, roaming the Arizona desert to explore the murder of a pregnant woman, Jane Doe. Outlast 2’s intense gameplay and AI makes it tense and exhilarating. During the majority of the game, you evade two different factions of a religious cult that want you dead. Arizona’s countryside provides variety in its environments, from traversing a lake by raft to entering the depths of a mine. Although the large areas are diverse, they can be disorienting.
Adding to that you are weaponless and vulnerable, meaning when enemies spot you, your survival hinges on how fast you run and hide. Running only works for so long since your stamina lowers quickly and you have to break the line of sight when chased. You may hide under a bed, in a closet, in a barrel, or underwater. Each area provides plenty of ways to escape which means its totally upto you on how to evade enemies. The only tool at your disposal is your camcorder,
which helps you see in the dark with its night vision and notifies you of enemy whereabouts with its microphone’s audio levels. Using night vision is terrifying with its loss of definition and shades of green, and the microphone is effective in helping you gauge when it’s safe to leave a hiding spot. Both features are intuitive, but come at a cost. Using your camcorder depletes its battery, and limited supplies are scattered around. While irksome when you run out, the battery system effectively amps up paranoia since you regularly rely on your camcorder to see.Outlast 2 is full of tense chase scenes, a prominent feature returning from the last entry. Sometimes a demonic woman wielding a large weapon pursues you and brutally cuts off Blake’s genitals. Other times, crazed cultists hunt you down in packs, and you vault over obstacles and crawl underneath patios as pitchforks try to stab you from above.Chase scenes are just one of the many ways Outlast 2 scares you. A fixation on torture is rampant – you see starved humans in iron cages, contorted corpses wrapped in barbed wire, and victims impaled on long spikes.These are all just the tip of an iceberg, Outlast 2 asks more questions than it answers, and too much is left to your interpretation. This ambiguity might have worked, but it makes the conclusion unsatisfying. Even with its hiccups, it is nonetheless an intense ride that makes you question your sanity. If gory thrills are something you seek, Outlast 2 provides plenty to keep you on the edge of your seat as long as you can look past the clumsy storytelling. Therefore make sure to play and experience this must have game.