Our Nation’s Outlast Whistleblower Review

Developer: Red Barrels
Publisher: Red Barrels
Platforms: Xbox One,  PlayStation 4 and PC
Release Date: May 6, 2014
Reviewed On: Xbox One (Pre-release Reviewer Copy)

Outlast Whistleblower is the first DLC for the widely-feared critically acclaimed survival horror game.  And by survival horror, I mean survival horror with a whole lot of scare.

Horror games are few and far in between, especially ones that create intense, heart-wrenching moments such as Outlast.  The genre definitely doesn’t get the attention it deserves but sometimes for good reason.  Some aren’t scary.  Some aren’t horrific enough.  Some just make it too easy to survive.

Well, Outlast is not one of those games.  It is the best survival horror game of the decade, and if you haven’t played it then you sure are missing out, especially since it was free for PS Plus members a few months back.

Regardless, pick it up and play it.  You won’t be disappointed.

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The Insanity That Started It All

Outlast is a first-person perspective horror fest that follows Miles Upshur, a freelance journalist, that travels to the remote mountains of Colorado to Mount Massive Asylum, a psychiatric hospital owned and operated by the Murkoff Corporation, after receiving an email tip from someone calling themselves “The Whistleblower.”

The email claims that the Murkoff Corporation is using psychiatric patients for their own testing purposes and deceiving the world through the use of the Mount Massive Asylum.

After arriving to the asylum, Miles breaks into the facility and encounters a slew of dead bodies throughout the corridors.  Eventually he stumbles upon an impaled mercenary who warns him to leave the asylum.

However, it’s too late.  Miles is thrown into a whirlwind of deceit as he navigates through Mount Massive Asylum trying to discover the truth, all while trying to stay alive.

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The Whistleblower

Outlast Whistleblower is a prequel that sets up the events that occur in the main game.  Whistleblower begins with doctor Waylon Park sending an anonymous tip as, none other than, “The Whistleblower” to a journalist to blow open the events that are taking place at Mount Massive Asylum.

However, like most frantic people doing something they know risks their lives, Waylon fails to cover his tracks when sending the message and is caught by the Murkoff Corporation.

He is beat and volunteered against his will to become a patient at Mount Massive Asylum.  However, when he wakes, all hell is breaking loose – literally.

Again, you are tasked with escaping and surviving the godforsaken asylum, all while video recording your every move.

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Dark shadows lurk everywhere.  Use them to your advantage as you move around the asylum using the night vision on your camcorder to avoid the mentally ill psychopaths that won’t stop for nothing to cut you open.  Be sure to collect as many batteries along the way because you never know just how badly you might need them!

Outlast Whistleblower is a phenomenal add on to the main game and acts as an amazing prequel to the events that were experienced as Miles.  The scares are plentiful, the darkness is ominous, and the music is heart-wrenching.  Combine it all and you have a recipe for a hell of an experience – in hell!

I was scared at every corner while I walked around uncharted territories of the asylum that I hadn’t seen in the original game.  I was truly afraid to play the game in the dark; that’s how scary this game is.  Call me crazy, but I not only jumped, I actually was frantically hitting buttons to avoid dying.

DLC_02_HospitalSince fight is not an option, flight is the only alternative and hiding in lockers or under beds is what I learned to do well.  I seriously felt as if I was running for my life.

The Verdict

Outlast on its own is a perfectly created game and the DLC adds even more insight and scares to the mix.

Outlast Whistleblower delivers scare after scare and a whole lot of heart-wrenching moments.  The intense is real.  The scares are real.  This is horror at its finest.  Perfect games are hard to come by but Outlast Whistleblower is perfect.  Red Barrels has delivered a widely-feared game and for good reason!

(Outlast Whistleblower was reviewed using a retail downloadable copy provided by Red Barrels.)

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