Written by Jon Scarr
Canadian based developer Red Barrels made a name for itself in the survival horror genre, selling over 4 million copies worldwide, with Outlast and the game’s DLC, Outlast: Whistleblower. Now, with the release of Outlast 2, you can own all three terrifying games on physical disc in one fantastic bundle of terror. Read more in our Outlast Trinity review.
Outlast Trinity is available on both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. If you love a good scare just as much as I do, I highly recommend this bone chilling bundle. Get ready to push your nerves to the limit with Outlast Trinity.
The original Outlast, where it all began, was released digitally in 2013 and takes place inside the horrific Mount Massive Asylum located in the remote mountains of Colorado. In this game, you play as an independent journalist known as Miles Upshur.
Rumoured to be a long abandoned home for the mentally ill, Miles is headed to the facility based on a tip from an anonymous source. In true horror fashion, Miles soon discovers that there is more than meets the eye to this Asylum.
Much to Miles’ chagrin, he finds that the facility is overrun with maniacs, murders, and monstrous brutes. Trapped inside Mount Massive Asylum, with no apparent way to escape, you must find your way out of the Asylum to safety.
Unlike most games in this genre, you are unable to attack your enemies. You must rely on your stealth tactics such as hiding in lockers, under tables and beds, behind crates and barrels, and even sneaking past enemies in order to survive.
As you might imagine for a game in the survival horror genre, the asylum is dimly lit. Luckily, Miles has brought his trusty camcorder on this investigation, which is equipped with night vision. You’ll have to manage your camcorder’s battery resources, as it has limited power.
As you try to make your way out alive, you’ll have to keep an eye out for fresh batteries scattered around the environment. There are certain events that if you record, Miles will make a note about it, allowing you to see further insight into his thoughts. If you are clever enough, there are documents to be found that gives you a rich backstory on Mount Massive Asylum.
The atmosphere which Red Barrels creates in this game is nothing short of amazing. There are plenty of jump scares and audio cues through out your escape that will have the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up. As the game’s mature rating suggests, Outlast is full of extreme gore and is not for the faint-hearted.
Outlast Whistleblower is the game in the collection, and is the fantastic DLC add-on for Outlast. It tells the story before and after the events of Outlast as you take on the role of Waylon Park, a contract software engineer for the maniacal Murkoff organization.
After maintaining and controlling the component responsible for the lucid dreaming and torture in the asylum’s comatose individuals, Waylon can no longer stand by and be a part of Murkoff’s demented research. He is the one responsible for tipping off Miles Upshur, in an effort to export the corporation.
After Murkoff gets wind of the betrayal, Waylon is now marked as an enemy by the corporation and is now their number one target. Unfortunately, at the same time of Waylon’s betrayal, there is an inmate breakout which compounds his problem and makes his life a living nightmare.
Just as with Outlast, you are unable to defend yourself. You must rely on a camcorder that you discover early on as a means of survival. Even though the gameplay is a direct carbon copy of Outlast, it’s Whistleblower’s story that makes this so enjoyable.
With enemies that are even more twisted and demented than Outlast, Whistleblower is the final chapter in the Mount Massive Asylum arc. To my surprise, Whistleblower’s story was even more scary than Outlast and not only made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, but also sent shivers down my spine.
The final game in this collection is the newly released Outlast 2. This game is even scarier than the previous two games and there were numerous times that I literally jumped out of my seat in fright. Outlast 2’s story is even more twisted than before, as you take on the role of cameraman Blake Langermann.
Working with his wife Lynn, they take on cases that no one else is willing to touch. As the two follow a trail of clues that started with the seemingly impossible murder of a pregnant woman known only as Jane Doe, the investigation leads them miles into the Arizona desert to a darkness so deep that no one could shed light upon it, and a corruption so profound.
As you may have guessed, Blake’s only means of survival is by using his trusty camcorder equipped with night vision. Though, this time around, instead of taking place inside an asylum, most of the action takes place outside.
With even more space and areas to hide, Outlast 2 is by no means an easier game than the previous two. As a matter of fact, I’d have to say that Outlast 2 is the most challenging of the three games. Your enemies now wield flash lights and will stop at nothing to hunt you down.
Several times I hide under a bed, only to see my enemy get down on their knees and search under each bed in the room until they made it to me. Needless to say, it made for a nerve racking experience.
No doubt about it, Outlast Trinity offers up a triple threat of games that will have you checking over your shoulder every few minutes. If you are going to survive, you will need to use your stealth skills and wits to make it out alive.
Here are some tips that you can use to survive:
Outlast Trinity might just be the scariest collection of games ever. If you are a fan of the survival horror genre, you simply cannot go wrong with this trio of games. Red Barrels manages to make each game better than the last and in the process, give you 20 plus hours of bone chilling fun.
Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Developer: Red Barrels
Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Survival Horror
ESRB Rating: M (Mature 17+)
Final Score: 80/100
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