Developed by Red Barrels, Outlast 2 is a stealthy first-person horror video game. The game is available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Outlast 2 launched on April 25th, 2017, and it is the sequel to Outlast that was released in 2013.
Outlast 2 follows a journalist named Blake Langermann and his wife Lynn, as they roam the Arizona desert to shed light on a murder of a pregnant woman only known as Jane Doe. On their journey, the couple’s helicopter crashes, and Blake has to find his wife. While searching for her, Blake finds himself in a town that is inhabited by a sect. This is where the adventure begins.
Temple Gate is the town where Blake locates his wife Lynn that was captured by the cult’s leader Papa Sullivan Knoth. Knoth claims that Lynn is pregnant and that she carries the Anti-Christ. Shortly after their escape from Papa Sullivan Knoth, Lynn is kidnapped yet again by a rival cult known as the Heretics.
In the search for his wife, Blake learns the truth that Sullivan Knoth rapes all the women of Temple Gate, and once they are pregnant they get executed on suspicion of carrying the Anti-Christ. To make things even worse, on his journey, Blake suffers from disturbing hallucinations based on his childhood.
Surviving all of the encounters, Blake escapes Temple Gates and finds a document exposing that Murkoff Corporation is the one that caused the insanity amongst the citizens due to an experimental mind control station is hidden in the mountains.
Blake Langermann is just a journalist, which means his fighting skills are little to none. What he’s good at is running and hiding. If that wasn’t enough, Langermann is a guy who wears glasses, which limits the player’s vision if they fall off. All controls from the original Outlast are present in Outlast 2. The player can run, jump, vault, crouch, walk, climb, and slide. He can also hide in barrels, wardrobes, lockers, and pools of water. There is also a stamina bar which the player has to manage, as Blake can get exhausted very quickly.
As a journalist, Blake has a camcorder with him that is equipped with night vision lenses, zoom, and a sensitive microphone. The camera allows Blake to get a clearer footage of the threat ahead, and detect distant footsteps and other noises. To make things more interesting, the player has to find batteries for the camcorder as they drain pretty quickly. The camcorder is an essential part of completing the story, as the player must record certain sightings and objects around the world and then play them back to gain an insight into Blake’s head.
Outlast 2 received positive reviews from various game critics. It is one of the scariest video game ever made and it follows the terrifying formula of the original Outlast. Coupled with incredible sound design and highly effective visuals, the game is absolutely thrilling.