‘Outlast 2’ – First Impressions

I'm pretty sure I just lost a couple years off my life

By Cheryl Tan

I’m pretty sure I just lost a couple years off my life while playing Outlast 2 (probably karma since I led Blake to his painful death various times), and that was only from the first 2 hours of the game.

In case you forgot how crazy it looks, here’s the trailer to refresh your memory:

Ditching the previous set-up of an abandoned insane asylum, the sequel is set in the cult-ridden Supai region of the Sonoran desert where investigative journalist Lynn Langermann and her husband Blake are following up on the murder of a pregnant woman known only as Jane Doe. However, they end up crash landing right into the middle of the mess and the couple get separated. As Blake searches for his wife, he must pass through a backwards village with a sect of believers that claim the Antichrist has risen and the end of days is near.

Credit: Red Barrels

Credit: Red Barrels

The open spaces with tall grass and structures are a stark difference from the previous game’s almost claustrophobic feel. Although this made it easier to run from enemies and hide, it was difficult to tell which direction they were coming from and most of the time I just ended up spooking myself.

Credit: Red Barrels

The constant hiding and running can also get boring real quick, especially if you’re caught and murdered multiple times. This just throws the whole game immersion off as you slowly become more irritated.

That said, however, I’m still excited for what else lies in store so do stay tuned for our full review of the game!

Outlast 2 is out today, 25 April 2017, for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

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