So I played a little bit of Outlast last week after a weird Steam glitch. You see, I had the game downloaded at around 75% and had to pause the download because I was leaving, and wanted to turn my computer off. Well, when I came back to resume, the download magically started from the beginning. Back to 1%. This actually happened about four times. I guess I really wanted to turn off my computer, but thankfully I eventually got to play it.
Immediately, once you begin, the game is dripping with creepy atmosphere. There's an underlying tension as you pull up to the quiet, ominous asylum armed with only your wits and your video camera. And you really feel like you're in the character, trying to record every bit of evidence that you can to help your investigation. It starts off decidedly calm with a few moments of frozen movement, but quickly ramps up when you first see a taste of the horror to come.
This week comes another survival horror title and it's a sequel. Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs has a lot to live up to with the original, since the first game was so good at making you feel uncomfortable. There was a time when I looked down a dark hallway, said screw this for now, and just turned off the game. You know a game is in your head when you're too petrified to continue. Lets hope the sequel continues the trend.
Here's the entire PC game release list for this week according to Shacknews: