Kyle Neubeck of Entertainment Buddha writes: "The power we’re afforded when playing most first person titles is significant, and almost always enough to overwhelm our enemies. Whether it comes in the form of over-sized guns, explosive magic, or even omnipotence, gamers are used to being in the driver’s seat. After all, most don’t journey into another world to feel weaker than they are in real life.
In Outlast, the script is flipped. Our protagonist, freelance journalist Miles Upshur, seeks out a psychiatric hospital based on an anonymous tip, armed with nothing but his notebook and a camcorder. Like any good horror story, Upshur chooses to investigate the insidious asylum at night against his own best interests."