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Windows 7: What Games Are You Playing? [2]

08 Sep 2013   #1901
Boozad

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I buckled and bought Outlast earlier, I just need to get round to playing it now.


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09 Sep 2013   #1902
Everlong

 

Finished Outlast last night. Thought it was a brilliant game with the perfect atmosphere.

As said before, I found it scary at first, but I soon calmed down and just battled my way through it. Can't count how many times I jumped out of my skin though, lol.

I just thought it all worked really well together everything in the game. The graphics are beautiful and gives a great atmosphere with the lighting and sounds. The digital camera with nightvision is a great mechanic, a lot similar to how in Amnesia you just have the lantern, but instead of oil in Outlast you have to find batteries (there as moments where I was running out of battery on the camera, and had 0 left and was frantically trying to find some before continuing, lol). I could feel my heart pounding in my chest just from walking down a pitch black corridor armed only with nightvision, even though there was nothing to get me. I made a video here showing what it's like trying to traverse the asylum in pitch black:



Also recorded another video to show what one of the chases are like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8FLYRcLTC8

The 15 price tag is worth every penny if you enjoy a good scare.

Now to wait for Amnesia: Machine for Pigs tomorrow
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09 Sep 2013   #1903
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong
Finished Outlast last night.
How long did it take you all in? Seems like a pretty quick game to complete.
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09 Sep 2013   #1904
Solarstarshines

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I wanted Outlast too but got CastleVania ultimate instead sure is different from the 80's and 90's versions
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09 Sep 2013   #1905
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong
Finished Outlast last night.
How long did it take you all in? Seems like a pretty quick game to complete.
It's not a very long game. Took me about 4 hours to complete.

I'd say that's about the right length for it though with how it is. It finishes before it feels like you're grown used to all the scares etc, and before it feels too repetitive i.e. you have to find your way somewhere, but you need to find a key in the process, but to get the key you need to find X item etc.

There is one point though that really throws you off your heading, and it is a bit of an "Oh, s#*t" moment.
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09 Sep 2013   #1906
smarteyeball

 
 

Those Outlast clips just reminded me I haven't finished Amnesia... To the list they go. It's like I'm stuck in 2011 with the titles I'm getting around to atm

Speaking of lists, I'm going through L.A Noire. It'll be the third time I've started it

(Anyone else think that when Cole 'doubts' a suspect his anger is disproportionate and jarring compared to the rest of his questioning style? He's not a likeable main character. The sticks way too far up his bum )
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10 Sep 2013   #1907
Boozad

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I started Deadlight the other night, it's a great little Indie platformer set in a post-apocolyptic zombie infested world (admittedly not the most original setting given the Walking Dead inspired revival of the zombie genre over the last ten years). The graphics are absolutely gorgeous and the gameplay is fun. I'd recommend it.
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10 Sep 2013   #1908
Contrabardus

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I'm partway through Outlast. It's sort of Amnesia meets The Suffering, if you can recall that game, with just a touch of Dead Space. I've heard people compare it to Mirror's Edge, but no, not really. I wouldn't really call it a platformer at all, there are some navigation elements, but I've yet to be in danger of falling from anywhere where the game wasn't scripted to make me fall from.

Very creepy, lots of jump scares early on, but in all honesty I'm starting to expect the scares and am being less and less surprised. It's got a rhythm to it that becomes predictable. I can tell when I've found a 'monster button' for example and can plan my escape route ahead of time.

Don't get me wrong, it's fun, but it's actually getting less scary as the game progresses, at least so far. There are QTE moments as well, but they've been few and far between so far. Thus far it's been waving the mouse around a bit to throw a jump scare enemy off.

Amnesia DD did a better job of keeping me on my toes, but this is a fun virtual haunted house. I'm in no danger of running short of batteries which is the only gameplay resource.

It's full of disturbing imagery and there is nudity involved. Not of a pleasant sort either. There is a bit of Evil Dead style dark humor involved as well. I'm actually enjoying it more for that than the 'horror' element.

It's worth the price of admission so far, but honestly I don't think it's as 'scary' as Amnesia DD was. The scares are faster and you'll jump more, but there's less of a sense of tension. Death is less frightening and more an annoying trial and error experience that serves more to teach you enemy movement patterns and switch locations. It's as bad as Doom about finding keycards and opening doors with buttons and switches.

You'll die quickly, but enemies are easily navigated once you know the layout of a particular area. Once I got my bearings within some areas I was able to complete the puzzles, grab the collectables, and get through to the next area while being chased down at the same time.

The atmosphere is creepy and it's a well done game, but it will startle you more than scare you.

I'm only part way through and this is a first impression, but it's only partially living up to the hype so far. There do appear to be some supernatural elements, but so far it's only been hinted at and seen at distance. It's mostly been deformed psychotics who seem alive and human for the most part. As bat shit crazy as anyone you run across that is still alive on the Ishimura, but not 'monsters' strictly speaking.

Creepy, not extremely tense once you get your bearings and figure out the game mechanics, and fast paced. The game wants you to move quickly as you play through it. You do a bit of sneaking around, but I've found myself running about more than slinking through the shadows. I'm having fun with it, but it's not 'the scariest game ever' either. A decent haunted house simulator, but I found Amnesia DD to be creepier with a greater sense of tension and a slower pace.

Outlast throws stuff at you quickly and wants to constantly jolt you as you play. It wants you running away more than it wants you cowering and hiding in the shadows.

Amnesia let things build up and made you crawl through the game at a snail's pace much more carefully and would rather have you cowering in the darkness hoping the thing hunting you doesn't notice where you are.

Both games set up the atmosphere very well, but Amnesia DD took it's time doing it and built up a much better narrative in a more detailed world.

It's worth playing and does provide some great moments and scares, but don't expect the 'scariest game ever' either. To be honest I found playing through Aliens Vs. Predator for the Atari Jaguar as a Space Marine to be more nerve wracking and tense than this game is and it certainly doesn't outdo Amnesia DD.

It's fun and scary enough though. Well worth playing through at least once. Though, I doubt it will have much replay value once I've finished it.
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10 Sep 2013   #1909
Contrabardus

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
I started Deadlight the other night, it's a great little Indie platformer set in a post-apocolyptic zombie infested world (admittedly not the most original setting given the Walking Dead inspired revival of the zombie genre over the last ten years). The graphics are absolutely gorgeous and the gameplay is fun. I'd recommend it.
I played that on XBLA a while back. Well worth a playthrough, though not much replay value and kind of short. I saw the ending coming as well, but I won't spoil it. Very well written story, decent voice cast, and a sort of Shadow Complex meets Limbo kind of vibe about it. It was a great game and well worth what I paid for it despite the fact that I probably won't play through it again.
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10 Sep 2013   #1910
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Contrabardus View Post
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You are right with Outlast being more fast paced. It will throw something at you, and you have to think fast and it does get to a point where you know how to react straight away due to getting to know the mechanics, which is why I feel it being quite a short game is good as, I find, it finished before it got too stale and repetitive.

I think Amnesia gets to the player through being disturbing, rather than scary. I say that, but I'll be bricking it later tonight when I get Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs fired up. Have it pre-loaded on Steam waiting, but I won't get to play it until 10pm tonight as it's a friends birthday
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