Can Outlast 2 Save Horror Games?

Outlast 2 is coming out in just a few months but will it save the horror game genre?

If all goes as planned, Outlast 2 will release sometime this fall. But even then, who knows? Hopefully we'll get a firm release date at E3. Regardless, I'm really hopeful that Outlast 2 will be the game save the horror genre.

With Allison Road cancelled, there aren't too many games coming out that actually look scary. If you take a look at the selection of horror titles released this year — and I'm using that term loosely — the lineup is pretty unimpressive. The last horror game I played that I actually enjoyed was 2014's Among the Sleep, a horror game where you play as a toddler. 

The story was amazing and touched on something that no other horror game I have played has: being a child through a divorce.

As of now, my favorite horror game is Anna (pictured above) which was released in 2012. The game is really hard and it's actually creepy. Unlike today's "horror" games that just overuse jump scares and loud noises to scare people, Anna uses psychological horror similar to Amnesia. 

Horror games need to look at games like Anna for ideas for the future of the genre rather than just filling the game with jump scares like Five Nights At Freddy's.

The original Outlast was a great horror game and in my opinion, the DLC Whistleblower was even better. I have high hopes that Outlast 2 will bring the same scariness and creepiness that the first game brought. I hope this game can save the horror genre because as of right now, not much is grabbing my attention.

Only time will tell how good Outlast 2 really is and it looks like we'll just have to wait and see.


I'm 26 years old from Chicago. I have been playing video games almost all of my life, the first game I remember playing is Super Mario Bros on the Snes. Currently, I mostly play PC games but I also own a Xbox One, Xbox360, Wii, WiiU and a Ps3. My favorite game of all time is Fallout 3 and my favorite game series is either Gears of War or Bioshock. You can find me on Steam as Juan_Snow and on Xbox live as gearsfreak926

Published Jun. 11th 2016
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    I have to concur with Angelina's comment -- I fail to see how horror is in any way in danger. Current horror games (which you speak of in a quite generalized and vague form) aren't your cup of tea? That doesn't mean this is how it is for everyone.

    Also, for all your talk of horror games being nothing more than jump scares, you cite Outlast, one of the most linear, forgiving, and scripted horror games of the past decade, as being the salvation of horror. How can you even say that when there are horror games like Alien: Isolation (which features dynamic AI, immersive level design, and survival mechanics), The Evil Within (effectively a modern answer to the crazy J-Action/Horror of the old Resident Evil games), The Music Machine (very much an old school horror-thriller with some paranormal twists), System Shock Remake (this one speaks for itself), and Dead by Daylight (a true multiplayer slasher horror experience)?

    I think instead of decrying the state of horror games, you might do best to expand your horizons beyond FNAF and Outlast.
  • Angelina Bonilla
    Featured Correspondent
    Horror isn't really isn't in any danger at the moment so the title seems misplaced. Games like Fran Bow and Bulb Boy, both were released last year, neither of which use the jump scare formula the FNAF did. There are quite a few others that are getting exposure, particularly freeware titles that are arguably far more chilling than games that cost money.

    There are a lot of horror games out there that may not have the same commercial success as FNAF, Outlast, and Amnesia, but they're still notable games that have been keeping Horror a relative niche genre in gaming.

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