Can Outlast 2 Save Horror Games?
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.