How to Finish Outlast 2 on Insane Mode Without Reloading the Camera Battery

Outlast 2's Insane mode is bad enough, but doing it without reloading camera batteries sounds like a nightmare. Here are some tips to help you through.

Achievements and trophies are part and parcel of modern gaming. The incentive to go to extra lengths and challenge yourself is an exciting prospect, and it's something that Outlast 2 knows all too well. 

The "Messiah" achievement/trophy asks that players complete the game on Insane mode without reloading the camera's battery. The camera is basically your vision throughout the game, and Insane mode has no checkpoints or save function. It also shares Nighmare mode's difficulty level. With these factors combined, getting this achievement is much, much easier said than done. 

With that in mind, here are a few tips to help make your foray into this ridiculous challenge a little more bearable.

Strategies for Getting the Messiah Achievement in Outlast 2

Tip 1: Know The Game Inside-Out

This sounds painstakingly obvious, but it cannot be stressed enough. Complete everything else before tackling a no-battery-reload Insane run. This means:

  • Find every collectable
  • Complete all other difficulties
  • Complete at least one speed run
  • Finish every other achievement/trophy

If you've accomplished all of this and still aren't confident enough, play through the game again and again. Completing multiple runs until you know the best routes and enemy patrols is the best way to learn. It sounds simple, but it's the best method of being prepared for everything the game can throw at you.

Tip 2: Turn Up Your Brightness

Outlast 2 is a dark game. It's hard to see anything without your camera, so you'll need to compensate for the lack of light. Knowing the game inside-out does help, but it may not be enough on its own. What you'll want to do is:

  • Turn up your own TV's brightness until noticeable effects are reached
  • Adjust the in-game gamma for extra brightness

The game doesn't suddenly become a walk in the park after this. Don't expect to see absolutely everything, but certain segments will become much less daunting. And being able to see at least a little bit more will allow you to conserve as much battery as possible.

Tip 3: Abuse Other Game Mechanics 

You can still use the camera until its battery eventually runs flat, but what about after that? There are a few in-game systems that you can take advantage of in order to stay ahead of the curve.

1. Night vision

You can't totally rely on it once the camera is rendered useless, but using night vision in short bursts can help lead the way through tricky spots. You will want to save longer uses for particular chase sequences that require quick reflexes.

2. Sprinting

Whenever you are close to danger, having a full sprint at the ready will help you to escape if the sudden need arises.

3. Hiding places

Use those barrels and closets! If you have to hide, do it. It's sometimes the only option to get out of a tough situation. 

Good Luck!

There's no fool-proof way to accomplish the Insane no-battery-reload runbut with these tips you should hopefully be one step closer in getting there.

Have you braved this challenge in Outlast 2? Let us know how you fared and what tricks you used in the comments below!

Published May. 3rd 2017

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