Posted by Fistfulofmetal (678 posts) -

I don't typically play horror games.

When I do, I record it live on the internet for people to see.

I'm not like PewDiePie or something. I don't care for running commentary. I appreciate raw game footage with all the bullshit. Sure, it lacks "personality" but that kind of stuff just isn't for me. I've always been a bigger fan of the written word. So I want to try to post raw gameplay with a blog post. I want to put my gameplay out there for the public. I want to put my writing out there for the public.

So with that said, here's day 1 of my goddamned video game experience. Being Afraid with Outlast

The first three parts are technically a single gameplay session cut into segments. The beginning is pretty basic as we get to know the mechanics. Outlast sets the mood incredibly well with excellent sound design. Every single step made creates a creak or a groan on the hardwood floor. Even this early on you never feel quite safe, how can you when your footsteps give off such a cacophony?

The "jump scare" is a much argued technique in horror. It's usage can be seen as both a strength or a weakness, depending on how it's implented. The way I see it, jump scares are meant to be used to pull the cork on tension. When the desired effect is an immediate release of every terrifyingly tense muscle, using a jump scare works pretty well. However the jump scare is only earned when it's built up properly.

From what I've seen so far Outlast knows how to implement a proper jump scare. The first being within the first 15 minutes. A door slightly ajar. Darkness clearly visible beyond the edge. You know you need to go through. You also know that up to this point you've seen nothing, you've experienced nothing. This door becomes the edge of a cliff. Once you open this door the real Outlast experience begins. There's no turning back now.

The door opens and sure enough you're greeted with a corpse hanging in front of your face. I'll admit I didn't expect it. I retracted, my mouse hand trembled slightly. You got me game, congratulations.

And sure enough, we've now jumped off the cliff. Outlast has begun and there's no turning back. Shortly there after a giant menace grabs you during your most vulnerable and sends you flying.

What's my next goal? Well how about a little exploring? I see dead guards, I see crazy inmates, I see lots of blood. Down a hall there's a person in a wheelchair. Down another hall a figure darts into a door. I'm basically in a no-win scenario here. I saunter past the wheelchair bound inmate and see several figures sitting around a television set. Game? Are they bugged? Will they attack? Well I've already exhausted my other options.

So what's going on here? Clearly not everyone is a psycho killer. Not everyone wants to see my blood spilled. Yet again, my expectations are dashed when that scrawny wheelchair bound dude decides he wants a piece. Luckily my ability to shake the mouse back and forth is pretty good.

Then on to the basement. Someone decided it best to turn out all the lights. Thankfully I have this handy device that lets me see in the dark.

Unthankfully for me I now have to deal with something called gameplay

Well Outlast you've shown me your first real blemish. Down here in the basement with a maniac. Making sound triggers his AI. I either run or die. Once I've identified the mechanic it's no longer scary. It's simply a video game mechanic. Unfortunate. After a few tried I manage to figure out the correct routines and make my way out of the basement.

And thus we have our first twist. A crazy man! He wants me alive? Now I'm in a padded cell... oh dear.

So there it is. My first day with Outlast. I'll admit I kind of fizzled out near the end. I'll need to work on a better structure going forward. Thoughts? Criticism? Thanks for reading if you did.

#1 Edited by captain_max707 (480 posts) -

After watching the first video, I would say you should probably adjust the game settings before you start recording. Otherwise, I was engaged and will probably watch the rest of your videos. I don't think I could get through this on my own. And yet I am gonna play A Machine for Pigs..

Keep it up duder!

#2 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@captain_max707: 2 hours until that unlocks, I'm bracing myself.

I might just wait until I'm at university this weekend and drag a flatmate to sit with me while I play it. It will not get finished otherwise...

#3 Posted by yinstarrunner (1182 posts) -

Unthankfully for me I now have to deal with something called gameplay

Well Outlast you've shown me your first real blemish. Down here in the basement with a maniac. Making sound triggers his AI. I either run or die. Once I've identified the mechanic it's no longer scary. It's simply a video game mechanic. Unfortunate. After a few tried I manage to figure out the correct routines and make my way out of the basement.

Oh dear. It seems you're a lot like me. When it comes to Outlast, this is not a good sign.
I don't play a lot of horror games. When I do, I'm usually scared. I'm easily immersed into things, so that's not very hard to do. But I wasn't scared while playing Outlast.
You hit the nail on the head with this. It's way too transparent about it's mechanics. If you're any good at stealth games, prepare for a mostly boring, sometimes annoying, ride.
Sorry to burst your bubble. I just finished the game, so I wanted to talk about it. Cool videos, though. Keep it up. It's not a long game.
#4 Posted by Fistfulofmetal (678 posts) -

After watching the first video, I would say you should probably adjust the game settings before you start recording. Otherwise, I was engaged and will probably watch the rest of your videos. I don't think I could get through this on my own. And yet I am gonna play A Machine for Pigs..

Keep it up duder!

I record these videos on Twitch and then export them to Youtube. I know the quality isn't the best but tbh, I'm not really great at video editing. I'll see if I can get the video quality up though. Thanks for the feedback.

And I'll actually be doing Amnesia and Outlast in parallel so the next one of these will probably have both games in a single blog post which I expect to be up on Thursday.

If you want to watch the Outlast videos sooner, I actually have a few days worth of Outlast videos already up on my Youtube page. http://www.youtube.com/user/FISTFULOFMETAL

I'm gonna be writing blogs and posting them every few days. The most recent vids are all self contained and not split up in pieces like this first one.

#5 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5272 posts) -

@fistfulofmetal said:

Unthankfully for me I now have to deal with something called gameplay

Well Outlast you've shown me your first real blemish. Down here in the basement with a maniac. Making sound triggers his AI. I either run or die. Once I've identified the mechanic it's no longer scary. It's simply a video game mechanic. Unfortunate. After a few tried I manage to figure out the correct routines and make my way out of the basement.

Oh dear. It seems you're a lot like me. When it comes to Outlast, this is not a good sign.
I don't play a lot of horror games. When I do, I'm usually scared. I'm easily immersed into things, so that's not very hard to do. But I wasn't scared while playing Outlast.
You hit the nail on the head with this. It's way too transparent about it's mechanics. If you're any good at stealth games, prepare for a mostly boring, sometimes annoying, ride.
Sorry to burst your bubble. I just finished the game, so I wanted to talk about it. Cool videos, though. Keep it up. It's not a long game.

Thankfully for me, I didn't become fully aware of the mechanical routines until near the end of the game. Once I did, it became much less terrifying. I effectively realized that when presented with an encounter I could suicide run to figure out the landscape and then execute my objective. The checkpoints were pretty forgiving, so even when I died I could try again pretty quickly.

Despite all of this, I really liked the game in the end.