Outlast is free with PS+ this month. I've never played a pure horror game before. The trend to these kinds of experiences went right over my head. Well - I finally got to play one of these *Prey Simulators*, and damn if Outlast wasn't an amazing ride.
From where I'm sitting, these horror games are all about the threat of death, but never about dying. The few times I didn't organically *get it* right away - when I died too often - the horror stopped working for me. Death breaks immersion. Outlast really nails the balance between palpable mortal danger, and not letting the player die.
Anyways. It might just be that I played it in relatively short sessions, but it felt like a beefy and significant game. A game that deserves all the attention it can get. I find it pretty fucked up how few outlets actually reviewed the PS4 version, and put it in the limelight it so deserves. It's an all-new audience playing Outlast now, and it's a shame that it doesn't get its dues from the press. Barely any of the big sites reviewed it, according to Metacritic. For shame!
That said, if you haven't yet. Play Outlast, regardless of platform. It's not to be missed.