I started watching a Let's Play of Outlast 2 since I saw someone play through the whole first game (Patrick? It's been so long I forget if it was him or someone else). But I think I'm probably done watching Outlast 2. It's kinda a 50/50 split on it being more real-life-depressing subject matter, and also being way dumber.
Spoilers, the game's plot is like 95% constant ritual infanticide/nonconsensual abortions, 5% child molestation, and I have two minds about this. If I want to be in "give me the edgiest shit you got" horror game mode, it's like "wow, you went for constant dead babies, that's kind of an easy one." If I want to be in Vinny Caravella "value human lives, actually be a caring and considerate human being" mode, it's a major bummer to think about how much of a horrific atrocity that would be were it to actually happen to like 100% of expecting mothers and mothers of newborns in a weird religious cult. It's lame either way. The game does have a standard warning when it loads up about having graphic violence, gore, sexual whatever, but I feel like it could use a more specific one of "Hey, if you had a miscarriage at some point and it was a pretty rough time in your life, this probably isn't the game for you."
Also, Outlast 2 is just way dumber than the first game. At least in the first game, the spooky bullshit just happened and turned all of the people/test subjects in the asylum into spooky lunatics and they tore the place apart. The weird religious cult village in Outlast 2 is preposterous. It's been like this for months and months, years even, and everyone just kinda saunters around spookily and seems completely insane. Like, who in this community goes out and buys food, or grows food? Everyone seems completely off their rocker and in no way does the community seem self-sufficient. Everyone is in permanent Bloodborne mode, just shouting weird scripture at nobody, or stabbing anything that moves with a pitchfork. Also, the entire community is like Resident Evil 4/7 levels of completely disgusting and full of rotting food and rusted metal. How does everyone not have dysentery and tetanus by now? They're not zombies, they're just messed up (but somehow not horrifically ill/malnourished) people.
At least in other American horror movies where some hillbilly family is murdering people, they're usually just sadists/serial killers who are otherwise shown to be competent hunters/farmers/have some unassuming menial job "in town".
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