There are reasons to be afraid of the dark.
"God help me, I think I've seen the Walrider."
Independent journalist Miles Upshur breaks into Mount Massive Asylum for the Criminally Insane
, which had been recently reopened by the transnational Murkoff Corporation, after receiving information from an inside source. Expecting a controversial scoop, Miles finds himself in a hell he could never imagine.Outlast
is a Survival Horror
game released for Steam on September 4, 2013 with a version for the PS4
released on February 5, 2014, and an Xbox One
version released on June 26, 2014. Its X Meets Y
is Amnesia: The Dark Descent
and Mirror's Edge
: you control a Non-Action Guy
with no combat options but the ability to parkour
his way over obstacles, hide in lockers and under beds, and lose pursuers amongst the twisted hallways of the facility. As an added mechanic, Miles has a camcorder with a Night-Vision Goggles
mode, which is useful in the asylum's many pitch-black sections but requires batteries to operate.
An expansion pack, "Whistleblower", was released on April 6, 2014. It follows Waylon Park, the inside source that tells Miles about Mount Massive, and takes place during the takeover of the asylum and after the events of the main game. Like Upshur, Park isn't physically equipped to handle the inmates and must run and hide while using a camcorder to see in the dark.A sequel is now in development.
The game provides examples of:
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- Asshole Victim: The DLC shows that the Murkoff staff (or at least those directly involved with Project Walrider) all essentially had the mentality and the methods of Nazi concentration camp doctors and guards. One of the guards almost draws his weapon on Waylon simply because he reacted to one of the patients begging him for mercy. The patients, as insane as they are, do have legitimate reasons for completely tearing them apart once they get loose.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Two of the scientists talk about how they haven't seen their loved ones for so long one of them can't even remember the last time he saw her.
- Another Side, Another Story: This DLC shows the events near the beginning of the story from the point-of-view of a different person named Waylon Park and his journey through the events of the asylum outbreak.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Jeremy Blaire, the Corrupt Corporate Executive in charge of the insane asylum, is the primary motherfucker responsible for the situation due to his experiments. That said, he's encountered very rarely, so much of the game is spent running away from Eddie Gluskin (the Groom) and Frank Manera (the Cannibal), both of whom give Waylon hell and then some.
- Bittersweet Ending: Blaire is brutally killed by the Walrider. Waylon successfully escapes and receives medical treatment, and gets protection from the authorities. Some time later he is preparing to upload his video of what Murkoff has been doing to the public, but his mysterious benefactor (an Expy of WikiLeaks) warns him that once he uploads the video Murkoff will bring their full wrath down upon him, the life he has will be over, and his loved ones will suffer for it. He still chooses to upload the evidence of everything that happened to the internet, irrevocably damaging the company responsible. However, the people looking after him make it clear that they won't be able to protect him and his family from the company's full wrath, and you know that Miles's story comes next. Also, as Miles is not only still alive, but has escaped the asylum, the Walrider is now loose upon the world, with all the apocalyptic consequences that suggests.
- The ending also implies that, as savagely violent as it was, the Walrider ultimately wasn't interested in causing The End of the World as We Know It or anything of that nature. This may have to do with it merging with Miles Upshur, as indicated by his brief appearance during Waylon's escape.
- Blood-Splattered Innocents: Waylon gets absolutely drenched with Blaire's blood after the Walrider rips him apart.
- Book Ends: The final section of the game is the very first area Miles went through in the original game. To top it off, Waylon escapes the prison by taking Miles' car.
- Also, the story begins and ends with Waylon using a laptop; both times, what he's sending won't come without consequences.
- The Cameo: Father Martin makes a brief appearance during Waylon's escape, Chris Walker makes a couple appearances to chase Waylon, and the naked twins may stab you in some area if you don't leave it quickly enough. A Walrider-possessed Miles appears at the very end to see you out as well.
- Chainsaw Good: A half-naked, malnourished-looking patient armed with a circular saw, Frank Manera (aka the Cannibal), is the first of two new unique stalkers that appear in Whistleblower. He's introduced in a scene showing him to be a Humanitarian.
- Chromosome Casting: You can find memos that explain why there are no female staff or patients at Mount Massive; apparently the Walrider Project was causing terminal phantom pregnancies in several of the women so they were all moved to another project offsite.
- Continuity Nod: Dr. Trager's corpse is seen outside the elevator door where he was crushed along with Murkoff troopers that just pulled him out. Also, you will get a glimpse of the chapel that is burning from Father Martin's self-immolation.
- Waylon escapes in Miles' jeep, which is still sitting outside the asylum gates.
- As you get close to the exit, you can hear officers downstairs radioing about being under attack with casualties, indicating that Miles has been possessed by the Walrider and is ripping through the cleanup crews.
- Create Your Own Villain: Sort of. Eddie Gluskin, a.k.a. the Groom, the unique stalker who you have to deal with in the final section of the DLC, is actually the patient who was begging you for help at the beginning of the game before being dragged off, put into the Engine, and turned into an insane monster. To be fair, if you had tried to intervene at that point the only thing you'd have accomplished would have been taking a bullet to the back of the head.
- This is arguably a Downplayed Trope, considering that he barely remembers where and when he saw you and just brushes it off as just another memory before 'waking up'. Further downplayed in that the Morphogenic Engine did little to change his M.O. (the mutilation and murder of women), it just gave him a delusion that caused him to see Waylon (and every other male unfortunate enough to come into contact with him) as a potential bride.
- A Date with Rosie Palms / I Love the Dead: In one area you come across an inmate masturbating over a large pile of bodies.
- Deus ex Machina: Quite a few. When Blaire is on the verge of killing Waylon in the prison, Walker comes out of no where and unintentionally stops the murder. At the end of the game Blaire's murder of Waylon is interrupted again, this time intentionally, by Miles/the Walrider. Beforehand, when Gluskin's buzz-saw is a hair away from castrating a bed-restrained Waylon, a random variant punches Gluskin and sends the bed flying out of the saw's path.
- Diabolus Ex Machina: Waylon is denied from freedom a mockingly large amount of times. The most notable ones include when he is cut off from contacting 911 in the prison by Blaire (thankfully a Deus ex Machina saves Waylon), when he falls into the Vocational Block, and when he is dragged back into the very same block by Gluskin right after finding the key to the male ward.
- Disney Death: Miles appears to have survived being shot and taken full control over the Walrider, as his figure is seen in the ending when Waylon is leaving Mount Massive Asylum.
- Depraved Bisexual: Averted. Gluskin goes after male victims, but he sees them as women (referring to his victims as "the fairer sex," using misogynistic slurs and telling one patient that he's "like a little girl again" after shaving him) and attempts to force them to have his children. He's still lucid enough to realize there are certain obstacles to his intentions, but he has a straightforwardly "cutting" solution to that.
- The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: Normally, locked doors don't have the prompt "Press square button to open" appear when you get close to it. However, one locked door has this prompt in order to get you to activate the Jump Scare with Gluskin.
- Expy: Eddie Gluskin can be considered the DLC's answer to Dr. Trager. He shares the same tendency of speaking in a polite tone to the protagonist, completely with an inappropriately affectionate nickname. He also mutilates other patients and captures the protagonist in a Controllable Helplessness sequence. Gluskin also tells Park that he's "heavier than you look", much like Trager. Finally he receives a Karmic Death while trying to finish off Park; the notebook says he's "trying not to laugh" at how Gluskin died, similiarly to Miles' dark joke upon Trager's death.
- Fan Disservice: Anyone into men can normally find a man in a tux appealing… but not when said man is covered in scars and blood coupled with that nasty habit of executing a Groin Attack while shouting misogynistic slurs at his (male) victims.
- Faux Affably Evil: Mr. Gluskin seems to be Whistleblower's equivalent of Dr. Trager from the main game. He has a "gentlemanly" demeanor but the behavior of a lunatic, and also quickly turns abusive when he feels thwarted. Like Trager, he calmly opens doors instead of bashing them down.
- Foreshadowing: Waylon noticeably has a twitch in his right leg in the beginning. This is the same leg that later gets splintered when Waylon takes a fall.
- Groin Attack: The Groom's MO.
- I Have a Family: Waylon has a wife and two sons. Jeremy Blaire, the Murkoff executive managing Mount Massive, actually gleefully looks forward to destroying them financially, legally, and possibly even physically should they continue to seek answers regarding Waylon's involuntary commitment to the asylum.
- Hell Is That Noise: The sound of Manera's buzzsaw revving. Which he does a lot.
- Manera's two lines when he sees you. He either says "Dinner Bells!" or "Feed me! Feed me! Feed me! Feed me! FEED ME!" in progressingly louder and higher tones.
- "Darling! Whore!"
- Gluskin's singing, particularly when you have to go back just after having escaped him.
Gluskin: "When I was a boy my mother often said to me, get married son and see how happy you will be..."
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The camera Waylon Park uses to expose the Murkoff Corporation is a camera they use to film their prisoners during experiments.
- Gluskin is killed using the rope and pulley system he uses to hang his victims.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Frank Manera, a.k.a. 'The Cannibal.' Before first laying eyes upon Manera, himself, Waylon is treated to the sight of a soup pot of human limbs boiling in blood, before turning the corner, and seeing Frank digging ravenously into a whole human. If the player chooses to look closer in on what he's doing, they can see him biting the corpse and drawing blood.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How Gluskin meets his end.
- Karma Houdini: Both the Twins and Frank Manera remain at large in the ending.
- Karmic Death: Gluskin meets his end by being both hung by the ropes he used to hang his victims and impaled by a metal bar. Jeremy Blaire also gets his comeuppance for all the terrible things he did by getting torn apart by the Walrider.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Well, Jeremy Blaire is actually killed in mid-scream but still.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Similar to the first game, there are several conversations which question whether what's happening at Mount Massive is the result of technology, or paranormal events being mistaken for technology. Clarke's Third Law is even paraphrased by a patient.
- Madness Mantra: "Feed me" "Feed me" "Feed me" "Feed me" "Feed me"
- Monster Sob Story/Freudian Excuse: While he's undoubtedly horrific, Eddie's backstory, full of pedophilia and both physical and sexual abuse, garners a bit of pity.
- Murder by Cremation: cannibalistic Serial Killer Frank Manera tries to kill the player character Waylon like this to cook him up. Waylon has to escape by breaking a weak point of the wall down to get out.
- One-Hit Kill: In the Normal and Hard difficulties, Waylon is able to take multiple hits from Eddie Gluskin. In the Nightmare and Insane difficulties? Gluskin kills him in one attack.
- As with the main game, Chris Walker is able to tear off Waylon's head if he catches up to him.
- Oh, Crap: Those who have played the main game will most likely react in this manner to Chris Walker, even if he only shows up for a couple minutes.
- Blaire is horrified when he realises that the Walrider is loose, shortly before it tears him apart.
- Rape as Drama: A brutal aversion of Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male. Eddie Gluskin not only plans to forcibly cut off Waylon's genitals, he also makes it very clear that he plans on consummating the relationship and having children with him.
- Serial Killer/One-Man Army: The Groom seems to have several dozen kills to his name; between him, Chris Walker, and to a lesser extent Dr. Trager and the Cannibal, it looks like the four of them took care of the majority of the patients and staff running around Mount Massive, leaving a lot less work for the Murkoff hit squad/cleanup team. Manera also seems to have slaughtered quite a few people, given the bodies hanging in the kitchen.
- Sequel Hook: The last few Murkoff memos found in the game indicate that they have another project which is even more dangerous than the Walrider, being worked on at a separate site.
- The future of Waylon and his family.
- Miles Upshur is alive, and now possessed by an all-powerful demon who took apart an entire military facility. The last we see is him raging into the world just as Waylon makes his escape.
- Slasher Smile: "Darling."
- Took A Short Cut: It's not really clear how Jeremy Blaire managed to survive through the entire Mount Massive incident while all the other staff besides Dr. Wernicke (who was under the Walrider's protection) ended up being massacred. Especially when you consider Blaire was there at the very beginning of the incident, was running around the place and even ended up confronting Waylon at a couple points, and managed to live up until the very end where he and Waylon are the only two living people left standing.
- Villainous Rescue:
- Chris Walker doesn't directly save Waylon from Jeremy Blaire, but his sudden presence nearby is enough to scare Blaire off before he can finish choking Waylon to death.
- A random patient saves Waylon at the last moment from the Groom, who was a second away from chopping off his genitals to make him his bride. Maybe. If it was the same patient who warned you about the Groom in the first place, then it's just a typical rescue.
- At the very end of the game, the Walrider appears to save Waylon from Corrupt Corporate Executive Jeremy Blaire, who was about to kill Waylon to prevent the truth about the asylum from coming out. However, given that Miles is still alive and may actually be controlling the Walrider, this could also be a Big Damn Heroes moment.
- Wham Shot: The game starts out from the perspective of the man who sent Miles the original e-mail in the first game, and gives us a first hand look at the outbreak. Later, a 12 hour transition occurs when Waylon is captured and put to sleep by the Groom. After Waylon escapes him, looking out a window in the next hallway shows the burning church where Father Martin set himself on fire—showing that what started out as a prequel is now taking place concurrently with the ending of the first game. Time to run. Very quickly.
- During the ending, Waylon spots a dark shape in the distance and uses the camera to zoom in... revealing Miles, not dead after all, and now fused with the Walrider.
- Yandere: Eddie fucking Gluskin.
Gluskin: You'd rather die than be with me? Then die.