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YMMV: Outlast
  • Author's Saving Throw: The ending to Whistleblower is this for fans who disliked the ending of the original game.
  • Broken Base: The ending's becoming quite controversial, especially on YouTube. Some people were disappointed with it because Miles suffered through so much and players put so much effort into escaping the asylum, only to get anticlimactically shot to death, thus rendering everything pointless. Others enjoyed the fact that Miles didn't make it out alive because they expected it, and it fit the tone of the game. The same people also liked that the Walrider wasn't stopped, since it could lead to a possible sequel.
    • And then the DLC came out and retconned Miles' death, or at least revealed it was a Disney Death, if his survival was intended all along.
  • Catharsis Factor: After getting chased and thrown around by Chris Walker throughout most of the game, it's arguably satisfying to see him get thrown around like a ragdoll by the Walrider before being pureed through an airduct fan.
    • Similarly, the same thing happening to Blaire in the end of Whistleblower, especially after he had deliberately screwed you over so many times now, along with all the other atrocities committed under his watch.
  • Complete Monster: A few of the inmates could be argued, but Jeremy Blaire in Whistleblower takes the cake. His first appearance is crossing the Moral Event Horizon in the prologue by forcing Park to be committed and subject to Mind Rape. His next appearance in the midgame involves him beating Park mercilessly for trying to radio for help, only not killing him due to the sudden appearance of Chris Walker. In the endgame, he literally tries to stab Park in the back after feigning a desire to help him escape. Unlike the other monster of the expansion, Gluskin, who at least has the excuses of a Freudian Excuse, criminal insanity, and being Mind Raped for the Walrider project, Blaire isn't even an inmate. Yet he still manages to be one of the most horrible people in the game.
  • Critical Dissonance: Downplayed. Whilst critics have been giving Outlast good to average reviews, it is received more favorably by players.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • After being chased by the crazed Dr. Trager for a level, Miles kills him by pulling him partway into a descending elevator, crushing him. If you pull out your camcorder to record it, Miles' note is remarkably laconic: "How to make Trager juice. Step 1: squeeze."
    • Father Martin's death is pretty disturbing, to say the least. However, if you record it, Miles' note regarding the situation is a hysterical case of Mood Whiplash: "I can't believe Father Martin one-upped Jesus Christ himself in shitty ways to die."
    • At one point in Whistleblower, you can see an inmate holding a severed head... and playing basketball with it.
    • Gluskin. The guy captures other inmates and severs their private parts. Why? To make them pass as women. Make of that what you will. For many, it crosses back over when we get to see his "process". Legs hurt yet?
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Eddie fucking Gluskin of all people has a lot of female fans. Some of them know he's a twisted monster and love him as a villain, while others seem to think that he's just a 'clingy' Bastard Boyfriend and like to draw cutesy pictures of him marrying Waylon or their female avatar/original character. His tumblr tag is rife with 'cute' fanart and ask blogs.
  • Dueling Games: Probably too early to tell but because this game is compared to Amnesia: The Dark Descent, it might become this to the later's sequel being released on the same month as this game.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Dr. Trager. People find him hilarious.
    • Disturbingly enough, Gluskin is rather popular.
  • Fridge Logic: Pointed out in the Two Saiyans Play Let's Plays, the reporter has no gun or taser to protect himself from the patients. He doesn't even have backup. Or a flashlight. Granted all the e-mail said was that there were some twisted and illegal experiments happening at the facility, but he was already prepared to break into the building and all he took with him was a video camera and a phone that he even notes in his journal is being jammed.
  • Fridge Horror: There's a women's ward and reports to be found on female patients, but... where are the women?
    • A document found in Whistleblower reveals that the Walrider began targeting them specifically when it first went rogue, and the vast majority of them were moved to another facility.
    • In Whistleblower Trager's corpse is found fairly close by to where Gluskin hangs his victims. This means that if Miles went a specific direction after killing Trager in the original game, he could have easily ran into Gluskin.
    • Park is forcibly committed at the beginning of Whistleblower for his... well, whistleblowing. How many others in Mount Massive were committed and abused due to being enemies of Murkoff?
  • Hell Is That Noise:
    • Anytime someone starts bashing in a door. Especially if there's no hiding spot nearby.
    • "Buddiiiieeeeee!"
    • The rattling of Chris Walker's manacles.
    • Ironically the major tension in the game is the lack of sounds many of the inmates make. It's not unusual to be exploring a room, especially in the dark, and to notice close behind you a hostile enemy suddenly patrolling the area.
      • This isn't helped by the fact that Miles' ragged breathing tends to overpower most outside noise.
    • The Cannibal wields an electric saw which he gratuitously revs up while stalking you. The sound it makes is sure to catch a few players off guard at least once.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Documents reveal that Chris Walker is a former military police officer who's likely suffering from PTSD. A document from later in the game reveals that he's actually trying to contain the Walrider by killing everyone he sees, hence why he keeps chasing you. Miles lampshades this after the Walrider tears Walker apart in front of him.
    • Miles may also count. After all he goes through during the course of the game, who can really blame him for being a bit crabby in his notes?
    • Gluskin. There's no excusing what he's done, but his backstory of being sexually abused by his father and uncle does give him sympathy points.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Whistleblower has been accused by critics as being too similar to the original game and not adding anything new. While partly right, this is a major case of Critical Dissonance as fans love it.
  • Narm: Some feel that the highly detailed Facial Horror and Gorn are so over the top that it ruins the realism of the setting and makes some of the inmates almost cartoony.
  • No Yay:
    • You'll quickly come to feel this way about Gluskin.
    • The doctor who licks Waylon's face at the beginning of Whistleblower evokes this.
  • One-Scene Wonder: While plenty of inmates only show up briefly, the pyro inmate probably embodies this trope the best. He seems relatively composed, and his dialogue is a massive Tear Jerker... only making it worse when he tries to kill you for putting out his fires.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Probably one of the scariest things about this game is that most of the inmates don't attack you, so you never know when one will attack you. It overall makes nowhere feel safe.
  • Squick: During the opening scenes of the Whistleblower DLC, you can hear two doctors discussing a patient's recent dreams/hallucinations during an Engine experiment. A few key phrases are highlighted by one as overarching themes in the dreams: Childhood memories, reptilian features, and sexual connotations.
  • Uncanny Valley: When you enable the infrared vision on your camcorder, the inmates you encounter appear to have glowing eyes.
  • What an Idiot: Rudolf Wernicke decides the best way to deal with Miles is to kill him. Seems reasonable until you realize that, A. Miles is the only one who saw Billy Hope die; B. the Walrider lives by using human bodies as hosts; C. the Walrider is smart enough to reason for itself and knows it's survival is entirely dependent on Billy's life; D. the Walrider needs psychologically tortured individuals to be its host and Miles most certainly counts in that regard; E. the Walrider has an easier time infecting people who had the Morphogenic Engine inflicted upon them which was playing constantly in Billy's chamber and that Miles most certainly had time to look at; F. the scientific method would indicate that in a situation where Miles stops the Walrider, that Miles would be considered a "control" to Billy's "experimental" group (in short, killing him before asking questions and getting results is a very BAD idea); and G. the Walrider HATES HATES HATES BEING SHOT AT! In the however extremely unlikely event that the Walrider is still alive, trying to kill the only witness to the event was very, very, very short-sighted of Rudolf. He kind of deserved that Laser-Guided Karma.

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