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Conarium Review: Depths of Abnormality
3 months ago

Conarium Review: Depths of Abnormality

Awakening, but with no recollection of previous events, Frank Gilman is stuck in Antarctica with a deep mystery surrounding him. The base he’s inside is void of life and outside …
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Haunted Halloween ’86 Review: Feels classic but not memorable
10 months ago

Haunted Halloween ’86 Review: Feels classic but not memorable

Tired of Xbox Enhanced games? Rather dust off your NES and play some classics? Look no more. Haunted Halloween ’86  is so retro it even created a Nintendo cartridge that …
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Slayaway Camp: Butchers Cut review: Bloody Good
1 year ago

Slayaway Camp: Butchers Cut review: Bloody Good

Usually, with puzzle games, I can take them or leave them. They’re fun for a short burst; then I prefer to move on to something a bit more action-packed. That …
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Bulb Boy review – Tripping the light fantastic
2 years ago

Bulb Boy review – Tripping the light fantastic

Bulb Boy is a sort of point and click adventure game. I say sort of, because it’s a little more unusual than your standard pointing and clicking affair. Firstly, the …
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Outlast 2 review: A disturbing dive into madness
2 years ago

Outlast 2 review: A disturbing dive into madness

The original Outlast quickly became a well-received horror title, as exploring the horrifying asylum with just a camera and your wit, led to an intense experience of survival. The sequel, …
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Hide & Seek horror Dead by Daylight coming to Xbox One
2 years ago

Hide & Seek horror Dead by Daylight coming to Xbox One

The latest cult Steam success story, Dead by Daylight is getting an Xbox One release later this year. The asymmetrical, 4v1 multiplayer horror game, sees one player taking on the …
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Dead Effect 2 Review: Zombies, Guns, and Money
2 years ago

Dead Effect 2 Review: Zombies, Guns, and Money

Badfly Interactive’s Dead Effect 2 is a sci-fi, horror first-person shooter filled with zombies, space soldiers, deadly drones and a plethora of high-caliber weapons to fight them with. While this …
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Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood review: Point and click, click, click
2 years ago

Enigmatis 2: The Mists of Ravenwood review: Point and click, click, click

Enigmatis 2 is not the kind of point and click adventure game that I’m used to. This is not a game filled with frustrating, obtuse item puzzles like the Monkey Island games, …
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Layers of Fear preview: Portrait of a madman
4 years ago

Layers of Fear preview: Portrait of a madman

Three or four years ago, I heard a rumour that Amnesia: The Dark Descent was going to be released on the Xbox 360, and I couldn’t wait for it to happen. …
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Outlast and The Whistleblower DLC review (Xbox One)
5 years ago

Outlast and The Whistleblower DLC review (Xbox One)

Outlast was developed and published by Red Barrels. It was released June 18, 2014 on Xbox One for $19.99/£16.99 and includes The Whistleblower DLC. A copy was provided for review purposes.

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Throughout the history of video games, there have always been developers who set out to scare, shock, terrify and otherwise freak out an audience of gamers that is increasingly more resilient to zombies, vampires, blood, gore and all of the usual tactics. Red Barrels is one such developer, and with the excellent Outlast, they have succeeded in creating a game which is not only genuinely frightening, but which also benefits from an interesting story, and a level of engagement which really enhances the overall experience.

Set in the Mount Massive Mental Asylum, Outlast locks the player into a 5 to 6 hour long campaign which maintains a generally high level of intensity, with downtime offered only occasionally (and fleetingly) as main character Miles Upshur desperately navigates his way towards an ever more elusive escape.

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