The best horror games like Outlast may be found on our list, so check it out if you enjoyed it.
Outlast, a horror video game released in 2013, was a huge hit both at the time of its release and in the years that followed. What is it about Outlast that makes it so great, and why is it so popular?
With the rise of Let’s Play videos on YouTube, especially horror games like Amnesia and Slender: The Eight Pages, Outlast came out at the right time.
In terms of the game itself, Outlast was a fairly “targeted” experience. As a result, it wasn’t one of those atmospheric slow-burn horror experiences that prioritized exploration and puzzles over stealth, chases, and jumpscares.
There wasn’t much more to it than exploring a decaying crazy asylum in quest of things and switches that would let you move further. Keep an eye out for ex-patients, and find batteries to power your camcorder’s night vision mode, the only way you can see at night.
However, in this list, we’ll be including a few games that share some similarities with Outlast.
So, if you’re looking for a comparable experience in a video game, keep reading!
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
First and foremost, there’s Amnesia: The Dark Descent, a 2010 masterpiece that served as a major inspiration for Outlast.
It’s important to keep a look out for oil and tinderboxes in Amnesia, just like in Outlast, so that the player can light their lantern and the environment.
Due of the fuzzy screen and less responsive controls that occur when the player’s sanity meter drops too low in Amnesia, enough light is a necessity.
“No combat” in survival horror games, like Outlast’s adversaries, was popularized in Amnesia, which is why the player must escape or hide from horrible monstrosities they face on their trip.
The horrors and pursuit moments in Outlast are heavily scripted, whereas in Amnesia, the emphasis is on atmosphere and exploration. In addition, there are various riddles and the plot enhances the terror rather than feeling pasted on because one couldn’t have a game without a story.
Penumbra: Black Plague
Penumbra: Overture, the first game by Frictional Games to introduce some of the innovations that would later define Amnesia, is an often-overlooked franchise. We’ll be focusing on Penumbra: Black Plague instead of Overture because it’s the most significant part of the whole plot.
For the most part, gamers are in agreement that Black Plague is the better game, which is understandable given that the development team had more experience and user feedback to draw on. In a nutshell, what sets this game apart from the original is that it has a wider variety of locales and more terrifying foes.
When it comes to gameplay, Black Plague is very much like Amnesia, with exploration and puzzles taking precedence over combat. The monsters cannot be defeated via traditional means, and the now-outdated graphics really work rather well.
SOMA, Frictional Games’ 2015 release, will be our final mention of the studio. Survival horror aspects are toned down in favor of a more narrative-driven approach in SOMA.
As a result, there are no resources to manage or worry about in this game, but there are still adversaries to avoid. What really sets SOMA apart is its excellent art direction, gloomy atmosphere and compelling plot that poses some big philosophical concerns that will linger long after the credits roll.
An excellent survival horror film called Alien: Isolation was released in 2014, and it’s one of the greatest yet.
The game’s remarkable visual aesthetic isn’t due to the retro-futuristic environment design influenced by the 1979 Alien picture. Alien: Isolation’s superior opponent AI was what set it apart from competitors like Outlast right away.
It’s true that the human and android foes helped spice up the game’s lengthy campaign and keep it from becoming monotonous, but the alien was by far the game’s most memorable and memorable monster. The alien, in contrast to Amnesia’s and Outlast’s foes, is constantly unpredictable, which is what makes it such a terrifying foe.
It only appears in a few scripted scenes and is mostly guided by auditory information, such as sound, when it isn’t randomly wandering the halls. Being detected by it is almost always fatal, as it is extremely tough to get through and can kill the player with a single strike.
A noisemaker or a flamethrower can be used to distract or scare off an extraterrestrial in order to make the situation simpler. It’s preferable to avoid a fight since it generally returns with a vengeance.
If you liked Outlast’s tight stealth parts and heart-pounding chases, this is a must-have for horror enthusiasts everywhere.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
A breath of fresh air for a series that had become stuck in an action shooter rut over the preceding decade was offered by Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, the seventh mainline entry in the legendary Resident Evil series.
First-person gameplay makes Resident Evil 7 more immersive than most of the other games in the series. That’s a good thing, because it means that the game may benefit from the VR hype train that was gathering steam at the time of its release.
Overall, Resident Evil 7’s gameplay formula incorporates elements from previous Resident Evil games, along with newer horror franchises like Silent Hill and Resident Evil 2.
The gore, the decaying settings, and the antagonists who don’t seem to be “all there” are all striking visual similarities between this game and Outlast. Despite the fact that this game has a battle system and some monsters can be slain, the player still has to dodge some unbeatable foes.
Resident Evil 7 has a lot to offer fans of Outlast, and virtual reality compatibility makes it much more appealing.
The Evil Within
There’s no shortage of comparisons between The Evil Within and Resident Evil and Outlast while we’re talking about these two games.
A third-person perspective is used, however the emphasis is more on survival horror than on action in this game, much like the newer Resident Evil games. At times, the player is encouraged to dodge foes, and many of the creatures feel like they’ve been lifted straight from Outlast and Silent Hill.
This is not to say that The Evil Within 2 and its followup, The Evil Within, aren’t enjoyable, but they can be a little over-the-top in their story, delivery, and design. This is a tense game that will offer you Outlast-like feelings, regardless.
Layers of Fear
When it comes to video games that don’t include any kind of survival mechanics, Layers Of Fear stands apart.
It’s also notable that there are no patrolling enemies or resources to manage, as the player’s only goal in this game (which takes place entirely in the protagonist’s mind) is to figure out the plot through the shifting passageways of the protagonist’s home.
As a result, the focus is more on narrative than combat, making it more akin to games like Amnesia and SOMA than Outlast. Nonetheless, we think it’s worth mentioning.
Among the Sleep
Outlast’s formula is similar to that of Among the Sleep. The only things you have to worry about are traversing the area and solving occasional puzzles while avoiding opponents. There are no survival components in this game. Of course, the major difference in Along the Sleep is that you play as a toddler.
Because of their diminutive size or the sloppy manner in which the protagonist moves around when walking upright rather than crawling, the player feels smaller and more vulnerable.
If you can find it on sale, you can get quite a deal on Among the Sleep, a short but engaging game that takes around two to three hours to complete.
Dead by Daylight
The most unique aspect of Dead by Daylight is that it’s a multiplayer game rather than a single-player one.
An asymmetrical multiplayer game in which one player plays as a killer and up to four other players play as survivors must repair generators that open exit doors to flee what are dubbed “trial grounds” in order to avoid being killed by the killer.
While the idea of using traps, teleportation, or temporary invisibility to catch prey may appear straightforward at first glance, it’s not as simple as it seems because survivors have access to a wide range of tools and objects that can aid their escape.
As of April 2020, there are 23 pieces of DLC for the game that you may want to purchase at some time, therefore it’s preferable to wait and buy the game at a discount rather than rush out and get it right away.
IonFx, the duo responsible for creating Miasmata, is an independent studio. Your protagonist, Robert Hughes, is a scientist who has found himself on a deserted island in search of a solution for his terminal ailment. As you explore various plants and their properties, your character’s background comes in helpful. As you progress through Miasmata, you’ll learn more about the island’s history and geology in addition to curing the disease.
Everywhere you look around the island, there are the remains of people you used to work with. How did they end up here? Getting closer to a cure will lead to the discovery of answers. Do you have what it takes to survive and emerge unhurt from the island? Exploration is essential, but it is extremely risky. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of surviving!
Despite the fact that Miasmata was made by just two persons, its superb manufacturing quality is remarkable. Because of the game’s tight gameplay and stunning visuals, the island comes to life.
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth is one of the most unnerving games you’ll ever play, based on the novel Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft. You take on the role of Detective Jack Walters, a man haunted by his past and unable to recall a period of time spanning six years. Despite his flaws, he’s still a top-notch detective. He travels to the enigmatic town of Innsmouth in search of information on a missing individual and discovers that nothing is as it seems. His own life is in jeopardy as soon as he understands it. After being chased by an irate mob in the dead of night, things go much worse for him. As you spend more time with the cultists of Innsmouth, you’ll begin to notice hints of mystery and fantasy as the game progresses.
You are at a disadvantage at the beginning because you lack the means to defend yourself. In the course of your investigation, you will come across a number of weaponry. Call Of Cthulhu shifts to a more shooter-like feel at this point. Having a gun won’t protect you from the town’s creeps, though; they’ll follow you around even after you put the controller down.
Call of Cthulhu is, in my opinion, one of the best games that can be compared to Outlast. A video game adaptation of a novel without losing any of the story. In Outlast, if you enjoyed your experience in the mental asylum, you are sure to enjoy what awaits you in this weird and spooky place.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent
Amnesia: The Dark Descent has influenced a slew of other survival horror games. After Resident Evil and Silent Hill’s release in 2010, a new wave of horror-themed video games began to emerge. It was Amnesia’s reminder of how exciting it is to use your wit to survive that shook up the entire game.
You take on the role of Daniel, a guy who awakens in an eerie castle with no recollection of his past life. Notes written in his own hand advise him to kill someone by the name of Alexander begin to appear around him.
The story begins slowly, but as you descend deeper into the castle, it takes on a terrifying intensity. Only you have the key to the castle’s darkest secrets. Are you brave enough to face your fears?
Only because you won’t be able to stop playing will you be kept awake at night by the game’s gloomy tone, true fear, and disturbing encounters.
Anna: Extended Edition
Anna is one of the few games that have frightened me to the core. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, trying to guess what would happen next.
An amnesic guy who is persuaded that a sawmill near his house is haunted is the subject of this narrative.
He decides to do his own investigation in order to learn the truth. His evil past and his relationship with a woman named Anna are subsequently revealed by the structure “coming to life.”
Puzzles, hints, and decisions you make along the journey will determine the course of the story. If you’ve gathered all of the clues and gone to great measures to uncover the protagonist’s backstory, you’ll get a different ending in Anna. With each new piece of information you unearth, the storyline becomes richer and richer.
You won’t want to miss Anna’s fantastically creepy psychological horror experience, and with multiple endings to choose from, you’ll have plenty of reasons to play it over and over again.
Condemned: Criminal Origins
Ethan Thomas is a crime scene investigator with the FBI’s serial crime unit in the city of Metro in Condemned: Criminal Origins. Because he’s being falsely accused of the murder of two cops, this case is different from the rest. What are the chances that he’ll catch the real killer and avoid being the next victim?
It seems as if the entire city is overrun with drug users, psychopaths, and murderers. Things are almost always going to go awry. However, don’t be concerned. You’ll be able to survive the horrors if you have a well-stocked arsenal and a good uppercut. It’s hard not to want to give up your guns when you see how great the melee combat mechanics are. When you kick someone, you can practically feel the weight of your kick on their face. You won’t grow tired of it!
You won’t be disappointed by Condemned: Criminal Origins. Condemned 2: Bloodshot, the sequel, is also worth a look.
Dementium: The Ward
The story of Dementium: The Ward takes place in a hospital where William Redmoor, the protagonist, is about to undergo surgery. In the beginning of the game, you are pushed about in a wheelchair while spotting zombies and corpses in the hallways. There’s clearly something wrong with this situation.
After this terrible sequence, you’ll wake up in a hospital ward, where the rest of your trip will begin. The 16 chapters of Dementium: The Ward feature creatures, medical experiments that go awry and riddles to be solved as you make your way around the hospital. You’ll have to answer progressively tough riddles in order to proceed through the plot in each chapter of the book.
Those wishing for an Outlast-like experience can check out Dementium: The Ward. If you’re looking for a good scare and a good laugh, this is the movie for you. You’ll be gripped by the suspense and story twists until the final credits roll.
Slender: The Arrival
There are only a few levels to Slender: The Arrival. It won’t take you more than three hours to complete, but those three hours will be the scariest time you’ve ever spent in front of a computer.
The story centres around Lauren, a woman who has decided to see her friend Kate, whose mother had passed away. A disorder is apparent when she arrives at Kate’s wooded property, and her companion is nowhere in sight.
Lauren quickly realizes that something is off. To determine Kate’s location, she armed herself with a flashlight and set out into the woods with it. In the trees, she begins to glimpse a tall, ghostly figure. As soon as he gets close, your screen will distort—but don’t look back—because doing so will only make him chase you harder and more unpredictably. Run like you’ve just committed a crime to get rid of him.
You examine the woods, decode the messages left by others, and learn more about your friend during the rest of the adventure. Again, it’s a brief piece, but it’s enough to terrify you to the core.
The Evil Within
Have you been a fan of Capcom’s eerie Resident Evil series? If so, The Evil Within is for you. A darker and grittier game was created by the series’ director, Shinji Mikami. Detective Sebastian Castellanos of the Krimson City Police Department works at Beacon Mental Hospital.
Police detective Sebastian Castellanos is assigned to investigate the mass murder at the Beacon Mental Hospital. When it’s too late, he understands that things aren’t what they appear to be.
He is kidnapped and finds himself hanging upside down in a butcher’s shop when he awakens. After escaping, he discovers that all of his coworkers have been murdered. Now he must figure out a means to get out while trying to comprehend the harrowing world he’s been sent to.
The story loses steam as the game’s scope expands, but that doesn’t take away from the game’s quality as a whole. Old-school horror enthusiasts will rejoice despite The Evil Within’s shortcomings, as it is a demanding and violent game. After 26.5 hours of playing this game, my stats reflect that I have perished 324 times. Many times, I’ve seen the “Game Over” screen. Despite the tough level, I keep coming back for more time and time again.
Gone Home (Bonus)
In Gone Home, the process of examining a property becomes a fascinating adventure of discovery thanks to the author’s attention to detail. As a creepy and frightening game, even though not strictly speaking a survival horror, its deserving of inclusion.
On a wet night in the summer of 1995, you play as Kaitlin, a woman who has recently returned from Europe and is visiting her family. The house is strangely quiet for a holiday party where you’d expect everyone to be there. What happened to everyone? You’ll look about the house for clues in an attempt to discover the solution.
To get through the game, there are no enemies or challenges. To pass the time, you’ll read letters, listen to voicemail, and look through the belongings of the family to learn more about them. As you piece things together, you begin to feel as if you’re surrounded by your family.
This is an incredible adventure that you should not miss, even though the horror parts aren’t as evident.
Are there any games like Outlast?
Call of Cthulhu, in my opinion, is one of the best Outlast-like games. A video game adaptation of a novel without losing any of the story. As a fan of Outlast, you’re sure to enjoy what awaits you in this eerie and sinister village.
Is there a game scarier than Outlast?
The use of claustrophobia and the fear of being trapped in small spaces in Outlast 2 only serves to heighten the tension. However, the plot of REZ 7 plus the entire ambiance, sound effects, etc., make it a hell of a carnival of scares. Despite the fact that rez 7 is more terrifying, outlast 2 employs an ingenious method that leaves the player without any weapons.
Is Outlast the scariest game ever?
But just how frightful is Outlast? Outlast, for starters, does a number of things differently than other horror games, and it does it brilliantly. According to casual gamers and hardcore horror fanatics, its approach is what makes it one of the scariest horror video games of all time.
And that’s our list of the best Outlast-like games.
If you’re looking for a comparable experience to Outlast, there are plenty of other horror games out there to choose from.