Saturday, June 29, 2013

How Scary is Outlast? Video Game Genre: Survival-Horror

We locked 20 people from IGN in a room and had them play Outlast to answer the question. What did we discover? See for yourself.

The best games make you feel something, some type of emotion that sticks with you after you’re done playing. And fear is one of the most powerful emotions we can have as human beings. So for us, to make the best game possible, we know that we have to scare the s*** out of you. We’re trying to do that in a number of different ways, but where we start is with the design. In Outlast you play as a journalist with no weapons or fighting ability. You’re powerless and vulnerable: there’s actually a good reason to be afraid, because you can be hurt (or eviscerated). So, like in real life, your best option to survive is to run or hide. Using our past experience, we’re making those mechanics fun (but hopefully nerve-wracking!), giving your character some parkour-style moves and tweaking the AI so that enemies are smart about looking for you. 
Philippe Morin // Co-Founder, Red Barrels
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune and Assassin’s Creed 

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