Noob Reviews: Outlast’s Whistleblower DLC
This review will be based on Xbox One gameplay. Although I have attempted to avoid spoilers, there may be some included to help explain specific points.
What is Outlast?
If you have never heard of the Outlast franchise before, and are interested in finding out more about the original game, you can check out our review of the base game here.
What is the Whistleblower DLC about?
Miles Upshur was first lured to the horrors of Mount Massive Asylum by a strange email out of the blue, an email by a company insider turned whistleblower that wanted to have the inhuman experiments of the Murkoff company exposed to the world. Enter Waylon Park, a software engineer who has found out what Murkoff is doing to its patients, and decides to become the mysterious whistleblower and contact Miles with his findings. Unfortunately for Waylon, no sooner had he turned whistleblower is he discovered by Murkoff’s security team and restrained before he can escape.
Luckily, you could say, it is about this time the Walrider comes into play (and without doing spoilers, you will see in Outlast how this plays out) and Waylon must escape Mount Massive. Throughout the game, as you help Waylon on his journey, Waylon will cross paths with Miles (but never directly interact), explore a variety of locations. And come across many varied foes, some familiar (like the Walrider and Chris Walker) and some new (like The Groom aka Eddie Gluskin, Frank Manera and Jeremy Blaire).
One of the fundamental elements of Whistleblower that drives home how human and vulnerable Waylon is, that did not appear much in Outlast with Miles, is how he keeps referring to his wife and children throughout. Really adding both sympathy and relatability factors. Where you know deep down, it is up to you and your actions whether or not Waylon will ever get to see them again.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official launch trailer linked from Red Barrels’ YouTube channel -
What genre is the game?
Outlast’s DLC (Whistleblower) is definitely a hardcore survival horror game, just like the base game.
Who created Outlast?
Outlast was created by the Red Barrels team, who both developed and produced the game themselves.
How long is the game?
The Whistleblower DLC has a run time of around three hours, which makes it about half the playtime of the base game. Depending on whether or not you wish to go full achievement hunting or just survive long enough to find a way to escape, this may differ depending on personal play style.
When was the Whistleblower DLC released? And what platform(s) is it available on?
Whistleblower was released initially in May 2014 on PC and PlayStation 4. But has since, also made its way onto Xbox One, Linux and Nintendo Switch.
What is the game’s RRP?
You can usually pick Whistleblower up for around £6.50 ($8.63). Or also get it alongside Outlast as part of the Outlast: Bundle of Terror for about £19.99 ($24.99).
What do you think of Whistleblower?
If you have either played the original Outlast yourself or had a chance to read the review about the base game (which you can check out here if not) - Outlast is terrifying. As one of the most brutal survival horror games you can play, it has defended its title year in. Year out. And been an inspiration to many other titles that terrorise gamers to this day. That been said, Whistleblower is an entirely different beast in some ways that make it unique, but unfortunately fails in others.
Whereas Outlast relies heavily on suggested mutilations, torture and horror for a large part of the game when you are sneaking around and listening to the screams around you or behind closed doors. With the odd gory scene thrown in that your protagonist must survive through. Whistleblower ups the ante and dives headfirst into graphic scenes of forbidden love, cannibalism and desecration of corpses. Some of the most ‘memorable’ scenes from Whistleblower, I would have to say include a gentleman masturbating over a stack of corpses in a basement and the introduction to the final boss of the game ‘The Groom.’ Which has been described by many as ‘the worst ten minutes in any game’ in which you must witness some genuinely horrific acts whilst restrained.
Don’t get me wrong, if you love your horror games and especially your horror survival, Whistleblower is a treasure trove of hardcore segments that really raises the bar even after Outlast. However, I found Whistleblower to also have a few more issues than the original where vaulting and interacting with the environment seemed very temperamental. Puzzles became easier to solve and seemed very samey to those you had to solve in Outlast. And the gameplay mechanics were identical to those in Outlast which again provided minimal variation in the way Waylon handles compared to Miles.
Overall, after having played through both Outlast and Whistleblower. The Whistleblower DLC is a fantastic addition to the base game, but it could have been better if it was interwoven with the main story as an alternative to being standalone. Having integrated the DLC into the base game may have added in a lot more clarity for critical plot points at better times without impacting the pacing or quality of either character’s story arc. As opposed to having to be added in after the fact. But the DLC is definitely something I would say hardcore horror and horror survival fans will enjoy.
What overall rating would you give Outlast’s Whistleblower DLC?
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I would rate Whistleblower as a modest 4.2 out of 5 bananas.
Whistleblower is a fantastic addition to the Outlast franchise that although lacks new gameplay mechanics and puzzles, instead opting to rely on the tried and tested Outlast originals. Does an excellent job in handling how Miles and Waylon’s paths cross each other as they both try to escape Mount Massive. The Whistleblower DLC also answers a lot of lingering questions from the primary campaign and notches up the terror and horror tropes in buckets. Ramping up the tension. And getting that pulse-pounding.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. I hope you enjoyed it. Admittedly, everyone has a different opinion, and all I can do is encourage you to try out this game for yourself and see what you think. For now, though, have a fantastic day and happy gaming whatever you decide to play!