Disclaimer: This review does not contain spoilers for the base Outlast game.
Whistleblower is downloadable content for the original Outlast game, and while it tells different story and angle to the Mount Massive Asylum, it’s largely the same kind of experience that Outlast provided. It features largely brand new areas (existing ones are presented with a twist) as well as new and interesting stalkers for the player to run from.
Whistleblower sees players step into the shoes of Waylon Park, a software developer who works at the Mount Massive asylum. The game opens with Waylon sending an email, the same email that Miles Upshurr receives at the beginning of the original Outlast game that prompts him to head to the asylum. Of course, Waylon is caught doing this and thrown into the asylum himself, although sinister events begin to play out and Waylon is somehow let free. But he still needs to escape the asylum – and that will be half the battle.
Rather surprisingly, Whistleblower takes place before, during and after the events of Outlast. Despite being a prequel, the game seems to focus a lot more on Waylon himself as a character and the emotional turmoil he endures during his time in Mount Massive – little information about what is going on in Mount Massive is presented to the player outside of the odd file or two. Waylon and the supporting characters are all developed very well considering the breadth of the DLC.