The Outer Worlds release date was on October 25, and at first glance, it is a stylish Sci-Fi action RPG. Coming from Obsidian Entertainment, of course, it deserves a deeper look. The game is being gradually released in selected countries first and it is receiving generally favorable feedback, with relevant publications giving it a score between 8 and 9 out of 10. The stylish intro promises that this game has all the best trademarks of an Obsidian role play game, takes us to Space, the final frontier, a place where our corporations already brought capitalism, and it invites the player on a character-driven 60-themed ride, so naturally, we are intrigued.
Development and reception
The mentioned developer of this title, Obsidian Entertainment, is a world-famous studio that brought us the critically acclaimed cult favorite games: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords, Fallout: New Vegas, Dungeon Siege III, Pillars of Eternity, and others. It is an award-winning studio responsible for countless hours of joy in gameplay. The publisher of this title is Private Division, which is owned by Take-Two Interactive, also a studio that needs no special introduction.
The Outer Worlds is developed for Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. But, the Nintendo Switch release is due in 2020, while it’s been released for other platforms gradually throughout the world now. The game has a clean 5/5 star rating on PlayStation Store, 4.5/5 on the Xbox Microsoft Store, and positive reviews so far on Steam.
A crew of a colonist ship, that was bound to travel to the furthest edges of the known universe, got lost in transit. Decades later, the player-controlled character awakens and finds that he is in the middle of a conspiracy to destroy the Halcyon colony, where you are located right now. It appears that the lost ship’s crew, which the player was a part of, found their home in the unexplored parts of the space and brought civilization with them, including booze, hostility, and neon-light billboards. When the player explores more of the colonized space, they find that there are several different factions present, all interested solely in power and influence and fighting one another openly or otherwise. The story unfolds as you get in the middle of a corporate war for supremacy in a thrilling story where you are the unexpected variable and a thorn in everyone’s eye.
In its basics, The Outer Worlds is a Sci-Fi first-person shooter action RPG that takes much in terms of the gameplay from Fallout: New Vegas. It is a kind of a spiritual successor of the game and it inherits its established mechanics. But, it brings many innovations that do not interfere with the traditional gameplay that fans love, and also puts it in an entirely new setting with an immersive narrative that makes ‘90s movie thrillers feel like Spanish soap operas.
It truly is a story-driven RPG, celebrating this new glorious universe created for the purpose of the plot. But, this game is also perhaps more robust and more detail-oriented, for this time Obsidian had all the time in the world to do what they felt was right and not rush the release under pressure. As a result, the game is deservingly praised for its originality, bug-free immersive gameplay, intriguing and exciting story, and well-known action shooting.
The Outer Worlds also features a well-known aspect of choice, traditionally nurtured by Obsidian in many of their games. They themselves stated that the central theme of this game are human flaws and what they do or do not make us. How we carry them and how the people around us react to them. “A compelling hero is made by flaws” they state and we do agree, as every immersive experience needs relatable layered characters.
The players will get the chance to lead a group of companions throughout their journey and interact with numerous characters. Interaction is as important part of this game as shooting the enemy is, and each new crew member brings its own unique abilities to the table. Also, your crew members are meant to complement the character flaws of the player-controlled character. For instance, you may have Raptiphobia and in this game, you get a debuff when Raptidons attack you. With the help of the right companion, you can confront the creature and your own fears and when successful, your character is instantly awarded a bonus perk. This is how things work, as the game tries to emulate character development like in a good novel.
The Outer Worlds reviews praise the games wit, humor, and writing, but its looks play an important part in telling the story to the player. It is a faithful representation of what most of us would imagine if you think about how capitalism would infect new planets and places in colonized space. The graphics and modeling do look like Fallout: New Vegas so much, with the presentation being very similar, but it runs a little smoother and feels a little more last-word.
The Outer Worlds seems to bring everything Obsidian wanted from Fallout: New Vegas to be but couldn’t reach due to the pressing development time frame, limited tech of that time, or other reasons. It brings the traditional gameplay and story presentation, with the familiar wit and humor of Fallout. It even brings a similar story of how humanity affects its environment, but it swirls it all in a new and thrilling story that is so rare in games these days. This title is a two-thumbs up from us!