Looking back on 2019, I would have to put The Outer Worlds on my top 10 games list. Obsidian really crafted something special here, something that is part RPG, part adventure game, part sci-fi epic and more! Perhaps the best compliment I can give the game is that I originally played it on Xbox Game Pass, but I liked it so much I had to buy a physical copy.
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The Game Review
One of the best aspects of The Outer Worlds for me was the world that has been created. The game is a kind of mixture of things like Fallout, Firefly and even a bit of Half-Life as well in my opinion. The game has you helping a scientist who wants to wake these colonists, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.
You see this “world” is a kind of oppressive place and you end up thrown into many different confrontations. There are multiple factions at play here and you can deal with them and strike different kinds of relationships with them. This is part of the game I think is handled very, very well. The game keeps track of the way you deal with factions too which can come in handy as you progress through the game.
Anyone who has played an Obsidian game or even a Bioware kind of game before is going to feel right at home here. This is most evident when you are doing the companion quests, most of the people you deal with here are written and voice acted very well which gets you more invested into what is going on.
The different companions also have a dramatic effect on the overall gameplay. Like any other RPG, you will want your character stats to go a certain way. Well, The Outer Worlds lets you take two companions along with you and you can use their stats to help you in areas that you are not all that strong in.
This is something I think is a great idea. Plus, the fact that the companions will talk between themselves as you explore and fight adds a ton of personality to the game and the world you are in. I really think this is one area of the game that The Outer Worlds actually does better than any other game that I can think of right now!
The first-person shooting mechanics are not what I expected. Before I played the game, I thought this was going to be slower paced in this regard. That is not the case at all and fights tend to be much quicker and more intense which is fun. I like the way you can briefly slow things down so you can score a critical hit. The game does not hold your hand in regards to the shooting and that is something I like.
The Reliable is the name of your ship and I love this thing! Your ship serves as your hud where you can talk to your crew, chose what planet to go to and so on. The AI that is onboard is awesome and made me laugh many times. The different places you will be going to have a lot of variety to them.
As far as the presentation goes, The Outer Worlds looks great. I played through this on a standard Xbox One and it still looked fantastic. From places that are more overgrown and “wild” to those that are more industrial. I really like the world that they have created here and the fact it is all so well made gets you more invested in this world.
I really think that Obsidian has outdone themselves with this game. I found myself hooked and I highly suggest any RPG/shooter/adventure gamer give this one a go. It starts off a tad slow, but after a couple of hours, I would bet you will be fully invested in what is going on in this oppressive part of the galaxy.
- The story is well written and has a lot of dark humor
- Each of the companions is interesting in their own way
- There is a great deal of variety to the places you will go
- The game looks fantastic
- Excellent voice acting
- The smaller multiple open worlds instead of one large one might not be cool with you
- It was so good I did not want it to end