The Outer Worlds, the latest Sci-Fi RPG from Obsidian, has taken the world by storm since its release last week. Planting gamers firmly in the shoes of a roguish space explorer in an intergalactic colony corrupted by capitalism, The Outer Worlds offers a rich role-playing experience. With fantastic first-person combat, witty dialogue, excellent player choice and a new and exciting world to explore, The Outer Worlds is a must-play for RPG fans. So, let’s take a look at 5 reasons why The Outer Wilds should be on your Wishlist.
The Outer Worlds features excellent first-person combat. Players can use a variety of ranged and melee weapons to take the fight to the renegade bandits and horrific space monsters that populate the game world. From plasma spewing revolvers to electrified hammers, you are given plenty of tools to vanquish your enemies. With the games detailed weapon customization, weapons can be tailored to suit every need. Have a high-powered hunting rifle but don’t want to snipe foes from afar? Simply take it to a workbench and modify the sight to use it in closer ranged firefights. Your sword not quite cutting it? Enhance it with a plasma mod to melt the bad guys with every swing.
Combat feels weighty, and both guns and melee weapons pack a real punch. The game also gives players a slowdown effect that can be used in clutch combat moments to pop off that all-important headshot or blow a bandit’s legs out from underneath him.
The Outer Worlds has one of the best character customization systems I’ve seen in a long time. Players can assign stats to different attributes so they can tailor their characters to fit whatever playstyle they want. Want to be a one-man army, mowing down hordes of foes and shrugging off bullets like they were water balloons? Then max out your combat stats and take the relevant perks to turn your character into a complete tank. Or maybe you prefer the charismatic, con-man style of gameplay. Assigning points in the charisma skill tree will allow you to lie, intimidate and smooth talk your way out of almost any situation.
Being able to mix and match these stats to create your perfect intergalactic hero (or villain) is one of The Outer Worlds greatest strengths. The games character creator is no slouch either and with many aesthetic options available to craft your character however you want, the game offers a lot of choices.
By far my favorite aspect of The Outer Worlds is the writing. Obsidian is well known for the snappy, hilarious and oftentimes bizarre dialogue that made Fallout: New Vegas such a hit. And The Outer Worlds is no different. The characters practically drip with personality and interacting with them and exploring every line of dialogue possible was some of the most fun I’ve had in a videogame in some time. The games satirical criticism of the dangers of capitalism and the plight of the worker is simultaneously brutally honest, depressingly realistic, and downright hysterical. A personal favorite of mine was a beleaguered sales assistant beaten down by the demands of his corporate overlords.
The Outer Worlds takes place in the Halcyon colony, a series of planets and space ships at the outer edges of the universe. The world of Halcyon is completely dominated by many corporations. Each more brutal than the last. The game’s retro-futuristic depiction of capitalist greed is brilliant, bringing to mind the best parts about both the Fallout and Bioshock franchises. But The Outer Worlds is far from a rip-off, Halcyon is its own beast. Exploring the games twisted corporate world was a joy. The game offers several colorful locations, from dilapidated city-spaceships to verdant alien jungle worlds. Each location offered a great range of side quests, memorable characters, and ravenous alien beasts.
The world is full of cynical cash grabs and an overabundance of half-finished shells of games. The Outer Worlds stands out as a full and complete package with a great amount of content. Obsidian has spoiled us with a playtime of between 30 and 40 hours. But with side quests, collecting weapons and armor, and delving into the games myriad dialogue options, that playtime could be even longer. Not to mention the games replayability and potential for DLC and extra content down the line.
So, what do you think of The Outer Worlds? If you’ve played it, how is it? And if you haven’t, why the hell not? Let us know in the comments and on social media!