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  • Summary: Outer Wilds is an open world mystery about a solar system trapped in an endless time loop.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Jun 12, 2019
    100
    This is a rare adventure game in which the journey is actually more of a reward than the destination.
  2. Jun 28, 2019
    90
    It's difficult to talk about Outer Wilds without saying too much. It's one of those rare games where you just want to place the person you are trying to convince in front of the screen and watch them play, like you'd watch a child stack building blocks for the first time. There is something inherently fascinating and intriguing about this simulation of space archaeology, where the journey is just as important as the destination — both in the messages it delivers and the satisfaction it provides.
  3. Aug 19, 2019
    90
    This temporally unique game adds something new with your every death and moves the story forward beautifully. The environments are breathtaking, the music will soothe you. This is the perfect game for those of you who are, above all, curious.
  4. Jun 18, 2019
    85
    Outer Wilds is a genuinely delightful experience with a lot of bright points. It somehow manages to take the idea of a game about repeatedly dying in terrible ways and makes it enjoyable, relaxing and enthusiastic. It won't be a game for everyone due to its self-guided nature and its focus on puzzling things out for yourself, but it's exactly the game it needs to be. If you long for the space travel that No Man's Sky couldn't provide, give Outer Wilds a shot. It might not have a billion worlds, but each one is worth a visit.
  5. Jun 4, 2019
    84
    It may be due to the charming look and the likeable DIY approach of the hobby astronauts of Holzkamin, but Outer Wilds reminds me in the best sense (probably idealized) childhood experiences: the feeling of discovering something new at a ramble, finally on the top of the tallest tree Climbing in the woods or just getting to know something new that enhances your own horizons - I have that feeling in every corner of Outer Wilds.
  6. Jul 26, 2019
    80
    For those who won’t be deterred by the endless deaths and time-looped backtracking in Outer Wilds, its intriguing mystery and non-linear exploration of an entire solar system will be a novel and deeply engaging experience.
  7. Aug 20, 2019
    65
    Outer Wilds is rife with breathtaking sights and sounds, and at the very least, no one could accuse it of being unambitious. Mobius Digital may be a small team but, almost paradoxically, they achieve a remarkable sense of scope by keeping things modest. However, their work suffers from the glacial pace of progress and a hands-off approach to storytelling. My biggest issues – a lack of combat, direction, or material rewards – are obviously deliberate, bold choices on the part of the devs, and I commend Mobius for them while also chiding the cold, inscrutable product that resulted. I admire Outer Wilds, but I don’t love it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 19 out of 160
  1. Jun 3, 2019
    10
    This is very nearly a perfect game: beautifully designed and executed, intelligently written, and engaging from beginning to end.

    The
    This is very nearly a perfect game: beautifully designed and executed, intelligently written, and engaging from beginning to end.

    The setting is a miniature solar system in which the planets are subject to something like realistic orbital mechanics. Each planet may be small - on the scale of hundreds of meters in diameter - but together they offer up a wide variety of dynamic and visually striking environments. At moments, the imagery is breathtaking.

    The aesthetic is stylized, but consistent - and consistently appealing. (I'm tempted to say: "you know, like a game published by Annapurna.")

    The game-play mechanics are well crafted: navigation - in ship or in suit - and walking work smoothly, and all the tools the player has available function as they should.

    As for the writing, this game should be held up as the very model of how to integrate a tight, coherent narrative into an open-world setting. You really can explore in any direction and in any order you like, following one line of clues or another. All the clues fit together, though, and all lead to the same place . . . when you're ready for them to do so.

    The clues left behind by long-dead alien visitors provide a glimpse into their lives and hopes and loves - and their disagreements as to how far their experiments should go - without ever being heavy-handed about it.

    In terms of story and game play, the 22-minute loop has a lot of appeal. Most of the time, it means you can be really relaxed about exploration, knowing there will always be another loop ahead of you. Sometimes, though, it gives you license to take outrageous risks in exploration, burning all your bridges behind you, confident that you'll be back at the launch pad at home soon enough.

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    Postscript: The thing about the controls is that this is one of the few space-based SF games that takes Newton's laws of motion seriously: you know, an object in motion remains in motion, and so on. If you hit one thruster, your ship starts moving in that direction . . . and keeps going in that direction unless you counteract it with another thruster. If you hold your finger on the button for a thruster, you will continue to accelerate in that direction.

    It also takes seriously the law of gravity: if you are near a planet, you will start accelerating toward that planet unless you counteract that acceleration with a thruster blast in the opposite direction.

    Most other SF games with a flying mechanic seem to assume that spaceships in a vacuum work just like airplanes in an atmosphere. They don't.

    So, yes, the controls in Outer Wilds take some getting used to, but they are manageable with practice. Also, the developers have included an autopilot and a velocity-matching mechanic that can help you out of tight spots . . . though sometimes you do have to abort the autopilot if it plots a course through the sun. There is no substitute for your own judgment in such situations.
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  2. Dec 10, 2020
    10
    One of the best games I've ever played. Period.

    Don't read anything about it. Just play it. The less you know the better.
  3. Nov 24, 2020
    10
    As I slowly drift away into the dark of space from the planet that houses my ship, I take a minute to breathe. It's incredibly relaxing. I'veAs I slowly drift away into the dark of space from the planet that houses my ship, I take a minute to breathe. It's incredibly relaxing. I've died over and over and over again and this time will be no different. This is how my current loop will end. As I look out across the solar system, I pull out my signal scope and just listen. I listen to all the different instruments. I listen to all the songs being played. As my oxygen reaches critical levels, as I'm about to take my last breath, the planets align, and I'm left with one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. It sends shivers down my spine. I reminisce about my current loop. I've been shot into space by a tornado and fell back down into the sea, I've jumped into the geysers on my home planet, I've miraculously survived over and over again, I jumped into a black hole and lived, I drifted in space, I breathed, I felt alive. And just like that, my loop restarts. Death is inevitable in Outer Wilds, and it's beautiful. I will probably never complete this game, and I don't want to, I want to stay here forever. Expand
  4. Nov 10, 2019
    10
    I made an account just to review this game and give it the max amount of points possible. A beautiful, mesmerizing game from the start toI made an account just to review this game and give it the max amount of points possible. A beautiful, mesmerizing game from the start to finish. Amazing story, great concept, fun space flight and 100% unique. The ending almost brought me to tears, which I can't say has happened in any game before (and I'm a 32 year old man.) My only regret was spoiling myself by looking up how to beat the game, when in reality beating the game should be by being able to see and experience everything. Expand
  5. Aug 30, 2020
    9
    It's a very compelling universe to explore. Since the very first time you see the night sky, as you open your eyes, you ask yourself what thatIt's a very compelling universe to explore. Since the very first time you see the night sky, as you open your eyes, you ask yourself what that mysterious blue spark could be? From there, every clue you find reveals more questions than answers until the beautiful little intertwined segments you find form an intricate story that unfolded, and you discover what happened. And, never will your curiosity be disappointed. Expand
  6. Jun 6, 2019
    9
    Some people who have ps4 and cant play this give it low rates !! Keep calm and play ! its a cool game !!!
  7. Jan 7, 2021
    0
    I bought this game blind but I heard good things. It's a game that allows you to explore an entire, albeit small, solar system, without havingI bought this game blind but I heard good things. It's a game that allows you to explore an entire, albeit small, solar system, without having to worry much about the details of spaceflight. The controls are a bit tricky at first even with a controller, but the game is very forgiveable in that if you land your ship a little too hard then it's unlikely to cause any damage to it. Can't recommend enough. Expand

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