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  • Summary: No remarkable journey is achieved without great effort. Outward is an open-world RPG where the cold of the night or an infected wound can be as dangerous as a predator lurking in the dark. Explore the vast world of Aurai, embark on memorable adventures alone or with your friends.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Apr 10, 2019
    89
    Outward is harsh and occasionally frustrating, but it does what so few games do. It requires you to put real thought into the choices you make, and it makes those choices feel like they really matter. Most of all, it makes you approach each and every encounter as if your life depended on it—even though you never die.
  2. Apr 3, 2019
    85
    Outward is a fun and unique experience for those who desire the harder type of gameplay reminiscent of Souls like games.
  3. Apr 3, 2019
    76
    This is a great choice of old-school RPG fans, with many, many good ideas, and only a few issues preventing it from being something excellent.
  4. Apr 10, 2019
    70
    It's still a solid playthrough and unique enough to consider worth experiencing -- especially with a friend. The best case scenario is that Outward serves as a successful proof-of-concept that leads to an experience down the road that hits a bullseye where Outward just narrowly missed the mark.
  5. Apr 10, 2019
    68
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Mar 26, 2019
    60
    Taken as a whole, Outward practically screams "cult classic." Its consistent challenge, cumbersome combat, and co-op systems won't resonate with everyone. But for a particular type of player—ones that don't mind trading dozens of frustrating moments for open-ended experiences—Nine Dot Studios' RPG is sure to find a dedicated audience. Outward's aspirations are commendable, but just like its protagonist, the end result is just average.
  7. Apr 12, 2019
    40
    Nine Dots Studio's RPG will appeal to people who love fiddly systems and have enormous patience. But if that isn’t you then it'll simply feel like a time drain.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 48
  2. Negative: 10 out of 48
  1. Mar 28, 2019
    10
    Fantastic, this takes me back to the Gothic series, mixed with a tiny sprinking of dark souls.

    Oh and its split screen coop! As a 90's
    Fantastic, this takes me back to the Gothic series, mixed with a tiny sprinking of dark souls.

    Oh and its split screen coop! As a 90's gamer this is a dream come true. No transactions, no pay to play. What a refreshing approach in a market flooded with underwhelming £50 AAA games that take 7 hours to finish.
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  2. Apr 22, 2019
    10
    Great Survival RPG! The combination of the classic RPG gameplay (which is 10x better than most modern "RPG's" which AREN'T even RPG's) withGreat Survival RPG! The combination of the classic RPG gameplay (which is 10x better than most modern "RPG's" which AREN'T even RPG's) with survival mechanics which are very well thought out, this makes for a truly great game! One of the best RPG's I've played in a while and probably one of the best survival game as well, all in one kit.

    The low ratings from the critic reviews are pathetic, and it's just another sign of the incompetence of these so called "experts" who run away when things become a bit difficult. Casual f-ing D-heads is what they are, being bought by the "AAA" companies to give them 10/10 ratings and low ratings to actual masterpieces by smaller developers.
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  3. Jan 2, 2020
    10
    What a phenomenal breath of fresh air, this game is a must buy for anyone that likes a more realistic/tangible approach to fantasy adventure.What a phenomenal breath of fresh air, this game is a must buy for anyone that likes a more realistic/tangible approach to fantasy adventure.

    Outward focuses much more on strategically planning your trip into the wilderness. Each quest requires carefully selecting your equipment, food and survival necessities as well as knowledge of the road/memory of the paths that take you to your destination. With an organic feel to the world and being so fully lost in it with just a map, no player marker, and a compass you can only rely on the visible landmarks and your previous experiences to navigate each tightly constructed area.

    With balanced survival mechanics, entirely useful loot and rich combat this game hits all the right marks and in full stride when achieving its creative goal. I haven't been so immersed in a dangerous world since I first played each Dark Souls game, and when it comes to mechanics Outward certainly doesn't fall short of the greatest RPGs, I'd argue it even surpasses them in certain capacity.

    Looking forward to forming a better opinion on it and hopefully sharing it to anyone that might be on the fence about this title.

    Buy. This. Game.
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  4. Mar 27, 2019
    10
    I have played for 5 hours, for now the game is spectacular, is a role-playing game like others of the genre but has peculiarities that make itI have played for 5 hours, for now the game is spectacular, is a role-playing game like others of the genre but has peculiarities that make it even better game.

    The open world favors exploration and does not chain you to mission after mission following a story.

    As you play you realize that everything is against you, both the environment providing you with illness and tiredness as well as the enemies themselves.

    In the world that Outward proposes there are no heroes, it is only you against the world.

    Highly recommended.
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  5. Apr 15, 2019
    9
    I didn't expect much to be honest. The game looked a bit outdated and rough at the edges, but I decided to buy it.

    Well, it surprised me. I
    I didn't expect much to be honest. The game looked a bit outdated and rough at the edges, but I decided to buy it.

    Well, it surprised me. I can't tell you very much about the story since I completed one main quest by now. Nevertheless. I played this weekend I were sitting in front of Outward for 34 hours.
    The game is fun.

    The combat is taxing, the world has actually enough to explore and is interesting, hunting for new equipment pieces is actually fun and the limited space and backpack system feels just right on this one.
    I think that one is my surprise game of 2019.

    It feels a bit like Zelda with survival elements but without fast travel in old school.
    Nevertheless, there are some bugs and the game has som clunky mechanics but I can look over them since the rest of the game is fun.
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  6. Mar 28, 2019
    6
    I have about 20 hours of experience with this game. At first it seemed very interesting, but over time it seems tedious.

    Minuses: - a
    I have about 20 hours of experience with this game. At first it seemed very interesting, but over time it seems tedious.

    Minuses:
    - a small number of quests - in the first city there are 2, where one is the main theme and the other is a side quest. In another city it was similar.
    - no extensive history of the world
    - a lot of time to travel from one city to another (it takes about 15-30 minutes)
    - weak dubbing, often the same for a few characters (It would be better if it was not)
    - sometimes You'r weapon can be lost (I lost my bow like that)

    Pros:
    - Survival elements have an interesting effect on the game
    - backpacks!
    - a large variety of combat methods (traps, guns, each weapon has a different set of attacks)
    - possibility of cooperation in the game

    Underlying the game has little content, but the game mechanics introduce many innovations in a long-unchanged RPG system. The game can be surpassed only by some RPG fans
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  7. Mar 26, 2019
    0
    Cons: empty open world, outdated and clunky combat, ton of bugs and bad performance, unbalanced enemies

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