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  • Summary: The Outer Worlds is a new single-player first-person sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division. Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening toThe Outer Worlds is a new single-player first-person sci-fi RPG from Obsidian Entertainment and Private Division. Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter various factions, all vying for power, the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable. Expand
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  1. Positive: 72 out of 77
  2. Negative: 0 out of 77
  1. Oct 24, 2019
    100
    More than just Fallout in space, this action-RPG is a delightful sci-fi romp with razor-sharp writing, lashings of humour and enough content to entertain you for months.
  2. Oct 23, 2019
    92
    The Outer Worlds is a triumph for Obsidian Entertainment and AA games in general. They set out to create a successor to New Vegas and succeeded on every conceivable level. Every mechanic I loved from that game, including the stunningly robust faction system, has been taken to new heights. Sure, the world isn't quite as big as New Vegas, but with the almost-limitless choices the game offers you, it feels just as massive. The Outer Worlds may not reinvent the genre, but it is an outstanding example of how engaging RPGs can be when created by developers who have a passion for them and video games in general!
  3. Oct 25, 2019
    90
    It’s an almost instant classic with some of the best character interactions I have had in years.
  4. Nov 8, 2019
    85
    While a bit safe in design, The Outer World offers a well imagined new world with great writing, crazy characters & politics, 30 well-packed hours with tons of replayability and a sublime background texture of Easter eggs, tributes and well crafted jokes.
  5. Oct 22, 2019
    83
    If you've spent years craving the old Fallout formula, The Outer Worlds will hit the spot.
  6. Oct 24, 2019
    80
    The Outer Worlds soars on the strength of its characterisation not only of the main crew but its supporting cast. Every character met is a fleshed out personality with their own hopes and dreams that will keep the quest log full, just to hear the peaks and troughs of life on the fringes of space from another point of view. With such a lot going for it narrative wise, it's a relief to see the combat, skill tree, and controls not let the side down; the only downside being the emptiness of some of the major settlements, especially after speaking to so many about a hub of life on every corner. With the time and care given to making everything so unique, not only the buildings but also the inhabitants, it's a small gripe that doesn't detract from an otherwise great title.
  7. Oct 23, 2019
    60
    It’s safe, but very welcoming. I can even see it developing into sequels if Microsoft chooses to support it and the fans embrace it, which I have no doubt will happen – some games are just made to cosplay. For those that were disappointed with Fallout 76 going online multiplayer, this is the single-player RPG you’ve been looking for. If you’re hankering for somewhere you can while away the hours talking shit, chuckling and prodding at the locals, you won’t be disappointed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 435
  1. Nov 3, 2019
    10
    Phenomenal! The game Bethesda wishes they made! Great story and characters. Excellent choices and fun exploration.
  2. Oct 25, 2019
    10
    You want to play a good Fallout game that doesnt suck? Get this game! Or just go buy a $99.99 subscription to a broken game.......
  3. Oct 25, 2019
    10
    This game is excactly what I was hoping for. As a huge fan of the older Fallout series I can tell, this the progression the newer FalloutThis game is excactly what I was hoping for. As a huge fan of the older Fallout series I can tell, this the progression the newer Fallout games failed to achieve. Expand
  4. Oct 27, 2019
    9
    Just finished my first play-through of this fantastic game. One cannot help drawing comparisons to the Fallout series and I feel it is notJust finished my first play-through of this fantastic game. One cannot help drawing comparisons to the Fallout series and I feel it is not unfair to do so coming from the developers of FO:NV. Where Bethesda failed horribly, Obsidian has shone. Character development is present in spades; whereas FO:76 only focuses on the bland increase of your players stats TOW presents you with a plethora of memorable characters who grow throughout the story.

    Speaking of story, this is the second area that the game shines. Characters are not black and white good and evil, they're all shades of grey. Decisions you make, which in weaker games are no-brainers will have you questioning the morals of your choices and deliberating over their potential impact. This is how it should be.

    There are one or two bugbears I would like to address; While I appreciate the graphical style and applaud the consistency of it, it does lead to some enemies being a pain in the arse to spot during combat (who knew wildlife could be effectively camoflaged?). While I did not encounter any crashes during my playthrough there were a couple of bugs. These mostly revolved around the inventory with items not appearing for companions until I exited and re-entered the menu, or equipped the item on my character. There were also a few clipping issues with the environment which made shots hit them instead of my target. Given these were the worst offenses, all I can say is watch and learn Bethesda.

    So, what do I do now? My first playthrough was my usual balanced affair, trying to do right by as many as I could. Now it's time to start again, unleash Psycho Pete and murder everyone. I wonder what will be different?
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  5. Nov 11, 2019
    8
    This is a good game, but it's not as good as Fallout: New Vegas. It has all of the right characteristics of a well-made RPG. The game justThis is a good game, but it's not as good as Fallout: New Vegas. It has all of the right characteristics of a well-made RPG. The game just gets a little boring, though, because of countless loading screens, weak enemies, endless dialogue, monotonous looting, and running back and forth all the time. I don't know; it didn't keep my attention like New Vegas did. I'm not dying to play it a second time. Expand
  6. Mar 6, 2020
    7
    Things I don't like include, the tiny text for menus which was kind of fixed in a patch but personally I still find it too small, Parvati wasThings I don't like include, the tiny text for menus which was kind of fixed in a patch but personally I still find it too small, Parvati was the only character with an interesting story ark, the draw distance for enemies did this weird dithering effect as if to try and hide them in the distance; through real eyes this wouldn't happen! Why have a stealth mechanic if the moment you attack an enemy all other enemies are immediately alerted; ok if you use a gun that makes sense but stealth kills with tossball sticks etc. should be a thing! When you turn up the difficulty the enemies just become bullet sponges which feels very artificial, the jump feels pointless without the ability to also clamber up on things like most other modern games allow.

    One last thing, the in-game items are largely junk with no obvious use, however, when you look at items in say 'Deus Ex' when you look at them in your inventory you immediately know their use and can therefore discriminate between picking up something useless (or not) in the game world. OK, they've made a quick sell button for all the junk but personally I'd rather the game have less clutter knocking around as it breaks the flow of the game to look up if 'granny's cherry pop' is worth drinking to temporarily boost your stats. Hopefully this sort of nonsense will be ironed out in the next Outer Worlds release .

    I suppose it all came down to budget and time but the things I've listed above and probably some other things I've forgotten to mention bring this down to a 7 rather than 8 out of 10.
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  7. Dec 22, 2019
    0
    The game looked really good and was interesting until i find that i cannot play it the way i like it on the keyboard nor even on a controllerThe game looked really good and was interesting until i find that i cannot play it the way i like it on the keyboard nor even on a controller because it lacks accessibility and full remapping options. These are features that most games offer that this game lacks. Expand

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