The Outer Worlds debuted in October 2019. I played the game with no knowledge of the story. Truth be told, I asked for the game for Christmas because I thought it looked cool. This game is worth playing for more than its exceptional graphics though, and here’s why.
Ever since being massively let down by Man of Medan, I have tried to play new video games with little to no expectations. It keeps my hopes from being dashed. The Outer Worlds exceeded the expectations I didn’t even set for myself. I seriously had so much fun playing this game!
As with my review of AC: Brotherhood, this post will be spoiler-free. The Outer Worlds came out much more recently and you all deserve to enjoy it as much as I did. Without giving too much away, the point of the game is to aid various colonies on different planets as you see fit. It’s like Renegade vs. Paragon in the Mass Effect games, but with a lot more freedom. So why should you play?
1. Play how you want
“What do you mean?” – you, the reader, just now. When I say this, I literally mean that besides following the pre-determined plot, you can play the game however you choose. You can take out whoever you want. That gang leader was rude to you? Take’em out. Didn’t like how that civilian looked at you? See ya on the other side.
Taking out everyone will probably lead to a less fulfilling game experience, but isn’t it fun to have the option? There were a few times during my game that I purposely saved and then took someone out important to a plot line just to see what would happen. My game play is a little chaotic in RPGs. Does it show?
Companions make or break an RPG experience. If your side characters aren’t memorable in a game, odds are the game itself falls flat too. The Outer Worlds has one stand out character for me – Parvati Holcomb. She’s cute, she’s sweet, she’s funny. I would (and did a few times) die for her. I can’t explain too much without giving away any of her storyline, you’ll just have to play the game and find out for yourself!
3. The Outer Worlds is easy to play
I don’t mean this in a game play sense or as a critique on combat in the game. What I mean is this game is immersive. The worlds are beautiful and fun to explore. In fact, exploring leads to better things to use during game play. Cool new weapons, armor, etc. My favorite was buying the Moon Man Head from the Groundbreaker.
As detailed as The Outer Worlds is, it’s also a quick play. Unlike Mass Effect: Andromeda, which took me 80+ hours to complete, this game went by at a decent pace. It’s easy to play again with unique choices than the ones you made previously. I plan on doing another play through soon.
This game is worth playing. And re-playing. It’s unique, fun, and endearing. The Outer Worlds is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It’s set to release for Nintendo Switch next month, June 2020.