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Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Outer Wilds 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 6 weeks ago.
It's a game that looks relatively predictable, but with each loop grows both in complexity and ambition of its theme. What starts off as a game about mystery and survival, in its iterative rebirth and life process, has the capacity to shed light on life, death and what it means to be human.
The result is a game that you investigate as much as you play. Its a fascinating and elegant puzzle but in solving this you uncover a story about the vastness of space and the human instinct to strive for more.
Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB EVERYONE 10+ for fantasy violence and alcohol reference.
11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You can't tell from the look of it, but this is a game that needs a large amount of lateral thinking. You need to closely observe what's happening in the world and then use each of your loops to inch towards where you need to go. Patience, planning, leaps of faith and problem solving are all important. More mature players get more from the moving story.
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PS Plus Extra
Outer Wilds: Archaeologist Edition
Outer Wilds: Echoes Of The Eye
Release Date: 11/12/2018, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Accessibility: 28 features
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World
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