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Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Outward 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 4 days ago.
This makes it a challenging game that isn't for everyone but persevere at developing your character, a large amount of travelling by foot and gaining competency and this offers a rare and rewarding cooperative role-play adventure. It has some rough edges, being from a smaller team, but if the game clicks these don't matter.
If you die in battle, you may be imprisoned by enemies or, if you have developed suitable relationships, brought back to safety by other game characters. You lose progress and equipment if you die without help, but you can save your progress frequently.
Obtaining weapons, learning spells and other advancement is intentionally difficult to achieve. The game aims to create a sense of powerlessness and caution as much as the call to adventure. Skills and stat increases must all be earned by completing quests or paying experts to receive training.
Quests have multiple outcomes, and success or failure can permanently affect the game world and how the story progresses, such as a character being convinced to stay in a faction, or an important city being permanently destroyed if the player fails to kill certain characters.
You play as an inhabitant of the city of Cierzo, shipwrecked off the coast of your home city. You are tasked with paying a family dept in five days, before choosing whether to walk away from your bloodline by joining the Holy Mission of Elatt, join a new family by helping the Blue Chamber Collective, or turn your back on the patriarchal system through the Heroic Kingdom of Levant. Which of these three factions you choose determines how the game unfolds and your part in it.
You can play this game in the following styles:
13+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. This is an intentionally challenging game with a focus on realism. You need good forward planning and resilience to setbacks to enjoy this. Also, the ability to cope with combat and the possibility of losing progress.
- You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One.
- You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.
Outward Definitive Edition
Outward: Definitive Edition
Outward: The Soroboreans
Outward: The Three Brothers
- In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
- You need a subscription to play online:
Additional content can be purchased.
- Soroboreans Expansion: Adds new Skills, Enchantments, New weapon type (The Gauntlets) and terrifying Dungeons and blood-thirsty creatures. The level of corruption affects you in different ways. New Skill Trees and Status Effects. New dungeons with great rewards await those who venture forth within the depths of these deadly, mysterious and interconnected tunnels.
- Pearlbird Pet and Fireworks Skill: Adds the ability to use fireworks and a pet for your travels.
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Release Date: 26/03/2019
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Content Rating: PEGI 12
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Players: 1-2 (2 online)
Accessibility: 8 features
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
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