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The Outer Worlds (2020) is a futuristic role-playing game where you are a colonist working to thaw your team and colonise the planet. Exploring, talking, shooting; how you do this is up to you, in what soon becomes a tangle plot of corporate control and individual freedom. It's a game that creates a huge adventure, but one that is sculpted by your choices in combat and conversations.

As you explore the world in first-person you can take on town quests and jobs for locals. These missions are more than just shooting your way to victory. You could choose to persuade, lie, sneak, or hack your way in and out of a situation. Each choice comes with a consequence, and each consequence will forge the path to one of the 23 available endings.

When combat is unavoidable you have the ability to slow down time and target enemy weak points to incapacitate them in specific ways. Shooting their head stops them seeing, or in the arm and they can't shoot. This is intentionally complex but offers a novel puzzle element to the combat.

The combat is complemented by a flexible weapon system that lets you loot and customise firearms to suit your mission. This avoids the feeling that you can't take on certain enemies until you have found the right weapon and encourages you to progress at your own pace.

A big draw is the fully voiced, dialog system that offers tens of options for each conversation, depending on your character's development. These conversations make it clear that each character you meet has a story of their own for you to discover.

As you progress, your choices in these conversations and other interactions result in a substantially branching direction. Unlike other branching games, there's little assumption of which are good or bad choices. Instead, the focus is on consequences from your choices, which you often discover after the fact from the characters you have chosen to accompany you on your adventure.

Our examiner, Jonah Monaghan, first checked The Outer Worlds 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated a year ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Role-Play game with Action, Narrative and Shooting elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 13 hours and 30 hours to complete. The game provides a variety of optional side-quests and tasks that can be done on at the players discretion.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 because it features graphic violence, motiveless killing of innocent characters, and use of strong language. This game contains frequent depictions of gross violence towards human-like characters. Powerful attacks, especially those with bladed weapons, cause enemies to be dismembered with strong blood and gore effects present. The dismembered limbs and bodies remain in the environment after the enemy has fallen. This game also contains depictions of motiveless killing of multiple innocent humans. Throughout the game the player can attack and kill any of the innocent civilians populating the world. When the player attacks an innocent character, the surrounding humans will either retaliate or run away screaming and attempt to hide. The level of violence towards the civilians is the same as that which can be inflicted onto enemy characters, meaning they can also be dismembered in various ways. This game also contains frequent use of sexual expletives. The word “*!@?*” and its derivatives can be found throughout.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Mature Accompanied (MA 15+) for Violence, Strong Themes.

CostsCosts

The Outer Worlds usually costs £24.99.
 

The Outer Worlds

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
 
You can purchase additional stories that add about 6-10 hours of gameplay each:
  • The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon A crime-drama corporate mystery
  • The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos A noir-style murder mystery 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 23/10/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Role-Play (Action, Narrative and Shooting)

Accessibility: 33 features

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Developer: Obsidian (@Obsidian)


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