The Outer Worlds is an action role-playing game created by Obsidian Entertainment and released by Private Division. The game was launched on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on October 25, 2019. The Nintendo Switch version is set to be released in 2020, so let’s take a look at what the game entails.

Plot

The Outer Worlds takes you to an alternate future that disunited in 1901. This is the time when Leon Czolgosz must assassinate US President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition. So, Theodore Roosevelt never succeeded him, thereby allowing substantial business trusts to dominate society much into the future.

It shows a time when mega-corporations have begun colonizing and transforming alien planets. Originally en route to the furthest edges of the galaxy, a faster-than-light colony ship goes astray and stays abandoned at the fringe of colony space.

You, as the main player character, will be awakened by a scientist named Phineas Welles from cryosleep. This is when you learn that most passengers are still in hibernation. From here begins your journey to the neighboring colony of Emerald Vale. You are likely to find several factions and a branching story that resonates well with your choices.

Gameplay

The Outer Worlds features a first-person perspective. In the initial stages of the game, you can create your characters and unlock a ship, which is the game’s central hub space. You also find and recruit non-player characters to act as your companions.

During combat situations, you can leverage various weapon types, such as melee and firearms. These have three ammo types, namely light, heavy, and energy. You may also exploit stealth or social skills to do away with combat altogether.

The technical skills that you develop on progressing through the Outer Worlds are categorized into three types: Science, Medical, and Engineering. You will be able to invest points into them, which will open up new perks that boost your combat efficiency.

Also, you can enter a state called “Tactical Time Dilation,” which slows time and gives out the health statistics of opponents. So you get a good degree of tactical advantage. You can also earn a “flaw,” which occurs when the companion player repeatedly fails in specific gameplay segments. These are not impeding but rather beneficial.

The Outer Worlds is reasonably low on risk and does not go far from its Fallout chromosome. It is a game that gives you a sense of familiarity and throws genuine surprises. However, the unique tone of the game’s narrative and some characters, fortunately, marks a difference from Fallout.

Unlike Fallout, the game offers a pretty clear “good” and “bad” final choice, instead of a couple of morally-varied options. Nonetheless, the Outer Worlds is one of the best and most polished action RPGs, aided by the smaller scope without any doubt.

The game provides you a memorable time by focusing on the right areas while narrating a story that’s not only engaging but also incredibly thought-provoking.

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The Outer Worlds has hit the gaming market, and action RPG lovers can’t wait to lay their hands on it. Here’s a review you should check out before buying it.

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