Choo chooooo all aboard the hype train! Obsidian has made a new game which is sooooooooo good and sooo much better than everything else and it is the game of the year oh wait no the game of the decade because it is the spiritual successor to fallout new vegas and Obsidian is the best studio in the world....
Well, THAT is what you hear nowadays.
Is that true? Lets take a look at it.
First of all, it isnt true. At its core The Outer Worlds is a mediocre game BUT still a good one.
Where is this hype coming from? In times of disasterpieces like Fallout 76, broken crap like Anthem and the dumpsterfire that Ghost Recon Breakpoint was, people are tired of such releases. Obsidian to the rescue!
Mediocre you said? Yes mediocre! And far away from what FN NV was.
Lets go through the checklist of the genre:-standard fetch quests
go there, pick up item A, bring it do point B, then go there... you know the drill. The game even makes a joke about it in some dialogues (hahahahahaha, sorry but thats awkward)"decisions"
oh decisions, decision, decisions.... that are pointless and have no real impact. Nuking Megaton was a real decision. We talk about Fallout 4 decisions here... Oh which settlement do i support? because i leave this small map anyways in 5 minutes so who the f*** cares? No one.The party
The generic horde of people (you dont care about) with their personal quests. The game made a great start with Parvati (only person with a real character) and that "Priest" but everybody else is just: okaaaaaayyyy another person that i just need to improve my stats. The typical cast.Perks, weapons, armor, combat
the standard routine that you have seen a thousand times.Innovation?
If you want to compare that game to another game i would say:
No it is not Fallout, it is mass effect. It is a mass effect like ego shooter with more simplified combat. Your ship is the Normandy, there is the Galaxy map, there are the small maps (this isnt actually a real open world game), the groundbreaker is the citadel... and there is the laaaaaaaaaaaaazy character creator (i am still blown away by the endless options there. not)
We got the point now, the game isnt a so called masterpiece and there is nothing that you have already seen in the genre.
If you can successfully ignore all of that, wipe away the hype and the expectations and you are presented with a funny and interesting game.
This game is just hilarious! I laughed so hard at certain points. There is some real dark humor here and there.
The visuals are slightly out of date but still beautiful, the gunplay and the combat feels fine.
There is high replay value (actually i played through this game in 2 big sessions on and now i play it AGAIN on this account and i am looking forward to it).
Their are minor bugs and glitches, no big deal.
The level design is interesting and varied but due to the settlement thematic you will visit the same kind of building multiple times.
Well... just play it. No need to write the whole thing down.
Is it the masterpiece most people expected? No it isnt. There is so much wasted potential and there is nothing new here besides routine work. Perfect executed routine work!
And we know: If it works DONT FIX IT. Dont expect such a complex game like FN NV or The Witcher 3. Embrace it as the small and lovely action RPG you need to play asap.
i give 4/5 stars