The Outer Worlds

In The Outer Worlds, you awake from hibernation on a colonist ship that was lost in transit to Halcyon, the furthest colony from Earth located at the edge of the galaxy, only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening...

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Review: The illusion of choice

Platform: Xbox One - 15 views - 0 likes

Outer Worlds is a game i really wanted to like.. more. It's good for sure, but it made me realise i have a big issue with games lacking core protagonist. All the freedom of choice advertised, that you can be whatever you wish is great, if you know what to do with it. Unfortunately in my 15-18hr playthrough (i didn't finish it) that lead me to just being a nobody, not really knowing what i was doing, why i was there, what were those items i was constantly picking up... i just felt like an empty fell is a colourful sandbox world.

I've had the same feeling for the similar Elder Scrolls and Fallout games, it feels empty to me, i must not be getting something :/ The quest system and choice was one of the highest praised points, but it still feels like an illusion of choice to me since i by default with a gaming mind i will always end up picking up the quest an NPC gives out, the potential reward of loot & XP is always greater than the so called role play. Sure you could kill them, but that's more trouble than not. There's a big concept of fear of missing out when it comes to RPG quests, and i feel Outer Worlds has that.

I was really interested in the world itself, the not-so futuristic caricature of a corporate humanity was clever and new. It managed to deliver something pretty fresh compared to the standard tropes. Kudos for originality!

I can see The Outer Worlds is a good game, that isn't a problem at all, but this is definitely not a game for me unfortunately. All the seemingly endless choice freedom for a player like me leads to my experience being empty. I don't know who my character is, what i am doing.
If you're into the Bethesda formula of Elder Scrolls and Fallout, this is absolutely a game for you.

Positive points
  • Lore
  • Permanent trait modification
  • Colourful?
Negative points
  • gunplay
  • Pointless lootfest