The Outer Worlds - Initial Impression
Updated: Nov 6, 2019
Having spent just over 10 hours with The Outer Worlds it is clear to me that this is a special game. As a game that I wasn't really focusing on purchasing, it went under my radar. I, for sure, knew of its existence but for some reason or another didn't really look into the development of the game and wasn't particularly grabbed by its introduction to the gaming world in general. I knew the game was created by Obsidian who were responsible for some great RPGs such as Pillars of Eternity, Neverwinter Nights 2, Knights of the Old Republic 2 and of course one of my favourite games of all time, the somewhat bug laden, Fallout New Vegas. Even this impressive list of titles was not enough to grab my attention. I was focused on other things in the lead up to the launch of The Outer Worlds, namely building this website you are currently visiting.
My few hours with The Outer Worlds can only be described as mesmerising. Initially, I wasn't that impressed with the visuals on offer, especially when compared to other titles that are available at this back end of the 8th generation of gaming. Little did I know that 10 hours later, this fact, would not be relevant in the slightest. The first thing I noticed after an hour or so was that the conversations and choices were of a very high standard. Humour, sarcasm, wit and just "balls to wall" hardassery were all evident. It had been many years since I had experienced a game like this. The characters themselves were extremely well written and I genuinely could have listened to them talk for hours. Far too often with games I would turn the subtitles on, quickly scan the text and skip the vocal narrative. Not this game, each character is unique with a superb array of voice acting talent behind them. It genuinely surprised me and is something that has kept me interested right up to the point I am at.
The second positive area of experience is without doubt, the music. The soundtrack itself has a subtlety to it very much like the music by Inon Zur in the Fallout series of games. There is one marked difference, I'd say The Outer Worlds musicality gives off a much more positive flavour. The music seems more optimistic that the Fallout games. I would venture that with Fallout you are crossing desolate wastelands containing a bleak world of forgotten destruction. In The Outer Worlds you are faced with vibrant worlds with thriving communities. The colour scheme also makes the game a much brighter and more heart-warming place to visit which, in turn, matches up to the themes conveyed in the music.
My only gripe after just over 10 hours is that the gun play element is not as slick as a DOOM or Borderlands game. On the other hand the more I level up my character the more proficient my gun play becomes.
Well there you have it folks, those are my thoughts on The Outer Worlds after 10 hours. If you agree or disagree please stick a comment below detailing your own opinions.