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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 12 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.


Outward is a fantasy adventure focused on an ordinary character surviving against the odds. There's a focus on realism rather than superpowers or magical abilities. You have to look after your warmth, hunger, fatigue, illness, and thirst as well as the more common battling monsters and collecting gold.

This makes it a challenging game that isn't for everyone but persevere at developing your character, a large amount of travelling by foot and gaining competency and this offers a rare and rewarding co-operative role-play adventure. It has some rough edges, being from a smaller team, but if the game clicks these don't matter.

If you die in battle, you may be imprisoned by enemies or, if you have developed suitable relationships, brought back to safety by other game characters. You lose progress and equipment if you die without help, but you can save your progress frequently.

Obtaining weapons, learning spells and other advancement is intentionally difficult to achieve. The game aims to create a sense of powerlessness and caution as much as the call to adventure. Skills and stat increases must all be earned by completing quests or paying experts to receive training.

Quests have multiple outcomes, and success or failure can permanently affect the game world and how the story progresses, such as a character being convinced to stay in a faction, or an important city being permanently destroyed if the player fails to kill certain characters.

You play as an inhabitant of the city of Cierzo, shipwrecked off the coast of your home city. You are tasked with paying a family dept in five days, before choosing whether to walk away from your bloodline by joining the Holy Mission of Elatt, join a new family by helping the Blue Chamber Collective, or turn your back on the patriarchal system through the Heroic Kingdom of Levant. Which of these three factions you choose determines how the game unfolds and your part in it.


Release Date: March 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation.



Duration: This game will take between 50 hours and 75 hours to complete. The game can take longer depending on proficiency and how far from the beaten track you stray.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online. Split-screen on one system or two players online.


Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.

Additional content can be purchased.
  • Soroboreans Expansion: Adds new Skills, Enchantments, New weapon type (The Gauntlets) and terrifying Dungeons and blood-thirsty creatures. The level of corruption affects you in different ways. New Skill Trees and Status Effects. New dungeons with great rewards await those who venture forth within the depths of these deadly, mysterious and interconnected tunnels.
  • Pearlbird Pet and Fireworks Skill: Adds the ability to use fireworks and a pet for your travels.
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One. You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4.

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Rated PEGI 12 for frequent scenes of mild violence, scenes which some player may find disturbing, and use of mildly offensive language. Violence consists of close confrontations between your player and other people and creatures out in the world. Players are armed with a variety of weapons which they can craft themselves. Attacks deal damage by numbers represented on a life bar. Some blood but no injuries are shown and when a character’s life bar is depleted, their body falls to the ground to be looted by the player. When the player is defeated, they wake up again at their nearest camp.

There are multiple dead, human bodies littered throughout the game. While not depicting any wounds, some of these are covered in blood and may be disturbing to some players. Mild language includes the word ‘*!@?*’.

ESRB rated MATURE for Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity and Violence. From a third-person perspective, players explore caves and towns, perform quests, and battle various enemies (e.g., wolves, ghouls, skeletons, humans). Characters use swords, clubs, and magic attacks (e.g., blasts of fire and ice) to kill enemies in melee combat. Successful hits are accompanied by splashes of blood, and several environments depict corpses and/or large bloodstains. Some areas contain dismembered or mutilated corpses; several of these corpses are depicted with exposed breasts and/or buttocks.

Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

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