The Outer Worlds Review
Posted: 3 weeks ago.
As you explore the world in first-person you can take on town quests and jobs for locals. These mission are more than just shooting your way to victory. You could choose to persuade, lie, sneak, or hack your way in and out of a situation. Each choice comes with a consequence, and each consequence will forge the path to one of the 23 available endings.
When combat is unavoidable you have the ability to slow down time and target enemy weak points to incapacitate them in specific ways. Shooting their head stops them seeing, or in the arm and they can't shoot. This is intentionally complex but offers a novel puzzle element to the combat.
The combat is complemented by a flexible weapon system that lets you loot and customise firearms to suit your mission. This avoids the feeling that you can't take on certain enemies until you have found the right weapon and encourages you to progress at your own pace.
A big draw is the fully voiced, dialog system that offers tens of options for each conversation, depending on your character's development. These conversations make it clear that each character you meet has a story of their own for you to discover.
As you progress, your choices in these conversations and other interactions result in a substantially branching direction. Unlike other branching games, there's little assumption of which are good or bad choices. Instead, the focus is on consequences from your choices, which you often discover after the fact from the characters you have chosen to accompany you on your adventure.
The Outer Worlds
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The Outer Worlds: Board-Approved Bundle
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience. You can purchase additional stories that add about 6-10 hours of gameplay each:
- The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon A crime-drama corporate mystery
- The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos A noir-style murder mystery
Rated PEGI 18 because it features graphic violence, motiveless killing of innocent characters, and use of strong language. This game contains frequent depictions of gross violence towards human-like characters. Powerful attacks, especially those with bladed weapons, cause enemies to be dismembered with strong blood and gore effects present. The dismembered limbs and bodies remain in the environment after the enemy has fallen. This game also contains depictions of motiveless killing of multiple innocent humans. Throughout the game the player can attack and kill any of the innocent civilians populating the world. When the player attacks an innocent character, the surrounding humans will either retaliate or run away screaming and attempt to hide. The level of violence towards the civilians is the same as that which can be inflicted onto enemy characters, meaning they can also be dismembered in various ways. This game also contains frequent use of sexual expletives. The word “*!@?*” and its derivatives can be found throughout.
ESRB MATURE 17+ with Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language. Players use blasters, machine guns, and shotguns to kill creatures and human enemies in frenetic combat; action is highlighted by slow-motion and blood-splatter effects. Players can also shoot and kill civilians, though this may negatively affect players' progress. Some attacks result in decapitation and dismemberment of creatures; one area depicts a dismembered corpse amid a large bloodstained environment. Cutscenes depict additional acts of violence: a man shooting himself in the head; a character executed off-screen.
The game does not frequently require holds, and there are settings to accommodate for holding, however, even with these settings keyboard and controller players will eventually encounter button holds.
Our The Outer Worlds Accessibilty Review details 36 accessibility features:
DifficultyDifficulty Options: Select Difficulty
Adjust After Setting: Adjustable Anytime
Cognitive Pressure: Low Pressure
Cognitive Pressure: Save Anytime
ReadingReading Level: Extensive Complex Reading
Text Visibility: Large Clear Text
Text Visibility: High Contrast Text
Subtitles: Large Clear Subtitles
Subtitles: Any spoken content has subtitles
Captions: Speaker Indicator
Voiced: All Dialogue is Voiced
NavigationClarity: Large Clear Navigation
Head-Up Display: Head-Up Display Navigation
Head-Up Display: Game Map
ControlsGamepad: Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks
Mouse And Keyboard: Mouse and Keys
Motion: Motion Controls Not Required
Remap Controls: Select Preset Controller Mappings
Remap Controls: Swap Sticks
Remap Controls: Remap Sticks
Remap Controls: Remap Mouse and Keyboard
Remap Controls: Remap One Action to Multiple Buttons
Remap Controls: Invert X/Y Axis
Button Combinations: Rapid Pressing Optional
Controller Vibration: Vibration Optional
Sensitivity: Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity
Sensitivity: Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity, Deadzones and Thresholds
ImageVisibility: Bright Colourful Palette
Visibility: High Contrast Mode
Visibility: Outline Interactive Elements
Motion sickness friendly: Motion sickness friendly
Colour Options: Colourblind friendly
AudioAdjustable Audio: Balance Audio Levels
Adjustable Audio: Customise Audio Levels
Play Without Hearing: Play Without Hearing
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