BY JUSTIN TINE: After a long wait and bated breath, we’ve got our hands on The Outer Worlds. Once again, Obsidian has gone above and beyond the call of duty. For adult gamers, you’ll find plenty of reasons to add this game to your playlist.
The Campaign Is The Perfect Length
I wish I had all the time in the world to explore the immersive and beautiful worlds in the games I play. As an adult gamer, my time has become my most valuable asset. I have to split my time between work, family, and any other number of tasks. I’ve been trying to finish the Witcher 3’s nearly 200-hour story for a year now. The Outer Worlds is clocking in at around 40 hours for the average player. A game with 40 hours of playtime might seem like a short play these days. The story is full of complex characters and engaging quests. You’ll feel like The Outer Worlds is a much larger place. This makes The Outer Worlds much easier and enjoyable to fit into the busy schedule of adult gamers.
“The story is full of complex characters and engaging quests. You’ll feel like The Outer Worlds is a much larger place.”
Friendships Replace Cheesy Romance
Now, I understand that some people enjoy the romantic element of open-world RPG games. The romance possibilities in games like the Mass Effect series are an integral part of game-play. Yet, The Outer Worlds has the player focus on helping its supporting characters find love. You as the player, are more of a facilitator. This leaves more time for you to focus on blowing up Marauders, Raptidons, and any other manner of enemies standing in your way. But, if you find yourself needing a bit of romance, you’ll find plenty of time to play cupid in your companion quests.
The Outer Worlds Keeps It Lighthearted
This is not to say that the game is childish. You’ll still stumble upon the occasional murder or unlucky colonist who became lunch for the local wildlife. Hell, if you do enough exploring you’ll even come across a cultist family of cannibals. All that aside, the game goes about the whole thing with a cheeky sense of humor. Unlike The Outer Worlds’ spiritual predecessors in the Fallout games, the beat down world still feels hopeful. Top it all off with some witty dialogue and you’ve got yourself a perfect combination.
Just when it feels like the only games we can fit into our busy schedules are the retro games we knew and loved, we are pleasantly surprised. Here’s to hoping The Outer Worlds and Obsidian can deliver more games like this in the future.