It feels like 2005 again.
2005 as an excellent year for RPG gamers, with Knights of the Old Republic fresh in our memories and Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords having released in US Dec 2004 and EU release Feb 11th 2005, the world was graced by one of the greatest RPGs of all time, and while Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords was rather rushed, and in places missing large amounts of content, it still managed a very healthy 8.5/10 average review score.
Obsidian created a fantastic game that built upon the success of Bioware’s Knights of the Old Republic Legacy, part of that success was due to hive minds like Reddit had not yet begun to form, if Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords if released in 2019 would most likely struggle to get 5/10 from the manbaby alliance who seem driven to downvote anything that they don’t like 100%.
This is not to say Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords is a bad game, far from it, Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords is an excellent game and one which is still worth a play in 2019.
I bring up this scoring discrepancy to magnify just how amazing the Outer Worlds is, to manage an 8.2 average in 2019, when the full force of steam, Anti-Epic Game Store and Reddit manbabies raging against it, is not only good, it’s excellent.
A classic “Bioware” game.
Obsidian make fantastic classic Bioware games, and that’s no way belittling Obsidian, Bioware are still the masters of storytelling, even Bioware’s controversial Anthem was praised for its characters and narrative by any fair/stable reviewer.
The somewhat disappointing MMORPG Star Wars the Old Republic has few valid complaints against its storytelling and is used as an example of what good MMO single-player content can and should be.
Obsidian once again proves they are equal that legacy. I feel Bioware and Obsidian deserve to share the throne, having both produced genre-defining games help keep alive one of the oldest and most beloved gaming genres (single-player RPG).
You keep pulling me back.
When I first played tar Wars the Old Republic, I mentally prepared for future playthroughs, wanting to see how different choices affected the narrative, I honestly have felt that feeling for a very long time, most RPGs never leave me wanting to see paths I didn’t choose, but the Outer Worlds makes me want to explore every nook and cranny of the beautifully voiced branching dialogue.
Overall an exceptionally well-made game with loveable characters and gorgeous locales, that makes you want to come back for seconds and thirds!
Worth a Play?
Available now on PC (Epic Game Store and Windows Store), PS4 and Xbox One
It’s on GamePass!
Do I prefer XBOX to PC? No, I don’t and never will.
However, I cannot dispute the value of the XBOX Game Pass, with The Outer Worlds and over 100 other games included its a great way to try a whole smorgasbord of games for the price of a good beer.
But wait there is more, Xbox Game Pass is now also for the PC.
Finally, I can play all my favourite games from Microsoft on my gaming Pc, Xbox One has its place, but being able to play on my rig? Priceless!