Despite its strengths, The Outer Worlds does have that telltale Obsidian jank to it. The combat isn't as streamlined as it could (or should) be, and the world itself isn't entirely immersive. But the RPG aspects, dialog, and character depth make up for those shortcomings, creating an experience that's both familiar and unlike any RPG of 2019.
A bit of warning about The Outer Worlds, though: It's not something I think you should play by itself. I think The Outer Worlds works best when you compliment it with another game. It's kind of like the veggies to your meat and makes for a great well-rounded gaming diet. It's an RPG that makes you read a lot and pay attention to details to get the full scope of the experience.
If you're the type of gamer who always wants to be engaged with chaotic action like Destiny 2, then you might want to steer clear. The Outer Worlds is mostly a slower burn full of thoughtful planning and examination/investigation. It's a lot less interactive than action games and sometimes feels monotonous, so I found myself breaking away from time to time to enjoy mindless chaos in another game.
But The Outer Worlds is the purest example of what RPGs can and should be. It's an ode to cRPG games of old but propelled to the modern age in a more mainstream FPS vehicle. The game incorporates all of Obsidian's best talents and reminds the world that, hey, you can still play a Fallout game that isn't made by Bethesda--even if it's not actually called Fallout.
If you loved Fallout: New Vegas or enjoy RPGs where your choices matter, characters feel meaningful, and you can make some pretty crazy builds with the right weapon and skill setup, then definitely buy The Outer Worlds.
With this blueprint, I can say The Outer Worlds is the best RPG of 2019, even as an AA game.
+ Amazing dialog
+ Superb characters and storylines, NPCs have actual personality
+ Dialog choices actually matter, game puts you at important crossroad moments
+ Flaw system brings back old-school Fallout vibes
+ RPG is a mix of KOTOR and Fallout: New Vegas, ever skill matters
+ Quirky, humorous spin on rampant captalism
+ Incredible visual style and art direction
+ Martin Callahan and Parvati are the best NPCs ever
- Not much innovation
- FPS combat isn't the best
- Minor glitches/hiccups
- World feels lifeless
- The map could use a lot of work (no custom markers, is kind of awkward/slow)
Last updated: Dec 8, 2019 at 06:11 am CST
Visuals and Graphics85%
Storyline and Dialog100%
The Bottom Line
The Outer Worlds is the best RPG of its kind in 2019, combining New Vegas and KOTOR in one. If you like Obsidian games, this one's for you.
- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [cRPG + FPS = Win]
- Page 3 [Obsidian's best dialog and character-building to date]
- Page 4 [Conclusion: The best RPG of 2019]