Tag: The Outer Worlds

The Joy of Helping Others in ‘Death Stranding’

Cooperative games are nothing new, but in recent years there’s been more and more games taking a different approach to cooperative multiplayer. Asynchronous multiplayer has been in a variety of games, from simple aggregation like Noby Noby Boy, where the length you stretched your Boy was added to the length of Girl, to the Dark […]

Read More

The Personal Story Behind Parvati, the Surprise Star of ‘The Outer Worlds’

There’s lots to like in the early hours of The Outer Worlds, the new sci-fi RPG from Obsidian. The colorful alien world. A disdain for capitalism. Dropping endless points into a dialogue stat. But more than anything, what stands out is Parvati Holcomb, a shy but infectiously curious resident of Edgewater who’s retained a sense […]

Read More

Take-Two: The Outer Worlds is ‘outperforming expectations’

Publisher Take-Two Interactive says that it is happy with the launch of The Outer Worlds. Take-Two subsidiary Private Division published the space role-playing adventure from developer Obsidian on October 25. That put it outside of the company’s Q2 earnings reporting period, but Take-Two said that the game should have a noticeable impact on its Q3 […]

Read More

Video Game RPGs Should Start Borrowing From Tabletop’s Creative Renaissance

For as long as both existed, tabletop RPGs and computer RPGs have been in a cycle of borrowing from each other. From early games like Wizardy, to the more recent Pillars of Eternity, computer RPGs have followed a design ethos that closely followed the systems of Dungeons and Dragons. This ethos is simple: the more […]

Read More

Why The Outer Worlds needs VR support

We often write lists of reasons why big, prominent non-VR games should absolutely get official VR support. Examples of ones we’re still crossing our fingers for Metro Exodus, Kingdom Come Deliverance, and Destiny 2. With that being said, it does happen. Just look at No Man’s Sky, Hellblade VR, Skyrim VR, Fallout 4 VR, and Borderlands 2 VR as examples. First, a bit of […]

Read More

The Outer Worlds is the Skyrim in space I’ve always wanted

One of my favorite games on the Xbox 360 was The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. That 2006 open-world fantasy was massive and open-ended, and it signified what the future of games looked like. So I remember getting excited for the possibility of something like Oblivion and then The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in space when […]

Read More

‘The Outer Worlds’ Isn’t Revolutionary, It’s a Warm Blanket

Later this week, VICE Games’ Rob Zacny will give his comprehensive review of The Outer Worlds, but as a devotee of both developer Obsidian Entertainment and this particular style of RPGs, I couldn’t help myself from digging in and sounding off, too. My takeaway from my first 15 hours with it is simple: Even with […]

Read More

The Outer Worlds review — Even the final frontier can’t hide from corporate greed

As I played The Outer Worlds, I kept thinking about the Alien films. The two share a dystopian future in which corporations wield far too much power over the galaxy. But where Alien uses terror and bloodthirsty monsters to hammer home its message, Obsidian Entertainment and The Private Division deploy a quick wit and sharp satire […]

Read More

‘The Outer Worlds’ and Having Politics vs. Just Referencing Politics

Given the length of most games, it can sometimes be hard to parse their politics or meaning even from a few hours of play. Endgame twists can paint the entire narrative of a game in a different light, strengthening core themes at best, and undermining them at worst. So it’s natural to wonder where a […]

Read More

The Outer Worlds sci-fi role-playing game debuts October 25

Microsoft opened the Xbox press event ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) by announcing that The Outer Worlds science fiction massively multiplayer online game world would debut October 25 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The Outer Worlds is coming from developer Obsidian Entertainment, and Take-Two Interactive’s Private Division label for independent games […]

Read More