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Game Title: The Outer Worlds

Platforms:

  • PC (Oct 25, 2019)
  • PlayStation 4 (Oct 25, 2019)
  • Xbox One (Oct 25, 2019)

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Developer: Obsidian Entertainment

Publisher: Private Division

Review Aggregator:

OpenCritic – 86 average – 96% recommended – 54 reviews

Critic Reviews

Ars TechnicaSam MachkovechUnscored

It's not perfect. It's not for everyone. But it's probably for you.


Attack of the FanboyWilliam Schwartz4 / 5 stars

The Outer Worlds might not be exactly what you think it's going to be. It's a smaller game, one that focuses on replay value and role play fantasy to really get the most out of the experience. It's a dense game though, where there's plenty of lore packed into smaller sandbox style areas. It's up to you to poke around in the corners of these areas to get the most out of it.


AusGamersKosta Andreadis8.5 / 10

Or should be. Beginning your journey to ultimately try and un-freeze those aboard the long-lost colonial freighter called Hope, you're set loose in the almost wild-west frontier town of Edgewater – run by well-known maker of mass-market goods, Spacer's Choice.



Bloody Disgusting

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Neil Bolt – 4.5 / 5 stars

It’s a game that keeps on giving as you can miss so much depending on your choices, and in that sense, it’s very much got a classic game feel to it. It’s a mixture of eras poured into a satirical sci-fi romp and it’s such a joy to experience.

The Outer Worlds may not be exactly what I thought it would be, but I’m so glad it turned out to be what it is.



CGMagazine

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Brendan Quinn –
the outer worlds review - The Outer Worlds - Review Thread9 / 10

The long awaited follow-up from Obsidian knocks it out of the Tossball park


COGconnectedAlexander Thomas91 / 100

The Outer Worlds is a first-person shooter like no other. Offering an open world sandbox in which the entire game is your play-thing, I was easily sucked in and didn’t want to leave.


Critical HitDarryn Bonthuys8 / 10

Old at heart but young in spirit, The Outer Worlds is a vibrant and stunning new chapter from Obsidian that doubles down on what the studio does best and throws in some surprisingly fun gameplay on top of that.


Daily DotAJ Moser4.5 / 5 stars

Put simply: The Outer Worlds is everything you’d want from a modern RPG.


Daily StarJonny Foster4 / 5 stars

Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds feels like a modern-age Fallout title, for better and for worse.


DestructoidChris Carter9 / 10

Despite some nominal issues that might be easier for some to hand-wave than others, Obsidian has out-Fallouted recent Fallout efforts. The Outer Worlds is more limited from a size standpoint compared to a lot of other open world adventures, but it makes up for it in charm and a succinct vision without much bloat.


EGM
Josh Harmon –
the outer worlds review - The Outer Worlds - Review Thread10 / 10

The Outer Worlds is an impressive spiritual successor to Obsidian's work on Fallout: New Vegas, mixing familiar design elements and the same zany attitude with an imaginative new universe and even deeper role-playing. While you can breeze through the main questline a bit quicker than in similar games, this is the sort of RPG experience you'll want to play through multiple times, with multiple builds, to see all the systems and narrative paths on offer.


EurogamerEdwin Evans-Thirlwell
No Recommendation / Blank

A conventional, easygoing scifi RPG with slightly wasted satirical elements that fades very quickly from the mind.



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Fextralife
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8.5 / 10

The Outer Worlds takes you on a unique space adventure of your own making, allowing you to rebuild a whole system from the smallest of details. You can be yourself from every choice to every build, branching out to experience unique interactions and perks from companions. There's no game out there quite like The Outer Worlds, and you should not miss out on the ride.


Game InformerJoe Juba9.3 / 10

Finding your way through (or around) various problems is fun, and a streak of silly humor keeps the tone light enough to counterbalance the darker themes


Game RantAnthony Taormina4.5 / 5 stars

Obsidian Entertainment seeks to build on its RPG pedigree with The Outer Worlds, a sci-fi space adventure that is brimming with options.



GameSpace

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Garrick D. Raley – 9 / 10

I think anybody that enjoyed playing the Fallout games, as well as anyone that has enjoyed the Mass Effect titles, would unequivocally enjoy their time playing The Outer Worlds. I had so much fun exploring every nook and cranny, scouring out-of-the-way locations for loot, taking everything that wasn't nailed down, and immersing myself in the otherworldy locations around Halcyon.


GameSpew
Richard Seagrave –
the outer worlds review - The Outer Worlds - Review Thread8 / 10

Put the essence of the Fallout, Mass Effect and Borderlands series into a blender, and what you get is The Outer Worlds.


GameSpot
Edmond Tran –
1900 6417345 - The Outer Worlds - Review Thread9 / 10

Classic RPG sensibilities enhance wonderful characters, punchy combat, and consistently excellent writing in this sharp space Western.



GameZone

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Cade Onder – 8 / 10

The Outer Worlds cements itself as an incredibly memorable RPG. Obsidian has built a vibrant and freeing world that is fresh, exciting, and ripe with galactic potential that will hopefully continue being explored in sequels. Even with its shortcomings, its easy to see Obsidian's newest RPG bordering on instant classic status.



Gameblog

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Jonathan Bushle – French
3533 the outer worlds ps4 - The Outer Worlds - Review Thread8 / 10

The Outer Worlds is a great space opera action-RPG, with some great art, a lot of humor, and mechanics similar to Fallout, which can please the fans… by the creators of Fallout !



Gamer Escape

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Mike Thomas – 9 / 10

It may not be the flashiest, prettiest, or most obvious choice for meeting your RPG crave, but trust me, The Outer Worlds is a can’t miss gem of not just 2019, but the entire generation.


GamesRadar+4 / 5 stars

The Outer Worlds marks Obsidian operating at the top of its game, and a strong foundation for a new franchise that seems destined for greatness.


GamingTrendBryan Lawver65 / 100

For better or worse, The Outer Worlds is a perfectly middle-of-the-road open-world RPG. It doesn't take any big risks, but that also keeps it from falling on its face. Despite some great writing, the game doesn't have much to say about the corporate dystopia it establishes, ultimately playing it too safe to justify the premise. Obsidian's expertise with the genre makes The Outer Worlds a competent RPG, if not an especially interesting one.


Generación XboxAdrian Fuentes BernaSpanish9 / 10

The Outer Worlds is simply one of the best RPGs of the generation.


Hardcore GamerJordan Helm4 / 5

Even with these unfortunate and evident shortcomings on the technical side, The Outer Worlds is a rewarding and ultimately intriguing adventure to partake in.


Hobby ConsolasDaniel QuesadaSpanish89 / 100

An excellent adventure that mixes all the good stuff by Obsidian Entertainment, although it's not as big as some other contestants in the genre.



IGN

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Dan Stapleton –
the outer worlds review - The Outer Worlds - Review Thread8.5 / 10

With The Outer Worlds, Obsidian has found its own path in the space between Bethesda and BioWare's RPGs, and it's a great one.


IGN ItalyItalian
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A great return to the mainstream scene from Obsidian, with the proper New Vegas spiritual heir that we've all been waiting.



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Gita Jackson –
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The Outer Worlds is so impactful that it made me question and ultimately settle more thoughtfully into my beliefs.


Merlin'in KazanıFurkan GülerTurkish81 / 100

If you like classic role playing games, The Outer Worlds will totally absorb you away from real life and keep you entertained. Also, follower system is quite successful.


Metro GameCentral – Nick Gillet – 9 / 10

A deep, funny, and intricately designed RPG reminiscent of the golden age of Fallout, when conversations mattered and comedy-grade cynicism came fitted as standard.


Noisy PixelAzario Lopez9 / 10

Everything the player does leads up to an epic conclusion, but the little battles along the way leave a lasting impact as well. This game is more than just a beautiful space opera; it's a real RPG adventure that has finally brought the genre to a new height.



OnlySP

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Mike Cripe –
the outer worlds review - The Outer Worlds - Review Thread4 / 5 stars

Fans that have been following all things The Outer Worlds up until launch will not be disappointed here. Obsidian managed to produce a title that is completely carried and elevated by its world(s) and characters. With the amount of interesting interactions filled in each conversation, The Outer Worlds will always beg to be revisited. Sadly, The Outer Worlds shot for the moon and only landed among the stars, thanks to combat that feels like shooting a BB gun at walls of sponge. Lackluster combat is only one flaw, but when players are spending nearly half of their time taking part in the flaw, its problems are unavoidable. Still though, Obsidian has crafted something special that fits right up there with its contemporaries. The Outer Worlds completely succeeds in its mission to take players on an interplanetary adventure in ways that have not been seen in gaming for some time. Hopefully, other titles will follow in its footsteps when taking players to brand new worlds.


PC GamerTom Senior79 / 100

There's a category of games I think of as Saturday morning cartoon games. They lack depth, but they are fluffy and easy to enjoy. As I look back on some screenshots as Pippin laser blasts a poor marauder into a pile of dust, I realise that's what The Outer Worlds is to me. If you meet it on those terms, I think you'll enjoy it.



PCGamesN

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Dustin Bailey – 7 / 10

Obsidian's RPG fulfills its potential, but only in fits and starts. Sure, its worst moments are only ever as bad as workmanlike RPG-making, but they make the stretches between some instances of genuine greatness a little more disappointing.Dustin Bailey



Polygon

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Cass Marshall –
Unscored

Obsidian has pulled off the delicate task of creating an RPG that feels big while still keeping control of the overall scope of the game itself.



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Kieron Verbrugge –
the outer worlds review - The Outer Worlds - Review Thread8.5 / 10

The Outer Worlds is the kind of inspired take on a genre that could only come from a team as passionate and talented as Obsidian. It's not perfect, but it's creative, succinct, compelling and funny in all the right ways. I sincerely hope that this signals the beginning of a new, ongoing franchise because the people and stories of the Halcyon Colony will stick with me for a long time to come.



Push Square

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Robert Ramsey – 9 / 10

The Outer Worlds is a role-playing triumph. With its sights set squarely on player choice, Obsidian delivers a brilliantly crafted sci-fi adventure that's packed with witty writing, great characters, and a fantastic degree of freedom. Add solid combat and rewarding exploration to the mix, and you've got the recipe for an RPG that begs to replayed time and time again. An essential purchase for fans of the genre.



RPG Site

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George Foster – 8 / 10

Obsidian's new IP takes first-person RPGs to the stars.


Screen Rant
Christopher Teuton –
the outer worlds review - The Outer Worlds - Review Thread4.5 / 5 stars

The Outer Worlds is exactly what players expected, and that's not a bad thing.


ShacknewsBill Lavoy9 / 10

It’s a fine game under any circumstances, but it’s a top-notch RPG with heavy consequences at almost every turn for those that are willing to immerse themselves. The Outer Worlds doesn’t tell you a story, it gives you a world full of interesting characters and asks you to tell your own.


StevivorSteve Wright9.5 / 10

The Outer Limits has something for everyone — like intricately designed RPGs that have come before it, I found myself plotting my next moves while at work or even playing hockey, desperate to get back into its world and continue my journey.


TechRaptorRobert Scarpinito9.5 / 10

Obsidian created a universe that's easy to get lost in. The Outer Worlds oozes personality and charm, and the robust character creator encourages multiple playthroughs just to see how different archetypes affect the gameplay.


The Digital Fix
Stephen Hudson –
the outer worlds - The Outer Worlds - Review Thread7 / 10

Despite an intriguing setting and some solid gun combat, The Outer Worlds borrows too much from the series it's heavily influenced by, leaving it feeling void of originality.



The Games Machine

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Daniele Dolce – Italian
the outer worlds recensione - The Outer Worlds - Review Thread9 / 10

The Outer Worlds is Obsidian Entertainment's magnum opus, an RPG with an enticing and multifaceted ruleset set in a dystopian capitalistic society. Its only flaws reside in the combat system and gunplay, but these are easely counterbalanced by the excellent writing and the many possibilities offered to the players. Let's hope Obsidian will explore this setting further, possibly with a much needed sequel.


TheSixthAxisGareth Chadwick8 / 10

The Outer Worlds is the game that fans have wanted Obsidian Entertainment to make for the better part of a decade. The story is the main attraction here, with Obsidian's witty writing coming to the fore in an interesting and funny interstellar setting. If that's what you look for in your RPGs, The Outer Worlds will not disappoint.


TrueAchievementsHeidi Nicholas4.5 / 5 stars

The Outer Worlds excels most when it has fun within its own unique identity. The wealth of lore and world-building details could be a little overwhelming for brand new players, but a little confusion early on shouldn't stop anyone from taking The Outer Worlds for a spin.


TrustedReviews – Ryan Jones – Unscored

With a wacky dark humour, an expansive upgrade system and branching storylines that make every action feel significant, Obsidian Entertainment looks to set a new bar for RPG games.



Twinfinite

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Hayes Madsen –
the outer worlds review - The Outer Worlds - Review Thread4 / 5

As a more compact Fallout-like experience The Outer Worlds really works, and I’m already hoping that we’ll get to return to the Halcyon Colony again someday.


USgamerMike Williams4 / 5 stars

In an alternate reality where modern Fallout retained the the focus on choice and role-playing, The Outer Worlds would be the result. Obsidian Entertainment delivers this small window into that alternate reality, a game that prizes picking the right skills to tackle weird and wild situations. The Outer Worlds shines in the writing, but the combat doesn't equally rise to the occasion. Likewise, the planets you visit could use a few more quests or interesting spots to explore. The Outer Worlds is still a fun romp though, something that will hopefully build to something bigger in the future.


WccftechAlessio Palumbo7.8 / 10

The Outer Worlds is pretty much exactly what you'd expect from Obsidian. The first-person action RPG features a great setting, fantastic writing and remarkable, complex characters to meet. The moment-to-moment gameplay isn't as exciting, though, failing to measure up with the best in the genre. Still, there's plenty to like here as long as you know what you're getting into, not to mention the potential to do much better in a sequel, particularly if the developers had a higher budget to work with.


We Got This CoveredDylan Chaundy5 / 5 stars

Dizzyingly deep, painstakingly polished, remarkably replayable, and marvelously moreish, The Outer Worlds is one of the most refined and well-written RPGs of the generation.


Windows Central
Jez Corden –
4.5 / 5 stars

While rough around the edges, The Outer Worlds journey across the stars is an instant-classic RPG fans cannot miss.


Xbox AchievementsDan Webb92 / 100

The Outer Worlds is not only a breath of fresh air and easily one of Obsidian's best ever games, but it's an experience that can truly wear the player choice badge with pride. From the RPG elements to how you play, The Outer Worlds truly is your adventure. Just don't kill anyone's parents in it, okay?


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