Hands-on with The Outer Worlds, the first-person RPG from Obsidian Entertainment

The Outer Worlds hands_on_parvati

The Outer Worlds is a first-person RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, the team behind Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith LordsFallout: New Vegas, and South Park: The Stick of Truth. Set in the future where corporations are colonizing and terraforming planets, you play as a mysterious character who lands on the Halcyon Colony planets to find out the real secrets behind the corporations. We had the chance to play the game at a preview event, and it’s a big world filled with choices that can alter the story along with enemies wanting to take you down.

We were able to play the beginning portion of the game including character creation, but we won’t go further into detail since it’s best for you to have the full experience and surprise. What we can tell you is that the opening has a lot of comedic moments, and The Outer Worlds is filled with them. For this preview, we’ll focus on our time at Monarch.

The Outer Worlds loading screen

The Outer Worlds will feature characters that you can recruit to join your team. In our demo, we are joined by Nyoka and Parvati. They will help you dispatch enemies, and they will also drum up conversation along the way. Sometimes you can even get side missions out of them by talking to them.

Like the E3 2019 demo, we start off on Fallbrook, a town of Monarch. Our first mission is to locate and chat with Catherine Malin, who runs these parts. She has beef with Clive Lumbergh, who owns a boarst factory that’s supplying meals for the people of Fallbrook, and he is charging them an arm and a leg. Of course, she wants him out of the equation.

The Outer Worlds is all about choices, and there are different ways to do this mission. You can break in and shoot everything in your path, or you can meet up with someone to help create an ID for you for entry. We decided to shoot everything in our path, and the shooting mechanics feel very solid for a first-person RPG. There are all types of weapons at your disposal, including a sniper rifle and a flamethrower (our personal favorite).

The flamethrower is your best friend

Being suspended in hyperspace has affected your mind, and now you’re able to see time differently. Thanks to the Tactical Time Dilation (TTD), you can slow time down to give you an advantage. It can also scan information from the enemy to help you plan your attack. You can gain more skills including upgrading your TTD like crippling or blinding enemies. You’ll be facing all types of enemies, and in this mission, we went up against marauders, robots, and security guards.

Once you’ve taken care of any obstacles, it’s time to confront Slaughterhouse Clive. You can talk to him to find out more about the character, and based on that, you can decide what to do with him. You can also accept his offer of a lifetime supply of boarst by killing Catherine. It’s a tough choice, so I decided to check on my companions to see if they had any advice. When interacting with Nyoka, she was asking me for help finding a friend. It was definitely the wrong time for that, but it was humorous nonetheless. In the end, I decided to kill him and collect my reward from Catherine.

For the remainder of our demo, we helped Nyoka find her friends by traversing across Monarch and dealing with giant creatures in our way. Monarch is a big area, and this is just one of many planets to explore. Obsidian Entertainment looks to be crafting a huge world with choices that can affect the outcome of a story. We can’t wait to see what else is in store from the game.

The Outer Worlds will be available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 25, 2019. Nintendo Switch will be getting it at a later date.

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