|a game by||Nine Dots Studio|
|Platforms:||XBox One, PC, Playstation 4|
|Editor Rating:||7/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||9.3/10 - 6 votes|
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|See also:||RPGs, Games Like A Way Out|
Outward is the RPG game you’ve always wished for, but as the saying goes ‘be careful what you wish for’. This is not a game for the weak willed as it bestows bigger consequences as you progress, you aren’t a god or the chosen one, and you’re pretty weak compared to literally everything else at the start. Even with its challenges, every player will find their footing in Outward and the immersion will be truly gratifying.
In Outward, you are just another average Joe in a world where you feel it’s your right to be special. This idealistic mentality you’ve gained from your experience with other video games is quickly washed away by the crippling reality of Aurai. Every single aspect of this game requires thought and planning. For a game where you can’t die, the typical video game death sounds like mercy compared to what you get here.
Outward features four major factions that will heavily influence your main quest, storylines and general experience in the game. A typical playthrough will take about 50 hours for an RPG fanatic. This timeline includes side quests and occasional shenanigans. The fun part about this is the replayability value. Your gameplay and story experience will vastly differ when you play with another faction. However, unlike the Skyrims of this world, you need to create a new character/save file to play with another faction. Each faction offers a different POV to the conflicts in the main quest and side quests.
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Outward can be extremely unforgiving towards the player. However, it is never outright unfair. Everything in Outward comes with a cost. A simple spell like a fireball requires a magic circle to deal potent damage. The magic circle will require resources, timing and strategy to make the most out of its use.
During a fight, you might want to drop your bag to have a little more freedom of movement. The only problem is that you might be in for a surprise when you discover that an essential item in this fight is not equipped, but instead, in your backpack. Just like that, what was once a minor “braindead” decision will now require more focus in a game like Outward.
It’s not all suffering though, Outward’s unconventional game mechanics allow you to create an immersive storyline for yourself. Its world is dense with stuff to explore and more to do. At no point will you feel like an anomaly that doesn’t belong.
In comparison to a game like Skyrim, Outward is a lot more difficult, less expansive and yet more immersive. In Outward, everything feels earned. On the other hand, a game like Kingdom Come: Deliverance offers a similar skill curve and realistic characters to encounter. However, Outward’s exploration and RPG elements are more interesting if you are resilient enough to learn.
- Innovative RPG mechanics
- Interesting NPCs
- Factions for replayability
- Intense grind
- Bad voice acting
- Riddled with bugs
If you are the player that has always wanted a grounded RPG experience, Outward is great for you. Once you look past the limitations, you’ll find a game that lets you be a part of its world, not a king or a god, and that is truly special.