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Thread: Outer Wilds

  1. #1
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    Outer Wilds

    While I've been playing Outer Wilds for a while now, it's only been the last two weeks or so that I've discovered how best to play it. Has anyone else here played it or is doing so at the moment? I'm finding that Outer Wilds may just be the best, most interesting, most original exploration game I've played in a long time.

    I enjoy exploration in general, but so many games - even big titles like Skyrim - basically give you predictable things over and over, though with reasonably epic presentation. Outer Wilds, on the other hand, presents you with a relatively small solar system (what glorious gaming times we live in when a solar system is small), but its various planets have personality: the storm-torn giant, the hourglass twins, the cracked shell of a planet collapsing into the black hole at its centre...

    What makes it work especially well, though, is the way the game's world is used to evoke emotions, of solitude and desolation, but also of small moments of hope and heroism. I have no idea how far I am in terms of understanding the underlying story and its mysteries, but this game is pulling me in much more than practically any story-heavy RPG I've played over the last decade or so.

    So, are there any other explorers out there? Did you enjoy the game? What worked best for you?

    Warning: It's too easy to spoil some of the game's most striking moments, so it may be worth using spoilers, in case anyone stops by who's interested in Outer Wilds but hasn't played it yet.

  2. #2
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    hi Thirith I'm playing it now too!

    I was a bit afraid to even read your post in fear of having anything spoiled. (I did read it tho) Man, this game. Other sci-fi games just talk the talk on sci-fi concepts, this game will just simulate that shit and let you have your mind blown at your own pace.

    Without getting spoilery: I've spent a lot of time at Brittle Hollow and have now started delving into Giant's Deep. I think I'm starting to piece together what's going on.

    Folks, play this. It's goood. It's like... Return of the Obra Dinn-good. Indie games are pushing the boundaries these days while AAA stuff is just sticking to what's already been proven to work.

  3. #3
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    Registered: May 2004
    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    It's like... Return of the Obra Dinn-good.
    Well, that got my attention. I was on the fence about supporting it when it first popped up on Fig and ultimately decided against it, because it looked way too ambitious for a student project and the money they were asking. And when it finally came out there was all that brouhaha with the Epic exclusivity and I'm not at a point where I trust Epic enough to get a lot of games on it, especially ones that are slated to come out on Steam later. I'm actually still sitting on my Phoenix Point key.

  4. #4
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    I'm gonna wait for it on the Switch, I think. It'll probably be the next game I buy after the Xenoblade Chronicles remake.

  5. #5
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    Registered: Feb 2001
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    I thought this was about Outer Worlds at first. Outer WILDS sounds cool kinda slipped under my radar.

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    I can wait until June to get it on Steam, but it's on my short list.

  7. #7
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    Registered: Apr 2001
    Location: Switzerland
    Heh. Glad you're enjoying it, henke! It took me a while to get into the right mindset to enjoy the game - at first I lacked the focus to really get into it - but once I did I'd definitely say it was one of the most original, heartfelt games I've played in a long while... or indeed ever. It won't click with everyone, but if you want to explore, figure things out for yourself and have a game that doesn't hold your hand, this is it. I hope that some other devs will take a lesson or two from Outer Wilds; I think that e.g. RPGs could stand to learn from this one.

    Noclip has a lovely documentary on the game, though I'd recommend only watching it after playing Outer Wilds:


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    Registered: Sep 2006
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    And let's not forget the soundtrack!

    I fell in love with this and then promptly forgot about it. Maybe that explains a few things abou...anyway, this thread reminded me that I need to finish it, and I'm bumping it up on my to-play list after Ni No Kuni and Yakuza Kiwami 2.

  9. #9
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    Quote Originally Posted by PigLick View Post
    I thought this was about Outer Worlds at first. Outer WILDS sounds cool kinda slipped under my radar.
    Ditto, to the point I only now just realized it's NOT the Outer Worlds.

    Though now that I've read a bit more on Outer Wilds, it sounds even more awesome, and now I'm finding I'd rather play it.

  10. #10
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    Noclip actually did documentaries on both games, Outer Wilds and The Outer Worlds, and they asked both teams about the other game, eliciting a few smiles. In hindsight, I suspect that both teams wouldn't have minded finding another title.

  11. #11
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    Location: Finland
    Y'know, the Outer Wilds writer recently got hired by the Outer Worlds folks, just to make it even more confusing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Starker View Post
    I was on the fence about supporting it when it first popped up on Fig and ultimately decided against it, because it looked way too ambitious for a student project and the money they were asking. And when it finally came out there was all that brouhaha with the Epic exclusivity
    It is very ambitious, but at the same time it feels like they've managed the scope very well. It's both a big and small game at the same time.

    I forgot it's an Epic sclusie on PC. I got it on PS4, where it's 25% off currently, tho I think that discount ends today.

  12. #12
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    Registered: May 2004
    Yeah, I figured the conceit would make it a bigger game than would be possible otherwise. They originally pitched it as Kerbal Space Program meets Myst meets Majora's Mask. But to me Obra Dinn is the more intriguing comparison, as it's by far my favourite walking simulator / FPX game.

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