Rather than making space an endless slog to explore, Mobius Digital has condensed its starry sandbox down to a handful of small planets packed with secrets. Outer Wilds is an open ended sci-fi title with a time-twisting mystery at its heart, and it manages to do a lot with a little. It might take some getting used to, but this is a game that lets you loose in its universe with minimal direction. You start on Timber Hearth, a peaceful planet of kind, intelligent folks obsessed with an ancient race of beings known as Nomai. From there, you're left to wander the solar system yourself.
At first, this freedom is disconcerting, but it doesn't take long before pieces of a complex puzzle begin to materialise. A Groundhog Day style effect means you have a 20-minute timer before things are reset, but it's an ample window in which to learn more about the surrounding planets, and what ties them together. After a few hours with the game, you're likely to be pretty invested in a story that's ingeniously broken up into bits and spread across the system.
Gameplay is very basic. Navigating through space and landing on ever-moving planets can be tough; the controls are simple enough, but it remains a fiddly process. You have access to a scanner that can pick up audio signals from huge distances, giving you clues to the whereabouts of other characters, and scouts which you can launch into unknown territory to take pictures and see what's going on. It may not sound exciting, but we don't want to spoil such a story-heavy experience. This is a game that presents itself in a unique way, and trusts you to put together its compelling mystery without assistance.
Old granny Norma: I've bought our little Jimmy this game he was asking for, for X-mas. Hope he likes it.
Little Jimmy: Nan I said Outer Worlds!
Tune in this time next week for The Outer Welds.
All about a supernatural being called the Outer who loves to weld stuff, obviously.
Was looking forward to this one. Eh, it’ll probably turn up free on the Epic Store.
Sounds interesting. A bit like The Sexy Brutale with the time resetting thing.
I’ll pick this up on a sale, it’s definitely interesting enough.
As an aside I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love these shorter reviews!
@LieutenantFatman How did you know what Kojima's next is?
Have to be the bad guy but I dont like the shorter reviews... might just be me but I dont feel like i know what the game actually is..
Interesting, alot of prominent people (Pat, SkillUp etc.) say this is fantastic and currently GOTY. 🤔
Lol...thought this was a out Outer Worlds..loving the game so far
@AdamNovice lol....I clicked on the review cause I thought it was Outer Worlds..ha..ha
@777Reigns See, if us core gamers fall then poor old granny Norma has no chance.
Sounds like a great game, love that u guys review smaller games as well!
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