Outcast: Second Contact rating. Xbox One.

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Pros:

  • The visuals have seen a significant improvement over the original, and at times the game can look really nice with lots of little detail included.
  • The world in the game is absolutely fantastic and without a doubt it was a pleasure to explore all of the nooks and crannies. 
  • I forgot how enjoyable the story was and it was great to go through it again because they do a very good job of making the characters interesting.
  • The orchestral score in the game has been done well, and I wish the other sound design in the game was done as good. 

Cons:

  • The controls in the game are awkward to say the least and they definitely haven’t aged well.
  • I was very disappointed with how they’ve implemented the sound design in the game, and I didn’t notice any improvements over the original here. 
  • The shooting mechanics in the game are just simply awful. They never feel responsive and you just end up getting frustrated with them.
  • Some of the conversations you have in the game can be very tedious, and I was amazed that they didn’t add a skip button here.

 

Final Thoughts:

All in all I fondly remember playing Outcast back in 1999 and in my opinion it was one of the best game’s that year, but I must admit that I was a little surprised to see it get a remaster. In order to make a remaster successful you have to address the problems that the original had, but unfortunately that isn’t the case here. Don’t get me wrong it does still provide you with some enjoyable moments, but the shortcomings it has are just too much to deal with in this modern era. The controls and shooting mechanics in the game are without a doubt the game’s biggest shortcomings and these specific problems do nothing but frustrate you and this can be quite off putting. It’s a shame really because when your traversing throughout the fantastic world the game can be quite fun, but the problems aren’t far behind. When it comes to the story in the game then if you’ve never played it before you will find it very charming. In fact I forgot how enjoyable the story was so it was nice to be reminded how interesting the characters are. I would however have liked to have skipped some certain conversations every now and then, but unfortunately that option doesn’t exist which surprised me a great deal. The presentation side of the game is a bit hit and miss. Visually the game has seen a lot of improvements over the original and at times it can look great. The sound design though has not seen the same improvements, and at times it just sounds like the original especially when it came to the voice acting. I did though enjoy the orchestral score on offer. At the end of the day if you played the original then there really isn’t any reason to purchase this remaster because nothing much has changed. Gamers who haven’t played this before may be interested, but be prepared for a lot of dated mechanics that will ultimately cause you some frustration in the end. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this remaster and I wasn’t sure why it was made into a remaster, but whilst it offers you some enjoyable moments Outcast: Second Contact just has too many problems to get a full recommendation from me.

I rate Outcast: Second Contact   5.5/10.

Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)

 

Developer: Appeal 

Publisher: BigBen Interactive 

Genre: Action Adventure 

Release Date (Xbox One): November 14 & 28, 2017

Price: £35.99/$39.99outcast-rev-3

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