What I liked:
- The presentation side of the game has a great deal of variety within it and this in turn does make both the visuals and sound design to be very immersive.
- Exploration in the game always feels rewarding because there always seems to be something new for you to discover no matter how long you play.
- Each puzzle in the game has a decent amount of creativity present in them and completing each of them was fun for the most part.
- I found the story to be very interesting and it did give me a reason to discover more about the story because I was eager to get the different information.
- The 22-minute mechanic has been done really well and it makes you focus on the more important tasks at hand whilst also allowing you freedom to go about things your own way.
What I didn’t like:
- Sometimes I got a little frustrated every now and then because finding out what to do next wasn’t always readily available.
- Whilst the story was good and immersive I found interacting with different characters to be a little less immersive because there isn’t really much that stands out in these conversations.
Does Outer Wilds do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all originally scheduled to release last year Outer Wilds was still seen by many to be a surprising release this week because information about the game was very few and far between. At one point as well the game didn’t look like it was going to release but I’m glad it did because it takes you on adventure that’s rewarding no matter how many times you take to the 22-minute experience. At its core then this game is about solving puzzles and exploring nooks and crannies and I’m pleased to say that solving these puzzles and exploring the different planets never seemed to get dull. Instead it remained fresh and interesting at all times due to the creativity that was present in the puzzles and the story also played a big part in keeping things interesting even if the conversations with the characters were a little on the basic side. Nothing else about the game is basic though and without a doubt this game will surprise you in a number of ways because the amount of depth that’s present in the gameplay is high to say the least. In terms of problems the game has very few and if you can look past the little bit of frustration that’s built up due to not knowing what to do next then you’ll find this game to be pretty much the perfect experience. At the end of the then Outer Wilds was definitely worth the wait because in terms of the puzzle genre this game stands out quite a lot due to its uniqueness and depth that’s present in a number of areas. Recommending this game to you then is very easy indeed because it just gets so much right and in a way it does breath some new life into the puzzling world.
I rate Outer Wilds 8.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Mobius Digital
Publisher: Annapurna Interactive
Genre: Action & Adventure/Puzzle
Release Date (Xbox One): May 29, 2019