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Outer Wilds

29 May 2019
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A rookie pilot a part of the Outer Wilds space exploration program sets off on their first flight into space. Armed with a tool that can translate the text of the Nomai, an extinct race of ancient beings, the pilot is tasked with researching the ruins they left behind and the cause of their disappearance.
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For every thing, there is something bigger. Something so much bigger than you could ever comprehend, getting farther and farther away from you every second. And for every thing that is bigger, there is something bigger than that, so much bigger than that thing could ever comprehend. All getting farther and farther away. At some point, it will be gone. That thing that you are, that thing that is bigger, the things that are smaller, they all go away eventually. Will we ever know why it all goes away? Can we stop it from leaving, even just a little bit? I'm not so sure that we can. We can certainly try, though. Effort into this multi-dimensional quest for meaning is something that has been a part of human psychology since humans knew they were humans. It has taken us this long to get this far, and we are still so very very far away, and it keeps getting farther away. And even if we find something, a lead, it's just a bigger thing with other bigger things yet to find, also getting farther and farther away.

Maybe it's better to appreciate what's here now. The friends we make, the history we learn, the past we remember, that's what has survived. It's why we try at all. Because at the end of the day trying and failing is something we will all do, but it's failing together that makes the landing just a bit softer. The meaning isn't anything more than beginning and end. What's in between is up to you, and it helps when you know that out there somewhere in the unobservable, someone is playing the same song with you.
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Ugly game with NPC's that don't tell you anything. Doesn't show you the world, but if you want to explore you die to literally everything, for example i died in a water fountain in the base tutorial zone (??????). And as I managed to explore I found a wormhole that doesn't work and a member of my own specie instead of something new and a dead body on a planet. That's all. That's all the game gave me to explore after 2 hours and killed me for nothing. Also the controls are awful. Only good thing is the music, but that's also a generic good, nothing exceptional.
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An Almost Uniformly Great Game
Both an almost quintessential expression of the design concepts of immersive and emergent story-telling, and a rare synthesis of heart and head - blending the intellectual depth of concepts from real-world theoretical physics, understanding of which is present everywhere throughout the game's concept and execution, and an evocation of the thrill of scientific discovery, with the emotional and creative depth of empathetic writing, genuinely inspired lore, and touchingly-evoked exploration of the lives, concerns and experiences of ancient sentient species.

Themes that particularly intrigued me included:

The relationship between science and religion, and the potential for scientific concepts and inquiries to gain almost religion-like status, as they come to define the structuring of our societies, play a vital role in giving our lives a sense of meaning and purpose, and bond communities together through shared structure, goals and purpose.

Consciousness and its relationship to the physical universe of space, time and matter - more specifically, the role of consciousness in quantum mechanics (quantum superposition in particular) and the possibility that consciousness may be an essential and fundamental aspect of reality.

There's also a lot here that evokes the human experiences of loss, grief, belonging, mortality, and our need for some kind of higher purpose, particularly as societies.

The groundedness of the game's simulation of gravity and momentum does arguably make movement and platforming a tad frustrating at times, and the time loop mechanic sometimes adds a degree of time-pressure and repetition that isn't ideal (though this is mainly an issue in the DLC rather than the main game), but, if you can get past those niggles, this is, in my view, an almost uniformly great game across every area of consideration.
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Mysteron5 2023-06-16T09:35:26Z
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absolutely revolutionary in way of artist - audience communication. all other video games feel like they treat you like a completely stupid toddler baby after playing this. somehow manages to provide both complete freedom and a feeling of pieces of a puzzle coming together towards a cohesive whole, which is a feat i've never seen before. wish the open-world zeldas would learn a thing or two from this. the story lets you struggle with complex existentional dilemmas in your head whilst keeping the writing itself refreshingly simple and utilitarian. also wish the gameplay had more weird alien tech to interact with instead of quasi-platforming gauntlets, but it's servicable in a way of making the world feel more vast and explorable. in spite of that it also feels small and cozy, almost cramped in places; also a remarkable feat considering we're talking about a whole gigantic solar system here. there's just little to no fluff, the game hugely respects the player's time; still wish it was like 70 hours longer tho
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Szkieleton 2024-04-26T14:11:07Z
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While conception seems great, execution (as always in those cases) is not as good. Controls are too tough, level-design is pretty annoying at times, some locations/challenges are just bad, there are a lot of situations where games does not give you enough clues for where to go or what to do. One of my biggest complains is what you only have access to clues from your ship, don't know why they couldn't let you watch it anytime, it just forces you to return to the ship or start a new loop for a puzzle.

Visuals, music, sounds effect are okay, not bad, but nothing spectacular. World-building is believable, and the way you follow this story piece by piece is greatest part of the game. Story itself is good, but again, not THAT good.

I think i can say this about this game overall: it's good, but not great. I can't really say where all those praises coming from. It was quite a unique expirience and i had some good time playing it, but i can't see this game piece of art it supposed to be and could have easily lived my life without it
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evilzone111 2024-01-21T19:57:35Z
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This game is just a masterpiece. I would give so much just to be able to play this game again, not knowing anything about it. Music is beautiful, story is breathaking and overall it's one of a lifetime expirience. Don't look up it anywhere, just play it.
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Blorgang Outer Wilds 2024-05-24T16:20:47Z
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BurgurBurgur Outer Wilds 2024-05-23T06:19:10Z
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jinseng Outer Wilds 2024-05-23T05:15:22Z
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lucythegray Outer Wilds 2024-05-22T21:16:40Z
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2024-05-22T21:16:40Z
3.0
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IrvingWash Outer Wilds 2024-05-22T20:02:24Z
2024-05-22T20:02:24Z
5.0
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mtvernon Outer Wilds 2024-05-22T16:15:03Z
2024-05-22T16:15:03Z
4.0
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Enkerou Outer Wilds 2024-05-22T10:08:08Z
2024-05-22T10:08:08Z
4.0
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Kimmu Outer Wilds 2024-05-22T08:50:06Z
2024-05-22T08:50:06Z
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blockhead1110 Outer Wilds 2024-05-21T19:28:36Z
2024-05-21T19:28:36Z
4.5
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pinkultra Outer Wilds 2024-05-21T05:30:24Z
2024-05-21T05:30:24Z
3.5
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callelzada Outer Wilds 2024-05-21T00:54:27Z
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5.0
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souljaboy34 Outer Wilds 2024-05-20T07:47:03Z
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  • foiebump 2024-04-21 15:40:59.827383+00
    Very much a slow burn.
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  • Finnegan1441 2024-04-23 07:13:13.855472+00
    Ahhhhhhhh very scary! Want to play the expansion but hear its even more scary!!!! (chatters teeth)
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  • Philippsburg 2024-04-25 04:03:12.869781+00
    This game is much harder than I expected. I mean just moving around and surviving is hard. Or maybe I haven't played anything in too long.
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    • Pumas 2024-05-03 23:59:30.793073+00
      Yeah it’s not the hardest game by any means but it does have a mildly steep learning curve that filters a lot of people who try it for 2 hours before giving up and saying it sucks
    • Philippsburg 2024-05-10 20:34:51.681173+00
      I kept playing and the game is fantastic. Still not easy but putting things together feels so good
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  • cuckoo 2024-04-27 22:22:13.210599+00
    "Pretty soon you realize that all we're going to do for eternity
    is sit around the fire" -Ram Dass
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  • PiccoloZ 2024-04-29 21:02:34.58269+00
    Any news what this developer is working on next? im very intrigued, i think Outer Wilds is easily one of the greatest games ever made.
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  • Philippsburg 2024-05-14 18:59:44.656687+00
    Every time I try to remember the main theme music while I'm not playing, the interlude instrumental from Frank Ocean's Blonde is all that plays in my head.
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  • synden 2024-05-19 09:58:15.131288+00
    Really enjoyed the space motorcycle bit.
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