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Outer Wilds

30 May 2019
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To be curious on your journey
A beautifully unforgettable, inimitable experience. Outer Wilds places you in a wonderfully well-crafted solar system with charming inhabitants, and plenty of secrets to discover, in which each piece of knowledge can allow you to unearth more nooks and crannies of these wilds. It's hard to go into too many details as this is a game that is heavily undermined by getting into specifics, but the way each geographic element complements each other despite being explored completely non-linearly is incredibly unique. The only thing guiding you anywhere is your own curiosity and past knowledge, which accumulates as you play more.

Coming from a decent Kerbal Space Program player, the ship's controls and powerful/nimble thrusters along with a nice autopilot do a great job of allowing beginners to get acquainted with orbital mechanics and space exploration, for me, it fit like a glove. Definitely make sure to play this on controller though, there's certain mechanics that benefit from the precise controls of a stick and analog triggers.

It's so singular in how both desolate and comforting it is to explore these miniature, yet dense celestial bodies. Adding onto this is the similarly contrasting and wonderful art style which is homely and foreign when appropriate. The game feels so alien and yet so human in its aesthetics, dialogue, and character, the homeliness of the wooden yet scifi designs of your ship and the Hearthians compared with the anomalies and ruins left to discover in the solar system. The technical achievement of making such a dynamic setting work almost completely seamlessly at the indie level, where every piece fits together like clockwork while being one of the most nonlinear games I've ever played makes it so special. Add onto that a post-rock/electronic/folk-inspired soundtrack that goes toe-to-toe with some of the best in the medium combined with some of my favorite set pieces (of which I dare not spoil, they truly can only be experienced for the first time once), and this is my favorite game of all time.

It's interesting how I first discovered this game all the way back in middle school as Scott Manley had visited it as a simple alpha release. At the time, I thought it was a cool concept despite the (at the time) simplistic appearance, dialogue, and the general lack of polish. Still, I thought it had lots of potential but I lamented the fact I would likely not be able to play it, as I didn't start PC gaming until I became an adult. So, I promptly and completely forgot about it for another 6 years until friends immediately recommended I buy it. Now I find myself here singing its praises along with pretty much everyone else here. I guess it's true: there's always more to explore here.
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Roffbist Outer Wilds 2022-07-01T14:20:31Z
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Revenge319 Outer Wilds 2022-06-30T00:23:30Z
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standbytheseawall Outer Wilds 2022-06-27T14:54:56Z
Windows
2022-06-27T14:54:56Z
9 /10
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cordemia Outer Wilds 2022-06-22T20:01:19Z
Windows
2022-06-22T20:01:19Z
5.0
1
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lyndonbjohnson Outer Wilds 2022-06-21T00:42:13Z
Windows
2022-06-21T00:42:13Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
ragderal Outer Wilds 2022-06-20T22:04:05Z
Windows
2022-06-20T22:04:05Z
4.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
xiiv013e Outer Wilds 2022-06-19T16:09:28Z
Windows
2022-06-19T16:09:28Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
supa2003 Outer Wilds 2022-06-09T19:33:11Z
Windows
2022-06-09T19:33:11Z
1
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huiggi Outer Wilds 2022-06-07T08:36:38Z
Windows
2022-06-07T08:36:38Z
5.0
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GwennShinguji Outer Wilds 2022-06-03T02:01:11Z
Windows
2022-06-03T02:01:11Z
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pavlig Outer Wilds 2022-05-30T08:57:04Z
Windows
2022-05-30T08:57:04Z
5.0
1
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Nagual Outer Wilds 2022-05-29T06:04:21Z
Windows
2022-05-29T06:04:21Z
3.5
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  • plastiquey 2022-05-29 06:50:16.672174+00
    happy 3rd anniversary to the most philosophically impactful video game i have ever played
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  • TheRealJimMorrison 2022-05-31 20:30:44.502427+00
    This might actually make it into the top 10 at some point
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    • Convalescence 2022-06-09 17:18:31.358501+00
      I really hope so. It deserves it.
    • Convalescence 2022-06-14 18:59:51.77258+00
      one spot away from top 10!!
    • TheRealJimMorrison 2022-06-16 12:56:41.034118+00
      OH SHIIII- it's comin way sooner than I expected!
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  • Audi 2022-06-09 21:52:22.036285+00
    the flying irritates me a bit
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    • TarotSport 2022-06-12 17:18:57.48466+00
      Use Autopilot
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  • dontwannaknow 2022-06-13 20:25:52.522598+00
    This is the Night on the Sun of video games
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  • OscarTheGrouch 2022-06-22 02:14:24.105911+00
    More ppl need to play this game. It’s just fantastic. And play it blind. All the magic of this game is in the discovery of its universe.
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    • Mateo098762 2022-06-24 11:58:13.32883+00
      how is this site so good in giving ratings? I agree with almost everything
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  • palceu 2022-06-25 14:20:33.222018+00
    so cool that this and chrono trigger, my two favorite games are right next to one another in the chart
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  • nephilim93 2022-07-01 07:23:30.660971+00
    I ignored this game for a long time because seeing title in store I thought this was some cheap attempt to trick people trying to buy Outer Worlds into buying this instead.

    In the end this happened to be my new favourite game ever, I find that funny.
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