The Outer Worlds - Early Impressions

Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by AgentBJ09, Oct 25, 2019.

  1. AgentBJ09

    AgentBJ09 Vault Dweller

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    Jul 9, 2015
    Now if only George Lucas could get an equal revenge for Star Wars this year.
     
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  2. AgentBJ09

    AgentBJ09 Vault Dweller

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    Jul 9, 2015
    Likewise. He makes good videos sometimes.
     
  3. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Half-way Through My Half-life

    Nov 26, 2007
    This was interesting; old news, but I had not seen it before.
    https://www.businessinsider.com/george-lucas-says-he-sold-star-wars-to-white-slavers-2015-12

    While I have to take Tim Cain's public comments weighed against an unsure future in the industry—you don't burn bridges lightly... He did say that he liked FO3*. Do we know from his past posts & comments, that he resents [the obvious affront of] Bethesda's wretched (but undeniably profitable) treatment of the Fallout IP?

    Strictly speaking, not exactly; he said that he 'enjoyed playing the game', and with a very odd emphasis that might suggest reservations, or a double meaning.

    I recall that Leonard Boyarsky once described it (of Interplay) like that of an ex-wife selling off the kids (after the divorce).
     
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  4. AgentBJ09

    AgentBJ09 Vault Dweller

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    I remember that, and I agree with him. Disney and K. Kennedy, among others, turned the IP into a near unrecognizable Frankenstein, spit in the faces of the old fans, and still expect people to support them. If Rise of Skywalker flops, and I hope it does, I'd love to see George make a public statement about his direction for the final trilogy and rub salt in the wounds. Disney deserves it at this point.
     
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  5. Chud

    Chud Still Mildly Glowing

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    Jun 8, 2015
    Agreed. I just took a break from playing it for hours, and I felt like Buck Rodgers righting the wrongs on a space station. That's an itch younger me has been wanting scratched for a long time. The game in a way reminds me of earlier games where you have a new area, do stuff and clear it out, and then move on to the next area. It's a very satisfying loop that gives the player a sense of accomplishment. I was so-so on the combat and iffy perks, but I'm finding myself liking the game more and more. The companions aren't bad at all, and I like having a foul-mouthed vicar on my team.

    This game may not be for everyone, but I'd say it accomplishes what they set out to do. With a bigger sequel and improvements, I can easily see this game filling the void of Fallout, Mass Effect and the like. Given that Obsidian should have the proper financial backing should hopefully mean the next entry gets the polish and fleshing out it deserves. With all things considered, this game's a beaut.
     
  6. RangerBoo

    RangerBoo Cynical Cunt

    Jun 15, 2015
    I imagine that Leonard is also quite pleased with Bethesda's blunders and is having quite the schadenfreude. The old school Fallout team deserve to have some revenge at Bethesda for not only screwing them over but for also massacring their IP and turning it into a parody of its former self.
    The thing about The Outer Worlds that puts me off the most is the humor. It reminds me quite a bit of Old World Blues. For most of the people here that is fine as many consider Old World Blues to be the best of the New Vegas DLC's. I however am not one of those people but to each their own.
     
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  7. CT Phipps

    CT Phipps Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Sep 17, 2016
    As mentioned, I think it felt very much like Borderlands 2's humor with all the parodies and idiots to the point that I'm fairly sure saving these people is only delaying their death by a year or two due to them sticking their tongue in a wall socket.
     
  8. TorontoReign

    TorontoReign Augmented Staff Member Moderator

    Apr 1, 2005
    Just curious but is there any kind of food/crafting mechanic like New Vegas?
     
  9. TheGM

    TheGM The voice of reason

    Aug 19, 2008

    The closest thing I've seen is mixing stuff you put in your inhaler but I haven't seen any crafting.
     
  10. Norzan

    Norzan Vault Fossil

    Apr 7, 2017
    Oh lord, when he said that he thought Bethesda understood what the universe of Fallout is like and even claimed he thought they did a good job understanding the lore. Bethesda didn't understood the lore and universe one bit and it bums me out that he thinks they did.

    It has been 9 years so maybe his stance on that has changed, or i hope it has. I don't mind that he enjoyed the game, but those two comments really made me scratch my head. I would be at the very least very disappointed with what Bethesda had done with the universe and lore if i was one of the creators of the series.
     
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  11. SquidVan

    SquidVan Literal Vampire Potbelly Goblin

    Jun 1, 2018
    Definitely with Ranger and Chud on this. Corporations can be comically evil in real life from time to time. I couldn't see it really being an issue in a game that is critical of megacorps. Kinda like cyberpunk dystopias. You get what comes along with it.

    I mean, we could still take that with a grain of salt. Did he play it vanilla? How much did he play? I mean, I'd say they understood Fallout on some level but only in a superficial sense. I do hope has changed his mind about that but something tells me he plays nice like Chris does. Why would they badmouth the owners of the IP they want to work on? Keep it short and simple, "I liked it, they did a good job." Fin.
     
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  12. Risewild

    Risewild Venerable Relic of the Wastes
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    Jun 14, 2014
    Here's what he said about Fallout 3 and New Vegas in a Codex Interview:
     
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  13. Norzan

    Norzan Vault Fossil

    Apr 7, 2017
    He makes it sound that hating the ending of Fallout 3 is an unpopular stance, it's actually the opposite. I know people that liked Fallout 3 thought the ending was terrible.

    At least he acknowledges New Vegas as the better game, but really sucks that he's giving any merit to the VATS system. It's easily one of the worst mechanics in the 3D Fallouts.

    I do see why he wouldn't badmouth the game if he wanted to work on the IP, but he could have just said he liked the game and thought they did a decent job.
     
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  14. CT Phipps

    CT Phipps Venerable Relic of the Wastes

    Sep 17, 2016
    Weirdly, I mentioned the dynamic storytelling of skeletons and devastation in my defenses of Fallout 3 all the time. I think Tim Cain is literally the first person who seems to have noticed other than me. Most people actually said that I was insane for mentioning it and clearly seeing things that weren't there.
     
  15. Walpknut

    Walpknut This ghoul has seen it all

    Dec 30, 2010
    I wish Survival mode in the game was more like in New Vegas where it is independent of the other difficulty. Also for saving to not be affected by it, because I just don't have the time to be at the mercy of having to save in the ship. I was gonna play on SUpernova until I saw the stuff with saving listed.
     
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  16. RangerBoo

    RangerBoo Cynical Cunt

    Jun 15, 2015
    While I may have not liked The Outer Worlds I am glad that the others here on NMA are having a good time with it. I thought I would make something that would both make you all smile and give you a great feeling of schadenfreude.
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    Not you Todd.
     
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  17. Alphons

    Alphons National Beholder

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    Aug 9, 2017
    Mods will fix it.
    https://www.nexusmods.com/theouterworlds/mods/8
     
  18. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Half-way Through My Half-life

    Nov 26, 2007
    I saw what was there; and I could even forgive that outside the context of Fallout, it would never have [still] been there by the time the PC discovers it. That was a big peeve; that the whole world seemed to have stopped in state—awaiting the player character to investigate its stories... As though no one at all, in the decades before, hadn't lived their lives scavenging the world for its resources—like medical supplies in a box labeled First-Aid.

    I didn't much care for the vignettes with implied stories. I got to the bottom of Dunwich, and spent twenty minutes looking for a point to it... then left in disgust.

    **I should mention an interesting coincidence in my game that might have ruined a big part of Dunwhich for me though: I discovered it—and completed it before ever reading about it—and my PC just happened to be wearing the Ghoul Mask for the duration of it.
     
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  19. Chud

    Chud Still Mildly Glowing

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    Jun 8, 2015
    The humor that I've seen really isn't anywhere near as wacky as Old World Blues. When you really dig in with a conversation I'd say it's satire, that these people are compliant to corporations to a fault. Even the moon-headed mascot is a really, really sad sack when you dig into his mini story. It's nothing like the brain-dead humor of Bethesda. It's more in the vein of Fallout, including the products you find. Is there really that much of a difference between the companies in Fallout and The Outer Worlds? They're both symptoms of a failed structure that contributed to one ending in nuclear war and the other with colonies on the brink of collapse. The Groundbreaker station felt mostly serious and miserable for those who are trying to make a living there, mainly because they're independent of the corporations who are trying to squeeze them.

    There's a mix of levity and brevity here that conveys humor and the share sadness of a warped future.

    I'd say if you have a friend who has a copy, or you can check it out from a library, give it a try. I was somewhat hesitant about the game when I first started, but it grew on me the more I played it. It's more like the narrative balance of vanilla NV, in that there is some humor, but the story at it's heart is deadly serious.

    Real quick about Tim Cain "liking" Fallout 3. Why would he not be a gentleman? The guy from what I hear is a professional who doesn't speak ill of others. One thing to note about him is that in an interview he mentioned he writes scathing reviews of games, which he will never release. I highly doubt he gave Fallout 3 a "Glowing" review. But man, I'd love to see his reviews and what he really thinks of other games.
     
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  20. Gizmojunk

    Gizmojunk Half-way Through My Half-life

    Nov 26, 2007
    I would like to play the game—but it isn't offered on GoG... and (more seriously) the demonstration videos gave me simulator sickness.
     
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