Play Outer Wilds. That’s all. It’s available on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. If you are a subscriber to Xbox Game Pass, the best deal in gaming, it is included on there, download it!
Near the end of 2019, I downloaded Outer Wilds on Xbox on a whim as part of installing some critically acclaimed Game Pass titles after seeing the game included in multiple “Game of the Year” lists. I opened it, got lost, and had to leave after twenty minutes. Later that week I loaded it back up to give it a true shot. Several hours later of that sitting, I realized it was undeniably unique, innovative, impactful, and proabably one of the best games ever made. I do not say that lightly, I promise. Now, you’re probably thinking, “Wait, what? I thought The Outer Worlds was just a pretty good Obsidian RPG, how could it be that good and I thought Caden didn’t like guns?”
Just to get the inevitable confusion out of the way, The Outer Worlds is the title that you are probably familiar with. It’s the new Fallout game with a budget that made sure you knew its name. Outer Wilds, on the other hand, is an indie game with an unfortunately fortunate case of similar title syndrome. I am talking about the latter. While The Outer Worlds is a good game in its own right that I enjoyed my time with, they are wildly different experiences.
Now, the real question, what even is an Outer Wild? I can’t really tell you, but hear me out. This game offers probably the most “different” experience I have ever witnessed in a video game. It does not fit into any pretty genre, because it completely stands on its own. If it were to be duct taped to a genre, it would probably be exploration, mystery, open world, and I guess, “space,” which is its own genre because everyone knows space games live in their own limbo of quality scaling.
If you are even slightly interested in a space exploration game, you have to play Outer Wilds. Even if you don’t think right now that it is the game for you, I implore you to try it. You might be frustrated that you still know next to nothing about it, but trust me. If you know anything about it, the payoff and experience is just not as stellar, and we both want the best for you. Still don’t believe me? Here’s what a few fellow LDSG members have to say about it:
“A pure genius game with one of the coolest concepts in any video game, it is a masterpiece.” -EthanScraggy22, who seems to think it’s passably better than 22 minutes alone.
“It’s a video game.” -Jeffdev
Outer Wilds is the most innovative shooter I've played in years Outer Wilds is probably the most unique game of 2019.“
There we have it, how could four like-minded human beings possibly be wrong about one video game? This is not a review, because to review Outer Wilds is to spoil Outer Wilds. But yes, Outer Wilds is a masterpiece. Give it a blind shot, there’s a good chance you won’t regret it.
If you are thinking, “Alright maybe it might be fun, but let me look it up and get some more thoughts real quick and see if the gameplay looks fun,” stop! What did I just tell you? You do not get to see any more of Outer Wilds until it is loaded onto your Xbox One, Playstation 4, or Personal Computer, so here, have an image of Animal Crossing: New Horizons which releases later this month on the Nintendo Switch family of systems.