Outcast – Second Contact

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Outcast – Second Contact is ranked in the 34th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 34 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

27%

Critics Recommend

Based on 34 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Nov 16, 2017

Although its augmentations are selective and skin deep, Outcast remains a generous and uniquely captivating game.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 22, 2017

With how difficult it is to both a) learn all the mechanics and b) execute actions with Slade's lumbering movement, it's tempting just to move on, and to leave Outcast in the past.

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TeamNerd
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 17, 2017

In the end we can therefore say that Outcast Second Contact is a title certainly suitable for those who have already played. For lovers of the original, in fact, this new production will certainly be good, revisited textures, some small and light change, but a fidelity to the past that will surely make you lose some tear. Obviously, although some defects are transported from the past, the title still deserves to be played by those who have never known it. Indeed, this could just be an opportunity to see where many mechanics were born, without having to recover an old and too dated game.

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Scored Reviews

GamePitt
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2017

Outcast: Second Contact is a love letter to fans of the original game, it has everything the original had (including its bugs) but with a new coat of paint and some useful new moves. Appeal have made the game more accessible to gamers today with the regenerative health and difficulty choices but you must understand that the game still thinks It's 1999 in the control department.

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VGProfessional
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Dec 9, 2017

Outcast: Second Contact, is a great throwback to a classic title that didn’t get nearly enough attention when it was first released. Unlike other remakes, the game has aged fairly well, and it’s clear that the game’s design was ahead of its time. It’s still got some rough edges, but it’s a great underrated classic, and it’s worth a spin

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PC Gamer
82 / 100
82 / 100
Nov 20, 2017

A fine remake of a game that deserves to be played as much as it gets fondly remembered.

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TrueAchievements
Nov 25, 2017

Outcast is a special piece of gaming history that surprisingly and against any reasonable expectation withstood the test of time. It absolutely should not be missed.

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AusGamers
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2017

Outcast: Second Contact is well worth a look for both fans and newcomers alike.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2017

One of the most creative and well executed titles ever released, dragged down by a disappointing remaster.

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GamesFinest
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 5, 2018

With "Outcast: Second Contact" Appeal presents a polished retro experience, which still captivates with a playful freedom and dares a small excursion into the past. Thanks to the pretty presentation, it's a lot of fun to explore the hub worlds of the planet and exchange ideas with the funny aliens. If you didn't like the title back then, you probably won't like the outdated gameplay mechanics as well as the hacky controls. However, veterans will not be able to escape the charm of the former classic with its entertaining story despite small quirks.

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IGN Italy
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2017

A decent remake of a great classic. Outcast: Second Contact could have been more ambicious, but it's a good opportunity for new players to love the world and the exploration of Adelpha.

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The Games Machine
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2017

Outcast Second Contact is a good remake, but not for everyone. Despite some old-school mechanics could prevent someone from enjoying the game (gunplay and matted animations are the two main defendants), Outcast is still imbued with good exploration and an entertaining plot. Give it a chance.

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Generación Xbox
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2017

If, like us, you didn't play the first game, you should not miss this. But if you did it, this return to the world of Outcast will be satisfying.

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NEOsite
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2017

Exceptionally clunky and full of archaisms, but successful comeback to the 90s. Outcast - Second Contact will be appreciated by older players and those who are not afraid of many old-fashioned elements.

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Level Down Games
72 / 100
72 / 100
Dec 21, 2017

In 1999, we give this game an almost perfect score, hands down no contest. But here in 2017, we give Outcast: Second Contact a respectable 72. Here’s hoping for a true sequel built from the ground up sometime in the future.

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IGN Spain
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

An awesome opportunity to live again this awesome 3D adventure. Outcast: Second Contact is the base of many of the exploration adventures today, but also a game that needed more work in order to offer playable improvements, specially in fields like the caracter's movement. On the other hand, we can se stunning landscapes.

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Windows Central
Nov 20, 2017

Outcast: Second Contact is still a great game, but you'll have to tolerate some dated elements to enjoy it fully.

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Wccftech
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 4, 2017

While it might once have been the Game of the Year, age and experience has robbed Outcast of its original magic. Luckily, most of that has been replaced by an exciting return to the old and an interesting look back at what the landscape of games used to be.

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GameSkinny
GameSkinny
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Top Critic

Nov 16, 2017

With pretty landscapes and settings, Outcast - Second Contact fulfills its aim to recreate the original.

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SomHráč.sk
70%
70%
Dec 23, 2017

Outcast: Second Contact brings the old classic game to modern standards and offers an unique setting worth experiencing. The interesting story is let down by the tedious crafting and janky combat, though.

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GamePro
67 / 100
67 / 100
Nov 23, 2017

Outcast: Second Contact is no longer up to date as a remake, but offers a very puristic open-world experience.

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God is a Geek
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Nov 29, 2017

Outcast: Second Contact is a classic adventure wrapped up in shiny new clothes, but which maintains everything it was born with underneath, for better or worse.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

6 / 10
Nov 23, 2017

A great remaster of a forgotten almost-classic, but most of its flaws were already obvious 18 years ago and this does little to improve any of them.

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PC Invasion
6 / 10
6 / 10
Nov 15, 2017

From most angles, Adelpha has never looked better. But certain assets, animations, and audio keep Outcast - Second Contact closer to 1999 than the 'remake' tag might suggest.

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COGconnected
60 / 100
60 / 100
Nov 27, 2017

Visually, Outcast: Second Contact is far superior to the original.

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Gameblog
6 / 10
6 / 10
Nov 20, 2017

Indeed, Outcast still has an amazing universe but this remaster isn't successful in its attempt to modernize its graphics and gameplay.

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Spaziogames
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2017

Outcast is a remastered that keep the feeling of the original versione, driven by a good narrative structure that put the player in a big world populated by different alien races that give a lot of different quest. Instead the gameplay is old and unfriendly, with a graphics that doesn't work well.

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PC Aficionado
5.9 / 10.0
5.9 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2017

Outcast: Second Contact is an HD remake of the 1999 cult classic Outcast. Though the enhanced graphics are a nice way to introduce the game to a younger audience, it's the only aspect that makes it better than the 1.1 version, which costs considerably less. The price range is questionable in the US marketplace but it's even more absurd in selected countries such as Russia, Brazil, and China where it costs more than $30.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
5.5 / 10.0
5.5 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2017

On one side of the coin, Outcast: Second Contact is a warranted revisit of a beloved title. It has a fantastically well-constructed narrative that's a genuine treat to delve in to. However, on the other side of the coin are the terrible combat controls, embarrassingly low-fidelity voiceovers and a bland, bug riddled world design. Being retro is no excuse for recklessly disregarding the quality of the end product. This may be one of those nostalgic experiences that are better left dead and buried in the past.

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TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
5 / 10
Nov 27, 2017

Outcast: Second Contact is an eighteen year old game that's been given a makeover. This is absolutely fine if you're a fan of the original and want to play it again on modern hardware, but if you don't have the nostalgia quality there's absolutely nothing that you won't find here that's done far better elsewhere. For a steep price tag of £39.99 on PS4, that's just not good enough.

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PlayStation Universe
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2017

When Outcast Second Contact was announced I was jumping with glee, one of my favourite games of the 90's finally being remade for the modern age. If only the team had spent more time fixing the performance issues before release.

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Readers Gambit
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2017

Outcast: Second Contact looks like a completely new game. And that’s its problem. Outcast: Second Contact only has re-texturing to its advantage, with mechanics and audio left untouched. Its glossy coat promising more than it had.  A few tweaks to the audio presentation and how Slade handles could’ve gone a long way to bettering the experience. Those who have dabbled with Outcast in the past may find naught but nostalgic memories to power them through, other than that, there's nothing to be had here. This is re-texturing at its finest, but it’s not a remaster.

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TheXboxHub
Nov 29, 2017

Outcast: Second Contact is a game that feels more like a direct port of the original rather than a fully remastered experience.

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Saving Content
Nov 21, 2017

Outcast Second Contact is a neat idea and one that I wish brought Outcast updated mechanics and controls. Instead of being something that can bring in new fans, it feels like an attempt to just update the visuals and that’s it. New updates to all these features, new voice acting, and perhaps some more ease of use and quality of life improvements could have gone a long way to making this more than it is. As it stands, it’s a fascinating look at an old game with new visuals and that’s about it. The game hugely impacted and helped shape and mold what we have known to become open world games, but it’s not caught up yet with all the new improvements in today’s standards for this release. If a sequel does ever see the light of day, I’d love to see how they can actually refine and perhaps mold new open world games into become something more. If the first game could help start a genre, let’s see if a second one could improve and rejuvenate it. Outcast Second Contact is an experience most will likely want to leave in the past, new visual upgrades or not.

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