Outcast – Second Contact
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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.
Review in Czech | Read full review
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 If you didn't like the title back then, you probably won't like the outdated gameplay mechanics as well as the hacky controls.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.
Review in German | Read full review
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.
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.
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.
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
Outcast: Second Contact is a game that feels more like a direct port of the original rather than a fully remastered experience.
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.
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.
Review in Italian | Read full review
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.