The Outer Worlds Reviews

The Outer Worlds is ranked in the 89th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Recommended
Jul 12, 2021

Despite several patches, some issues persist. Perhaps there’s a great game beneath them but as it stands, The Outer Worlds is “just” a very good one.

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4.9 / 5.0
Nov 22, 2020

For the RPG, story telling elements alone I'd recommend it… for being set in space it gets bonus points… for being just a well fleshed out world that is quite striking to look at and to inhabit it gets a hearty recommendation. If you like RPG's then this is definitely worth checking out!

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6 / 10
Jul 3, 2020

The Outer Worlds's appearance on the Nintendo Switch is welcome due to the fact that it was one of 2019's best titles. However, while still fun to play, it doesn't leverage the Switch's hardware effectively and is subsequently unpleasant to look at. This has a big impact given that the game's charm on other home consoles and PC is due in large part to its visuals. For this reason it's difficult to celebrate it until it receives a substantial performance patch.

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RPG Fan
Top Critic
85%
Jun 28, 2020

It is a nearly hopeless dystopia in a time where hope is at a premium in our lives. It’s not the best choice, it’s Spacer’s Choice. Still, if you haven’t checked out The Outer Worlds yet and have enjoyed Obsidian’s previous work, you’re very likely to find yourself as compelled as I was to play all the way to the end, despite the unfortunate timing and graphical limitations of the Switch version.

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6 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2020

At the end of the day, The Outer Worlds succeeds in being a story-driven RPG that offers a lot of freedom for you to experience and play the game as you see fit. It doesn't look particularly good or run incredibly well. I don't want to downplay the importance of the story and quests, but The Outer Worlds feels like either a calculated cash grab or a team obsessed with making a game run on an inferior system for the sake of it, rather than trying to find a new player base. It's all here and playable, but play it anywhere else if you can because the trade-offs are larger than the benefits of playing it on a portable format.

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Unscored
Jun 19, 2020

Even on a limited console such as the Switch, the scope of The Outer Worlds isn’t lost.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 17, 2020

Despite the weaker graphics, the game is still a very fun experience and I believe that this port manages to bring the strengths of this adventure: a well-tied story combined with battle mechanics that does not disappoint.

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3 / 5.0
Jun 16, 2020

If [the Switch version] is the only way you can play The Outer Worlds it may be worth the price of admission. Otherwise this ambitious port is sure to disappoint.

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Daily Star
Top Critic
3 / 5
Jun 16, 2020

I suppose if you don’t own anything else that will run this game, then this port is admittedly a way to play a game you’d otherwise have no access to. However, if you own literally anything else that will run The Outer Worlds, and don’t want a return to PS3 graphics with PS2 processing speeds, avoid this port like the Edgewater plague.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 11, 2020

The Outer Worlds on the Nintendo Switch is still the game developed by Obsidian sans visual fidelity; if you can overlook the graphical aspect of this port, it will still deliver a memorable experience.

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Jun 10, 2020

The Outer Worlds is a great open-world first-person shooter with well-written dialogue and world-building. But playing on the Switch does a disservice to the original game. It often begins to feel like a chore.

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9 / 10.0
Jun 10, 2020

The Outer Worlds is a fantastic game, and the Nintendo Switch port is no exception. Despite significantly weaker hardware, the Switch port holds up admirably and will no doubt provide you countless hours of top-shelf gameplay and outer space hijinks.

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6 / 10
Jun 9, 2020

At first glance, The Outer Worlds on Nintendo Switch falls massively short of the bar set by other ports to the hybrid console. Everything has been scaled back in an effort to get it working as smoothly as possible on the machine, but there are still major problems with how the game performs. Even so, I found myself still having a lot of fun playing The Outer Worlds on the Nintendo Switch, which is a testament to just how brilliant this game truly is.

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Jun 8, 2020

For a game that’s so dependent on its art style to drive home much of its personality, character interactions and the story are left to carry the weight of completing the sense of immersion, and most of the time that load is too great for them to bear on their own. The Outer Worlds on Switch just doesn’t land well without all of the aspects working together in concert. I’m not saying the game is unplayable, it just feels like the experience is severely hamstrung and it’s hard to get a proper sense of enjoyment out of it. There’s still fun to be had, but it comes in fits and starts, and it really doesn’t stand up to any of the other platforms the game is available on. If the Switch is your only gaming system, you’re really hankering for a space adventure, and you don’t mind or notice technical problems, then there may be something here for you. Otherwise, you’d do well to play elsewhere. To paraphrase the game itself, the Switch version of this game isn’t the best choice, it’s… well, you know the rest.

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5.9 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2020

The Outer Worlds is a great game, one of the best from last year. The problem is that we are facing a port that does not do justice to the game.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 7, 2020

Is this the best version of The Outer Worlds out there? No. Should this be the version for you to consider purchasing in case you have never played this game before? Absofreakinglutely not. Is is still a fantastic RPG with one of the best plots and characters in recent memory? Without a shadow of a doubt.

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52 / 100
Jun 6, 2020

The Outer Worlds on the Nintendo Switch is the final straw for me. My heart can’t take the disappointment of these ports anymore. Time and time again, a port of an otherwise excellent game is released on the Switch (at full price, mind you) only to be a shell of the developer’s original vision. I get it, there’s money to be made, and there will always be that dedicated group of fans that can’t be told no, and will argue these games don’t look the way they do. But we all know that’s a joke. The Outer Worlds on the Switch looks bad, plays bad, and did nothing more than make me want to get the game elsewhere. I guess that’s a win for Obsidian.

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Noisy Pixel
Jake Yoder
7 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2020

If you have the option to play The Outer Worlds on any other console, I suggest you do that. If you don’t have anything other than a Switch and still want to check out the Halcyon system for yourself or simply want to play the game again on the go, this port gives you a chance, though don’t expect the best version of the game.

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8 / 10.0
Jun 4, 2020

While definitely a downgrade, The Outer Worlds remains an incredible game, made even better by the prospect of portability

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Jun 4, 2020

The Outer Worlds is one of 2019's best games. On Switch in 2020, it's still pretty great, even if it is in some ways inferior to its counterparts.

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