Percentile Rank

Outward is ranked in the 25th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 39 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

64

Top Critic Average

24%

Critics Recommend

Based on 39 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 28, 2019

I am not incredibly enthused to fight more baddies in Outward. I’m not that excited to speak to more of its cardboardy NPCs. I’m not looking forward to getting up from my chair to do some light cardio while I wait for my character to warm up by a campfire in the middle of a snowstorm, so I don’t get diseased and have to trek to the nearest village for a herbal tea and sleep for a day before I’m healthy again. But that travel, maaaaan. It absolutely nails it.

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Scored Reviews

Thumb Culture
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Apr 15, 2019

Great combat, goblins, angry birds, common cold, and who knows what else being thrown at you, Outward is a great game and I see myself coming back to it well after this review comes out and trying to perfect the combat roll! It is a great game and except for a few graphics issues (which once again I am being picky) it is a solid game. I am happy to give Outward the Thumb Culture Platinum Award and look forward to seeing it’s future!

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PC Gamer
89 / 100
89 / 100
Apr 10, 2019

A few rough edges don't stop Outward from being a gem of an RPG.

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Gaming on PC
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2019

In a generation focused on quick thrills and stories about an all-powerful hero saving the world, Nine Dots Studio chose to focus on the story of the average adventurers trying to make ends meet, and the fruit of their labor is a resounding success.

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GameSpace
8.5 / 10.0
GameSpace
Brandedwolf

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2019

Overall Outward is a fun and unique experience for those who desire the harder type of gameplay reminiscent of Souls like games. The blend of survival with this combat and its different take on magic make for a fun ride. It's light story and issues in sound work detract from that though. At $40 USD though it can offer hours and hours of gameplay alone or with a friend.

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PowerUp!
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Apr 13, 2019

Outward is a deep, engaging and rewarding survival RPG. If you put in the time and the effort, you're going to be well rewarded

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MMOGames
8 / 10.0
MMOGames
Alexkayl

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2019

Outward isn't a game for everyone. It's challenging, rough around the edges and you need to persevere during the initial three our four hours to finally see some progress. Slowly it starts to creep under your skin, each new region being its own reward, each new jaw-dropping landmark filling you with awe and a true sense of accomplishment. How you've grown, from someone in its undies into a daring warrior carrying a larger-than-life sword.

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PlayStation Universe
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2019

A resolutely no-nonsense open-world, survival RPG that forfeits the hand-holding and unearned grand destinies of other genre titles, Outward instead replaces such comforts with a thoroughly player driven affair where satisfaction and reward come in the completion of the smallest of tasks and everything must be earned.

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IGN Spain
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2019

Outward mixes elements of survival games and the old school RPG virtues, but its creators needed more time and money to create a memorable experience. It is a big map, there are many things to do and it is a difficult journey. However, all that is not enough for him to work perfectly. There are technical errors. If you want a challenge and remember another time of RPGs, enter in its spell.

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COGconnected
71 / 100
71 / 100
Apr 3, 2019

Outward is an impressive, fresh take on the open-world formula, and the option to play in split-screen or online multiplayer is something I’ve been craving in an RPG for a long time. If Outward had released a decade ago, I have a feeling it would have been an instant cult classic, but in 2019, it’s harder to look past some its more outstanding issues. But even with its long list of flaws, I’d still happily get lost in Outward again.

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Hobby Consolas
70 / 100
70 / 100
Mar 28, 2019

If you love the RPG old school genre, your feelings on the outside will increase, they will be valued in a greater esteem. A love that is perhaps blind in some aspects, but justified by what it can transmit. If you are not passionate about this type of adventure, we will not have enough patience to deepen your particularities.

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Gaming LYF
Apr 10, 2019

One of 2019's biggest surprises so far. Outward brings a whole slew of unique and interesting mechanics together to create a sub-genre of its own. With 30-40+ hours of content alongside a lower than normal $40 / £28 price-tag, it's hard not to unequivocally recommend the game. It's admittedly not perfect, but there's certainly a whole lot to like here.

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The Games Machine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2019

Outward is a survival RPG that might seem a bit chaotic at first, but it might be able to entertain those who can overcome its many flaws.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2019

For those players looking for a truly hardcore experience, Outward is more than happy to provide but for others, it may just be too much effort for too little payoff.

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GamingTrend
70 / 100
70 / 100
Apr 13, 2019

Outward is an ambitious, uncompromising game, sometimes to its own detriment. There’s a lot to like about it, from its unique take on player character death to its focus on the mundane aspects of adventuring. But every moment when it really shined was surrounded by drudgery and frustration. Outward is sure to appeal to some players, but it often undercuts its own best features.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2019

There are many problems with Outward, but it also scratches an itch that many western RPGs simply do not. Outward will test the skills of any seasoned player, but the journey can be a rewarding one, if you want to risk it.

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Geeks Under Grace
7 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Luke Manning
7 / 10.0
May 3, 2019

Outward is an ambitious game which lays a solid foundation that can be improved and expanded upon in future updates or a potential sequel.

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GameSkinny
Apr 14, 2019

Outward isn't revolutionary, but there's a lot to be said for the sense of achievement the game grants in both single and multiplayer.

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Windows Central
Mar 28, 2019

If you love hardcore RPGs, then I'd say Outward is definitely worth picking up.

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RPG Site
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 9, 2019

Outward's survival focus oftentimes feels skin-deep, but still manages to provide a unique perspective on the drawbacks of overly-convenient design.

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ZTGD
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 16, 2019

Players looking for a mix of RPG and survival will have a great time even with its technical hiccups here and there.

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God is a Geek
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Apr 12, 2019

If you can look past what's skin-deep and come to terms with Outward's combat for what it is, you'll find the foraging, crafting, striving survival sim you're looking for.

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Fextralife
7 / 10
Fextralife
Languard

Top Critic

7 / 10
Apr 18, 2019

Good ideas and interesting systems held back by clunky combat and the occasional bad design decision, Outward is an RPG for a very specific pallet. You will either really like it, or find it insufferably aggravating.

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Push Square
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 2, 2019

Outward may aim high but is most definitely flawed, constituting a game just above par that's most ideal for RPG enthusiasts.

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Cultured Vultures
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 19, 2019

Though filled with interesting ideas and mechanics, Outward is let down by poor combat, dated visuals, and performance issues. Hardcore RPG fans are likely the only people who will want to delve into the nitty-gritty of this title.

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PC Invasion
Mar 26, 2019

Outward is simultaneously mesmerizing and full of missteps. What could have been a truly special game is damaged by how tedious and ill-advised so many of its design decisions are.

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Metro GameCentral
6 / 10
6 / 10
Apr 4, 2019

A deeply flawed open world role-player but also an extremely ambitious and unique one, whose approach to co-op play and survival deserves further iteration.

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Bloody Disgusting
Apr 4, 2019

Learning to manage the game's many systems is the biggest potential stumbling block players will face. If you're the sort to revel in micromanagement and extreme challenge and enjoy the thrill of actually exploring and living in a place rather than wandering from objective to objective, then Outward could be something special for you from the get-go. It's a hard sell otherwise, with such overwhelming depth, occasionally misfiring combat, and rather grimy visuals. Then again, perhaps that might be the best way to deliver the purest form of Outward, a flawed, aggressive beast that requires time and patience. It would possibly lose something in being too refined. It makes adventuring into something different and intriguing, after all.

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Destructoid
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Mar 26, 2019

Taken as a whole, Outward practically screams "cult classic." Its consistent challenge, cumbersome combat, and co-op systems won't resonate with everyone. But for a particular type of player—ones that don't mind trading dozens of frustrating moments for open-ended experiences—Nine Dot Studios' RPG is sure to find a dedicated audience. Outward's aspirations are commendable, but just like its protagonist, the end result is just average.

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IGN Italy
5.7 / 10.0
5.7 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2019

Outward has a lot of potential, from the interesting death system to the complexity of the status effects, but the entire game is full of some big problems: clunky combat system, out-dated IA and rough (and superficial) gdr elements. Outward has definitely his little audience of early 2000-gdr lovers, and it's a bit charming in some ways, but in the end it's not even average.

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Jump Dash Roll
5 / 10
5 / 10
Apr 30, 2019

A beautiful concept marred by poor fighting mechanics, lacklustre graphics and a punishing learning curve that sucks all the fun out of adventuring. Outward has the potential to earn cult status, but will turn away all but the most diehard of fans.

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Gameblog
5 / 10
5 / 10
Apr 24, 2019

Outward is a cleavage game. Dated graphically, technically, austere in many aspects. But despite its many flaws, persevering role players can enjoy this search of sensations of yesteryear.

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Gamers Heroes
5 / 10
Gamers Heroes
Johnny Hurricane

Top Critic

5 / 10
Apr 9, 2019

Outward may show a ton of promise, but it is pretty rough in its current state. Those interested should check back after a couple of patches.

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GameSpew
5 / 10.0
5 / 10.0
Apr 5, 2019

At the end of the day, it’s undeniable that Outward‘s combat is sub-par, and that its systems prove to be very punishing when combined.

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IGN
5 / 10.0
IGN
DM Schmeyer

Top Critic

5 / 10.0
Apr 14, 2019

Outward is an open-world survival RPG that starved me of fun and left me thirsty for bug fixes and a better combat system.

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AbsoluteXbox
2 / 5.0
2 / 5.0
Apr 15, 2019

Overall I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone other than the most die hard RPG fans, there are some decent flashes of ideas in there such as the magic but everything and I mean everything in the game is a grind and lacked enjoyment for me.

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FingerGuns
4 / 10
4 / 10
Apr 9, 2019

Outward is billed as a survival RPG and that it is. The survival elements do make it an interesting adventure to an extent but sometimes it goes overboard and frustrates. The fighting is awful, the spells are too confusing and convoluted and as mentioned it’s really hard to give a crap about your character. Massive kudos to Nine Dots for embarking on a game of this magnitude and there is some great ideas here to make it stand out from the glut of other fantasy RPGs.

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Cubed3
4 / 10
4 / 10
May 8, 2019

Outward isn't so much bad as it is outwardly bland. Bolstered by its genuinely endearing premise, and an emphasis on a more "human" approach to the RPG genre, the title is simultaneously held back by lacklustre presentation, an underwhelming combat system, and a main game that goes on far too long to justify the onslaught of hostility thrown at the player.

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PCGamesN
4 / 10
4 / 10
Mar 29, 2019

Outward will appeal to people have enormous patience. But if that isn't you then it'll simply feel like a time drain. Jason Coles

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