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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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Fextralife
Languard

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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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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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IGN
DM Schmeyer

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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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89 / 100
Apr 10, 2019

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mar 28, 2019

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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