The Outer Worlds Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com The Outer Worlds RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network There's Been a Murder on Eridanos and Switch Players Can Soon Solve It https://www.gameskinny.com/2yx6a/theres-been-a-murder-on-eridanos-and-switch-players-can-soon-solve-it https://www.gameskinny.com/2yx6a/theres-been-a-murder-on-eridanos-and-switch-players-can-soon-solve-it Wed, 01 Sep 2021 14:58:41 -0400 Jonathan Moore

The second DLC for Obsidian's snarky, tongue-in-cheek action RPG The Outer Worlds is coming to Nintendo Switch on September 8. Murder on Eridanos will retail for $14.99 and is available as part of the game's Expansion Pass for those who already own that add-on. 

The DLC raises the level cap by three and sees players embark on a second murder mystery investigation after the game's first DLC, Peril on Gorgon, did something similar, though the two are unrelated and introduce new characters and locations. Peril is also available on Switch, releasing in February 2021

We called Murder on Eridanos "a twisting mystery ... [and] the game at its absolute best," making special mention of its story, setting, and overall adherence to the aesthetic of the base game. "Whereas the first DLC plays into the tropes of detective noir, Eridanos plays out more like a police procedural."

The Outer Worlds landed on Nintendo Switch eight months after every other version. And though it may be "in some ways inferior to its counterparts," that doesn't mean it's not an adventure worth undertaking for those with Nintendo's hybrid system. 

In other news regarding Obsidian's growing new franchise, The Outer Worlds 2 was announced at E3 2021 with yet another, completely on-brand trailer full of the game's now-trademark sense of humor. The sequel is set to release on PC and Xbox platforms, and since Microsoft now owns Obsidian, it's not likely that The Outer Worlds 2 will come to Switch. 

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The Outer Worlds 2 Announced for Xbox Series X|S, PC https://www.gameskinny.com/95vep/the-outer-worlds-2-announced-for-xbox-series-xs-pc https://www.gameskinny.com/95vep/the-outer-worlds-2-announced-for-xbox-series-xs-pc Sun, 13 Jun 2021 20:42:56 -0400 Jonathan Moore

The Outer Worlds 2 is happening. The sequel to The Outer Worlds will release sometime for Xbox Series X|S and PC. The game's existence was announced during the Xbox/Bethesda E3 2021 showcase and was accompanied by a very tongue-in-cheek (on completely on-brand) trailer. 

Based on the tone of the trailer, it's anyone's guess (except Obsidian, of course) if any of the footage is actually of The Outer Worlds 2. It looks good, but who knows if it's at all indicative of the final product. We'll just have to wait and see. 

Outside of that, there's nothing else to go on with The Outer Worlds 2. The sci-fi RPG is in development, and it will release on Xbox Series X|S and PC. That's it. The trailer showcases the first game's tone and sense of humor while poking fun at AAA game trailers. It's gorgeous and compelling in many different ways, and perhaps shows some of the tech on display in the final product. Maybe.  

Regardless, we really enjoyed The Outer Worlds, saying in our review that it "is a goofy, full to the brim RPG that liberally samples from other giants in the genre. It's a fun romp through a neon universe." We also very much liked its DLC expansions, Peril on Gorgon and Murder on Eridanos

Stay tuned for more on The Outer Worlds 2, and if you haven't checked out the first game, consider giving it a whirl. It's out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. 

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The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos DLC Gets a Release Date https://www.gameskinny.com/mbhuk/the-outer-worlds-murder-on-eridanos-dlc-gets-a-release-date https://www.gameskinny.com/mbhuk/the-outer-worlds-murder-on-eridanos-dlc-gets-a-release-date Thu, 11 Mar 2021 15:17:16 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos releases March 17 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, Obsidian announced. The Nintendo Switch version will release at a later date.

Murder on Eridanos is the final Outer Worlds DLC expansion and tasks players with solving a heinous crime connecting to one of the colony's biggest companies.

Halcyon Helen, the Rizzo Company's hired spokesperson, is dead. She's been murdered ahead of Rizzo's new product launch, Spectrum Brown Vodka, and uncovering the truth of her death means traveling to the sinister Eridanos region.

Eridanos is a series of floating islands home to Rizzo's many ventures, including the Grand Colonial Hotel.

Rizzo's employees are always smiling, which is always a good sign to watch your back because they're hiding something underneath that friendly exterior.

Fortunately, the new Discrepancy Amplifier tool makes cutting through the lies a bit easier. The Discrepancy Amplifier helps identify hidden clues and inconsistencies otherwise impossible to see.

Murder on Eridanos increases the level cap by three and adds new equipment, flaws, and perks. If you've yet to play 2019's The Outer Worlds, not to be confused with the equally-good-but-for-different-reasons The Outer Wilds, consider checking out our full review of the base game, as well as our thoughts on its first expansion, Peril on Gorgon

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The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon for Switch Blasts Off Soon https://www.gameskinny.com/w6m53/the-outer-worlds-peril-on-gorgon-for-switch-blasts-off-soon https://www.gameskinny.com/w6m53/the-outer-worlds-peril-on-gorgon-for-switch-blasts-off-soon Sat, 06 Feb 2021 10:07:49 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon DLC hits Nintendo Switch on February 10, 2021, Obsidian announced on Twitter. 

The DLC costs $14.99 for other platforms, though Obsidian did not mention a price for the Switch version of Peril on Gorgon.

Peril on Gorgon fits seamlessly with the rest of The Outer Worlds. Players can access it at any time after arriving on Monarch, though Obsidian recommends being at least Level 25 before starting the expansion.

Peril on Gorgon drops players in the midst of a mystery, following a path of clues kicked off by a severed arm in a briefcase. While it doesn't add much to the game's main story, we praised Peril on Gorgon for adding even more of what makes The Outer Worlds so enjoyable when the DLC first released in September 2020.

Presumably, Peril on Gorgon on Switch comes with the same graphical improvements added to the base game that fixed some of the rougher — and muddier — aspects of the port.

There's also a second The Outer Worlds DLC pack on the horizon, Murder on Eriadnos, though it doesn't have a firm release time frame yet.

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The 15 Best PS4 RPGs You Can Play on PS5 https://www.gameskinny.com/4e040/the-15-best-ps4-rpgs-you-can-play-on-ps5 https://www.gameskinny.com/4e040/the-15-best-ps4-rpgs-you-can-play-on-ps5 Wed, 16 Dec 2020 16:38:55 -0500 Josh Broadwell

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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

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There’s Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom if you can’t get enough of Level-5’s world. This one follows Ding Dong Dell prince Evan as he struggles to regain his sense of self following a bloody coup.

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Fortunately for him, and us, he meets a charming band of misfits along the way, as well as a gaggle of Higgeldies, giving the sequel as much charm and character as the first Ni No Kuni. There’s even a robust kingdom-building simulator and some extra DLC to round out the experience.

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That's it for our list of the best RPGs playable on PlayStation 5 right now. In the coming months and years, the PS5 will naturally get its own hefty library of top-notch RPGs. For now, we hope these are enough to tide you over until then and offer a chance to fall in love with a world you've never experienced before.

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What RPGs would you add to this list? Sound off in the comments below! 

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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered

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Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch returned to PlayStation 4 in remastered form with updated visuals, which is really just a good excuse to dive into Studio Ghibli and Level-5’s heartwarming (and breaking) masterpiece again.

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Young hero Oliver travels to another world to save someone dear to him and mends the shattered hearts of those he meets on the way. It’s part Pokemon, with little familiars you “catch” and train, part action RPG, all wrapped in a package that’s like you’re playing a classic anime series. There's even more where that came from too.

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Monster Hunter: World

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The original Monster Hunter: World is also free in the PS Plus Collection, making it easier than ever to get into Capcom’s long-running franchise. World redefined Monster Hunter by smoothing over the edges and making it more accessible in a number of ways, from seamless world design to easier tracking.

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There’s still plenty of challenge on offer from World’s biggest and baddest monsters, though. You’ll need to keep up with your gear — with the help of MonHun’s adorable Palicoes of course — back at the gorgeous base camp/city if you want a shot at the Elder Dragon causing so much chaos in the world.

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Once you’ve done all that, the fun is only just beginning. Monster Hunter: World Iceborne adds new regions, monsters, and gear plus a series of new events. Even better, Capcom’s making these events available again for those who missed them before thanks to a new rotating cycle, so everyone can join in the fun.

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Bloodborne

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Sure, Demons’ Souls is great (it really is), but have you played Bloodborne? If not, now’s your chance to get it for free with the PS Plus Collection. While the power of the PlayStation 5 doesn’t boost Bloodborne to 60fps, it’s still a remarkable game.

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Set in the gothic city of Yharnam that’s just oozing atmosphere from every flying buttress, you play as a fighter injected with special blood by the city’s ruling organization, the Healing Church. It’s supposed to offer protection against a plague turning everyone into monsters, but surprise! It doesn’t.

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Now you have to kill them in spectacular style while hunting for a cure. It’s Dark Souls-adjacent, but fast-paced and exhilarating in both visual design and action.

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The Outer Worlds

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If you really like the idea of a futuristic RPG where your choices (kind of) matter, give Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds a chance. You play as a human taken out of cryogenic stasis to investigate what happened at the Halcyon colony, a corporate-owned space experiment with no end of shady deals attached to it. But you’re free to do… whatever really.

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Be a good person, be a stooge, take the middle road, and whatever you choose, watch as your actions shape the lives of everyone around you and determine what ending you get. It's more Fallout-esque than what Obsidian has developed in a little while, but that's definitely not a bad thing.

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The Outer Worlds doesn’t re-shape the genre, but it’s a solid first-person sci-fi RPG with equally solid DLC.

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Yakuza 7: Like a Dragon

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Yakuza 7 is a reboot of sorts following a new character in a new gameplay style. This time, you play as optimist Ichiban Kasuga on his quest to bring some semblance of order to an unjust world. “Quest” is key here because Ichiban sees his world through the lens of his favorite series, Dragon Quest.

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That means turn-based battles, job classes, and plenty of retro RPG references mixed in. It takes the series’ usual heartfelt story and dials it up to 12 with some surprisingly on-point observations about society.

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Really, both Yakuza games are some of the best RPGs on PlayStation 5, so you can't go wrong either way.

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Yakuza 0

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There’s so much Yakuza to choose from on PlayStation 4, but your best bet for getting started is Yakuza 0. Yakuza 0 is where it all begins, hence the 0. It’s the height of the bubble economy in 1980s Japan, and you play as newbie yakuza Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima.

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While the story is good, as ever it’s the side stories and characters that steal the show, with some of the best writing and wackiest scenarios in gaming. It’s also one of the most refined combat systems in the series. If you want to jump into the latest Yakuza, though, check out the next entry.

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NieR: Automata

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If you like it when stories mercilessly toy with your brain, then go play NieR: Automata immediately. This bizarre and wonderful game brings together the best parts of Yoko Taro’s scenario writing and Platinum’s peerless action combat for an experience that really is like no other.

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In this post-apocalyptic world, where Shakespeare-spewing technology ran humans off the planet, you play (mostly) as 2B. You’re a robot fighter created by the human resistance to destroy the invading menace in action that switches seamlessly between fast-paced 3D fighting and top-down bullet hell across the game’s gorgeous environments.

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Once you’re done — you’re not done. You have to beat NieR: Automata several times to get the full story. And don't fret if you think you have to play the upcoming NieR: Replicant to understand it either. The two are completely separate stories.

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Tales of Berseria

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We’ll have to wait a while yet for more Tales of Arise news, but meanwhile, there’s Tales of Berseria to hold you over on PlayStation 5. While it’s designed as a prequel to the somewhat contentious Tales of Zestiria, Berseria works perfectly well as a standalone game and shakes up the series’ usual storytelling style.

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Gone are the obviously good heroes with primarily good motives. In their place is a ragtag bunch of ne’er-do-wells seeking their own ends. Their motives don’t always align, but they share one thing in common: an unquenchable desire for vengeance.

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Berseria feels like a culmination of the series’ combo-based fighting begun with Xillia, with fast-paced battles that require much more than just mashing buttons until you win. It’s a solid package and one that’s frequently on sale too.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 1-4

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Why settle for one RPG when you can buy and play a four-part series on the same system? As of 2020, PlayStation 4 has all four Trails of Cold Steel games, and if you’re looking for an epic RPG saga like few others, these are definitely worth checking out.

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Despite sitting mid-way in the overall Trails series, Cold Steel tells its own story, one of warfare and political intrigue in the aggressively expansionist Erebonian Empire. You play as Rean Schwarzer, son of a minor noble and new student at Thors Military Academy. All is not well in the empire, however, and as Erebonia gradually spreads its influence over the continent, its dark history repeats itself and threatens to consume the entire world.

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Like all Trails games, Cold Steel uses a unique combat system where placement and stat augmentations matter more than most RPGs, and the worldbuilding is unparalleled, with countless side stories developing alongside the main plot.

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Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age Definitive Edition

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Maybe you played Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age already, but if you haven’t played DQ XI Definitive Edition yet, you haven’t experienced the game at its best. You get new story chapters for every protagonist plus new story segments where the party travels to the worlds of previous Dragon Quest games to resolve issues popping up there.

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It’s the ultimate series tribute, and the scenarios are designed so well, they’re enjoyable even if you haven’t played every game before. You can also play the entire game in 16-bit style 2D if that’s your thing.

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If you’ve never played Dragon Quest XI before, then get ready for one of the best RPGs of the generation. The story starts out basic before turning in on itself and making you question the nature of heroism and goodness, making it bolder than previous DQ games. And in true series fashion, XI has a sizeable cast of outrageous and fantastically well-written characters to fall in love with.

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Complete Edition

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CD Projekt RED kinda sorta shafted reviewers and consumers alike with Cyberpunk 2077 on consoles, there’s no denying that. But rejoice, ye lovers of massive RPGs, because there’s another option in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

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If you’ve yet to play this hulking behemoth of a game, the PlayStation 5 is one of the best ways to experience it. Apart from faster load times taking the sting out of fast travel, there’s a next-gen upgrade in the works giving it some extra visual polish.

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The Witcher 3’s vast, open-world houses secrets galore if you feel like finding them. The combat might be stilted, and your choices don’t matter near as much as in Divinity. But the story is pure candy for lovers of high fantasy. Geralt’s world and those who inhabit it gradually absorb you the more you play, and the complete edition boasts two of the finest expansions in RPGs.

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition

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Saying Larian’s Divinity: Original Sin 2 is a modern Baldur’s Gate is true, but this rich, unique gem of a game is far from derivative. There’s a core story in DoS 2, and it’s a good one with plenty of fantasy flair, treachery, and surprise murders. The real narrative is the one you make along the way, though, and that’s not just a meme thing to say.

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DoS 2 is the Romancing SaGa of Western RPGs in that so many choices you make shape the game in ways you don’t always see right away.

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A seemingly offhand response to a Seer has you fight her to the death, where you could have just chatted. Your bloodthirsty elf friend wants to kill the slave trader for obvious reasons, yet you need him alive for info… It’s utterly engaging with a complex, yet rewarding combat system and some gorgeous visuals on PlayStation 5.  

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Persona 5/Persona 5 Royal

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You’ve got two options for Persona 5 on PlayStation 5, and both are easily some of the best RPGs available for the system.

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PS Plus subscribers get the original Persona 5 for absolutely freesies through the PS Plus Collection. The original Phantom Thieves saga and all the intertwining character stories that made it a top RPG on the PS4 still hold up now, along with the series’ trademark Persona fusion system and the countless customization options that entails. It’s all wrapped in the most stylish package in gaming too.

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But if you’re fine with spending a bit of extra dosh, then go for Royal. It augments the original’s winning system with a wagonload of quality of life upgrades, new Confidants to hang out with, more battle options, and an entire new semester carrying the story to a surprising and touching conclusion.

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Final Fantasy 15: Royal Edition

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Final Fantasy fans have no shortage of options on PlayStation 5, from the ambitious Final Fantasy 7 Remake to the magnificent Final Fantasy 14. But you’ve just spent hundreds of dollars on a new console, and if you’re looking for the best value for your money, the PS Plus Collection on PS5 brings you Final Fantasy 15: Royal Edition for no extra charge (you do have to subscribe to PS Plus to get it). 

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FF15 is a twist on the series’ usual, with a dudebro car adventure taking place in the middle of the franchise's standard political dramas.

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We’d be lying if we said it was flawless, with its too-simple combat and somewhat disjointed story. However, the Royal Edition goes a long way in making FF15 feel whole with all the additional story episodes giving new life to the world of Eos. Then there’s the food. Just look at the food!

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The PlayStation 5 is here, hooray! And out of its launch lineup, there's only one RPG: Demon's Souls. It's an incredible RPG, sure, but outside of that, it's a bleak slate often par for the course with new consoles.

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Fortunately, while we wait for Final Fantasy XVI, Tales of Arise, and whatever else might be in store, the PlayStation 5 is still in a pretty good position for RPGs thanks to backwards compatibility with PS4 games.

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Some of the best RPGs are free with the PS Plus Collection, some are expansions of older games, but they’re all top in the genre and definitely some of the most noteworthy PS4 RPGs you can play on the PS5 right now.

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The Outer Worlds Switch Review: Spacer's Choice https://www.gameskinny.com/r33mx/the-outer-worlds-switch-review-spacers-choice https://www.gameskinny.com/r33mx/the-outer-worlds-switch-review-spacers-choice Thu, 04 Jun 2020 12:25:08 -0400 Mark Delaney

In the dystopian landscape of The Outer Worlds, the galaxy has been colonized by corporations that underpay workers in hazardous conditions and sell their otherworldly goods and services at marked-up prices to the starved populous.

Among the least reputable of these morally bankrupt companies is Spacer's Choice, famous for its blatantly inferior craftsmanship. In the real landscape of video game platforms, the Switch version of The Outer Worlds is the Spacer's Choice version of the game. It's immediately recognizable as the lesser version.

But if it's your only way to play the RPG, or if you want to make it portable, some technical deficiencies don't derail one of 2019's best games from being one of 2020's most exciting Switch ports.

The Outer Worlds Switch Review: Spacer's Choice

The Outer Worlds is a first-person RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, which immediately excites a certain number of people. It's new to Switch as of this week and brings a somewhat revised version of itself to the platform, but let's start with what's the same.

The Outer Worlds has an abundance to say, and it uses biting satire to tell a lot of it. Every poster is a takedown of an economy based on corporate greed, and most characters are either the players or being played. Despite that line in the sand, The Outer Worlds' greatest feat is how it builds real characters into its plot at every opportunity. 

There are NPCs with whom you cannot interact, but the number of characters who are quest givers with fleshed-out stories and opinions is remarkable. TOW was once billed as a Fallout Lite experience, but in few ways does it feel lacking compared to something like New Vegas, which the team at Obsidian made during the last generation.

In fact, it's often an improvement on the team's fan-favorite RPG. The Outer Worlds is brimming with reasons to stay in its world. Even your silent protagonist has a bevy of personalities to choose from, including a unique idiot mode where you can respond like a fool if your intelligence is low enough.

It's a constant joy to find new people to meet, learn their stories, and aid them in their quests. While some missions do use tropes of the genre, the major story beats are nuanced and praiseworthy. More than once, I put the controller down to weigh the pros and cons of a decision I was about to make.

You'd think a world where people are either the exploiters or the exploited would fall victim to a binary hero and villain system. Still, the story of The Outer Worlds unfurls with the understanding that life is rarely so black and white, even in a world where a mysterious plague wiping out a settlement is just malnourishment.

Among the many characters you meet are a half-dozen companion characters. In that way, The Outer Worlds moves closer to a Mass Effect system — it allows you to bring characters aboard your ship and take up to two of them with you on missions. You can mix and match pairings, stick with favorites, or even go solo, and the game smoothly adapts to your decisions in ways both big and small. These companions each feel unique and worth getting to know, and you do so by completing their loyalty missions (sounds familiar, yes?).

It's this wrinkle that keeps The Outer Worlds from being just another New Vegas, even as so much else, from skill trees to its sense of humor, feels much like Obsidian's previous mega-hit.

The story was also said to be briefer than games like it, but my first playthrough still took me 40 hours, and I didn't see everything there was to see. I don't mean simple collectibles, either. I missed entire questlines too.

TOW is not a bite-sized RPG, though, with the smart use of hub worlds, it doesn't feel bloated either. It's great to arrive on a planet, do everything you can there, meet tons of interesting characters, loot and shoot, and then depart for the next locale.

Some backtracking is involved, but the quest log is designed so intuitively that you won't have to do any extra work to streamline your progress. It breaks missions down in a variety of categories so you know what's major and minor and where everything can be completed. It's satisfying, and it makes the game markedly better.

Exploration is lacking a greater sense of discovery. While locations are varied and characters are interesting, it's rarer to stumble upon a story in The Outer Worlds that's understated. It feels as though every interesting thread you can pull comes with cutscenes or long dialog options. In a game like this, though, the stuff that sticks with you is often what's pieced together through seemingly unrelated text or audio logs.

I do not doubt that The Outer Worlds will receive sequels for years to come, and I should hope the next game improves this facet. 

Combat will feel familiar for Fallout veterans, meaning it's serviceable but not great. On Switch, The Outer Worlds seems to have been given a new aim assist feature that I did not find present upon revisiting my Xbox version. It's good that it's available for Switch too, as the smaller screen in handheld mode and poor control sticks make shooters less fun on the platform. Luckily, The Outer Worlds smartly compensates for these baked-in problems.

That's not the only thing different on Switch, but it's the last good thing that's unique to this version of the game. It's apparent early and often that this game would've had trouble on the platform if it weren't for several concessions. Chiefly, these consist of consistently inferior textures, lighting, and colors, as well as longer load times.

Stacking up my Xbox One S playthrough with my Switch playthrough, the latter's visuals are blatantly worse and, at times, even designed differently. Skyboxes are less colorful, and architecture is less intricate. Some trees and other environment pieces are absent, and locale transitions that take 25-30 seconds to load on Xbox regularly take more than 40 seconds on Switch.

Lighting effects sometimes appear to be painted across the distance in real-time, and textures pop in but never look great — even when you're right up next to them.

Here are some screenshots for comparison. 

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All of this is to say it's clear that The Outer Worlds on Switch was too ambitious in its original state, so the game was visually watered-down to get it to work on the system. 

Ironically, after infusing its latest RPG with much more color than the drab Fallout New VegasThe Outer Worlds on Switch ends up looking quite dreary itself, which isn't out of place in such a dystopia. Still, since the world is always presented with tongue firmly in cheek, the colors make more sense for the world and are thus disappointingly absent on Switch.

For what it's worth, though, I saw no slowdowns or frame rate drops, so if the visuals take a hit in favor of stability, I think that's a reasonable tradeoff.

The Outer Worlds Switch Review — The Bottom Line

Pros
  • Dynamic characters at every turn
  • Quests and choices that deliver awesome, memorable moments
  • Witty, satirical writing
  • Aim assist is added to aid Switch version
  • Smart quest log UI that all RPGs should follow
Cons
  • Clear visual downgrades on Switch
  • Longer load times on Switch
  • Lacking player-driven stories 

Some of The Outer Worlds' best and worst qualities on Switch are symptoms directly related to the platform. Making a major RPG portable is as cool here as it was with The Witcher 3, though the technical and visual downgrades are more apparent here than they are there.

Still, with extremely well-written characters, great quests that keep you busy for 40+ hours, and some smart adjustments for this platform specifically, The Outer Worlds remains a can't-miss experience. If you can play it elsewhere, you should, but if Switch is all you have or all you want, the pictures aren't as pretty, but everything else still shines.

The Outer Worlds is still one of the most binge-worthy RPGs of the generation.

[Note: A copy of The Outer Worlds on Nintendo Switch was provided by Private Division for the purpose of this review.] 

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Save Money By Spending Money with the Epic Games Store Mega Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/4dzcm/save-money-by-spending-money-with-the-epic-games-store-mega-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/4dzcm/save-money-by-spending-money-with-the-epic-games-store-mega-sale Fri, 15 May 2020 13:23:34 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The Epic Games Store Mega Sale is on now through June 11. There's a new free game every Thursday — including Grand Theft Auto 5 if you can get it — plus a free $10 Epic Coupon that, if you use on eligible games or add-ons costing $14.99 or more, you'll get another $10 Epic Coupon for the same purpose.

There's a ton of games on offer during the Epic Games Store Mega Sale, and a fair few that meet the coupon criteria as well, including Control, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, The Outer Worlds, and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Here's a taster of what you can expect to find.

Game Sales Price Original Price
Control  $29.99  $59.99
Borderlands 3
 $29.99  $59.99
Red Dead Redemption 2
$47.99  $59.99
The Outer Worlds
 $38.99  $59.99
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY Edition
 $14.99 $49.99
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey
 $19.79  $59.99
Journey to the Savage Planet
$29.99  $17.99
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
 $38.99  $59.99
Zombie Army 4: Dead War
 $39.99  $49.99
The Sinking City
 $59.99  $35.99
Shenmue 3
 $24.99  $49.99
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered
 $14.99  $24.9
Slime Rancher
 $19.99  $7.99
John Wick Hex
 $15.99  $19.99
The Telltale Batman Shadows Edition
 $14.99  $29.99
My Time at Portia
 $29.99  $11.99
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
 $17.49  $34.99
Rayman Legends
 $29.99  $7.49
Kingdom: New Lands
$4.49  $14.99
Into the Breach
 $14.99  $7.49

 

This is just a small sampling of what's on offer. There are easily more than three times as many games on sale in the Epic Games Mega Sale, and you can check out the full list on the Epic Games Store website. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Epic Games Store and game sale news as it develops.

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The Year of Delays Continues with The Outer Worlds on Switch https://www.gameskinny.com/wko2g/the-year-of-delays-continues-with-the-outer-worlds-on-switch https://www.gameskinny.com/wko2g/the-year-of-delays-continues-with-the-outer-worlds-on-switch Fri, 07 Feb 2020 11:47:48 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Outer Worlds on Nintendo Switch has been delayed — somewhat indefinitely. According to the game's publisher, Private Division, the Switch version will have a new release date. The reason? The coronavirus outbreak in China, which prompted the team porting the game, Virtuous, to temporarily close its offices. 

The Switch version of The Outer Worlds was originally set for launch on March 6, though it's been pushed back to sometime in Take-Two's 2021 fiscal year. That doesn't mean it won't release until 2021, though. Take-Two's fiscal year starts in April and runs through March, so 2021 starts in April for Take-Two. 

The Outer Worlds' official Twitter account and Private Division both followed up to say the Virtuous team is healthy, and the closings are just precautionary to ensure the team's safety.

On the bright side, when the semi-open-world sci-fi RPG does release, the physical Switch copy will be on a cartridge; previously, the physical version was just going to be a box with a download code.

For those itching to play the latest game from Obsidian Entertainment, The Outer Worlds is currently available on the PC on the Epic Games Store, the PS4, and the Xbox One. It is also on Xbox One Game Pass, which is one hell of a steal. 

2020 is turning into the year of delays for the video game industry. Square Enix delayed Final Fantasy 7 Remake and Marvel's Avengers, then Cyberpunk 2077 was delayed to September. In the case of The Outer Worlds on Switch, though, at least the delay is meant to keep everyone involved safe and healthy.

Whether we'll see more cases like this in the near future is unclear, though it's possible Nintendo Switch manufacturing will be impacted by the coronavirus, as well as the upcoming PlayStation 5, according to some reports. 

For more on The Outer Worlds, be sure to check out our review, where we compared its Edgewater, Byzantium, and beyond to Fallout, Borderlands, and Bioshock. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more The Outer Worlds on Nintendo Switch news as it blasts off.

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The Outer Worlds Switch Release Date, Distribution Details Revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/lxbii/the-outer-worlds-switch-release-date-distribution-details-revealed https://www.gameskinny.com/lxbii/the-outer-worlds-switch-release-date-distribution-details-revealed Thu, 30 Jan 2020 13:36:18 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The corporate overlords of Halcyon have spoken, and The Outer Worlds begins its Nintendo Switch colonization on March 6 for $59.99. Yes. Another freaking March game.

There's a bit of a catch, though. The Outer Worlds on Switch is download only, and if you buy the physical version, you just get a shmancy box with a download code inside.

How big that download will be and what The Outer Worlds in handheld mode vs. docked mode will be like, we still don't know yet.

At the very least, though, it means The Outer Worlds is fully playable on the go. And that's a good thing because even though TOW doesn't reinvent the Western RPG wheel, it does basically everything it sets out to do really really well.

For those who somehow managed to miss out on the award-winning game last year, The Outer Worlds puts you in the shoes of a Halcyon Corporation explorer tasked with expanding the company's reach on, you guessed it, the outer worlds.

How you do that is entirely up to you, whether you want to be a homicidal imperialist or a pacifistic taking an interest in the people around you. It's that element of choice and the character stories that build around it which make The Outer Worlds stand out as a not-to-be-missed title.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more The Outer Worlds on Switch news as it lands. If you're looking for a sassier, if smaller, take on TOW, be sure to check out Journey to the Savage Planet

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14 Upcoming Switch Games to be Excited About in 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/27pru/14-upcoming-switch-games-to-be-excited-about-in-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/27pru/14-upcoming-switch-games-to-be-excited-about-in-2020 Sat, 30 Nov 2019 12:39:27 -0500 Josh Broadwell

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LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

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Developer: Traveller's Tales
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Another Lego Star Wars game? I hear you cry in exasperation. Yes, it is another Lego Star Wars game — with a twist.

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Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga includes Lego versions of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker, the two films that haven't yet been turned into Lego games (partly because The Rise of Skywalker hasn't actually debuted yet, of course).

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More importantly, the other seven Lego Star Wars games have been completely rebuilt. These aren't the same games you've already played with a fresh coat of paint. They take advantage of more recent changes to the Lego formula, like open worlds with big hubs, more emphasis on character abilities, and things like that.

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The galaxy changes as you progress too. While you might explore Tatooine in A New Hope and everything looks hunky-dory, when you go back under a later game to explore, portions of it (i.e. Luke's home) are completely unrecognizable.

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It's taking advantage of Star Wars mania, sure, but in all the right ways thanks to these changes. Here's a chance to experience the entire Lego Star Wars saga afresh, even after the Skywalker story ends this December.

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While Nintendo is still playing its cards close about first-party Switch releases in 2020, there's definitely not going to be a shortage of games to play on the Switch.

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Whether you're longing for escape to an island paradise, keeping Tokyo safe from Fire Emblem demons bent on world domination, or just casually carrying out corporate conquest on a planet far, far away, 2020 is going to be another busy year for Switch owners.

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For more lists detailing the biggest games coming in 2020, be sure to check out the list of articles below: 

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DOOM Eternal

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Developer: id Software
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Doom Eternal is a good metaphor for the series' relationship with Nintendo. It starts promising but ends up hitting so many complications on the way.

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Doom Eternal was supposed to be out this year for all platforms. Then it got pushed back to March 20, 2020 — and the Switch version got a TBA for 2020.

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Really, it's okay because a finished game is better than a crap one, and hopefully it gives the dev team time to work without having the life completely crunched out of them.

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Whenever it launches, Doom Eternal looks like it's going to be well worth the wait. It takes a slightly different approach from other Doom games, since it takes place on Earth, plus it's said to be twice as long as the usual Doom games.

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Other than that, it's the same over-the-top combat against hordes of demonic aliens, with wild weapons, showers of blood, more blood, and more demonic aliens bent on murdering you — definitely not for the squeamish or anti-violent.

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Disappointing though the delay may be, Doom 64 is still set to launch on the Switch on March 20, 2020.

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No More Heroes 3

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Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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E3 2019's announcement of No More Heroes 3 was a welcome surprise.

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Suda51's cult classic No More Heroes series first debuted in the Wii era as a tribute to hardcore action fans. Protagonist Travis Touchdown takes on the role of hero by using his modified lightsaber-ish beam sword to essentially hack anything and everything to pieces.

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That irreverent attitude towards the establishment, plus some equally unorthodox gameplay mechanics (like how you recharge your weapon and save), carved a niche for the series and created an intense demand for more.

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There was a sequel in 2010. 2010. Almost ten years ago, ten years with no more No More Heroes.

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That changed a bit with Travis Strikes Again, but it didn't really scratch the itch. Finally at E3 this year, a proper sequel was announced. Other than knowing No More Heroes 3's release date is 2020 and that it features Travis returning to Santa Destroy after ten years to find an artificial city hovering over the real one.

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From there is anyone's guess what happens and why. This is Suda51 after all.

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The Outer Worlds: Nintendo Switch

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Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Release Date
: Early 2020

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Obsidian Entertainment's The Outer Worlds is coming to Nintendo Switch early in 2020. Let that sink in for a minute.

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The Outer Worlds is a sci-fi game set in a distant world you're tasked with bringing under the control of a massive intergalactic corporation. The story and gameplay elements aren't anything revolutionary, true. But The Outer Worlds gets its characters just right, with each party member and even NPC playing an important role alongside your own. It's the kind of depth Obsidian is known for, and it makes every playthrough unique.

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Not only is it one of 2019's most anticipated — and successful — AAA titles, but it's a tremendously short span of time from its launch on other consoles to its Switch launch. Where Skyrim took six years to arrive on a Nintendo console, The Witcher 3 took four, and now The Outer Worlds is potentially going to take less than a year. It's quite an achievement and bodes well for the Switch's future, as we predicted would happen.

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

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Developer: Monolith Soft
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition is a remastered version of the Wii original Xenoblade Chronicles — and that's about all we know. It was first shown off in the September Nintendo Direct, and other than boasting gorgeous new graphics, releasing sometime in 2020, and potentially using material cut from the original, there's still a lot that's unclear about this remaster.

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Fortunately, we know the most important part: it'll be amazing. The original Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best JRPGs of its era. Granted, that isn't saying much seeing as it launched in a period with relatively little competition. But the narrative scope, massive and intricate settings, blending of fantasy with sci-fi, and unique battle system still stand strong after almost ten years.

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If you've played Xenoblade Chronicles 2, you'll notice a few key differences, namely that combat is simplified with no Blades and relatively fewer combo opportunities. That's a trade-off for a streamlined narrative that starts strong and never lets up and massive areas to explore that somehow seem more open than the sequel's.

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Most important is the graphical update, though. It's not like the original was nightmare-inducing, but...oh wait, yes it was.

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Rune Factory 5

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Developer: XSEED
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Marvelous has been keeping a tight lid on Rune Factory 5, so tight, the above trailer showcasing a few bits of monster art and maybe the protagonist's house is all we've seen about the upcoming Rune Factory game. Other than knowing it'll be out sometime after Rune Factory 4 Special and has some kind of crossover connectivity, that's it.

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Sure, we could put Rune Factory 4 Special on here instead, but RF5 is kind of a big deal. By the time it releases, it'll be the first new Rune Factory game we've seen in seven years. That's a long time in general, but even longer considering the release gaps between the first four Rune Factory games were even longer.

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The series might be a spinoff, but it has plenty of strong points to make it worth looking into. For one, it's the reason we have monsters and dangerous exploration in Stardew Valley, being the first of its kind to introduce monster hunting and ranching into the usual farming mix. It also goes a step further Harvest Moon and Story of Seasons with the detail of its world map and characters. While there might be plenty of other farming-sim games vying for your attentionRune Factory offers a completely different kind of experience.

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Digimon Survive

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Developer: Bandai Namco
Release Date
: TBA 2020

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Digimon games have been on a roll in recent years. The Cyber Sleuth games revitalized the series in the West — which I ramble about at length elsewhere — and encouraged the development team to keep localizing games for international distribution.

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That's a good thing, because Digimon Survive is looking like another big step forward for the franchise, and it's set to launch sometime next year on all platforms, including Nintendo Switch.

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Survive takes elements of visual novels, adventure games, and strategy RPGs as it tasks players with choosing which friends to bond with, how they bond with their Digimon, and then how they manage these bonds on the battlefleds to try and, well...survive...in some sort of alternate, post-apocalyptic world.

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Outside time and bond management, Digivolving will play an even bigger role than usual, as Digimon can evolve or devolve at any point during a battle, if certain requirements are met. Normally, Digivolution depends on the Digimon's stats, but in Survive, it'll all relate to how you've forged your bonds outside battle.

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It's been delayed already, but it certainly seems worth the wait and might just be the most ambitious Digimon game yet.

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Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack

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Developer: Koei Tecmo
Release Date
: January 14, 2020

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Gust and Koei Tecmo have been busy pumping out games in the long-running Atelier franchise this year, with Atelier Lulua earlier, that building-sim disaster we won't talk about, and Atelier Ryza just last month. All these and the original Arland trilogy are available on the Switch, which leaves one noticeable gap: the Dusk trilogy.

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Koei Tecmo America is filling that gap first thing in the new year with the Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack. It's the DX, expanded versions of Atelier Ayesha, Atelier Escha & Logy, and Atelier Shallie, all of which were previously only available on the Vita, though the vanilla versions were on the PlayStation 3.

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The Dusk trilogy is praised for moving the series forward in terms of narrative scope and character development. While it's still very much a case of cute girls doing cute things and making items, there's an overarching narrative tying their stories together. Plus, it brought some much-needed changes to the brutal time system and improved item synthesis a good bit as well.

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Like the Arland trilogy, all three will be available separately on the eShop as well.

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Minecraft Dungeons

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Developer: Mojang
Release Date
: April 2020

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Minecraft Dungeons is Minecraft meets Diablo, and that's not a bad thing by any account. The above footage is from an Xbox event, but it does a much better job showcasing what the game is about than the original reveal trailer.

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The idea is your party of adorable little Minecraft figures explores a variety of dungeons built in Minecraft fashion, takes on hordes of enemies, gathers loot, then uses said loot to get even stronger by making weapons, armor, and the like.

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The focus is on everything you can't do in regular Minecraft, like explore for a purpose or deck your avatar out in gear that makes them a complete killing machine. It's looking like you'll need that gear too, since Minecraft Dungeons doesn't appear to skimp on the mob hordes. Luckily, you'll get special abilities and magic to help keep you alive too.

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It's a clever twist to the usual build-and-craft formula. It's surprising this didn't happen earlier, really, though it's in keeping with Microsoft's desire to expand the Minecraft property in new ways.

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Trials of Mana

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Developer: Square Enix
Release date
: April 24, 2020

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Remember how we pined for any release of Seiken Densetsu 2 — now known as Trials of Mana — before 2019, even if it was just a fan translation? Well, not only did Square Enix (finally) bring the Collection of Mana west over the summer, complete with the (finally) localized Trials of Mana, but the game is being completely remade from the ground up for a standalone release in 2020.

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Secret of Mana is widely regarded as a masterpiece of an RPG, and Trials of Mana manages to do one even better. It builds on Secret of Mana with branching storylines, multiple job classes, and an overall more epic narrative scope. Part of that scope is because the story can change depending on how you construct your party; it's not necessarily a huge deal now, but for the SNES era, it was something we didn't typically see outside the SaGa games.

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The Trials of Mana remake boasts completely redesigned 3D maps and models and a revamped battle system. While some of the character modeling looks a bit iffy, and it seems the characters are definitely on the chatty side during battle, this is an RPG to keep an eye on.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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Developer: Nintendo
Release Date
: March 20, 2020

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E3 2019 gave us a delicious glimpse of the newest Animal Crossing game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons — and then told us it wasn't out until March 2020. Investors might have flipped out over that fact, but it definitely looks worth the wait.

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New Horizons moves away from the town mayor feature of New Leaf — which is the only thing it could do to stay fresh — and instead puts everyone on a deserted island. You're tasked with building a town there, but the major gameplay elements and flow of progression remain largely the same, with a few notable exceptions.

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One is crafting. You'll be making a lot of your items, tools, and possibly even furniture in New Horizons with the materials you find on the island. Then, a la Happy Home Designer, you can put your furniture anywhere you want, on the beach, near a tree — whatever floats your handicraft boat. In typical Nintendo fashion, it's a small change that simultaneously opens up a huge range of new possibilities (and it's one of the Animal Crossing changes this writer was hoping for the most).

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Whatever New Horizons does or doesn't change, we just hope that jazzy tune from the trailer makes a reappearance.

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Fairy Tail

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Developer: Koei Tecmo
Release Date
: March 19, 2020

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Gust, makers of the Atelier and Ar Tonelico games, are behind the brand-new video game version of the popular manga and anime series Fairy Tail. Fairy Tail follows protagonists Natsu Dragneel and Lucy Heartfilia as they join a guild and journey across the dangerous land of Fiore.

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It's your typical shonen-style anime, with big hair, bigger attacks, and even bigger personalities, but those characters are what make Fairy Tail stand out for so many people. There are a lot of stories to follow, and each one's usually interesting enough to stand on its own. You can catch a glimpse of some of those characters in the release date trailer that was just unveiled too.

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Like Sword Art Online it's looking like Fairy Tail for Nintendo Switch is really going to be for fans of the franchise, with a boatload of familiar figures, places, and concepts featuring in every trailer so far. The game's goal is to be faithful to the manga, though, so it very well could be a decent entry point for anyone unfamiliar with the series too.

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Langrisser 1 & 2

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Developer: NIS America
Release Date
: Early 2020

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Langrisser was one of those somewhat elusive strategy RPG series most Western fans couldn't get their hands on — legally, at least. Most of the games and their remakes stayed in Japan, but now, partly thanks to the mobile version's success and probably thanks to Fire Emblem's roaring rebirth in recent years, that's about to change.

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Langrisser 1 & 2 is a full remake of the series' first two titles (y'know, in case that wasn't obvious) with new designs, plenty of quality of life improvements, dual voice, and brand-new orchestrations.

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Gameplay-wise, Langrisser is a lot like Fire Emblem, with an emphasis on character class and army organization. One thing that Langrisser does differently, though, is its story. The entire series centers around an ages-old conflict between divine beings that regularly plays out in the normal world. This time, it takes the form of invasions from kingdoms suddenly turned aggressive and the forces of darkness working behind the scenes.

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"So... like Fire Emblem" you say. Yes, but these stories and the lands they're set in are connected; the games take place on the same continent with connections between characters and kingdoms stretching back to the past.

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Right now, it's not completely clear when the collection will launch; some listings say February, others don't. Just expect it sometime early 2020.

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore

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Developer: Atlus
Release Date
: January 17, 2020

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It's name is certainly a mouthful, but Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore is definitely not an RPG to overlook. On the surface, it's a bizarre mashup of Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei series and Nintendo's Fire Emblem, with a huge portion of J-pop on top.

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Underneath that, it's still a bizarre mashup of all those things, but its seamless execution and exhilarating, over-the-top battles make it a strong RPG that was sadly trapped on a dying system, the Wii U.

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It's coming to the Switch almost first-thing in 2020 and brings with it even more content than the original.

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The mashup works like this: basically, the setting and battle system are SMT, while characters and narrative influences are Fire Emblem. You've got the evil forces from beyond this world trying to invade, and battle requires careful exploitation of enemy weaknesses to get an advantage, just like SMT. But you'll be summoning Mirages instead of demons, and these Mirages just so happen to be famous Fire Emblem heroes.

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Oh, and your party is an aspiring band of J-pop Idols and every battle is a performance, because Japan.

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When Tokyo Mirage Sessions first released, Fire Emblem Fates and Awakening were "the" big Fire Emblem hits, so most of the FE portions revolve around those characters. Even though Three Houses has taken over that top spot and Encore includes new material, don't get your hopes up for an Edelgard Mirage.

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The Nintendo Switch had a stellar year in 2019, from excellent ports like Dragon Quest XIS to new entries in long-running franchises like Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Pokemon Sword and Shield. With such a jam-packed year, it's hard to imagine 2020 could have anything similar in store.

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That goes double when you consider a lot of the big hitters are still missing from next year's schedule. Persona 5 Scramble might not release in the West next year, Shin Megami Tensei V might get a new trailer for 2020, and Breath of the Wild 2 and Metroid Prime 4 are still just distant blips on the radar.

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Fortunately, there's still plenty of goodness ahead, making owning a Switch in 2020 still worth it.

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There's first party goodness like Animal Crossing: New Horizons to look forward to and a veritable ton of third party software on its way, from The Outer Worlds and Trials of Mana to Doom Eternal and a new Minecraft game.

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So buckle up (your wallet) as we take you through the top 13 upcoming Switch games for 2020 in the order of release dates.

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The Outer Worlds Merchandise: A Holiday Gift Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/b4nih/the-outer-worlds-merchandise-a-holiday-gift-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/b4nih/the-outer-worlds-merchandise-a-holiday-gift-guide Mon, 11 Nov 2019 15:30:36 -0500 Ty Arthur

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Have you seen any other great The Outer Worlds merch or gifts that we missed? Sound off with your best finds in the comments below and we'll get them added! 

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While waiting on the next round of figurines and game tie-ins to arrive, make sure to check out this interesting thread over here from one of the game's environment artists discussing the various board and card games you can find exploring The Outer Worlds and the possibility of full rules for those games eventually being released. 

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Don't forget to drop us a line if you pick up any of these gift from The Outer Worlds for Christmas gifts — and let us know how it was received! And of course, take a gander at some of our guides for The Outer Worlds if you're playing it right now.

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Groundbreaker Pin

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Not a big fan of the corporations like Spacer's Choice, Auntie Cleo's, Vulcan, or C&P? Forget all that capitlist branded swag, and instead show the diabolical Board your independence with this pin declaring your love for the Groundbreaker!

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Welcome Aboard The Unreliable Sticker

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The Outer Worlds players don't just need the usual shirt and mugs to show off their fandoms. Don't forget about the stickers, too, so they can customize anything they want with a little Obsidian themed swag!

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This one has The Unreliable  your ramshackle ship used to traverse this sad end of the galaxy  but plenty of others are also already gracing online shelves. 

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You can notably also pick up some Saltuna stickers if you like to advertise your love for all things nutritious, fishy, and produced through slave labor!

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Spacer's Choice Shower Curtain

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For the absolute The Outer Worlds fanatic who wants to live and breathe the game from the moment of waking up until finally going to bed, you can now get a dose of space shenanigans in the shower. You are guaranteed to get some comments when company comes over and asks where to find the bathroom, that's for sure.

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The Outer Vault T-Shirt

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Woah, worlds have officially collided with this shirt! We all know what they were going for with The Outer Worlds the mid-era Fallout influence is unmistakable but this one really, REALLY spells it out!

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When you just can't pick between Obsidian and Bethesda, this design lets you know you don't even need to worry about the distinction.

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Tossball Interstellar League T-Shirt

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This is a gift that separates the true fans from the casual players, and one of those great ways to find other fans out in the wild.

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If someone knows what the tossball interstellar league is (or if they've beaten a marauder to death with a tossball stick), they'll let you know when you're in line at the store, that's for sure. Wear this one out to a real world sporting event and watch the confusion begin!

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Auntie Cleo Mug

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For those mornings when you need a steaming hot mug of something that's "better than nature," you can't go wrong with Auntie Cleo, the finest purveyor of designer pharmaceuticals and unethical experiments this side of the colony!

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Of course, Auntie Cleo may not be your evil corporation of choice, so it's good that there are a bunch of different Outer Worlds mugs available online featuring Spacer's Choice, the Unreliable, the main game logo, and so on.

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If you're a fan of the creatures in The Outer Worlds, some of the biology diagrams from the game's loading screens have also made their way onto mug designs, like the layout of the dreaded Mantisaur.

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Shrink Ray Cosplay Gun

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This may be intended for cosplay purposes, but honestly, the Shrink Ray science weapon would look killer just sitting on your entertainment center. You know it's the truth. 

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You're going to want to get on this one early, though, since the gun is custom 3D printed and painted by one person through an Etsy storefront. So expect these to go quickly and time to run out if you want to get it by Christmas!

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If you've got a 3D printer and are feeling a little adventurous, there are a number of 3D files for various The Outer Worlds weapons also up for grabs at Etsy.

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Taste The Freedom Poster

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I'll be honest, a pungent can of saltuna tastes more like the crushing oppression of capitalism run amok in the stars, but I guess "freedom" is a bit more catchy.

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Several other posters found throughout the game can also be bought online, like The Terror Of Monarch With Ruth Bellamy. Sadly, none of the wanted posters seem to be up yet. That's a shame since that Phineas Vernon Welles poster would look great on my wall.

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Spacer's Choice iPhone Case

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Now that you've got the game itself, it's time to move onto the awesome third-party swag!

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I know this bad guy will be gracing my phone soon, and it's available for the vast majority of iPhone iterations, from the iPhone 4 all the way up to the new iPhone 11 Pro Max.

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Honestly, you need to be a bit brave to trust this case to protect your phone, though, considering the Spacer's Choice catchphrases: "You've tried the best, now try the rest" and "It's not the best choice, it's Spacer's Choice!"

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Seriously, if this thing doesn't fall apart within a year, then what's even the point?

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If you don't need a new phone case, there are some nifty Spacer's Choice posters featuring the company's dubious logo, with this one in particular sporting a cool design that I desperately wish would get made into a doormat.

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The Outer Worlds

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Obviously, Number 1 on our list is the game itself! If you don't have it yet, you should get on that. Why? Because it provides the Fallout-style of gameplay fans have been missing since the launch of New Vegas nine years ago.

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Dark humor of a future capitalist society gone wrong, a very tongue-in-cheek setting, a new take on the classic VATS system, and a cast of compelling companions all come together for an experience Obsidian fans will love.

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Out now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, The Outer Worlds will additionally land on the Nintendo Switch in 2020.

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Keep in mind the game is currently included in the lineup of titles with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service, so if you buy someone a subscription to that, they can essentially play it for free on PC or Xbox One for the foreseeable future.

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We're all still busy saving the Halcyon colony and becoming a major unplanned variable for those evil corporations in The Outer Worlds. But before we've even been able to finish our second playthrough, the swag and merch has already started to arrive!

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It's good timing, too, with the holiday shopping season right around the corner. Unfortunately, the pickings are noticeably slimmer this year following the sad demise of Think Geek, but there are still some really nifty gifts and merchandise for The Outer Worlds if you know where to look.

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I strongly suspect we'll get a board game, card game, or tabletop RPG ruleset at some time in the future, too, and one of the game's vending machines as a mini-fridge would also be ace. Sadly, no such luck yet.

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While we wait on those must-haves to finally be produced, here's 10 of the current best The Outer Worlds gifts to buy for the gamer in your life!

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The Outer Worlds: Ellie Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/cgngz/the-outer-worlds-ellie-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/cgngz/the-outer-worlds-ellie-guide Mon, 11 Nov 2019 16:37:45 -0500 Gabriel Moss

The Outer Worlds is both every space colonist's nightmare and every RPG fan's newest obsession. In The Outer Worlds, you can find and recruit a cast of six unique weirdos into your crew, but it isn't immediately obvious where to find each companion if you aren’t looking hard enough. In order to unlock Ellie, the snarky medic-turned-pirate who knows her way around the sharp end of a tossball stick, it’s actually quite simple.

How to Find The Outer Worlds Companion Ellie

Once you’ve completed “Comes Now the Power” in Edgewater and found yourself on the Groundbreaker space station, head straight to the Sickbay clinic. Ellie is standing at the front reception desk, engaged in a heated discussion with a nurse.

Speak to Ellie and she’ll explain that she needs help getting to her friend Jessie, who’s sequestered inside and seems to not want to come out. This initiates the quest “Worst Contact”, which points you inside of the facility behind a Restricted Access barrier.

How to Complete “Worst Contact”

In order to complete “Worst Contact” and unlock Ellie as a permanent companion, you’ll need to break into the interior of the Sickbay facility and get Jessie out of hiding. You can sneak in the front door using the Holographic Shroud (found in your Captain’s quarters aboard the Unreliable) or you can slide in through a separate backdoor found near the Rest-N-Go.

Once you meet Jessie, she’ll explain that she’s a career thief in severe debt to Udom Bedford, the same guy who impounded your ship when you first arrived on the Groundbreaker station. He’s apparently sent a hitman after her, and she won’t leave hiding until the hitman is taken care of. Luckily, you won’t actually have to fight anybody here, and you can simply stroll on over to the Halcyon embassy to chat things out with Udom.

There are multiple directions you can take the conversation here, but the easiest and quickest is by having a Persuasion skill of 20, which allows you to convince Udom to cancel the hit and forgive Jessie’s debts by indenturing her to servitude.

Regardless of how you settle this, you'll ultimately return to Jessie and let her know that she’s safe (for the moment). Jessie will meet you back at the front reception area where Ellie was originally found, and Ellie will reward you for completing “Worst Contact” by becoming a party member.

Now that you know how to unlock Ellie in The Outer Worlds, it’s time to get out there and saw some bones. Meanwhile, stick around for more The Outer Worlds guides.

Here are a few to get you started: 

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The Outer Worlds Update 1.1.1.0 Landing Next Week https://www.gameskinny.com/j5p26/the-outer-worlds-update-1110-landing-next-week https://www.gameskinny.com/j5p26/the-outer-worlds-update-1110-landing-next-week Fri, 08 Nov 2019 15:04:36 -0500 GS_Staff

Obsidian's The Outer Worlds released two weeks ago, and it's been a relatively bug-free experience for most players. Such a smooth launch has led copious praise from dozens of reviewers, including our own. That doesn't mean there haven't been some hiccups, however, and the game's new patch sets out to squash of few of the more pesky critters. 

In a recent blog post on the game's official website, Obsidian and developer The Private Division lay out the changes and bug fixes players can expect to see when the update goes live sometime next week. The post did not provide a specific release window for the patch. 

Here's a short list of the planned changes per the official posting. 

The Outer Worlds Update 1.1.1.0 Patch Notes

According to Obsidian:

At this time, we would like to let you all know that we are looking at releasing a patch next week to implement some changes and bug fixes. This patch is currently in the testing phase and as long as no other issues occur during this time, we hope to release it to you all sometime next week.

Please be aware that this can change, but we are working hard to make this timeline and things are looking good thus far.

Update 1.1.1.0 Resolved Issues
  • The crashing issue in Tartarus
  • Increase Font Size - Conversations/Subtitles
  • Muffled sound effects occur at random times for players on the PS4
  • Companions dying and failing companion quests on modes other than Supernova
  • Unable to finish "Radio Free Monarch"  
  • Trophy "Not the Best Choice" fails to unlock properly

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Finally, The Outer Worlds will have bigger fonts! Though it's a small change, it's one that players and reviewers have clamored for since the game's release in October. Now, we can finally put away our reading glasses ... 

In other news surrounding The Outer Worlds, it seems the sci-fi RPG has performed better than its publishers anticipated. In a recent earnings call, Tak-Two Interactive said that The Outer Worlds has been a "critical and commercial success... exceeding our expectations, and reviews have been outstanding."

That's certainly good news for any new IP. 

Playing The Outer Worlds and looking for tips, tricks, and strategies? Be sure to head over to our guides hub, where you can find info on everything from companions to science weapons and early-game quest walkthroughs. 

Source: Obsidian Entertainment

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The Outer Worlds Soars Above and Beyond Take-Two's Hopes https://www.gameskinny.com/0k7q8/the-outer-worlds-soars-above-and-beyond-take-twos-hopes https://www.gameskinny.com/0k7q8/the-outer-worlds-soars-above-and-beyond-take-twos-hopes Fri, 08 Nov 2019 13:50:11 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Outer Worlds has been out for two weeks, and its sales numbers have apparently exceeded publisher Take-Two's anticipations. 

The tidbit comes from Take-Two's recent earnings briefing. Take-Two's President, Karl Slatoff, said The Outer Worlds was a "critical and commercial success... exceeding our expectations, and reviews have been outstanding."

Slatoff didn't provide any specifics about The Outer Worlds' sales numbers, but to mention the game's performance so soon after launch, they must be pretty special indeed.

It's not hard to see why people are falling in love with The Outer Worlds. It gives players a substantial amount of control over not just how the story develops, but how character arcs evolve — or don't.

In our review of The Outer Worlds, GameSkinny contributor Jordan Baranowski said it's "...a sci-fi RPG that's a heckuva' lot of fun, and it's a perfect example of a single-player RPG done right,"

GS Editor-in-Chief, Jonathan Moore, also praised the nuanced treatment of the game's character development:

The Outer Worlds is so much fun... it's compelling and full of wonderful, fully fleshed out characters. In fact, it has some of the most interesting, subtly-written characters in a Western RPG in some time.

The Outer Worlds' reception is likely only going to improve as well, once the game's Virtuos-handled port launches early next year on Nintendo Switch.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more on The Outer Worlds as it develops. If you're playing and find yourself stuck on any of the game's quests, or want to know how to pick up the Shrink Ray, for instance, be sure to head over to our guides hub for The Outer Worlds

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The Outer Worlds Lands on Nintendo Switch in Early 2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/p621r/the-outer-worlds-lands-on-nintendo-switch-in-early-2020 https://www.gameskinny.com/p621r/the-outer-worlds-lands-on-nintendo-switch-in-early-2020 Sat, 09 Nov 2019 09:30:02 -0500 Josh Broadwell

The Outer Worlds on Nintendo Switch is expected to launch in Q1 2020, which means it will launch on the console sometime between January and March, barring any unexpected delays. The information comes from Take-Two's quarterly financial briefing.

The Outer Worlds, the latest RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, already launched on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One to some appeal (we certainly enjoyed it).

Some time ago, Obsidian had stealth-announced that the game would be heading to Nintendo Switch at some vague point way off in the distant future. But now, Take-Two clarified that release frame quite a bit — and quite unexpectedly.

Most of the other hot AAA games on Switch either took a while to get ported (the fabulous The Witcher 3 for example) or were based on games from the last generation, like Skyrim and Dark Souls Remastered. Seeing The Outer Worlds coming to Switch potentially less than six months after it launched on other systems is impressive. It bodes well for the system's future relationship with other AAA titles and developers.

Still, we perhaps shouldn't be too surprised. Virtuos is handling the process of porting The Outer Worlds to the Switch, and it has a stellar track record of handling demanding ports previously, including the aforementioned Dark Souls Remastered and, before that, L.A. Noire.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more The Outer Worlds on Switch as it develops. And if you can't wait to see the game in action on the Switch and don't want potential spoilers from walkthroughs, check out some The Outer Worlds footage detailing combat and the game's choice systems.

Source: Take-Two

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The Outer Worlds: How to Get SAM https://www.gameskinny.com/t1k2d/the-outer-worlds-how-to-get-sam https://www.gameskinny.com/t1k2d/the-outer-worlds-how-to-get-sam Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:15:25 -0500 Gabriel Moss

If you’ve been playing The Outer Worlds, you know that Obsidian’s newest RPG likes to hide many of its six recruitable companions in sidequests, forcing you to go out and look for them. Robo-cleaner SAM is no exception, literally hiding in a storage closet aboard your ship. 

It’s actually remarkably easy to stumble over the necessary quest steps to unlock SAM while doing other sidequests, so here’s our guide on how to recruit this livewire janitor companion early on in The Outer Worlds.

The Outer Worlds: How to Find SAM

You can find SAM on the top floor of your starship, the Unreliable. He's sitting behind a doorway in the crew quarters. In order to activate the robot, you'll need to complete the quest called "The Cleaning Machine". You can also grab the quest from your terminal in the captain's quarters.

How to Complete "The Cleaning Machine" and Activate SAM

Completing the quest to get SAM is as easy as following the quest chain titled "The Distress Signal" near Roseway, which you'll find if you follow Gladys' instructions in the main quest "Passage to Anywhere".

When you go to pick up the weapon blueprints from the Storage Facility, you'll find an Acid Steeper sitting on one of the shelves nearby. If the plans are on your left, the shelf is on your right. 

With the Acid Steeper in hand, return to SAM on your spaceship and you'll complete the quest, rewarding you with the ability to take your new chromatic companion into your party with you.

What can SAM do?

If SAM is in your party, they grant bonuses to your Intimidate, Hack, and Science skills. They also have these unlockable perks:

  • Bonus Support Intimidate: Adds +10 to your Intimidate skill.
  • Cleaner: Reduces the negative reputation effect of killing members of a faction by 20%.
  • Bad Samaritan: Deal increased damage to automechanicals.

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Now that you know how to repair and recruit your very own caustic robo-custodian SAM in The Outer Worlds, it’s time to get out there and clean up the colony. Meanwhile, stick around for more The Outer Worlds guides.

Here are a few to get you started: 

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The Outer Worlds: How to Complete "Passage to Anywhere" https://www.gameskinny.com/dakz1/the-outer-worlds-how-to-complete-passage-to-anywhere https://www.gameskinny.com/dakz1/the-outer-worlds-how-to-complete-passage-to-anywhere Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:32:58 -0500 Gabriel Moss

One of the earliest quests you’ll run across in The Outer Worlds after completing “Comes Now the Power” and gaining access to the Groundbreaker space station is a quest called “Passage to Anywhere”. This sees you attaining a ‘NavKey’ from a woman named Gladys. The NavKey is a device that allows you to secure safe passage to the town of Stellar Bay on the planet Monarch.

Gladys is also asking for 10,000 bits before she’ll even part with the NavKey, a hefty price for somebody who’s barely just left the tutorial town and set off into the big world. Luckily, there are multiple ways you can handle Gladys and the entire NavKey situation. Here’s our guide on following the four distinct paths to complete the quest “Passage to Anywhere”.

Buy the “Passage to Anywhere” NavKey Out of Pocket

Buying the NavKey out of pocket is almost assuredly impossible at this point in the game given that you haven’t managed to stockpile a ton of bits at any point leading up to “Passage to Anywhere”.

Regardless, Gladys will send you to the settlement of Roseway on Terra-2, which is a great place to finish other quests and earn bits along the way.

To get more bits, be sure to sell as much equipment as you can and complete as many quests as you can. It's possible at this point to get all the bits you need by completing most of the quests on Groundbreaker and in Roseway. 

Acquire Research for Gladys

Gladys will send you to investigate a distress signal from a settlement called Roseway, which is back on Terra-2 (the same planet you were just on if you’re coming straight from Edgewater).

If you haven’t yet gained clearance to leave the Groundbreaker, head on over to the Halcyon Corp headquarters and speak with Udom Bedford to get that fixed up.

When you reach Roseway, you’ll need to collect two distinct pieces of research from the Covert Lab, and another one from the Storage Facility, all associated with the quest “The Distress Signal”.

You don’t need to speak to the corresponding quest givers to claim these pieces of research and bring them back to Gladys, but you should still at least meet Anton Crane in the Comms center and Vaughn Cortes in the nearby luxury apartment complex.

Each piece of research is as easy to find as following a quest marker, but we've shared the primary details below. 

You’ll find Anton’s research on Cassandra O’Malley in the Covert Lab, and you can deal with her however you please. Vaughn’s research, meanwhile, is on a nearby terminal, and you’ll need to either complete or recalibrate his research in order to get it.

You can find the third and final piece of crucial research for “Passage to Anywhere”, a weapon schematic poster, propped up inside of the Storage Facility.

You don’t want to bring any of these pieces of research back to their “rightful” owners. Instead, you want to bring all three of them directly to Gladys, who will essentially pay your efforts back with her NavKey.

Acquire the NavKey Illicitly in The Outer Worlds

In traditional Obsidian fashion, you can always just rob Gladys by snatching the NavKey directly out of her safe.

On that note, you don’t even necessarily need to kill Gladys to get an opportunity to do so. Just pick her safe open (you need 25+ Lockpick skill and five Mag-Picks) and loot the NavKey.

Fly Straight to Monarch

Finally, you can severely shorten the length of “Passage to Anywhere” by flying directly to Monarch as soon as it becomes available. It’s worth adding a warning here: upon landing in the wilderness, you’ll run afoul of a few tough swarms of enemies set several levels above you.

By choosing this path, you skip the NavKey, Roseway, and all of the opportunities you’d have normally squeezed for experience points along the way.

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The Outer Worlds: Mods for Weapons and Armor Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/7igut/the-outer-worlds-mods-for-weapons-and-armor-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/7igut/the-outer-worlds-mods-for-weapons-and-armor-guide Wed, 06 Nov 2019 11:59:02 -0500 Jordan Baranowski

Mods are one of the most effective ways to quickly increase your power level in The Outer Worlds. These little add-ons attach to your weapons and armor, and they can increase various stats or completely change the properties of your equipment.

You can find mods as regular loot drops while exploring the world, or you can purchase them at vending machines or from various shops throughout your adventure. Here are the basics on how to install them and what the various mods you'll find in The Outer Worlds can do.

The Outer Worlds: Mod Basics

There are a few different types of mods in The Outer Worlds, and they aren't all universal. There are mods that attach to ranged weapons, mods that attach to melee weapons, and mods that attach to armor. Even then, there are various mod subcategories.

Ranged weapons have three types of mods:

  1. Magazines
  2. Sights
  3. Barrels

Most weapons will have a few different slots to attach mods. However, they won't always be able to equip each type. Some weapons won't have a place for a sight mod, for example, while others might not have a slot for a magazine mod. 

Melee weapons have two types of mods:

  1. Attack
  2. Grip

Armor has a few different types as well:

  1. Armoring
  2. Gadget
  3. Skill kit
  4. Utility

As with guns, not every melee weapon or armor piece can use every type of mod. Some will work on certain weapons and armor pieces, while some won't. 

The Outer Worlds: How do I Install Mods?

To install mods to your weapons and armor, you'll need to find a workbench. There are plenty of these all over the various locations you'll explore in The Outer Worlds.

There's always one on board your ship, The Unreliable. It's in the cargo bay. Just turn left as soon as you enter the ship, and it is on the left-hand wall, across from Parvati. 

Once you've found a workbench, interact with it and move to the Modify section. You will then be able to choose the piece of equipment you would like to modify, followed by the mods that can be fitted to it.

Remember, not every weapon can use every mod. It isn't a glitch in the game if you don't see some of the things in your inventory!

One last thing before we get to specific mods: once you've installed a mod, it's semi-permanent. You can always install another mod, but you'll lose whatever mod it replaces. Make sure you're adding the right mod to the right equipment, or you'll be wasting inventory!

Ranged Weapon Mods

Barrel Mods
Name Effect
FunTimes Barrel Critical damage +25%
SpeedyMate Barrel Rate of Fire +15%
Sure N' Straight Weapon spread -25% 
weapon sway -80%
Whisper Quiet Muzzler Firing noise -66.6%

Magazine Mods
Name Effect
Mag-2-Melt Changes damage type to corrosion
Mag-2-Power Changes damage type to plasma
Mag-2-Ray Changes damage type to N-ray
Damage -50%
Mag-2-Zap Changes damage type to shock
Mag-Num Magazine size +50%

Sight Mods
Name Effect
Exact-O-Sight Post Armor damage dealt +15%
Extend-O-Sight Weapon range +25%
Gyro Sight Weapon spread -20%
Super Scoper 2000 Changes scope to 6x zoom scope


Melee Weapon Mods

Attack Mods
Name Effect
Mr. Acid Changes damage type to corrosion
Mr. N Changes damage type to N-ray
Mr. Ouch Power attack damage +20%
Mr. Power  Changes damage type to plasma
Mr. Zap Changes damage type to shock

Grip Mods
Name Effect
SpeedGrip Weapon attack speed +15%
SureGrip Weapon durability +25%


Armor Mods

Armoring Mods
Name Effect
Anodized Corrosion armor rating +5
Grounded Shock armor rating +10
Insulated Plasma armor rating +5
Laminated N-ray armor rating +5
Toughened Physical armor rating +3

Gadget Mods
Name Effect
Chrono-Field Aggregator Restores a portion of your Tactical Time
Dilation meter when you land a critical hit
Electro-Charged Surface Shocks enemies who attack you in melee range
Reactive Kinematic Grants you a shield boost and increased health regeneration when your health drops too low
Skeletar-Muscular-Adreno-Stimulator Increases your movement speed
while using Tactical Time Dilation

Skill Kit Mods
Name Effect
Hunter Kit Ranged weapons skill +5
Silver Tongue Kit Dialog skill +5
Leadership skill +10
Tech Kit Tech skills +5
Thug Kit Melee weapon skill +5
Defense skill +10

Utility Mods
Name Effect
Backpack Carrying capacity +20kg
Geographic Scanner Highlight range for interactables +5m
Leaper Injectors Dodge distance +30%
Nightingale Step  Footsteps volume -25%
footstep radius sound -25%


That's all there is to modding your equipment in The Outer Worlds. Go find a workbench and get to it!

Can't get enough of The Outer Worlds? Need some more help with the game? Check out our full review right here, and visit our guides page to help you make the most of your time with the game.

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The Outer Worlds Review: A Fun Space Romp Where Originality is Overrated https://www.gameskinny.com/xkgqe/the-outer-worlds-review-a-fun-space-romp-where-originality-is-overrated https://www.gameskinny.com/xkgqe/the-outer-worlds-review-a-fun-space-romp-where-originality-is-overrated Thu, 31 Oct 2019 18:01:50 -0400 Jordan Baranowski

A weird sense of "haven't I seen this before" washed over me as I played through The Outer Worlds, a beautiful single-player RPG that channels elements of FalloutBorderlands, The Elder ScrollsBioShock, and countless others. As I continued through the colony of Halcyon, I realized that yes, I had seen this all before. 

But it was just a little bit different. Luckily, The Outer Worlds channels all of the games it pulls from pretty well.

This is a sci-fi RPG that's a heckuva' lot of fun, and it's a perfect example of a single-player RPG done right. Even though you've seen a lot of its tricks before, they're still a blast to play through all the same. 

The Outer Worlds Review: Corporate Space

Almost immediately after dropping into The Outer Worlds, the tone is set for the adventure ahead. This is Mass Effect by way of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hardly a moment passes without some little visual gag or snarky comment accompanying it.

One of the most wanted men in the universe has to repeatedly press buttons to make them work. A dying man reluctantly accepts your medical assistance, even though it goes against his pyramid scheme sensibilities. Your escape pod lands on a dude. You get the idea.

Fortunately, most of it works. The plot of The Outer Worlds is absurd enough that believing everyone in the universe is a snarky cynic isn't too unreasonable. 

Here's the idea. Space has been settled by the only entities that had the money to do so: corporations. With the invention of faster than light travel, nearly every rock that can support life has been snapped up by some gigantic company. Companies adjacent to Facebook, Microsoft, McDonald's, Coke  they all control different planets and have essentially become governments of their own. Workers are less people and more cogs in the machine. A shady "board" oversees the whole thing.

As this world's "hero," that's where you come in. You have the chance to bring it all crashing down.

White-Collar Crime

You do this by moving between a variety of different settlements, following questlines, leveling up, and talking with the locals. There's plenty of pew pew action as well, but we'll get to combat in a bit.

The Outer Worlds doesn't feature a true "open-world" like many of the games it draws inspiration from. Instead, you jump between a variety of smaller areas; planets with a few settlements and dungeons to explore, a space station with a city built inside and a quarantined area full of homicidal robots, those kinds of things.

The game still has a massive amount of real estate to explore  it just isn't all connected. However, this actually helps The Outer Worlds better tell its story. There isn't nearly as much wasted space as you might find moving across the continent in a game like The Witcher.

In The Outer Worlds, everything feels a bit more concise, even as the game waggles its eyebrows at everything in sight. Each of the game's massive corporations has a slightly different branding, and breaking The Outer Worlds up into areas controlled by separate groups allows those personalities to shine through. The areas may be smaller, but developer Obsidian is able to cram all sorts of little details in to make those areas pop.

Time Dilation

Speaking of popping, let's talk about the combat in The Outer Worlds.

There are plenty of non-combat stats to be had, but you're still going to shoot your way through a lot of areas. Luckily, combat is easy enough to grasp while still maintaining a level of danger that forces you to think about your tactics.

Combat plays very similar to Fallout. Enemies come in a few different varieties, but they generally seek out cover and look to flank you. However, you've got some tricks up your sleeve to tip the tables in your direction. As you progress through the game, you'll be able to buff certain stats, meaning you can figure out your favorite way to play and emphasize those areas.

Wear some massive armor and carry a giant hammer into battle. Pump up your long rifle abilities and your Time Dilation (The Outer Worlds' version of VATS) to headshot enemies before they even know you're there. Buff up all your conversation abilities and watch as your passive status effects overwhelm enemies, forcing them to malfunction, turn against one another, or cower in fear.

For a game that looks like a pretty standard FPS, The Outer Worlds gives you a lot of options for approaching combat. It doesn't give you the option of avoiding it entirely (although you can talk your way out of a lot of fights if you emphasize those stats), but it gives you a lot of ways to play. Some of those ways are silly, but The Outer Worlds is a game that embraces its own silliness.

Room For One More

Nowhere is that silliness more apparent than in the companions you can recruit. As you travel to different locations in The Outer Worlds, your ship will start to fill up with an assortment of oddballs collected throughout your journey. Characters like Parvati and Felix will help you in combat, boost your stats, and chime in as you talk to the residents of the different areas you visit. They are all messed up in their own special ways, and you will come to love them by the end of your journey.

Some of them are dumb, some are insecure, some are alcoholics. They're all a bit broken in their own special ways, and these imperfections make them much easier to identify with. You're sure to find at least one or two that you connect with and that help make your adventure more interesting.

Your companions also add flavor to the other quests you take them out on. They will continue to reference the decisions you made earlier in the game, relating it to your current predicament. It's a small little detail, but it does a massive amount for immersion.

Feeling Familiar

There are a few small issues that hold The Outer Worlds back, and we've already mentioned the big ones.

For one thing, it would be nice if The Outer Worlds actually took on some of the issues it presents. The different areas you visit and the overarching crush of capitalism-run-rampant is prime meat for skewering and satirizing without mercy. Instead, The Outer Worlds kinda' chickens out. It essentially expects you to fill in the blanks, always falling back on its humor to get it out of big-picture ideas.

I'm not saying the game should transform into something it isn't, but it would be nice if it didn't always trust-fall onto a snarky comment whenever the going gets tough. The humor mostly lands, but there are times I found myself wishing it wouldn't tell a joke for once.

The other big issue is that The Outer Worlds really has trouble carving out its own identity. Nearly every piece in the game can be summed up as "like ______," where the blank is another AAA title. It assembles those pieces in a fun way, but there is very little in The Outer Worlds that screams, "You've never seen anything like this before!"

The Outer Worlds Review — The Bottom Line

Pros:
  • Companions are great and have tons of personality
  • Lots to do
  • Combat is interesting and open-ended
Cons:
  • Has to constantly be funny
  • Not very original

Originality is a bit overrated, especially in a game like this. A single-player RPG that tells a good story and allows you to put together all sorts of odd character builds and strange companions will always be welcome if it's done right.

Luckily for us, The Outer Worlds is done right. If you bounced off of other games in this style, it probably isn't going to win you over. If you've been craving another type of game like this, however, you've come to the right place. The Outer Worlds, and its DLC, Peril on Gorgon, are well worth your time.

[Note: A copy of The Outer Worlds was provided by Private Division for the purposes of this review.]

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The Outer Worlds Science Weapon Groundbreaker Location Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/vr6zt/the-outer-worlds-science-weapon-groundbreaker-location-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/vr6zt/the-outer-worlds-science-weapon-groundbreaker-location-guide Thu, 31 Oct 2019 14:02:33 -0400 Sergey_3847

This location guide for The Outer Worlds science weapon on the Groundbreaker will show you how to get the Prismatic Hammer, one of the best science melee weapons in the game. 

Luckily, it's easy to get this hammer early in the game if you know how to find it, making you a tad more OP in the game's early stages. Here's where you need to go and what you need to do to get it. 

The Outer Worlds Goundbreaker Science Weapon: Prismatic Hammer Location

The Outer Worlds map showing the location of the Prismatic Hammer science weapon on the Groundbreaker.

As soon as you arrive on the Groundbreaker station (available through Groundbreaker Docking Bays and Promenade fast travel spots) after finishing things up in Edgewater, you will find yourself standing in front of the customs offices. 

Submit to customs, if you haven't already done so, and go through the door to your left. Turn left into a short hall. Then, turn right into aroom with a row of stacked blocks along the wall. Jump on top of the stack and move forward.

At the end, you will see a small hole, which will lead you into a secret hanger with several outlaws. You can easily kill them all without worrying about your reputation.

Loot them all; one of them will have a Repair Hanger Keycard. Use it on the door to your right inside the hanger (refer to the screenshot above). You will find yourself inside a small office with a toaster.

Approach the toaster and interact with it. This will prompt a message that you have acquired a Prismatic Hammer science weapon.

Prismatic Hammer Science Weapon Stats

Here is a complete breakdown of this science weapon's stats:

  • Value: 375
  • Weight: 5.00
  • Damage: 72
  • Damage per second: 76
  • Damage type: Physical
  • Special effect: Knockdown
  • Tinkering cost: 59
  • Mod slots: 0
  • Parts returned: 5(WB), 3(Inv)

That is all you need to know on how to find Goundbreaker science weapon location, and for more The Outer Worlds guides, check out the list below:

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