Obsidian has leaned onerous into turning The Outer Worlds right into a sci-fi detective recreation with its two DLC expansions – a course that performs to the strengths of its characters and writing. That’s sensible, contemplating the fight has just about absolutely run out of gasoline by this level. The second and closing one, Homicide on Eridanos, is a extra intimate and native whodunnit that has you following a path of clues round a sequence of colourful floating islands to interview bizarre suspects and maintain up a high-tech magnifying glass to spotlight clues. It’s not a grand sendoff for this upstart RPG, but it surely’s one other good chunk of time spent in its universe.
After a short setup by which the star of an in-universe TV present is murdered, you’re handed a badge and despatched off to be an neutral investigator. I solely want we’d gotten to see or a minimum of hear extra of those noir-ish Halcyon Helen serials, because the small style we do see is tons of enjoyable and proper up the alley of The Outer Worlds’ darkish humor.
The crime boss, the jilted lover, the bizarre self-help guru, the boastful co-star, and extra are on the listing of individuals of curiosity, and most of them are actually attention-grabbing folks to speak to. It’s a bona fide homicide thriller, and there’s a variety of dialogue right here since a lot of the sleuthing is climbing each department of their dialog bushes, and between that and studying emails on terminals, going by each element for proof it could take some time. Relying on how thorough you might be, that may be over 10 hours – which isn’t dangerous in any respect for an enlargement to a 25-hour RPG.
[poilib element=”quoteBox” parameters=”excerpt=It%20feels%20great%20to%20make%20a%20call%20and%20then%20find%20out%20if%20you%E2%80%99re%20right%20or%20wrong%20about%20it.”]So far as I can inform there isn’t a big impact on the story primarily based in your roleplaying dialogue selections, however there are a few huge choices to make when you shut in on a suspect: for one, you get to really guess at who killed the actor, which is a refreshing breath of recent air when so many detective video games are on rails. Positive, irrespective of who you accuse, the ultimate confrontation is successfully the identical, but it surely feels nice to be given the prospect to make a name after which discover out if you happen to’re proper or incorrect about it, which is much more than Peril on Gorgon did. And naturally, then you must resolve what to do whenever you uncover what actually occurred and the key Halcyon Helen was killed to guard, and also you’re given some justification to go both approach.
You by no means truly go away Eridanos as a part of the primary quest, and even must return to your ship – you’re given a brief base of operations the place your complete crew hangs out and a billboard is mechanically stuffed out with photographs of suspects and crazy-person string connecting them so you possibly can visualize every part with out taking too lots of your personal notes. That makes Homicide on Eridanos really feel extra self-contained than another journey; virtually like its personal recreation. However because you by no means go away, it’s a great factor that the map is impressively various, with every of the related floating islands containing one or two distinctive areas. There’s the scene of the crime at an upscale resort, the distillery Helen was there to advertise, a criminal offense boss’s lair, huge fields of purple flowers, bizarre caves, and extra – this doesn’t have the sensation of a map that’s cobbled collectively from current elements. The one obnoxious factor about it’s the lengthy bridges that join the islands the place you do nothing however stroll straight forward for about 15 seconds at a time, and the way eagerly the primary quest sends you backwards and forwards throughout them. This type of factor is precisely what quick journey was invented for.
[poilib element=”quoteBox” parameters=”excerpt=This%20kind%20of%20thing%20is%20exactly%20what%20fast%20travel%20was%20invented%20for.”]I didn’t really feel dangerous about taking that shortcut partly as a result of by the point you’re on the required stage 30, The Outer Worlds’ fight doesn’t maintain up and feels compulsory, even on onerous problem, so skipping it felt inconsequential. Even the handful of recent weapons on Eridanos don’t spruce fights up a lot in any respect, and the enemies are very far more of the identical however with extra splash harm.
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