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Feature: Aim high, shoot low

The Outer Worlds is space cowboying which offers options all the way down

For a while there, when I asked the filing system of my brain for The Outer Worlds it would throw up a card for that just said "The space one that isn't Outer Wilds". I only have so much processing power, and I will still call each of those games by the other's name at least once per time I bring either of them up.…

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Alpha Protocol exfiltrates from Steam as publishing rights expire

Obsidian's quirky espionage RPG Alpha Protocol is the latest to be de-listed from Steam. The game's store page confirms that it was removed from sale at the request of the publisher, Sega, whose rights for the game has expired. While no longer for sale, players who bought it during its nine and a half years of availability can still download and play it, and keys…

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Feature: A trip worth waiting for

Disguises and slow-mo combat have me itching to visit The Outer Worlds

I've just seen a game that reminds me of Deus Ex. It's set in a dystopia where corporations call the shots, and you can approach situations how you see fit. Guards can be persuaded, tricked, intimated or shot. Robots can be hacked. Sewers can be snuck through, if you can first lockpick the entrance. There are no punks in sight. I'm talking about The Outer…

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E3 2019 games – every game confirmed

They just keep coming don't they? A lot of games were announced at E3 2019, things that we didn't know about, as well as stuff that's previously announced, or expansions to already released games. Now, to the casual outsider, what we're doing might seem absolutely nuts, but we thought we'd put together an alphabetical list of all the PC games that have been confirmed to…

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Obsidian blasting off to The Outer Worlds in October

Obsidian Entertainment's oddball sci-fi FPS-RPG The Outer Worlds will first launch on October 25th, Microsoft announced during the night's newsblast. What surprised me in the trailer is a feature I'd missed: the game has a shrink ray which blasts wibbly shrinkbeams until the target becomes diddy. A must-have weapon. I know young Matt will meet Obsidian at E3 later this week so I must press…

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Feature: Scheduled scarcity is a premium feature of colonial life

The Outer Worlds release date, trailer, combat, story, setting

Obsidian Entertainment have a pretty great track record when it comes to singleplayer RPGs, and from what we've seen so far of The Outer Worlds, their latest project looks set to become another colourful feather in their cap. With the Xbox press conference of E3 2019 now past us, we've updated the below The Outer Worlds guide with all the latest information on the game's…

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Pillars Of Eternity 2 fully launches turn-based mode, adds more story beats

Pillars Of Eternity 2: Deadfire didn't set the charts ablaze the way I'd hoped, but that hasn't stopped Obsidian from giving the piratical RPG some top-notch support. Released yesterday, Patch 5.0 is set to be the final major update for the game, marking the end of beta testing for its turn-based combat mode, overhauling the ship interaction UI and adding some new story stuff. They've…

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The Outer Worlds, Control, The Sinking City and others go Epic exclusive

Epic Games are getting serious about going head-to-head with Valve with their store, and have the war-chest to prove it. They've just announced a slew of exclusives, including Obsidian's highly anticipated The Outer Worlds, and Remedy's upcoming horror shooter Control. Frogwares's cthulhoid detective mystery The Sinking City will be making its debut on the upstart storefront too. This is on top of Epic's surprise announcement…

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Feature: When will there be a Star Peace Treaty?

Have You Played… Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic II – The Sith Lords?

Someone has already bagged the original Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic, but KOTOR 2 (as the kids call it, because putting the full name in the title of this post made me realise how absurdly long it is) is honestly pretty great. This is partly because, even though KOTOR 2 wasn't made by BioWare, it has a very similar plot and structure to…

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Fallout: New Vegas retextured by a neural network is disturbingly, redemptively beautiful

Obisdian's Fallout: New Vegas might be the best of the Bethesda-era Fallout games, but it still got dragged through the ugly hedge backwards a dozen times over. There's no higher resolution, sharpened texture pack or post-process filter in the world that can save this pudding-faced monstrosity from its blobby brown fate. Time for extreme measures. E.g. getting a neural net to re-texture the entire game…

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Feature: Story ain't a dirty word

The Joy Of Story Time in Pillars Of Eternity

I have to admit, I’m not the best at every video game, but I’m just awful at Western RPGs. I never wrapped my head around Neverwinter Nights’ D&D style of play. I built my character incorrectly in Knights of the Old Republic and it made my playthrough excruciatingly difficult. I’ve passed on playing other popular WRPGs like Planescape: Torment just for the fear of having…

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Pillars Of Eternity 2 adds turn-based combat mode

Obsidian have done well supporting piratical RPG Pillars Of Eternity 2: Deadfire, but adding an entire (optional) genre shift is a cut above. As of today's update - Patch 4.1 - starting a new game will prompt you if you want to play the seafaring adventure with Baldur's Gate style pauseable real-time combat, or tactical and turn-based. Looking a bit like The Temple Of Elemental…

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Feature: California Dreamin'

Fallout: New California is more proper, story-driven Fallout

Fallout 76 might have turned out a faintly radioactive dud, but Fallout fans after a fresh serving of post-apocalyptic roleplaying and big choices could do a lot worse than Fallout: New California. It's practically a whole new Fallout game, and free to boot. Here's how you can get it, Wot I Thunk of it, and some tips on extra mods to make this return trip…

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Obsidian Entertainment announce The Outer Worlds

Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind RPGs from Alpha Protocol through Fallout: New Vegas to Pillars Of Eternity, tonight announced The Outer Worlds, a new singleplayer first-person RPG with a space-western twang. As a space colonist who was deep frozen when their ship got lost, we end up in the arse end of the galaxy on a planet many factions are fighting over. It's a bit…

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Microsoft acquires RPG studios Obsidian Entertainment and inXile

Microsoft have once again added to the fleet of studios under their wing, this time acquiring Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind games like Fallout: New Vegas and Pillars of Eternity, and inXile, who created Wasteland 2 and The Bard’s Tale IV. Both studios put out videos talking about how exciting this all is, and promising that yes, they’ll still be making the kind of RPGs…

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Fallout: New California is a massive prequel mod to Fallout: New Vegas and out now

Fallout 76 may be on the horizon, with Bethesda preemptively warning players of 'spectacular' bugs, but fans hungry for a more traditional, solo apocalypse are well served today. Fallout: New California might technically be a mod for Fallout: New Vegas, but it's closer to a whole new game. Set out in the New California Republic twenty years before The Courier got shot in the face,…

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Microsoft are reportedly in the final stages of buying RPG studio Obsidian

According to sources close to the deal, Kotaku report that Microsoft are just shy of sealing the deal on acquiring prolific RPG studio Obsidian Entertainment. According to Kotaku's sources, things have proceeded far enough to make it "a matter of when, not if". Obsidian are recently notable for the Pillars Of Eternity series - a throwback to Baldur's Gate style party-based roleplaying - but have…

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Pillars Of Eternity 2’s Beast Of Winter expansion rises from the waves

Those of you who've found the time to sail through Obsidian's piratical RPG Pillars Of Eternity 2: Deadfire have good reason to dust off your flintlock and buckle your swashes once more. The first of three planned expansions - The Beast Of Winter - has burst forth from the churning sea, adding a vaguely Norse myth-themed adventure to the game. There's apocalyptic prophecies abound, and…

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Pillars Of Eternity 2 first expansion breezes out in August

After a string of wee free additions with new pals and doodads, developers Obsidian Entertainment have announced plans to launch Pillars Of Eternity II: Deadfire's first proper expansion on August 2nd. Beast Of Winter, as it's named, will send fantasy fightmen to maybe stop the icy end of the world. Spoilsports. Beat Of Winter was originally expected to launch some time in July but hey,…

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New Vegas mod Fallout: New California due this October

While the recently announced Fallout 76 might be diverging from series standards, it looks like fans of traditional dialogue and roleplaying-heavy Fallout adventures won't be entirely left out this year. Originally announced in 2010 as Project Brazil, Fallout: New California is effectively a whole new Fallout game built on top of the New Vegas engine by modding crew Radian-Helix Media, and it's due for release on…

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