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Posts tagged “Outcast”

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Outcast – Second Contact review

Despite growing up in the ‘90s, I had never heard of Outcast. And as someone who loves open-world exploration, I don’t share that fact proudly. I’ve only ever known the shinier counterparts of last century’s genre defining titles, growing up with games like Bioshock, Fallout, and Wolfenstein, whose decades-old predecessors continue to influence modern gaming conventions. As such, I was a blank slate coming into…

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Outcast’s remake Second Contact is out now

The world of 1999 feels so strange and far away now. So different from the stressful realities of the here-and-now. I was a precocious (but equally nerdy) teenager back then, but I still clearly remember the first time I played Outcast, a Stargate-inspired action adventure exploring environments quite unlike anything else at the time, at the expense of nearly melting most CPUs of the era.…

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Outcast: Second Contact is just three weeks away

Outcast holds a strange and special place in my heart, conjuring up memories of everything great and frustrating about PC gaming. Back in 1999, Outcast was a technological marvel, a Stargate SG-1-inspired story, an enormous alien world and a mixture of polygonal and voxel graphics capable of doing the environment justice. It was the Crysis of its era. Unfortunately, like Crysis, it was too much for most PCs…

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Outcast Remake Is Happening After All

A remake of cult classic Outcast is still in the works, says the developer of the original. Outcast – Second Contact is being released in March next year, despite some troubled years in development. The original game was released way back in 1999 and was generally well-received by critics, while being thoroughly ignored by the unwashed masses. By this, I mean you. I was barely…

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Outcast 1.1 Brings HD Support To The 57th Best Game Ever

I guess it's sad that the Outcast HD Kickstarter didn't work out, but 'New Game From The People Who Made X' tends to excite me more than 'Hey Here's X Again.' Hopefully we'll hear of a new project from devs Fresh3D before too long, but in the meantime there's been a surprise gift: Outcast 1.1, overhauled from the source code to support higher resolutions and…

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Cast Out: Outcast HD Kickstarter Fails

Back in the day Outcast aimed for the stars - perhaps even above them - and managed to be surprisingly excellent when you got past its many, many rough edges. The Kickstarter for Outcast's HD reboot took a similarly ambitious tact (to the tune of $600,000), but it's sadly fallen short. The Kickstarter's time on this mortal Internet is now up, and an enhanced remake…

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Slade To Measure: Outcast HD Footage

The Outcast HD Kickstarter campaign is aiming high. I know plenty of people who remember the open world adventure fondly but $600,000 is a huge amount to ask for. With just less than two weeks to go, there's less than $250,000 in pledges and it's hard not to think that the most recent update video might have helped if it had been part of the…

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Outcast Reboot HD Wants Your Kickstarter Monies

The first thing I ever got published in PC Gamer was a reader review of Outcast. In the next issue I was being paid to write, but I can assure you the two events weren't connected. In fact, having written about why I really didn't like Outcast, I was lucky to get work at all. "Pixels the size of your fist" I believe I wrote…

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The 57th Best News Of All Time: Outcast To Return

This will inevitably end up on Kickstarter, and in the light of Double Fine's budgeting mayhem that phrase is a far less reassuring one today than it would have been yesterday. But let's cling tight to hope for now, for the good news is that the creators of ahead-of-its-time 1999 voxel adventure Outcast have rescued the rights from The Artist Formerly Known As Infogrames and…

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The Very Important List Of PC Games, Part 1/5

Here at Rock, Paper, Shotgun we take the business of PC gaming entirely seriously. There is no smiling, or making rude noises at the back of class, there is only important gaming fact. So when it came to compiling an exhaustive list of the greatest, most important PC games of all time, we realised that the only way we could articulate the importance of the…

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Outcast, Master Of Orion Arrive On GoG

Good Old Games has a page where you can nominate classic games you'd love to see appear on their site. Then if others agree, they can vote to support this game. The theory being, the more votes, the more interest GoG realises there is in procuring the rights to a particular game. There's some naive voting going on, with people asking for games that are…

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Totem announced. Yes.

It's almost as if we planned it. In the week where we look back at Yves Grolet's previous work on Outcast (Which remains perhaps the finest game ever starring a man in an orange sweater), his new game gets announced from 10tacle. It's called Totem and it's a third-person superhero platform game with fisticuffs. Yes. Meet a chap its filename calls "Monkey Avatar". Say Hello,…

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Outcast (Reprise)

Originally written for the UK's resplendent Edge magazine, this look at action adventure masterwork Outcast features a handful of retrospective comments from one of the key developers from the project, Yves Grolet. Mr Grolet was one of the founders of French Belgian development house Appeal, and was one of the key proponents of third-dimension bearing pixel, the voxel. Grolet is now a senior games bloke…

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