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« Reply #1515 on: 23 January, 2020, 11:15:02 pm »

Outer Wilds was spectacular. Iím so happy I stuck with it to the end.
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« Reply #1516 on: 23 January, 2020, 11:49:25 pm »

I'm glad you did.
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« Reply #1517 on: 24 January, 2020, 12:53:10 am »

Some brief thoughts:

Thereís a lot to be said about this game. Itís one of those rare games that does a spectacular job at interweaving they gameplay with its story. Most games usually play out in some variant of cutscenes, then gameplay, then cutscenes, etc. Which is fine, honestly. I donít have an issue with that at all, but I really love that this game takes full advantage of the medium to tell its story effectively. I have played plenty of immersive games lately, but I havenít felt engaged with a gameís world since Metroid Prime, and I think thatís because the story is the gameplay, or the gameplay is the story. And each playerís experience with the game is undoubtedly unique in how we discover the universe and progress through our understanding.

And despite those differences, it all comes down to one certainty by the end, which itself paves the way for new possibilities in the gameís universe.

I found myself especially invested in the Nomai. The prospect of keeping track of the different characters was initially daunting, but things just sort of started to connect and make sense eventually. Their story was just heartbreaking to uncover. And yet the ending of the game left me feeling hopeful at the same time. The game is simultaneously melancholic and uplifting. It strikes that balance pretty spectacularly.

On the one hand, I feel like Iím done playing it, and I donít really want to go back. But on the other hand, I feel compelled to analyze the bits and pieces of the story it presented. Regardless, it was such a pleasant experience, and Iím happy to have lived to play it. I will never forget it.
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