Today, friends, is a Good Day™: TheÂ Outer Worlds is being released on the Nintendo Switch. Excuse me while I slip into my Springsteen jeans and fist-pump for the next three hours.
At this stage in the article, I assume youâ€™re one of two types of people: you either know aboutÂ TheÂ Outer WorldsÂ or you donâ€™t. If youâ€™re in the former camp, I give you permission to skim over this part.
Okay, so TheÂ Outer WorldsÂ is a first-person RPG set in an alternative reality. It was released on the Xbox One and PS4 in October of last year (check out our original review here) and it was made by Obsidian, the same company behindÂ Fallout: New Vegas â€”Â one of the greatest games ever made.
Anyway, this little trailer gives you a decent idea of what to expect fromÂ TheÂ Outer Worlds:
The question then is simple: why the fuck am I excited about this ported game?
Iâ€™ve written before about how good it feels to own a Nintendo SwitchÂ and one of the key points of that article is about the wider range of games hitting the system â€” especially after a pretty tepid launch when it came to third party games.
Now, thereâ€™s always a lot of furore around ported games, particularly when theyâ€™re moved from a more powerful console to a less capable one, andÂ The Outer Worlds is no exception.
Without getting into all the details, let me give you the summary that thousands of YouTube videos take hours to get to:Â if you have a PS4 or Xbox One, buy multi-platform games on one of those consoles. Theyâ€™re going to run better.
Thing is,Â I only have a Nintendo Switch. And at this stage in the lifecycle of consoles, I see no reason to splash out when a new range is just round the corner (coronavirus dependent, of course).
I havenâ€™t â€” and probably will never â€” playÂ The Outer Worlds on PS4, so how it compares to other consoles doesnâ€™t bother me. As long as the game doesnâ€™t run like a total piece of shit (looking at you FIFA) Iâ€™m going to be ecstatic about diving into the darkly funny open-world adventure Iâ€™ve been waiting for sinceÂ New Vegas.
Of course, this doesnâ€™t mean that Iâ€™ll accept any old crap when it comes to ports (again, fuck you,Â FIFA)Â â€” just that Iâ€™m hyped a game Iâ€™ve wanted to play since it was announced is now on my console of choice. And the fact I can play it on the toilet isnâ€™t exactly bad, either.
Anyway, excuse me â€” Iâ€™ve got a bag of weed, a free weekend, andÂ The Outer WorldsÂ to get through. Get in my veins.
Published June 5, 2020 â€” 09:40 UTC