Outer Wilds 2020: Welcome to the Space Program And Discover Mysteries of the Solar System
June 18th, 2020
Mysteries of the Solar System...
A World That Changes Over Time
Grab Your Intergalactic Hiking Gear!
Search for answers in a strange, constantly evolving solar system.
Mobius Digital’s Outer Wilds is an exploration-based game. In this game, the player takes control of an anonymous astronaut who is locked in a 22-minute time loop. When the final grain of sand falls, the sun explodes, and you wake up in your campfire side bed, ready to begin again. Outer wilds is a meditation journey through death and the universe, as well as adventure, discovery, and history. It’s also a technological marvel of a videogame. We think this game is a masterpiece since it is a basic concept wrapped in a tremendous amount of love and care.
You are an unidentified rookie astronaut, the most recent addition to The Outer Wilds Ventures. Your seniors have all stretched their wings and traveled to distant planets. The hope of the hearthian species rests on you, as you are the first recruit to be equipped with a Nomai translator. This strange race has been investigated by Hearthians. Who exactly are they? How did they get there? What is the secret of their cutting-edge technology? How did they perish? You’re ready to set out to solve this enigma once and for all, armed with boundless curiosity and, presumably, years of training.
A Nomai artifact is activated on you just before the launch, sending your memories back in time for 22 minutes. As you go around the solar system, you discover that the sun is exploding, only to send you back to the beginning, except for the campfire with your pal roasting marshmallows. After establishing the fundamental mystery, you journey with the planets in search of clues and information buried deep within the skeleton of an old civilization. In the Outer Wilds, we relished every discovery and text. Each clue leads you to exotic views or answers to unanswered questions. The majority of the story in the game is told through background text or environmental storytelling.
The entire game is a race against time between finding a clue about a location and actually discovering it. Your time will be largely spent flying, walking, and figuring out how to get anywhere. Spaceship control is strong without being overly arcadey or preoccupied with realism to the point of becoming a cumbersome death trap. As long as the sun isn’t directly between you and your destination, auto-pilot works well. Zero-G control is extremely satisfying and authentic. Gravity changes depending on the size of the object and your distance from it, and exploring how physics works are always entertaining.
There are some fantastic navigation puzzles, such as venturing into deep labyrinths that are slowly filling with sand or figuring out a frozen comet. The exploration is nearly entirely driven by the player. While there is a goal, the game does not tell you anything about it, but the player’s curiosity will drive them to the conclusion.
The main distinguishing feature of Outer Wilds is that physics is simulated. The gravitational pull of the planets, their orbits, and even the events that occur during the 22-minute circle. Using this, the astronaut is compelled to consider everything. Because the planets aren’t stationary, even if you use autopilot to land, the planet will still move below you, requiring you to adjust your velocity. The flow of time, the celestial body’s relative position to the sun, and other factors can all play a role in solving problems.
You are also provided with a number of tools to aid you in your trip to Outer Wilds. The scout is your first and best buddy. It’s a wireless camera that shoots and sticks to the surface of things. The scout can capture monochromatic images, which can assist you to determine whether a faraway sight is safe or not. It can also identify lethal ghost particles that will kill any live entity that comes into contact with it. It can also be utilized as a light source addition to that purpose. The second is the Nomai translator, an extinct race essential to the history of the solar system and the mystery of the exploding sun whose writings provide your primary source of information and storyline exposition. The last one is a radio receiver, which allows you to listen to radio broadcasts from a long distance.
Outer Wild’s graphics are strong because of the art direction and how well each region is put together. The solar system is a vast and gorgeous tableau just waiting to be discovered. Each planet is an alien landscape that fosters creativity and enthusiasm. Floating through space makes you feel like the main character in David Bowie’s famous song ‘Space Oddities.’
The Ash Twins, the first planets from the sun, are our favorite example. They are engrossed in a never-ending sand and gravity ballet. As one planet loses mass and the other gets mass, sand from one planet flows into the other. The gravitational seesaw is flipped, and the sand returns. The sight of this cosmic dance made us say “wow” aloud as we were playing. The other twin appears from the horizon, bringing with it a massive pillar of sand; as one reveals its secret buried beneath the sand, the other loses it and is buried.
The infinite vastness of the Outer Wilds is purposefully supposed to be rare. Of course, the abyss of space is empty. However, depending on where you are on a planet, it might range from cheerful and serene to furious wrath. Each planet has its own characteristic sound, thus their identities may be determined not only by what you see but also by what you hear. The Ash Twins have this constant rumbling of sands ascending to the sky (or falling from), Giant’s Deep, an ocean planet with constant raging tornadoes, to Timber Hearth’s pine forest’s relaxing nature noises.
Music is likewise limited, although what does play is usually catchy or at the very least fitting to the situation. The Outer Wilds Ventures crew members each broadcast their own instrument. When you listen to the radio at the same time, you will hear a band performing a relaxing campfire song. They are the reason we keep the receiver on most of the time, not just to help us navigate but also to sense companionship while drifting through the empty void.
GTX 1080, Ryzen 3700x, 16GB RAM, 1440p 60Hz are the specifications of our device. The game has been well-polished for us. We encountered no bugs or crashes/freezes. It ran at 60 FPS on our respectable rig, with slight reductions to 50s in more intense spots. Because of the simulation, it does at the same time, this game has rather high CPU needs.