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    The Outer Worlds

    A gorgeous, replayable adventure that won’t take you a year to explore
    The Outer Worlds Cover Art

    I know I’m not the first one to say it, but it really is nice to play a stunning game that doesn’t overtake my life. The Outer Worlds is everything I hoped it’d be. It’s beautiful, it has a great story, and you can play through it in a weekend. And then play it again a different way the next time.

    This game was brought to us by the people responsible for games like Fallout: New Vegas (Obsidian) and L.A. Noire (Virtuos). It’s no surprise then that it has both looks and brains. New Vegas was always my favorite Fallout game. I’m not sure why but it was the first one that really sucked me in and actually made me pay attention to the story. As such, I was eager to get my hands on The Outer Worlds once I found out about it (Which honestly was right before it’s launch. Why didn’t anyone show me earlier huh?).

    The Premise

    In The Outer Worlds, you awake from hibernation on a colonist ship that was lost in transit to Halcyon, the furthest colony from Earth located at the edge of the galaxy, only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy it. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter various factions, all vying for power, the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.

    Obsidian Entertainment

    Due to the nature of the story being played out based on your choices, you get the opportunity to play the game again. And each time you can build a different style of character and make different choices to make the game fresh enough to not get boring. If you’re anything like me, you’ll put it down for a while between play-throughs which makes it better the next time around.

    The game is filled with plenty of colorful characters, with a full range of love and hate to go ’round. You will have to choose whose needs to put above others along whatever moral compass you choose to follow. I had a difficult time remaining neutral and I’ve noticed it’s pretty much impossible for everyone I watched play the game as well.

    So should I buy it?

    Yes, duh. Seriously, if you don’t want to for budget reasons, wait for a sale. But definitely pick this up at some point and play it. It is everything you want in this style of game: it’s gorgeous, it runs well, the story is great, and you have an actual impact on the result. It’s no wonder the lowest score it’s gotten is an 82/100 (pretty darn good in this overly critical world of ours).

    You can purchase this game for PC, PS4, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch. And if you pick it up in the Epic Store don’t forget to use Jaxboxchick for your creator code 😉

    *This article contains an affiliate link. Using the Creator Code Jaxboxchick or Links to the Epic Games Store, The Mommy Gamers earn tiny bits of money to help keep the site going. Thanks!

    **We received this game free for review purposes.

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    Weekend Deal Alert: Torchlight and Torchlight II on Steam

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    If you like classic D&D-like RPGs as I do, then this is your weekend! Steam is offering 75% off both Torchlight and Torchlight II. That brings Torchlight to $3.74 and Torchlight II to $4.99.

    The Torchlight series are RPGs that look and play very much like Diablo and Diablo III from Blizzard Entertainment. And they should, because Torchlight developer, Runic Games,  was founded by several ex-Blizzard folks.

    Torchlight is very much a dungeon-delving RPG of the most classic kind. There are 3 classes: the Barbarian (melee tank), the Alchemist (mage), and the Vanquisher (ranged bows and guns).

    Torchlight II is more like Diablo III in that you move around horizontally in the world as well as vertically down dungeons. There are 4 classes here: the Berserker (melee tank), the Embermage (mage), the Outlander (ranged weapons and guns), and the Engineer (melee damage dealer with special magic-imbued gear).

    This could make me sign up for Steam finally. Which will bring plenty of other temptations, I’m sure. These offers end on January 13, 2014, so snatch them up fast!

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