Appeal’s classic late 90ies sci-fi open-world and action-adventure game Outcast finally receives its remake with Outcast – Second Contact.
The original Outcast was originally released in 1999, and I can still remember how much its otherworldly atmosphere impressed me. First diving into water that had realistic reflections and ripples was already an eye-opener, but being able to look into the far distance and traveling there without loading times was even better. Unlike other games of the time that relied more on specific graphics cards, the CPU did most of the work and that’s why it didn’t offer high resolutions even on a high-spec PC. While it might look rather dated today, the story about military man Cutter Slade who finds himself in the strange new world Adelpha and becomes a prophetic savior of the enslaved alien people is still highly engaging, not because of its novelty, but because of how believable the world feels and how it’s so expansive with various quests to complete. It’s not really an RPG, but it often feels like one, although its emphasis is more on shooting and exploration.
While the game didn’t receive a sequel, attempts at a remake were made in 2014, with the digital version of Outcast that was released in 2010 being renamed Outcast 1.1. This one had better graphics, controller support, and some bugfixes. But it took three more years for Outcast – Second Contact to arrive. Developed by the same company and now published by Bigben Interactive, this seems to be the definitive version. It looks stunning with modern graphics, offers new combat moves and a cover system and even has new hidden areas to explore, although the story and characters remain the same, as the voice acting and stellar music do. While the voices might not be up to the high standards of today’s AAA productions due to its lower quality and the cheesy writing at times (although I still remember the German one to be pretty good, especially since it was the same actor who dubbed Bruce Willis’ voice), the musical score is as epic as one expects from an amazing predecessor of modern open-world action-adventures. This is certainly an adventure that has to be experienced once in a gamer’s life time, and there’s no better way than with this remake.
The game is out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, with the digital GOG PC version 45% off until February 5, 2PM UTC. Unfortunately, the soundtrack as well as a Gold Weapons skin Pack are only available on Steam, but maybe these extras will make it to the DRM-free platform in the near future, as it happened with other games before.
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