Well yes, here I am and today’s take; the claim that I genuinely believe that Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds is best consumed when you have the time to binge it for a few hours, and the game doesn’t really suit being picked up for an hour and then put back down.

Now before we kick this off, I want to say that all of this is simply my opinion on the matter and is in no way “fact”; also it’s worth noting that this isn’t really an opinion piece, and critically I don’t know why I feel this way about The Outer Worlds, but it’s an observation I made within myself over the past week about how I consumed the game as a whole.

I LOVED The Outer Worlds when I played through it last weekend, I loved it so much I beat the game in 3 days, and to my surprise the usual feeling of guilt that I get when I do this with a game was replaced with the same feeling of satisfaction I get when I binge a really really good Netflix series, or all of the Lord of The Rings movies.

One thing I noticed when playing through The Outer Worlds was that for each of my 5 hour binge sessions of the game, I really struggled to get into my stride for the first 45 minutes to an hour of gameplay – It took me this time to recall what I was planning to do, which world I was planning on visiting amongst a million other things the game throws at me at any one go.

Also I found it really difficult to psyche myself up in my head to get through the multitude of questlines I knew I had in front of me, and for this first 45 minutes or so I found myself feeling a little overwhelmed by the game and a struggle to keep myself motivated to carry on. 

This isn’t to say that The Outer Worlds isn’t worth a playthrough by any means though; OH BOY, once I started going, I REALLY started going. I actually beat the game in just 4 sittings of 5 hour stretches at a minimum because once I got through that first fairly difficult start to the game I just couldn’t put it down. 

Once I knew I had a few hours (or 5), I found that I was so well invested in the game that the world and everything about it just kept me playing late into the night, as an example of this: last Saturday I played it until 3am and I usually cannot even stay up past 11pm – even on weekends! 

I feel the same way about Fallout 3, Fallout New Vegas, and to a lesser extent: Fallout 4. It’s something about this kind of RPG that feels a bit overwhelming when you first start on a play session, but once you get going it really gets its hooks in and doesn’t let go.

So; there I said it. If you really want to get the best out of The Outer Worlds, then set yourself a full afternoon to get fully immersed in the game’s world, finish up those side quests, and save the Colonies.

Am I wrong? Have you been enjoying The Outer Worlds in short 1 hour stints and I’ve totally missed the mark? Let me know in the comments section below.

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