Outcast – Second Contact Review
In 1999 we had solely simply began to totally benefit from the world of 3D video playing cards. The 3Dfx Voodoo 2 had been launched in March 1998, and when Appeal launched Outcast in August the subsequent 12 months, it was fairly one thing. Utilising a voxel look, the Game had actual fashion. Outcast was very properly acquired however we by no means noticed a sequel, which was a disgrace. A number of years in the past Appeal resurfaced and launched a Kickstarter for a remake of the unique Outcast. Strangely, it failed to boost the funds. That may need been the tip of the remake if Big Ben Interactive had not stepped in because the writer and Outcast – Second Contact was born.
This remake has simply been launched on Steam, bringing again Cutter Slade and the world of Adelpha. For these too younger to recollect the unique, Earth is in peril after sending a probe to a parallel universe. The probe is destroyed by an alien being which, in flip, has brought about a response on Earth that may destroy the planet. Unless, that’s, the probe may be discovered and retrieved from the opposite facet. Cutter Slade and a bunch of scientists are despatched to the opposite world and full the mission.
Since this can be a remake, the story is precisely the identical as the unique. What has modified is the expertise behind the Game’s visible design. Voxels are out and Unity-powered 3D graphics are in. Sounds nice proper? An actual traditional introduced again to life for potential new followers, and for individuals who need to replay the Game for nostalgia causes.
As far because the video choices are involved there’s sufficient right here to fulfill most PC gamers. Outcast isn’t an action-packed first or third individual shooter so having 100 FPS+ isn’t massively vital. With every thing cranked as much as max on a GTX 980 the Game performs properly at a gradual 60 FPS. That stated, the visuals are blended.
At occasions Outcast – Second Contact can look tough across the edges, particularly on characters and a few of the textures. At different occasions it could actually look fairly gorgeous. It can really feel as if there was two units of builders engaged on it; however it can truly be right down to the best way wherein the workforce has used previous parts from the unique Game and introduced them instantly into the brand new model with Unity.
Using parts of the previous Game creates an issue. Gaming has moved on in 18 years, and gamers anticipate to see fluid motion and practical animations. When a Game is launched immediately the standard is anticipated to be excessive and that is the place Outcast – Second Contact stumbles. The motion feels very mistaken. Slade floats round if you transfer in any path. It’s virtually as if the character is lagging behind the management enter or he’s simply not responsive. This makes the Game really feel uncomfortable to play after some time, and it turns into extra annoying than pleasing.
Movement and fight are the largest issues on this new model of the Game. Appeal actually wanted to enhance the expertise with fluid motion. The undeniable fact that Slade can nonetheless get blocked by small obstacles makes the gameplay really feel dated, and attempting to leap out of water is an actual hit or miss affair. Considering you must do this loads within the first mission space of Shamazaar, it’s actually annoying.
Combat is an uneven affair too. In the Game settings there may be an goal help possibility (which might fortunately be turned off); however if you’re attempting to hit targets on the transfer the bizarre motion makes it irritating to goal. It’s only a bit shonky when attempting to hit shifting targets.
The audio suffers from comparable issues. The authentic audio was used and plonked into the Game. While that’s nice for followers wanting an genuine 1997 expertise, it’s a questionable choice. The swimming audio must be heard to be believed. It feels like a hand being swished round in a kitchen sink.
There is enjoyment available for followers of the unique. It’s nice to be again on the earth of Adelpha, absorbing the ambiance and characters for a second time. Playing the Game once more makes you realise simply how creative the Game was in 1999, with its open world mission construction and peculiar devices. The story was fairly good too and the best way you may work together with the characters on the earth made it really feel alive. An excellent instance is when you’re looking for a sure NPC. If cease and ask different characters they are going to let you know once they final noticed the individual, and even level in direction of their location.
Outcast – Second Contact additionally reveals us how trendy games have been dumbed down. There are not any waypoint markers, you must truly determine stuff out and discover. You may also undertake missions in no matter order you need and arrive on the similar consequence, relying on who you talked to. I’ll admit that after about ten minutes I began to get pleasure from that sort of journey gaming expertise once more. It was unusual asking a Recreator (NPC that makes stuff) to craft some ammo just for him to inform me to return again later when it was made as a substitute of simply handing it to me there after which. How impatient we’ve got develop into.
Once I arrived within the first correct zone, Shamazaar, after the coaching, I believed it could be enjoyable to simply roam round and take out any enemies on the map first earlier than discovering out what I used to be purported to be doing. I had cleared about 60% of the targets earlier than trying a lot of the fundamental missions. It had no impression on the result, every thing nonetheless chained together properly.
What Outcast – Second Contact does do properly is remind us all how limiting expertise was again in 1999. That’s sadly a little bit of a double-edged sword nonetheless, as a result of parts that might have been improved with some work have been left alone in Second Contact. That stated, the environments of the Game’s fundamental zones nonetheless ooze that distinctive Outcast ambiance and at occasions it seems wonderful when in comparison with the unique.
Appeal might have missed an actual alternative to seize a brand new viewers. Fans will lap this up and take it for what it’s, bugs and all. New gamers are in all probability going to have a look at this and marvel why the Game feels so dated once they have heard such nice issues in regards to the authentic. It’s extremely exhausting to critique Outcast – Second Contact, as a result of as a fan it’s pleasing if you’d like one other run by way of the unique story.
The authentic Game impressed me a lot in 1999. I liked it to bits. But I can’t assist however really feel slightly disenchanted with the result of Outcast – Second Contact. A whole rework of the unique Game can be definitely worth the asking value ($30), nevertheless it’s simply not been given the total makeover it really deserves. That stated, I’d love for Appeal to be given the chance to create a sequel and revisit this implausible world.