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Outcast (Windows)

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Description

The Messiah has a name. It is Cutter Slade. The Messiah has a job. It is US navy. The Messiah has a mission. It is retrieval of a lost probe. The Messiah has... a problem. It circles mostly around all that sudden messiah-being stuff, but minor problems like being stranded on an alien world and having lost all equipment add to the flavor. Cutter has been sent to this world, Adelpha, because the malfunctioning probe threatens all life on Earth. To find it, he needs the help of Adelphas' inhabitants. Luckily, they have only recently witnessed the arrival of their messiah (guess who). On the downside, they have high expectations of their savior: He's to rid the world of the evil tyrant who torments it. No revolution, no probe. Okay, Cutter: You've got work to do.

Outcast is a third-person action game with adventure elements. In search for five sacred relics, the protagonist travels through the five continents of Adelpha (plus one tutorial island). Each land has its own landscape (mountains, lakes, forests) as well as dozens of minor problems - small quests that the hero is required to solve. A large portion of the game consists of finding key characters and performing quests for them; some of these are optional, though most must be completed in an adventure-like linear fashion in order to advance the plot.

Apart from exploration and completing quests, Cutter will also fight many guards and creatures. Using six futuristic weapons (railgun etc.) works fine, but sneaking up to the victim and punching him out silently is also possible. Gadgets such as a holo-decoy can be used to help Cutter gain the upper hand in combat. The player character can also jump, swim, dive and crawl.

Screenshots

Outcast Windows Cutter dives for his life.
Outcast Windows The poisonous gas grenades weaken the monster.
Outcast Windows Examining the base.
Outcast Windows The six regions: Snowy tutorial-land Ranzaar...

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User Reviews

How quickly love can turn to hate... hydra9 (3853) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
Shiny outside. Boring, tedious, and hollow, if you look closer אולג 小奥 (168604) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
A very pretty, but very bad European imitation of Hollywood's "worst-of" worldwideweird (54) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars
Help me find my toothbrush, Ulukai Jacques Guy (55) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
This game looks at me while I'm naked and calls it's friends. Zovni (9366) 2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars2.8 Stars
Heaven's Gate: The Computer Game Ashley Pomeroy (233) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
My absolute favourite game ever!! Delusion Master (121) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Who is Shamaz Keb? -Chris (7365) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
One of the best action adventures ever made. Sycada (175) unrated
Most fun I've had playing a PC game! Rodney Mayton (19) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars

The Press Says

GameBoomers Jan 05, 2004 A 100
Just Adventure 1999 A 100
Game Captain Aug 05, 1999 94 out of 100 94
Eurogamer.net (UK) Sep 16, 1999 9 out of 10 90
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jul 07, 1999 90 out of 100 90
All Game Guide 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpot Aug 23, 1999 8.6 out of 10 86
Quandary Mar, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Zone Aug 13, 2001 6.2 out of 10 62
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Aug 15, 2001 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Outcast appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cancelled Dreamcast version

A Dreamcast version was planned by Infogrames, which would feature a new, fully polygonal engine to replace the original one. However, thanks in no small part to Outcast's small sales and the self-destruction of the Dreamcast console, on September 22, 2000 Infogrames announced the cancellation of the port's development. This is sad indeed, since Infogrames had hinted that a 3D acceleration patch for the PC version would be available thanks to the Dreamcast port (since the console uses DirectX as its core API for 3D acceleration).

Graphics engine

A common misconception is that Outcast employs a voxel engine. Franck Sauer, though, said in an interview with gaming magazine "Strana Igr": "We've all misused the term voxel for what actually is just an height field with some software raycasting". The engine allows for a complex architecture and a wide range of sight. However, it features only low resolutions up to 512 x 384, does not support 3D accelerator cards and requires a potent processor (preferably 500 Mhz) to run smoothly.

Legacy

On November 1999, Appeal announced a sequel Outcast 2: The Lost Paradise, a PS2 game with a PC release to follow. Appeal however declared its bankruptcy on August 12, 2002 and the game was canceled. A major part of the team moved to elseWhere Entertainment and a petition was started to persuade Infogrames to allow Elsewhere Entertainment to use the Outcast license, but with no result. A team called Eternal Outcasts started working on Open Outcast as a mod for different types of engines, first the one of Gothic, then the Crystal Space engine, next CryENGINE2 and finally settling on CryENGINE3. After two tech demos (Oasis 1.0 & 1.1) that can be played as mods through Crysis Wars, the project was re-branded on 1st April 2013 as Outcast: Legacy of the Yods.

On 3rd July 2013 it was announced that Yves Grolet, along with the other two original Appeal founders Franck Sauer and Yann Robert, bought back the rights to Outcast from Atari. The game will be developed through Grolet's company AMA Studios and Sauer and Robert will work for AMA through their own company Fresh3D S.A.R.L. Tentatively dubbed Duality, it was then confirmed that it would become the official successor to Outcast. Duality was already announced as the third AMA title at least one year earlier, but with no details except for the title.

Outtakes

Appeal created 15 movie outtakes for Outcast. They could be downloaded as mpg-files from the game's official website. Ideally, any viewer should have played the game, in order to understand the puns.

Promotion

A lengthy gameplay demonstration of the game was shown on the main projection screen at the Belgian demo party Wired 1998, nearly a year before its official release.

References

  • Listen closely, and it's possible to recognize the main notes of Luke's Theme from the Star Wars soundtrack being played by some of the flute players in the region of Okriana, particularly those west and east of the palace. Fitting, considering the city is in the desert.
  • The word Okriana could be seen as an anagram of the Russian word okraina, which means the outskirts. However, according to an interview with Franck Sauer, it actually comes from ochre, the yellow colour that dominates the area.

Save

The crystalline object used to save your game is called a Gaamsav. Carefully listening to that name makes its use more than apparent.

Voice actors

In both the French and the German version of the game, the actors providing the main character's voice are the dubbing voices of Bruce Willis in the respective languages: Patrick Poivey and Manfred Lehmann.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • March 2000 (Issue #188) – Adventure Game of the Year
  • GameSpot
    • 1999 - Adventure Game of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 03/2000 - Best Sound in 1999
    • Issue 12/1999 - #57 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 11/2005 - #8 Game Which Absolutely Needs A Sequel
Information also contributed by -Chris, Lumpi, Sciere, shifter, Supernintendo Chalmers, Xa4, Zack Green, and Zovni.

Related Web Sites

  • Open Outcast (A fan-made sequel in the works. The team intends to use the CryEngine 2 for terrain modelling. Well worth a look.)
  • Outcast Hints (Alex Burrell wrote these excellent hints for Outcast for the Universal Hint System.)
  • Outcast II.net (A very comprehensive site with news, resources, art, guides and interviews.)
  • Outcast - Wikipedia (article about the game in the open encyclopedia)
robotriot (8637) added Outcast (Windows) on Nov 01, 1999