One of the best action adventures ever made.
Once in a while, a game so incredibly good shows up that trying to think of a lot of good points is easy but trying to pin one down as a place to begin with is very hard. Those who have played Outcast and are reading this will know why I'm having trouble figuring out what I should begin with. The truth is, Outcast is good. No I take that back, Outcast is amazingly good. When it was first released, I had an interest in it but for reasons of money among other things, I never got around to buying it. Recently, I found it as a budget title and decided to get ahold of it. Now that I've played through this very long game, I can't believe I didn't get it sooner.
Where was I? Ah yes, the good points! Where to start... Well I could tell you about the dozens of absorbing quests you must undertake, or the plethora of sub quests you can find. I could talk about the huge and lush world you'll be completing them in, or the brilliant sound and voice acting. Then again I could just talk about the music, the beautifully written orchestral score performed by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra is utterly phenomenal. More than once I have found myself popping the cd into the cd player and listening to it while I was working or relaxing. Visually the game is strong and even in todays games I have not seen a better rendition of water. In Outcast the water shimmers, ripples and reflects like nothing I've ever seen before in a game. Gameplay is so much fun it's hard to stop and the story is also well put together. I could go on and on about this game but I think my enthusiasm for it speaks volumes by itself so I'll just go on to the easiest section...
For the first time in all the reviews I've written I'm at a loss. I can't think of anything I really hated about this game but if you push me then I guess the story was a bit less complex than I'd like and the character development was in some places not as high as others. I am really reaching here by the way.
The Bottom Line
You must get this game. That's all there is to it. You have no excuse since it's now a budget title which makes getting it almost criminal. If you play games then go and get it NOW. About the only people who I think should avoid it are those who loathe action of any kind in their games. On second thought even those people should try this, you might be swayed.