The first DLC of the outside world is too scary for its own good


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Crisis on gorgon A good excuse to return Outside world‘Retro-Futurist Dystopia. The only thing I want to do is to finally hope that its neo-feudal colonies can be saved someday.

Out of last week on PS4, Xbox One and PC (it will be coming on the switch after some time), Crisis on gorgon The first of two planned DLC expansions is to deliver a noir-esque mystery that encapsulates an abandoned pharmaceutical plant and culminates in a difficult choice between bad and bad results. On one hand it is akin to adding new weapons, perks and quests, which will feel familiar to anyone already playing the base game. On the other hand, Crisis on gorgon Is one of Outside world‘And more involved storylines, set on a dark asteroid filled with a dazzling asteroid and a rocky forest overseen by a dazzling night sky. This premise also tries to answer one of the game’s biggest questions: Why does everyone do Outside world‘Do the planets seem filled with deranged “Maruders” to kill you? The answer is not disappointing, but what can you do with that information.

DLC, located in the middle of the base game Starts when you find an arm A recording clutching about hiring for a dangerous job in a box. It takes you to a mansion of the charming, tumblr-wavy Minnie Ambrose, on an asteroid named Gorgon. Spacer Choice, a corporation known for its economy-class products, ran an extensive research facility there, but abandoned it after the accident. She wants you to track down the facility’s chief scientist’s diary, a task in which to navigate multi-building dungeons and gain access to restricted areas to bring down former employees.

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The way you shoot a lot of things. Crisis on gorgon Extreme combat is heavy for almost one mistake. Although you can sometimes try to gain an advantage by sneaking around you or keeping your distance, so many times take place in such limited places that everything is finally one hand away to destroy enemies I used to get off freely and was spamming my life-restoring inhaler with another. One of the new perks, Nietzsche’s Rewards, encouraged me to play with the game’s blame system and gave me a damage bonus for each new addiction or phobia that I stepped up to, but someone to reach across the Gorgon There is no new way. fight.

Outside world‘Shooting has always felt serviceable, but has never been as fun for me, with the gameplay loop acting better as a result to advance certain tasks. Crisis on gorgon Was not different. While there are plenty of computer terminals to negotiate to throating and to navigate, I wished that I was searching for the pharmaceutical plant, because it was abandoned. The game’s dialogue options have always been more interesting than their duets.

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[Note: Spoilers for the end of Peril on Gorgon follow. If you don’t want to find out what happens stop reading now.]

truth Crisis on gorgon It is later revealed that the reason for this is that only the strollers in the factory quietly roam the factory floor, because a new drug that was being tested was all turned into a psychopath. Adrena-time, creating a sort of hyper-cocaine-like-coffee-supplement spacers choice, increased the efficiency of test subjects by making them unable to sleep and intoxicated, eventually leading to violent outbreaks and brain-like shrinking. Camp outside in the sun.

Dozens of computer terminals filled with partial email exchanges between facility workers have outlined the rise and fall of the project, but TL; The DR version is that the corporation will do anything to make money, in which they sell goods that they know can kill you. Outside world Is a huge parody of profit, and in some ways Crisis on gorgon Showing the former employees of the corporation literally chewed and spitting out, its most unfinished display to complete with a conveyor belt of meat cubes on its way.

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Such hyperbolic criticisms are not new to the game. A famous 1998 scene Xenogears The revelation that a civilization with advanced technology living in the sky is transforming the people living below it into food, an illusion for the 1966 novel make room! make room! Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee Similarly, a meat processing plant worker tried to avoid knowing that he and his coworkers would turn to food.

Like these games, Outside world‘The caricature of corporate excess and malfeasance can feel alienated and divorced from humanity. Then you will remember that cigarette companies deliberately gave cancer to people for decades, while this was hidden from everyone else. DuPont sold Teflon-covered products for years, despite being aware of its harmful effects. In 1962, DuPont gave Teflon-laced cigarette smoke to some of its employees to get a better idea of ​​its harmful effects. “Nine out of ten people were ill for an average of nine hours with flu-like symptoms, including chills, backache, fever, and cough,” according to Reported by company records Intercept. what. . Shame.

Where on Crisis at Gorgon Flat is similar to how Outside world One completely left me with a cold as to what it allowed me to do with this information. After gaining access to Spacer’s Choice’s company secrets, Minnie asks you to help get the facility back up and running so that it can relive its research this time in a more ethical way. The inventor of Adrena-Time, who happens to be Minnie’s mother, Olivia, is still alive, protecting Jacob Marley’s ghost-like feature, with the intention of preventing anyone else from repeating her mistakes. You can side with Minnie or Olivia, and even avoid bleeding depending on how delicately you maneuver.

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Crisis on gorgonThe “good” ends in the end that makes you successfully see the family members again who are working on the wonder drug responsible for ruining thousands of lives. After all, how can colonies be saved out of resources and leading to collapse? This implies that the colonies are so corrupt and the power of corporate board members so absolute that the only play left is for a scientific miracle that will double or triple human productivity with minimal productivity. The goals are different but the fantasy of a free corporate lunch remains. I tried all three ends, but none of them satisfied me. Presented with the prevailing horrors of the status quo, my choices felt as “without vote” and as meaningless as “hope and prayer”.

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with this outcome, but the power that plays a role in its core flies in the face of fantasy. Outside world And the knowing irony with which it all belongs. Crisis on gorgon It’s great to see your peers giving scary comments, as well as exposing their own cynicism, should you choose to reply like the ones with the worst replies to Twitter “Well, what did you expect? ” I just wish it had a place for the same honesty in the rest of the story.

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