The Outer Worlds: Homicide on Eridanos Assessment on PS4
There aren’t any scarcity of DLC expansions which have sounded nice on paper, however failed to totally notice their potential. The Outer Worlds‘ newest growth, Homicide on Eridanos, is one such instance of this, providing some attention-grabbing and fascinating ideas that don’t preserve their momentum by way of the period of the expertise.
It is a disgrace, as a result of the DLC has a novel sufficient idea: After the homicide of outstanding starlet Halcyon Helen is reported, the participant is contacted by the administrator of the corporate she was working for. Keen to scrub up the scandal as quick as attainable, he hires the participant to research the homicide, discover its true offender and put them behind bars.
To that finish, the participant travels to the Planet of Eridanos. As soon as there, they’re given the Discrepancy Amplifier – a brand new gun which will help them discover clues scattered all through the world – in addition to a slew of various suspects to query and tales to uncover.
What order the participant investigates every of the suspects in, and whether or not they use the clues they discover when making ready their accusation, is fully as much as them.
Not solely that, however the participant has the liberty to strategy the investigation in a lot of other ways. One may diligently collect each clue and query every suspect, piecing collectively how every of them was tied to the homicide.
Likewise, they will play a number of sides so as to achieve the favor of each occasion concerned within the investigation, coming away with as many rewards for his or her endeavors as attainable.
The participant may even cost in weapons blazing, eliminating anybody who may impede the end result they most need to see happen.
It’s all good enjoyable, and carries over the sense of self-expression and choice-driven gameplay that made The Outer Worlds so enjoyable to play within the first place.
That is solely bolstered by the wonderful characters current in Homicide on Eridanos. From a burnt-out and heartbroken Toss Ball participant to a guru providing masochistic enlightenment to firm executives, there’s no scarcity of wonderful additions to The Outer Worlds’ roster of oddballs.
Every character is written pretty effectively too, with their dialogue straddling a nice line between sincerity and tongue-in-cheek satire.
Sadly, the investigation-based gameplay solely lasts so lengthy, wrapping up after 75 p.c of the DLC has been accomplished. From there, the participant’s selections and actions throughout the vast majority of the DLC are rendered moot, with them being funneled towards an enormous reveal and an excellent or dangerous ending which they have to select between.
This twist isn’t horrible writing-wise, and does make sense for gamers who approached the investigation a sure manner. Nonetheless, it additionally makes the remainder of the growth and its selections really feel superficial and even pointless. This drags down the DLC general, and serves to make the complete expertise really feel much less worthwhile by its finish in consequence.
Homicide on Eridanos is equally blended when it comes to its efficiency and presentation. Like with The Outer Worlds correct, the growth appears to be like good graphically and has music that lends itself effectively to the gameplay.
As soon as the participant reaches the final quarter of the DLC although, that is now not the case. As they make their technique to a number of the bigger areas or buildings, the sport will ceaselessly cease lifeless in its tracks to load textures, NPCs and items of the setting.
This happens with out fail each time the participant approaches stated areas and buildings too. The one possible way round it’s to play the sport on next-gen consoles, although this isn’t actually a great workaround when the DLC is being launched on last-gen platforms.
It’s actually unlucky, as a result of it ensures most gamers will spend a considerable period of time ready for the sport to get itself collectively and break them out of any immersion they’ve constructed.
The Outer Worlds’ Homicide on Eridanos DLC is the epitome of a blended bag. For all of its excessive factors, there are flaws and missteps which preserve it from reaching the heights it in any other case may have. There’s nonetheless enjoyable available with it, however any who go into the growth must be prepared for some complications in equal measure.
- Open-ended gameplay throughout Investigation sequence.
- Effectively-written characters and dialogue.
- Fascinating theme.
- The story’s twist makes the remainder of the DLC pointless.
- Decisions are shallow,
- Technical efficiency points.
March 17, 2021
Take-Two Interactive, Personal Division
PS4, Xbox One, PC