Really missing Outcast - where`s the competition??

#1 Posted by Helo (20 posts) -

(For those poor, wretched souls who haven`t played this master piece: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outcast_(game) )

I am trying to avoid as best as I can the sweet, sweet nostalgia... but I am really missing Outcast. I mean REALLY. I still think that it is by far the best game I have ever played. And it`s been 9 (!) years since it was published. At that time I had a really low-tech computer and I had to play the voxel-graphic -based game on the lowest of the settings. I was pissed. But even thought it looked grainy I haven`t since that been so immersed in a game-world or in a story in a game. The Moscow-philharmonics music. The great saving system. The odd world. The orange shirt. The name "Cutter Slade". Beasts of burden. Sunny, lush world. So many imaginative things.

Anyone feeling me? Got any game suggestions to help my Outcast-addiction?? Any reason there isn`t more games like that anymore???

#2 Posted by unclejohnny79 (685 posts) -

huh, never heard of it

#3 Posted by unclejohnny79 (685 posts) -

huh, never heard of it

#4 Posted by OGCartman (4354 posts) -

Looks alright

#5 Posted by mtk1701 (11 posts) -
@Helo: I only played a little bit of it, but I've always wanted to play more. It was really immersive and I'm sure the NPC interaction would have been compelling. Oh, well. Maybe one day I'll put together a retro system to play that and Thief again.
#6 Edited by ninjadodo (194 posts) -

It remains a better open-world game than much more famous titles. The gameplay, story and world mesh perfectly and the way its NPCs react to you and their environment is only now beginning to be approached by current games.
 
It seamlessly combines action, adventure, light stealth and borrows its quest structure from RPGs (but without the leveling and statistics). Graphically it's obviously outdated though its unique art-direction and visual flair has made it age a lot better than most. The atmosphere is amazing. If you're a fan of games like Little Big Adventure, Beyond Good & Evil, or Gothic you owe it to yourself to play this.
 
This game deserves a re-release on Steam or GOG.
 
Helo: If you're looking for a similar experience I think RPGs are your best bet. Most open world 'adventures' today are content to throw you some emergent mechanics and then stick a story on in cutscenes. As far as specific suggestions, Gothic as mentioned above, and I think Deus Ex and Vampire Bloodlines also share certain elements with this game in how they manage to bring a world to life...

#7 Posted by Kazona (3059 posts) -

I feel ya man, I totally miss this game. I still have a copy of it, but the disc is messed up so the music doesn't play properly anymore.

#8 Posted by ninjadodo (194 posts) -

I wonder if you could replace the music files and burn a new CD, there were mp3s of the soundtrack floating around somewhere.

#9 Posted by Jimbo_N (1197 posts) -

Yea played it alot when it was released. Its not THE best game ever but man if its not well realized. Remember taking the bus home to a friend after school and getting my mind blown repeatedly.
#10 Posted by buzz_killington (3532 posts) -

I know, I miss Andrej 3000's awesome beats...

#11 Posted by Kazona (3059 posts) -
@ninjadodo: That is actually not a bad idea. I might try that.
#12 Posted by Bucketdeth (8004 posts) -
@buzz_killington said:
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I know, I miss Andrej 3000's awesome beats...

"
Hahaha, so I'm not the only one who was thinking of that group.
#13 Posted by Food (382 posts) -

This thread dredged the deepest darkest depths of my mind and found vivid memories of hours playing this demo as a kid.  I remember jumping through portals and then getting shot by weird alien dudes.  It was pretty cool.

#14 Posted by s10129107 (1179 posts) -

I havent played this game since i was a kid.  i remember loving it.  i wonder if it would stand up now.

#15 Edited by SavUK (79 posts) -

There is a project to remake it with the Cryengine  http://www.openoutcast.org/wp/  I missed out on the original but remember being interested at the time, especially with the voxel technology .
 
Edit: I really should look at when threads were originally  posted more carefully. Clicked through from the front page.

#16 Posted by s10129107 (1179 posts) -

This is the first game where i learned to alter the INI files to change the games behavior. 

#17 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -
@buzz_killington said:
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I know, I miss Andrej 3000's awesome beats...

"
you can't spell
d@SavUK said:
" There is a project to remake it with the Cryengine  http://www.openoutcast.org/wp/  I missed out on the original but remember being interested at the time, especially with the voxel technology .
 
Edit: I really should look at when threads were originally  posted more carefully. Clicked through from the front page.
"
Thanks for that!  I completely forgot about the remake.
#18 Posted by Trilogy (2645 posts) -
@SeriouslyNow said:
" @buzz_killington said:
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I know, I miss Andrej 3000's awesome beats...

"
you can't spell
Looks like a typo to me. Try not to pee your pants grammar nazi.
#19 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -
@Trilogy said:
" @SeriouslyNow said:
" @buzz_killington said:
"

I know, I miss Andrej 3000's awesome beats...

"
you can't spell
Looks like a typo to me. Try not to pee your pants grammar nazi. "
I meant in terms of OUTKAST, the duo to which he was referring.  Also, it was in jest.  Oh and do go fuck yourself, but nicely.
#20 Posted by Trilogy (2645 posts) -
@SeriouslyNow said:
"I meant in terms of OUTKAST, the duo to which he was referring.  Also, it was in jest.  Oh and do go fuck yourself, but nicely. "
Tone doesn't come through well over the internet. And no I will not fuck myself but thanks for the suggestion anyway.
#21 Posted by RoujinX (419 posts) -

Outcast was a fantastic game. I BELIEVE it's slated for re-release sometime this year on GOG.com (Good Old Games).  
 
Dammit...Now I really wanna play Outcast.
#22 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -
@Trilogy said:
" @SeriouslyNow said:
"I meant in terms of OUTKAST, the duo to which he was referring.  Also, it was in jest.  Oh and do go fuck yourself, but nicely. "
Tone doesn't come through well over the internet. "
Which is why you shouldn't assume someone else's tone yourself.
#23 Posted by Venatio (4482 posts) -
@Bucketdeth said:
" @buzz_killington said:
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I know, I miss Andrej 3000's awesome beats...

"
Hahaha, so I'm not the only one who was thinking of that group. "
Yeah I was thinking of them too, what the hell happened to those guys? They were huge
#24 Posted by Trilogy (2645 posts) -
@SeriouslyNow said:
" Which is why you shouldn't assume someone else's tone yourself. "
Or you could just refrain from being a smart ass. OR if that's too difficult (i love being a smart ass so I can relate if it is), you can not get defensive when somebody DOES assume you are serious when correcting somebody's grammar on the internet. It's not like that doesn't happen every 4 seconds or anything. Perhaps if there weren't a legion of grammar Nazis roaming the internet, waiting to pounce every chance they get it would be a different story.
#25 Posted by thomasriis1987 (130 posts) -

Hi! i just submitted a section about "Open Outcast" out in the Outcast main page, here on Giant Bomb, you will be very happy, that's for sure! 
... it's down the buttom of the page - enjoy!

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