Outer Wilds just came out for Game Pass on Xbox and it's really intriguing and actually really damn cool. At it's heart this is an exploration..puzzle solving..narrative, detective, adventure game. Kind of! I think the actual twist which you experience unexpectedly early on is quite unique so I'll talk around it, but you are essentially an alien space explorer and you are trying to piece together a mystery by flying around a small solar system in your space ship, exploring ruins, translating texts and generally piecing together a bigger puzzle by following up on clues left by smaller ones. Everything is hand made in this cartoony, low detail aesthetic that I really enjoy and what I enjoy most is that there are very few glaring tool tips. You are generally left to your own devices to figure things out. You steer your space ship manually by engaging a variety of thrusters, and there is no protracted tutorial showing you how to do this. Instead, on your way to the ship you encounter someone that lets you try out their space drone where you sort of get the hang of how your space ship will handle. You get weird tools like a sonar type radio receiver that lets you detect faraway signals and home in on other explorers camping out on the hand full of other planets circling this systems sun. There is alien tech that you figure out how to use through trial and error. Your ship is an actual, physical ship which you board, strap in to the driver seat and pilot, but you can also get out and walk around it's modest interior while it's homing in towards your next objective on autopilot.
Everything seems really ..I dunno.. neat. I've only put a little time into it but already I bumped into several leads (that the game tracks in a helpful way) so I'm excited to keep going further.
Any of y'all try this out?