The beloved Halcyon Helen has been slain! Who might have presumably murdered such a well-loved spokesperson for the scrumptious line of drinks from Rizzo’s? The star of Terror on Monarch?! That is as much as you to seek out out with the second – and remaining – DLC for The Outer Worlds with Homicide on Eridanos.
Earlier this month, we got the chance to play by way of the newest enlargement forward of its reveal and whereas it was a drastic pivot from Peril on Gorgon, it was a totally pleasing expertise from begin to end. Even when it did get actually, actually bizarre.
The place Peril of Gorgon went tremendous darkish thematically, Homicide on Eridanos takes a completely totally different tone. Harkening again to the morbid humor that the bottom recreation provides gamers, Homicide on Eridanos takes gamers on a wild experience with a pulp noir-inspired homicide thriller. Halcyon Helen has been murdered and in an effort to resolve this unthinkable crime, we needed to journey to the world of Eridanos to fulfill new faces, undertake new quests, and discover all-new methods to be totally creeped out by company shenanigans.
Eridanos is deceptively good. With an opulent lodge teeming with stunning gardens and workers with smiles on their faces, the introduction into this new space has a juxtaposition that had me cringing simply as a lot because it had me excited to be taught extra. As we realized within the base recreation, nothing is because it appears when companies have fingers in every thing, even all the way down to who lives and who dies. Beneath the loud world of extravagance and escape hides a darkish secret that’s related to the homicide that led us right here.
What makes this DLC so particular was how totally different it was to every thing to date whereas concurrently taking gamers again to the foundation of The Outer Worlds. This enlargement additionally does an exquisite job at selecting up the place the bottom recreation lacked some when it got here to companion interactions. If you’d like the complete expertise? Convey Parvati and Felix typically, as a result of their character interventions and banter convey the complete expertise to a completely totally different stage.
The writing of Homicide on Eridanos is good. The dialogue that occurs whereas unraveling the thriller behind the workers encountered is past comparability relating to earlier content material. There have been so many moments (with out spoiling something) the place I used to be so creeped out by a dialog I used to be having, solely to be unhappy when the dialogue was over. This enlargement made me need to speak to everybody I might presumably discuss to, and infrequently. This drive made the expertise the entire extra enriching, as a result of speaking to everybody furthered conversational choices that grow to be out there.
The conversations with NPCs and companions alike circulation naturally the place the bottom recreation stuttered sometimes. There’s a connection created with every character that made the time spent fixing this thriller extremely satisfying. For being the ultimate DLC, that connection was vital, and I really feel just like the artistic writing and narrative design of Homicide on Eridanos will depart a long-lasting impression on gamers lengthy after the tip credit roll. And actually? That is the easiest way to say goodbye to gamers: give them an expertise they will not neglect.
Along with the brand new space and new faces to fulfill, Homicide on Eridanos additionally launched a shiny new toy to play with. The Discrepancy Amplifyer is a sassy device that performs a number of roles: this system is your tour information whereas traversing the gorgeous orchards of Eridanos, your key to fixing crimes by analyzing clues, and it is a weapon on the identical time. Whereas not significantly a good weapon, it’s helpful in being a guiding companion in its personal proper whereas serving to analyze crime scenes.
Enjoyable truth, after we sat down with narrative designer Nitai Poddar, he informed us that everybody who performs this DLC ought to do a “dumb” run at the very least as soon as. “Everybody must play this enlargement with low intelligence even as soon as. We even inform gamers to start with that if they do not have excessive intelligence, sure interactions get actually bizarre.” Even the sounds that the Discrepancy Amplifyer makes are modified, as a substitute turning into a garbled mumble you could’t perceive since you’re not sensible sufficient to. I am doing this run now, and let me inform you: I’ve by no means been extra excited and entertained by individuals telling me I am silly. It is nice.
From the character designs to the ultimate chapter of Obsidian’s newest story, Homicide on Eridanos crammed in a number of the gaps that the bottom recreation had. It was a thriller by way of and thru, holding true to the aesthetic theme of The Outer Worlds and offering a brand new story that makes the tip of the street for this title bittersweet.
To be taught extra about The Outer Worlds: Homicide on Eridanos, take a look at our earlier protection right here. You can too take a look at our full The Outer Worlds assessment, in case you are on the fence about Obsidian’s newest journey.