The Outer Worlds

Bethesda will never allow Obsidian to work on another Fallout game, despite many fans of the series shouting, “Fallout: New Vegas is the greatest Fallout game,” and demanding another installment in the series from Obsidian. Bethesda received a lot of criticism for creative and design choices they made with Fallout 4 and significantly more criticism for the most recent installment in the franchise, Fallout 76.

I only played Fallout 76 briefly for two days and have not had any inclination to play it since.

While there is no definitive consensus on Fallout: New Vegas being better than Fallout 3 or Fallout 4, it is likely that Bethesda does not want another situation like this on their hands, which is why Obsidian has not been given the tools to create another outstanding Fallout game. However, with the reveal of The Outer Worlds, it seems that Obsidian has found a workaround.

The Outer Worlds is Obsidian Entertainment’s new IP that is oddly similar to Fallout and mentions Fallout in its announcement trailer. The Outer Worlds is from the original creators of Fallout and the developers of Fallout: New VegasThe Outer Worlds is a new single-player first-person sci-fi RPG.

The game’s landing page is a clear insult to Bethesda. “Welcome to the future. Try not to break it.”

“Lost in transit while on a colonist ship bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy, you awake decades later only to find yourself in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony. As you explore the furthest reaches of space and encounter various factions, all vying for power, the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. In the corporate equation for the colony, you are the unplanned variable.”

Very little is known about The Outer Worlds at this point, but the plot sounds interesting. Particularly more interesting than chasing a trail holotapes around West Virginia. The aesthetic of this game is an intriguing one meshing a combination of Borderlands, Fallout, and Rage. The set pieces look like they could fit perfectly into a Borderlands game, the color choices look a lot like what we have seen of Rage 2, and gameplay looks similar to Fallout with VATS being replaced by a time slow mechanic.

We also know that The Outer Worlds will not be a AAA release and the world will not be truly ‘open-world.’ Think of a world more similar to Borderlands, which technically has an open-world, but is actually a series of levels connected by load doors. Do not expect a wide open world that matches the likes of Fallout: New Vegas or Red Dead Redemption 2. Multiple planets will be visited in The Outer Worlds, though and that is much cooler than having one open world. Smaller levels will allow for better level design, though, which is a component missing in a lot of open world games.

The Outer Worlds will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC sometime in 2019. Maybe that will be enough time to figure out that this game is called The Outer Worlds and not The Outerworlds.

Epic Games Store

Joining Steam, Uplay, Origin, GoG Galaxy, Battle.net, Green Man Gaming, Humble Store is the Epic Games Store. Is this a good or a bad thing?

The Epic Games store is now open, featuring awesome high-quality games from other developers. Our goal is to bring you great games, and to give game developers a better deal: they receive 88% of the money you spend, versus only 70% elsewhere. This helps developers succeed and make more of the games you love.

The Good

The more storefronts that exist in the PC marketplace, the better for the consumer. Steam is the king of sales and this has tremendously helped Steam remain at the top of this market. More competition does not mean that prices will go down, but it does mean that you will be more likely to find the game that you want on sale at any given point in time somewhere. Every time that I have bought a game from Green Man Gaming, it has been because that is where the game was the cheapest or because that was the only store that had the game on sale. This also rings true for every purchase that I have made at the Humble Store, however, I take significant advantage of the 10% discount that Humble Bundle subscribers receive when games are not on sale or first come out.

Selling games on the Epic Games store is better for game developers because they will receive more of the profits than they would on Steam. Steam takes 30% of the revenue, but it looks like Epic Games will only take 12% of the revenue. That is a big advantage for game developers.

Steam is ridiculously swamped with games, graphic novels, and not-games. It is nearly impossible for indie games to see the light of day on the storefront or to appear in search results. There are a great many indie games that have probably been buried in the landfill that is Steam’s catalog. The Epic Games store is a brand new slate with an extremely limited catalog. Epic Games will definitely grow their catalog in the coming months, but will not have an overwhelming catalog any time soon.

The Bad

Launchers, launchers, and more launchers. So many launchers. All of your games are not in one unified space. Say you want to play Far Cry 4, but you opened Origin by accident. Now you have to wait on Origin to open, exit out, open Steam, wait on Steam to open, Steam fails to open so you open Steam again, Steam has to update, Steam finishes updating, you finally click to play Far Cry 4, but now Uplay is opening, because Ubisoft, and guess what! Uplay also has to update so by the time you actually get to play Far Cry 4, you have to go to work. Of course, if you remember exactly which launcher every game uses, you will not have this issue.

What if all of these companies suddenly through subscription services onto their launchers? If there was only one launcher, you would only pay one fee to play all your games, but if there are five launchers, you have to pay five fees or severely limit your gaming options each month by rotating out which launcher you are going to pay to use.

It will be more difficult to find and buy games, because games may release exclusively on one specific launcher. Instead of being able to scroll down one store page, you will now have to scroll down five or more store pages to find games.

Just six games today

The Epic Games store has launched with only four games, but they will be adding more in the future. Right now the four games available include Hades from Supergiant Games, Ashen from Annapurna Interactive and A44, Hello Neighbor Hide & Seek from Tinybuild, Shadow Complex, Unreal Tournament, and Fortnite from Epic Games.

Every two weeks, Epic Games will provide a free game. The first free game will be Subnautica (December 14-27) and the second free game will be Super Meat Boy (December 28-January 10).

Games that will be added to the store in the future include Darksiders III, Outer Wilds, Journey, Super Meat Boy Forever, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, World War Z, Satisfactory, Subnautica, Genesis Alpha One, and Man Eater.

We will see how the Epic Games store shapes up throughout the course of 2019.

Rage Review

Rage was released way back in 2011, but that’s okay. We can still review a game that is seven years and we should to determine whether older games are still worth playing. Without forcing you to read this entire piece, I will assure you that, yes, Rage is still a game worth playing seven years later.

At its release Rage was most commonly compared to Borderlands (2009) and Fallout 3 (2008). Today Rage is also compared to Mad Max (2015). All four of these games are very similar, but all four offer different experiences, some more similar than others. Borderlands focuses more on humor and loot, Fallout 3 focuses on RPG elements, and Mad Max focuses on enjoyable vehicle combat. Rage has no humor, no loot, no RPG elements, and the vehicle combat is perhaps the worst component of the game. Rage also doesn’t have a story.

Rage excels in being a first person shooter focusing on smaller zones of combat that are essentially arenas. The level design is superb especially on levels where you adventure through tight corridors and interiors. One of my favorite levels is Jackal Canyon, which is one of the last levels you will come across in the main story. I might have liked Jackal Canyon so much because it reminded me of a level from Borderlands. Jackal Canyon forces you to make your way across a series of narrow bridges and ziplines to descend to a cave at the bottom of the canyon to retrieve a Decrypter. Along the way, Jackals shoot at you from atop tall cliffs, deploy balloon bombs, and charge at you on the narrow pathway. Not all of the levels are as exciting and well made though. A primary example is the final level in the game, Capital Prime. Capital Prime is a boring level that feels like it could be in any generic first person shooter. It’s not fun or exciting compared to other levels in the game.

There are a total of three boss fights in the game and the first two are some of the most unfun combat moments in the entire game. The Wasted Boss and Giant Mutant are fights that require a great deal of patience. During the first boss fight, the Wasted Boss is mounted on a vehicle turret. You simply have to wait until he pauses shooting to pop out and shoot him. The second boss fight requires the player to shoot the Giant Mutant in highlighted spots with the Rocket Launcher. Wait until he is about to hurl a huge chunk of stone at you, shoot him in the chest, dodge three melee attacks, shoot him in the head, and repeat that process two more times. These boss fights slow the game down. I would much rather fight Kraken Mutants and Large Mutants. I would consider the fights against Krakens and Large Mutants, the actual boss fights of Rage. These fights are actually challenging, don’t require patience, and feel rewarding. Fighting the common enemies is a lot of fun, but the bosses suck. The only boss that might be a little bit fun is the third boss, the Gearhead Boss, but I killed him in mere seconds with the shotgun. Combat in Rage excels when the game throws hordes of enemies at you and especially when Krakens and Large Mutants join the horde.

Vehicular combat also sucks and feels like it was added at the last minute because somebody felt like it had to be in the game. Vehicle combat is almost never fun and is always tedious, but Rage takes it to a new level of boring with its auto-targeting system. You simply wait until a hexagon appears above the enemy vehicle and press the fire button. That’s literally it. This combat system works well in races, but does not translate to open world travel. Fortunately, id Software has teamed up with the developers of Mad Max, which had amazing vehicular combat, for Rage 2, which releases June 2019, so we can expect this to be improved significantly in the sequel.

Rage has a story, but it is lackluster. If you want to play a game for story, Rage is not the game for you, but if you want to play a fun FPS, Rage is the game for you. For the most part, the graphics are great. Rage is seven years old so compared to today’s AAA games, the graphics are a little bit lacking, but that cannot be a concern all these years later. Some textures look pixelated and do not stand up in quality to other textures, but again Rage is an aging game so that is forgivable. There is spectacular level design, which I hope is not abandoned in favor of creating an open world in the sequel and enemies are varied to fit each individual level. Rage is a good 7/10.

7/10

Great

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Expansions – November 2018

Game Cache Magazine

NOVEMBER 2018

Returning

There was no EXPANSIONS monthly issue for August, September, and October, but EXPANSIONS is making a triumphant return in November!

Cowboy Sim 2018

The sequel to 2010's Red Dead Redemption finally released October 26th and is shaping up to be quite the Cowboy Simulator. We have not yet played it, but IGN gave the game a 10 out of 10 and Common Sense Media gave it a 5 out of 5.

Other Recently Released Games

Other recently released video games include: Call of Cthulhu, My Hero One's Justice, and Diablo III: Eternal Collection.

Call of Cthulhu is available for PS4, PC and Xbox One. Uncover the chilling mysteries of this RPG-investigation game, descending deep into a world of cosmic horrors, creeping madness, and shrouded Old Gods within Lovecraft's iconic universe. Call of Cthulhu is developed by Cyanide Studio and is rated M for mature audiences.

My Hero One's Justice is available for PS4, PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Based on the hit weekly Shonen Jump manga series. Choose between fan favorite characters like Deku, All Might, Tomura, and many more on your path to justice. The environments are at your disposal as players can destroy their surrounding in fierce battles. Gorgeous and fathful Anime-style graphics. My Hero One's Justice is developed by Bandai Namco and is rated T for teen audiences.

Diablo III has long been released for PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360. Now Diablo III is also available for Nintendo Switch. Diablo III is developed by Blizzard Entertainment and is rated M for mature audiences.

Upcoming 2018 Game Releases

Game Platform(s) Release Date
Fallout 76 PS4, Xbox One, PC November 14
Battlefield V PS4, Xbox One, PC November 16
Darksiders III PS4, Xbox One, PC November 27
Playstation Classic PSC December 3
Just Cause 4 PS4, Xbox One, PC December 4
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Switch December 7
Katamari Damacy REROLL Switch December 7
Crackdown 3 Xbox One December 31

RAGE Gameplay and Review

Look at this! It's gameplay footage instead of screenshots! And there's no commentary?

Rage was released in 2011 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, developed by id Software. A sequel is expected to be released in June 2019, developed by iD Software and Avalanche Studios. Id Software is most famous for Doom, which is also expected to have an installment, Doom Eternal, released next year. Avalanche Studios is most famous for Just Cause, but is also the studio that developed 2015's Mad Max.

Rage was an okay video game with some interesting ideas that it couldn't capitalize on. Rage 2, however, will be amazing with Avalanche Studios helping to develop it. The original Rage featured vehicular combat, but it just wasn't fun. Mad Max also featured vehicular combat and it was one of the highlights of the game. Id Software couldn't make Rage's vehicular combat fun, but that's why they have teamed up with Avalanche Studios to finally develop a sequel.

The original Rage was also severely lacking in the story department, but that's okay, because I had plenty of fun shooting my way through the linear levels. The ending was abrupt and the least enjoyable section of the game, but I have a lot of side quests to go back and complete. Rage 2 will have an open-world and hopefully an actual story.

Game Cache Store

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Our prices are lower than the prices during Steam Summer Sale 2018.

The following games will be added to the store soon:

  • Sniper Elite
  • Little Nightmares
  • Darksiders II: Definitive Edition
  • Gremlins, Inc.
  • The Dwarves
  • METAL GEAR SOLID V: The Definitive Experience
  • Cities: Skylines

 

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What I Am Playing

I bought Alan Wake more than a year ago when there was the notice that it would be removed from store pages. Recently Alan Wake returned to Steam and I still haven't played this game that I only bought because it was going to disappear... I should probably play it now.

So far Alan Wake is a lot of fun and it will be getting the same treatment as Rage. Be on the lookout for the Alan Wake Gameplay Look later in November. Keep your flashlights handy.

EXPANSIONS - THANK YOU READERS

When I started GAME CACHE, it was just a blog on Tumblr where I periodically posted 10 screenshots from games that I was playing. I was fed up with the amount of bullshots appearing on store pages and in promotional material and wanted to provide a way for fellow gamers to see what the games actually look like.

I wanted to do more with GAME CACHE, though and have spent the last few months thinking about what I could do to grow the site. Game galleries, reviews, miniseries, and a monthly newsletter.

Thank you for reading and supporting!

Disclaimer: GAME CACHE does not own the Doom Eternal video contained in this issue of EXPANSIONS.

Steam Halloween Sale: Top Picks

Steam’s annual Halloween Sale began yesterday and does not last long at all! I have scrolled through the Steam story and compiled a list of 10 awesome games that are currently on sale so that you don’t have to!

The Winter Sale is right around the corner with more games included so if money is tight, it might be a better idea to wait another month for the bigger sale.

  1. Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  2. Pony Island
  3. Battle Chef Brigade Deluxe
  4. Oxenfree
  5. American Truck Simulator
  6. Mad Max
  7. Pajama Sam Complete Pack
  8. The Technomancer
  9. Outlast 2
  10. The Norwood Suite

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is only at a 34% discount, but it made the list because it just came out last month. You can already grab the game for $39.59 right now! Currently, this game has Mixed reviews on Steam, but that is because it has been review bombed by people who just paid full price for this game and are pissed that it is already discounted. Oh well.

Pony Island is a fun little game that can be beaten pretty quickly. I completed the game in just two hours, but this is definitely a gem that should be experienced and $1.64 is the perfect price!

Battle Chef Brigade was recently included in the Humble Monthly. This game pairs combo-based hunting with puzzle-based cooking and is truly enjoyable. It’s currently 40% off on Steam.

Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller perfect for Halloween. Oxenfree is a steal at 75% off for $4.99. If you don’t buy anything else on this, buy Oxenfree.

American Truck Simulator might look like an extremely boring game, but it’s actually a lot of fun. I recently reviewed the game after receiving it in the Humble Monthly. This game is currently 75% off for $4.99. If you want to experience driving a truck through California, Nevada, and Arkansas delivering cargo to various businesses, this is the game for you.

Mad Max is also 75% off for $4.99.

This is no joke. I enjoyed countless hours playing Pajama Sam when I was a kid. Pajama Sam 3 is among the first games that I remember playing. This Pajama Sam Complete Pack is great for children or if you want some nostalgia. The pack is currently 50% off for $12.49. The four main games are included along with Sock Works and Lost & Found.

The Technomancer currently costs $7.49. This is not the best RPG and has its flaws, but it is fun.

Outlast 2 is another perfect game for Halloween. This one is scarier and more thrilling than Oxenfree. I recently played Outlast 2 and had a blast. It is 75% off for $7.49.

The final game on this list is a strange game and I love it. Don’t let the visuals deter you from purchasing The Norwood Suite, because it is surprisingly fun. The Norwood Suite is a short game sitting at just under 2 hours, but it is currently 50% off for $4.99.

There are a number of other games on sale as well including: Rust, Friday the 13th, Dark Souls III, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, Divinity: Original Sin 2, No Man’s Sky, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Rocket League, but remember there will be bigger sale coming later in November.