The Outer Worlds is an action role-playing sci-fi game played in a first-person perspective where the character you decide to become will determine how this player-driven story unfolds. You play one of the thousands of people left in hibernation on an abandoned colony ship that is lost in transit while bound for the furthest edge of the galaxy. You awake decades later after crash landing on a planet only to find yourself alone in the midst of a deep conspiracy threatening to destroy the Halcyon colony, a star system on the fringe of known space. Check out our The Outer Worlds Walkthrough and Guide to get help making decisions in this sci-fi adventure.
Play Hard Mode The game recommends you play on the Medium difficulty setting, describing it as 'how The Outer Worlds was intended to be played'. However, if you have played a first person shooter before you will find it too easy. To give yourself a challenge you need to select the Hard mode or if you are feeling especially confident the Supernova mode which will mean your companions experience permadeath and you will need to eat and drink to stay alive.
Turn Off Helmets If you prefer to see the characters faces instead of their helmets you can turn off both player and companion helmets in the settings. This is just an aesthetic choice and will not affect the stats provided by the helmets.
Invest in Dialog and Stealth Skills Invest points into all of the skills under 'Dialog' (Persuade, Lie, Intimidate) to ensure you don't get locked out of game changing dialogue options because you don't have enough skill points. The Dialog skills basically allow you to control the flow of the game.
Lockpick and Hack Skills Early in the game you will find investing points in the lockpick and hack skills in particular invaluable. The lockpick skill will enable you to open locks and bins which will contain valuable goodies inside which will allow you to get better gear faster and the hack skill will give you the option of shutting down automechanical guards to avoid combat.
Complete Town Quests First Terra-2 and Monarch are the two main planets in The Outer Worlds and both have multiple towns which you can explore. It is recommended before you venture out of the town boundaries you first complete any quests that take place entirely in these towns before leaving. This will enable you to explore everywhere in these towns thoroughly and earn plenty of XP.
Adjust Companion Behaviours To the right of your companions inventories are their stats which will include skills, perks, and behaviours. Make sure you alter alter the behaviour of the companion to suit your playstyle and the equipment you give them. If for example you have a companion that has a powerful shotgun you will want to play them aggressively and up close while on the other hand if they have a hunting rifle you will want to instruct them to keep their distance and only use ranged weapons.
Use Companion Abilities Apart from being able to provide extra firepower in combat situations, each companion in The Outer Worlds has a specific ability you can utilise which deals significant damage. If you have invested in the right perks and stats these abilities will be able to regenerate fairly quickly so make sure you frequently use them.
Check Weapon Level In The Outer World you will need to inspect any gun you pick up in your inventory otherwise you will have no way of telling what level it is and the DPS.
Stealing Things Whenever you are alone in a room be sure to ransack it for anything useful. If however you are not alone you need to make sure nobody has a direct line of sight before you steal something as getting caught will result in negative consequences.
Spending Credits Make sure you spend the credits you earn on tinkering your guns at any workbench. If you continue to bo buff up your favourite guns you will be able to hang onto them. If however you find a gun which is a much higher level it is advised that you switch to it.