Murder on Eridanos is the second and final expansion for The Outer Worlds . What did the authors of the game say goodbye to her fans? Nothing new. However, this does not mean that repeating the old is something bad. Especially in March 2021, when there are no releases worth seeing even on the F95zone.
Peril of Gorgon showed us the dark behind the scenes of the Alcyon colony – laboratories hidden from any prying eyes on the godforsaken asteroid, where, in pursuit of beautiful financial reports, corporations created one of the main scourges of this gloomy universe. Murder on Eridanos , on the other hand, greets us with the gloss and gloss of an exotic hotel located on no less than one of the satellites of the huge gas giant Eridanus. A luxurious skyscraper with luxury apartments, observation decks with stunning views and spacious purple gardens – any billionaire on Earth will envy such a vacation.
However, our hero arrives here not to relax at all. He is hired as an inspector to investigate a daring crime: right before the world premiere of vodka with a new taste, someone kills a famous TV star throughout the colony, who at the same time served as the face of the brand and was supposed to present the product to Alcyone. There is a whole carriage of suspects, because young and successful stars always have a lot of envious people. Or maybe in this way the competitors tried to hinder the triumph of the Rizzo Corporation? Theories multiply as the investigation progresses, while the player scrolls through possible scenarios in his head.
But if you thought that this time the narrative designers of Obsidian Entertainment did without dumb corporate conspiracies, experiments on people and all kinds of crazy plans to throw Alcyone into an even more serious degree of decline, then you can drop it. Such situations are so normal for the colony that they would rather be surprised by their absence. However, while some critical spoiler has not inadvertently escaped from me, let’s switch to the gameplay HuniePop2 and tools with which the player must solve the tasks set by the developers.
Apparently, the game designers of Obsidianbelieve that the modern player for conducting a detective investigation lacks the main tools of the detective – observation and deduction. Or they simply found it inappropriate to create a complex narrative structure for the DLC in order to provide the gamer with convenient input data for the analytical process. Therefore, from the doorway, he is handed a device that will do everything himself: you just need to look through the optical sight, point it at the highlighted area and press one button – and a smart device will explain what is wrong here. The ingenious detective can only assent. Well, or screw in some cunning remark, if you have enough skill, which will not affect the course of the investigation anyway – but the player will feel cool and smart. In other words, in fact, this is not an investigation, but only an illusion, where we act as a horse for a real detective, transporting him from place to place – of course, to the area marked with a marker. Oh yes: if you are not even fit for this, then the device will start screaming in your ear about the approach of a suspicious place.
In fact, there is nothing particularly critical in this approach: in fact, we are dealing with Batman’s ordinary vision or witch’s instinct. On the other hand, in the latest expansion for The Outer Worlds, authors could experiment and surprise fans with something really unusual, but instead chose to go the beaten path instead. Which, of course, can not but upset the sophisticated gamers who were expecting something from Obsidian . No miracle happened: this is a standard detective story from a genre point of view with a minimum program in game mechanics and a plot fork at the end.
On the other hand, the thought process will still take place. While the player carries the pocket Sherlock to the new marker, the options for the development of events are scrolled in his head, the data are compared and various theories are invented – much like reading an Agatha Christie novel . Or, at worst, Daria Dontsova . But the sensations are really similar, which means that the narrative part, plus or minus, works as it should. Alas, this is also an illusion like Eldritch Blast 5e. This process is not necessary for the success of solving the main riddle.