Genre: Open-world action RPG
Developer: Obsidian Entertainment
Publisher: Private Division
Release Date: March 17th, 2021
Edited by AlexKnight2005
The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos is the second DLC expansion to The Outer Worlds from Obsidian. With plenty of role-playing, choices-and-consequences with good loot to boot, there’s a lot to sink your teeth into in terms of RPG goodness
Gameplay is similar to the base game, with a hint of detective gameplay. You put on the planet of Eriadanos where someone has been killed. It’s your mission to find out exactly what happened and solve the murder mystery. The game gives you options to pick the wrong person and even clean up the mess if you make a mistake. The actual fight encounters are similar, no matter who you choose, but combat has never been the outer world’s strongest mechanic. The moment-to-moment gameplay is still just as good as the base game. The environment is varied, and you don’t even leave Eridanos. Instead, the game gives you and your party a home base on the planet to work out of for the duration of the expansion. Throughout the journey, you will find new weapons and armor. They’re mainly just more of the same style of weaponry from the base game, but some might shake things up with new effects during combat. There are a lot of reskinned enemies from the base game, but there are a few new encounters I don’t want to spoil that spice up the experience. Thankfully the story is pretty self-contained and does not add any spoilers or retcons to the main quest of the outer worlds. The content can be played from any time after the starting planet to right before the end planet. So the expansion scales to the level you are when entering the DLC.
Where the DLC, as well as the main game shine, is in the story and dialogue systems. Each character you encounter in the outer worlds murder on Eridanos has a wealth of dialogue, interesting backstories, and reasons why they were not the ones who committed the murder. Through the mixture of talking to people, finding clues in the world, and playing the main story and side missions, you can come to your conclusion right or wrong on who committed the murder. As with the base game, your choice of companions can weigh in on the conversation. As this is an expansion and can not be played after you start the final planet of the main story, you still have access to everything from your playthrough up to that point. With a varied cast of characters, the story and questions on Eridanos are second to none. You feel the detective vibes and that something is wrong on the planet. Compared to the past expansion, choice and consequences matter way more as well. I loved reloading saves and choosing different people that I thought committed the murder. Nothing was as exhilarating as finding the real culprit without the help of an online aide. Either way, the content is enjoyable and full of replayability.
The game on PC runs like a dream. There’s not much to say that wasn’t in the review of the base game in terms of performance. The graphics menu has a wealth of options and sliders to make the game run on various types of hardware configurations as well. The game also has full controller support and button remapping support, text resizing, colorblind mode, and other assistive options to make it comfortable for anyone to enjoy the base game and either of the two expansions.
The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos is an interesting expansion. With the world, good characters, and fun choices and consequences, you are in for a treat of RPG goodness with a hint of detective gameplay if you give this expansion a try. If you didn’t like the base game, then there’s not much here that would make you all of a sudden love The Outer Worlds, but if you enjoyed the base game, it’s good content through and through. It helps the universe feel even more alive and engaging. Obsidian made a great game with The Outer Worlds and with the Murder on Eridanos expansion is a welcome finale to the game. You can pick up The Outer Worlds on steam for $59.99. The expansion pack, which includes the Murder on Eridanos, is available for $24.99. The expansion is also available to stand alone for $14.99. Whichever way you choose to enjoy the game and its expansions it’s well worth your time.
- Good characters and dialogue
- Interesting world
- Fun moment to moment gameplay
- Stale combat
- No option to play the expansion after the credits roll
Blindpcguy gives The Outer Worlds: Murder on Eridanos a Drastik Measure score of 8.5 out of 10.0 (85)