Think you have nerves of steel, son? Why not try exploring the vacuum of space in a ship made of wood and duct tape? Outer Wilds, the critically acclaimed first-person adventure game released on Xbox One last year, is now available on Steam. The game's soundtrack is also available for download, though purists might want to wait for the two-disc vinyl soundtrack that's in the works from iam8bit and Limited Run Games.
Outer Wilds is a truly unique experience that puts you, a fledgling space explorer, in charge of saving a galaxy from being erased by a supernova. Obviously, that's a big ask. Your only advantage is your mysterious ability to relive the same time-loop, a la The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Will that be enough time to gather up the meagre smattering of hints, clues, and secrets that point you in the right direction? It'll have to be.
We love all the reckless exploration and clever puzzles Outer Wilds offers. There's only one big flaw with the game: it has problems with hitching and glitches. It's not clear if developer Mobius Digital or publisher Annapurna Interactive addressed these problems, but it's worth noting the Steam reviews for Outer Wilds are overwhelmingly positive at the time of this writing.
If you don't have the stomach for space exploration, and who can blame you, you can still collect Outer Wilds' soundtrack on vinyl. Visit iam8bit and Limited Run Games, which is also taking pre-orders for physical versions of Outer Wilds.
As someone who simultaneously loves everything about outer space but also finds it terrifying, I enjoyed every personal fear Outer Wilds fed to me last year. It wound up as one of my favorite games of 2019. If you're a fan of adventure games, it's worth snagging. Just be warned you might have to put up with some instances of leftover jank.