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PostSubject: Outcast - The ultimate action adventure for ambitious Adventurers   Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:34 am

By Gelert on Sun May 3, 2009 at 2:28PM

Outcast was, and is THE most underrated and amazing action adventure EVER made. Anyone agree?

The tantalizing preview screenshots, and designer art, of its sequel still linger on the internet, and are an incredibly frustrating and provocative reminder of what could have been. If anyone ever (as has been rumoured), decides to finally make the sequel, then, without the look, feel, story and sounds of the original, it well never - that's NEVER !!!! - match up to its magnificent predecessor! Far too many 'new available technology' sequels are, due to natural (but doomed), desire to appeal to a larger market, and, so, pander to the masses, such very bitter disappointments.
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PostSubject: Re: Outcast - The ultimate action adventure for ambitious Adventurers   Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:35 am

By GreyFuss on Sun Nov 8, 2009 at 11:10PM

So Gelert

Are you recomending Outcast to this Point & Click Adventure Maniac who has played just about every adventure that even remotely interested him and trying to find something in more on the P&C Adventure side in another genre?
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PostSubject: Re: Outcast - The ultimate action adventure for ambitious Adventurers   Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:37 am

By winfrey on Mon Nov 9, 2009 at 4:56AM

If you do dabble with this game- I found this...a patch for it let us know if you like it GreyFuss
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Outcast was made to work with DirectX 6.1. I played it with DirectX 7a with essentially no problems. I don't know how well it would work with DirectX 8a. There is a patch for Outcast that is almost 12 MB. You can download it from Adrenaline Vault
http://206.50.51.4/pcrl/patches_temp.asp?patch=outcast or this Outcast tech help site
http://www.outcast-game.com/english/html/in_support_patches.html and probably from other places as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Outcast - The ultimate action adventure for ambitious Adventurers   Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:38 am

By GreyFuss on Mon Nov 9, 2009 at 3:44PM

Hello Miss Winfrey

Thank you for the "Do Dabbling" advice. I will certainly use the link once Gelert chimes in with more of his personal opinion on this game espeacially in the area of controls.

Gelert

Did you play the hard to find DVD version of Outcast or the CD?
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PostSubject: Re: Outcast - The ultimate action adventure for ambitious Adventurers   Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:38 am

Hi Winfrey and GreyFuss. I'm not aware of that patch, but I do remember that some players experienced some player character freezing, especially when mounted on his Twon Ha. I never had this prblem though. I played the box CD-ROM version and was completely oblivious of the DVD version. In fact I'm not very familiar with it even now. I'll give you a bit more on my favourable, but biased, perspective on the game (I say biased because it really was just my cup of tea).
First of all the music was tremendous. I think it was the Moscow Philharmoic Orchestra, and they played music especially composed for the game. You have to like classical music to know what I mean. The player controls Cutter Slade and, at first look, all seems a bit clunky. But it's not once you get into it, and the story makes the game. It's very open and you can just play along the set storyline and complete the quests if you wish, but there are many side quests which make the game even better. Now don't get me wrong, yes, this is a game with a lot of action and combat (weapons), but I found it at exactly the right level for me. I'm pretty naff at action games, and I really don't like action games (with few exceptions), unless there's a cracking storyline and 'easy' combat. There's a fair amount of humour in the game and you must listen to conversations carefully to get the most out of it. I can't over-emphasis the part that the musical score plays in the game. It's fantastic. There are portals in the gameworld that take you to 'other' worlds and each has its own peculiarities and challenges. Don't make the mistake made by many, many people I hear of that have played Outcast. They find riding the Twon Has difficult for some reason (perhaps because they encounter a bug. I don't know). Winfrey patch may even sort this. But if you try to explore tthe worlds purely on foot you're basically knackered! It's much, much faster and easier on Twon Ha -back. Many people don't realise you can go underwater, and there's lots to do there. The first area you encounter is actually a training level. So be careful to complete it as it's invaluable. The one thing you really have to be prepared for is this. The controls. It was the first ever game I ever attempted that involved keyboard controls (DON'T LET THAT PUT YOU OFF!), and they're not straightforward. They work perfectly when you master them, but accept that it may take you at least two gaming evenings to master them - purely a memorising issue - and even then you'll need your quick reference guide nearby. THAT'S the only negative! I think that the relatively easy action in the game is what made for this game to be not the success it should have been. It tried to be both adventure and action in one. Obviously, the developers loved creating a world that was the base for a marvellous storyline (of movie proportions), but they knew that action was necessary for commercial success. They just ended up with an inbetweeny of a game in my mind. But, the story and relatively easy combat is what pulls in many Adventure game fans. AND ................. did I say .................. the music! :-) Finally, for now at least, pleeeease, if you play it through, wait for the end of the credits ................................. you'll see why I say that if you do. THIS game above ALL the pure Adventure games I've ever played with my children, is the THE GAME that my children still nag me to replay with them the most. I've just waited until sufficient time has passed for my memory to be wiped adequately for me to enjoy it to the max. once more. Perhaps, GreyFuss, the time is approaching. Thanks for the nudge! :-) Oh! By the way, I wrote three or four member reviews for GameBoomers in the years that I was a member there. This was one of them. Not sure if it still exists in their archive.
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PostSubject: Re: Outcast - The ultimate action adventure for ambitious Adventurers   Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:38 am

By greyfuss on Tue Nov 10, 2009 at 12:09PM

Thanks Gelert

I am going to give this game a try and yes I love classical music so I look forward to that. Do you think that a Logitec Rumble GamePad could be programed to do the keyboard strokes? I grabbed up a CD version for relatively cheap compared to the others listed on Ebay however I can not find any of the DVD version listed in the world. Check out the link to the right for Moby Games multi language DVD version. I don't no how much different the DVD version is but it says this on the back of the box " Enhanced features for your DVD video player: Enjoy over an hour of exclusive video on your TV" Many thanks for the info.
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PostSubject: Re: Outcast - The ultimate action adventure for ambitious Adventurers   Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:39 am

Here's a great article on it here, and information on the 'in progress' Open Outcast sequel using the original Voxel game engine. Since Outcast 2 was cancelled - a website still exists with various eyewatering screenshots around the web - I've been watching this fanmade sequel with interest. The link is here ----------------------------------------------------------> http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2007/08/21/the-making-of-outcast-reprise/
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PostSubject: Re: Outcast - The ultimate action adventure for ambitious Adventurers   Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:40 am

.... .... and here's a great site with some superb music from the game --------------------------------------------------------->
NOTE: ............. Don't look at the outtakes file until you've played the game through.http://www.planet-adelpha.net/Downloads/music.html
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PostSubject: Re: Outcast - The ultimate action adventure for ambitious Adventurers   Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:40 am

By greyfuss on Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 4:11PM

Fantastic

Thanks Gelert for those links. They are great to browse around and read some articles & the support & Forums will be very helpful.. The games music reminds me allot of the movies, Star Wars with a mix of Indiana Jones & Myst. I wonder if one of them influenced the composing of the tunes and there are a lot of them. I am anxious to give Outcast a go and will try my best to get past the controls and enjoy the game. I do hope I can program the Rumple Pad to at least let me sit back while playing.
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PostSubject: Re: Outcast - The ultimate action adventure for ambitious Adventurers   Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:40 am

The Daoka music is one of my favourites. :-)
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