Outcast Second Contact


#6

If money weren’t an issue, I’d buy this just to pat the devs on the back (unless reviews were really negative).

At the moment it’s a maybe. But really cool that it got made.


#7

Ah okay. Yeah, I knew about the remake. @divedivedive even pointed out the remake, among others. The name is very misleading. I thought Second Contact would be the name of a sequel. Nevermind me then.


#8

https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/860613433094738109/FECC4627D2D4298F0B79F2B17F82C18D063E3830/


#9

It’s more a remaster than a remake, from what I know, though obviously they replaced the old voxel system for normal 3d terrain.

I never played this game in 1999. I wished so hard to play it, but I remember having specific problems with my computer with it. Maybe it will be time now…


#10

Yep. Same here. I owned it when it hit the bargain bin, but my computer still wasn’t good enough to play it. Even though I had a Voodoo2, the voxel engine didn’t use my 3D card, it used my CPU, which wasn’t fast enough.


#11

The earlier less ambitious ‘enhanced edition’ is a lot cheaper…


#12

I love Outcast! So damn good.

I’ll pick this up eventually but I think they should have aimed for $20 instead of $40.


#13

Yeah, twenty bucks would have been pretty much a no-brainer buy for me.


#14

I’m the reverse – I played Outcast when it first came out because I had a decent CPU but no 3D card and could only play other games in software mode. Half Life ran OK in software, but Unreal was unplayable.

I loved Outcast but never got far into it – a short ways into the second world. It’s been floating in my consciousness ever since and I replay bits of it from time to time.


#15

I played Outcast when it came out, i remember my having to upgrade my PC to be able to run it. The game was great, i think it was the first open world game i ever played.

Will probably end up buying this just for nostalgia.


#16

Do they have Outtakes ?


#17

I remember loving the original game. It ran fine on whichever overpriced (at that time, I was dropping around 3 grand on an entire new rig every two years) PC I was running at the time.
Heh. I still have my original over-sized big box copy on the shelf.


#18

Arise, thread!

Just wondering what the consensus was on this remaster, and to ask a question: by way of introduction-- I was listening the the Rebel FM’s yearly game music highlights podcast and they played a couple of pieces from the soundtrack to this game. It’s freakin’ amazing-sounding, honestly, right up there with any great film score.

So the question is, is the soundtrack in any way different for this Second Contact version of the game? I ask because you can get it on steam for just a couple of bucks, but (stupidly) can’t actually buy the soundtrack there for the current sale price without shelling out for the whole darn game at 21 bucks.


#19

The soundtrack in Second Contact is the same as in original game, although at higher quality afaik.
Unlike the voice acting which is identical with the same compression since they did not have access to original files.


#20

“I can see you, Ulukai!”

I haven’t tried the remaster. The ‘original’ (actually slightly tarted-up to run on modern PCs, I think) version available on GOG etc. is fun enough, though I’m not averse to buying the update… just being stingy. Even the blockathon voxelfest of 1999 Outcast has aged better, visually, than most other games of that time. It just has that cool Euro-Moebiusy look.


#21

The incredible clunky combat was enough to abandon this game. In this age it’s just too bad, pity because I was intrigued with the setting.


#22

HEY!

I just found out about the existence of this thing, because GOG has it on sale. Does it play the same? Does it feel the same? Is there a point to its existence? Or should I just go back and play the original?


#23

I played it earlier this year and enjoyed it a lot. It makes Outcast very well playable even to my spoiled eyes.
My impressions from when I just finished it

Started playing finally, on wednesday (I have flu, leave me alone) and finished it today morning, about 20 hours all in all.

I can see why this game was revolutionary. For 1999 it must have been fucking mindblowing back in the day, for those few people who could run it. It is like a prototype of all the (good) open world games that came later (from Gothic to Witcher 3).

Fun story and characters, great atmosphere and that music…it is just perfect.

Combat was super simple and easy, but it never became bothersome.

I am glad I bought it. Shame it sold few copies that even with extremely low budget of this remake, they probably lost a lot of money.


#24

Agree with Paul_cze. Unless you feel nostalgic for the old artwork, I would definitely recommend the Second Contact version. Outcast version 1.1 (an “enhanced” version released earlier) also has an updated control scheme–which is the biggest outstanding issue with the original–but Second Contact smooths out some additional rough edges.


#25

Thanks, dudes.

I actually bought 1.1 (I think) from GOG but never played it past the first minute of running around the into village. Maybe afraid a replay wouldn’t be as good as my first experience, maybe just not wanting to commit to the immense action-adventure.