The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon (PC) Review

By Athanasios 14.11.2020

Review for The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon on PC

Peril on Gorgon, the first expansion pack for Obsidian's flawed gem, The Outer Worlds is basically a handful of more hours of the same thing. For those who enjoyed the main campaign (reviewer included) that's definitely not a bad deal, thing, with the only issue in this case being the somewhat short length. For those who wanted something different, however, this DLC simply isn't for them.

A bunch of hours into the main campaign, and the protagonist will be informed by the wonderful piece of software that is ADA about a package that has just arrived on the Unreliable. The hero or heroine gathers the companions that are aboard the starship (if any), and they decide to go to the Gorgon asteroid, where they'll get to be a part of a somewhat intriguing detective-esque mission about corporate secrets and so on; a mission that begins after an exchange with a mysterious lady (one of the few interesting characters in here), who tasks you with helping her out with a family affair.

Sadly, this is just more of the same exact humour, fighting, and exploration that The Outer Worlds offered, with this package just extending the adventure by five to seven hours, or so, but not expanding it with anything new, be it enemies, items (apart from a weapon or two), or mechanics. Due to that, Peril on Gorgon can become way too repetitive way too soon, as most of your time will be spend fighting the same foes again and again - usually marauders, which was already a big part of the core experience.

Screenshot for The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon on PC

This also uses the same resources, so everything looks as if it takes on any of the previously visited locales. Many times it actually does, as players will have to revisit the rest of the Halcyon system, where a new building or two will be available to explore. Come to think of it, this is mostly about exploring abandoned structures (mostly labs), while trying to find out about Spacer's Choice's corporate secrets, revolving secret experiments… done secretly. There's a great deal of logs to discover that add to the story, and, surprisingly, your companions do comment on the situation quite often, so make sure to not come on Gorgon alone.

Like with the main game, the most enjoyable aspect of this DLC is character interaction, and the fact that one can do things their way. At times this feels more eager to just be a straightforward shooter than an RPG, but as a whole this mostly seems to understand what makes The Outer Worlds fun. The only problem is that the mystery on offer isn't much of a mystery. Obsidian remains afraid to take any risks with this new universe it has created, so when the "shocking revelation" finally arrives, few will be impressed. Corrupt corporation is corrupt? *Yawn* been there done that…

Screenshot for The Outer Worlds: Peril on Gorgon on PC

Cubed3 Rating

6/10
Rated 6 out of 10

Good

Is this a bad DLC? Fortunately, no. You'll definitely enjoy it, but a feeling of disappointment will constantly keep you company during this adventure, as it could be something a lot better than simply "more of a good thing" kind of deal. In other words, Peril on Gorgon is just one more quest line to complete - one that's fun, but not any different than what came before it.

Developer

Obsidian Entertainment

Publisher

Private Division

Genre

Real Time RPG

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  6/10

Reader Score

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