Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye
released on Sep 28, 2021
DLC for Outer Wilds
The Hearthian space program has detected an anomaly that canʼt be attributed to any known location in the solar system. Grab your flashlight and prepare to illuminate the darkest secrets of the Outer Wilds in it's first and only DLC, Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye.
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Weaker than the original, but still a wonderful game nonetheless.
Just like Outer Wilds, Echoes of the Eye is made up of an intricate informational puzzle, but adds some actual physical gameplay elements that make sense and are explained quite well. Tying them all together to get to the main goal is once again very difficult, but I loved it nonetheless.
The new story ties in with Outer Wilds perfectly and adds context to the original so that the game feels more complete. It contains some breathtaking 'WOW' moments at the start. These made me feel so excited to discover the new additions to the game. This time, the story is told more visually and artistically, which I definitely preferred over written text from the main game.
The vibe of the DLC is very different from the main game. I would describe the main game as eerie and atmospheric, while the DLC is creepy and other-worldly. To be honest, this difference makes the DLC a lot more interesting. However, the main downside for me was that creepy turns into straight up horror near the end. I recognise that it is needed in this part of the game and story, because the creepy build-up leads up to a climax, but I would have executed it differently so that it does not become unfun for people who scare easily or are not into the horror genre. I can totally see how fans of the atmosphere of the main game were a bit put off by the DLC because of this very reason. In the end, for me, it did not ruin the great time I had outside of the horror aspect.
great expansion to the base game with an interesting twist on base game ideas and a completely different vibe