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The Outer Worlds: 5 Essential Beginner’s Tips

If you’ve just begun The Outer Worlds, we have some essential beginners tips for you. From where to sink your skill points, to choosing the right companions; we have you covered. Start your journey in Halcyon on the right foot with our beginner’s tips guide.

The outer worlds - Beginner's tips guide

Obsidian’s latest RPG has finally released, and it’s everything it promised to be. If you’re new to Obsidian’s RPGs or the genre as a whole, we’ve compiled some beginner’s tips for The Outer Worlds that will kickstart your playthrough, making sure you begin your adventure on the right foot. 

Collect Mag-Picks, Lots Of Them!

If you're having trouble finding mag-picks, buy some from a vending machine

If you’re having trouble finding mag-picks, buy some from a vending machine

Hacking and lock picking are essential skills in The Outer Worlds, and you should invest your points in these skills early on. But, if your skillset differs from that of a thief, you’ll want to collect lots of mag-picks. These circular, blueish items can be found just about everywhere, hiding in the nooks and crannies of buildings or storage boxes. Loot is plentiful throughout the Halcyon system if you have access to the right skill and tools. Alternatively, you can purchase them from vending machines, found in the major settlements in Halcyon. 

Fast Travel Is Your Friend 

Click on the compass markers to fast travel

Click on the compass markers to fast travel

The Halcyon system is begging to be explored, but, when you’ve discovered important locations, you can use fast travel to return for main or side quests, etc. Unless you’ve missed some cool loot, there’s little reason to traipse around areas you’ve already explored thoroughly. Better still, there is no penalty or cost for using fast travel, so use it as much as needed. You’ll spend much of your time planet-hopping, so utilising fast travel when available will serve you well. Keep in mind that this function is disabled when enemies are nearby, so deal with any pesky marauders, or just run away. 

Develop Your Speech Skills 

You'll receive ten points every time you level up

You’ll receive ten points every time you level up

Part of the joy of playing an RPG is using your reason and wit, to get out of sticky situations. In The Outer Worlds, having a high speech skill is invaluable if you don’t want to end up as a pile of smocking plasma dust. Almost every conversation will include an option to persuade, intimidate or lie and will often lead to further dialogue threads that could be beneficial to your goals. Having a high speech skill could also be the difference between life and death, leading to a failed quest; who wants that? No one, that’s who.

Choose Your Companions Wisely 

Each companion in The Outer Worlds provides useful boosts to your overall skill levels

Each companion in The Outer Worlds provides useful boosts to your overall skill levels

You’ll meet most of your six possible companions early in the game. Not being able to have all of them tag along, you’ll need to be selective. Each companion has their advantages and disadvantages, but, much of your choice will come down to who you like the most. The game has some quality dialogue in it, and I found myself becoming quite attached to specific crew members. We have a complete companions guide, detailing everything you need to know about your companions.

Take Your Time (Don’t Ignore Side Quests)

Keep track of all your quest in the journal menu

Keep track of all your quest in the journal menu

As to be expected from an RPG, The Outer Worlds is brimming with side quests. Though not as large as some other games in the genre, it’s still easy to become overwhelmed and block them out completely; this would be a mistake. Not only will you miss out of some of the best dialogue, but, you’ll also miss the best weapons too. I know the anxiety of having a full side quest log; feeling like I’m neglecting the story, but, take a breath, calm down, and enjoy the new world that Obsidian has created. 

Conclusion 

We hope this collection of useful tips for The Outer Worlds will turbo boost your journey through the Halcyon System. If you’ve decided to 100% the game, make sure to check out our complete trophies and achievements list and keep your eye’s peeled for more guides for The Outer Worlds, coming soon.  

The Outer Worlds is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC

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