Watch almost 20 minutes more The Outer Worlds gameplay footage

Some more footage of The Outer Worlds has shown up courtesy of the Tokyo Games Show. Almost 20 minutes of it, depicting early-game combat and questing. Unlike your standard trade show footage, this looks like how people will probably play the game—skipping through dialogue, sorting through the inventory, ignoring the quest marker to look in random nearby areas, accidentally hitting an explosive barrel while swinging a sword, running through a minefield, that sort of thing. 

The audio is in English so you can hear a lot of sentences being cut short as the demo player presses whatever button is "skip dialogue" on a PS4. It's still easy enough to keep up with the general gist of what's going on. The player takes over a busted spaceship by pretending to be its captain, sets off to find a new power regulator for it—power sources never work in videogames—and fights some robots, among other things.

With the bowler hats, dusters, and country guitar of a space western and some very "this is an RPG" combat AI it's all a bit Firefly: New Vegas. If you haven't made up your mind whether you're interested in Obsidian's RPG yet maybe this unvarnished view of it will help. The Outer Worlds due on October 25.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.