you know you should finally play a game when a sequel is announced... 20 fucking years later. not even sure if I should go with 1.1 or the remake. not too bothered by graphics, never have (played og deus ex last year and it already looked shit when it first came out), but I'm all about quality of life and functionality, which might point toward the remake, but the state of most games coming out these days suggests otherwise. anybody who played both and can weigh in?
Because it is your first time playing it, start with the original Outcast included in this giveaway. Play for a while to get used to the control scheme. Appreciate the Voxel graphics, story and voices. Once the gate is open move on to Outcast 1.1 and see how you like it. Enjoy somewhat better graphics, the wildlife, architecture and landscape after stepping through the portal! On way to the village you get an opportunity to fight small groups of Talans. You can also try to avoid patrols if this is how you wish to approach the game. After you have spoken to the NPC either keep playing to the end or start playing Outcast Second Contact.
Since it remains the same across all versions you will only ever have to get used to the control scheme once. The story and everything else has been kept the same as well. Story and everything else also remains very much the same. You will notice that Second Contact introduced some QOL improvements, it is now possible to skip forward during dialogs, you will ge explanations of terms in brackets next to words in dialogs, a nice hand drawn intro and of course somewhat better graphics.
One of the only real differences is diving. Cutter got a jetpack on his back which changes the way he moves underwater. He will not remain on the same level as he does after a right- or left-click with mouse or controller. He constantly keeps moving in an up- or downward direction. It was somewhat difficult to get used to this. Cutter's movements, he turned in akward angles, it also looks a bit weird.
This is why it comes down to personal taste and the question whether you can live without some QOL-features. Having played the original way back when it came out, of course it will remain my number one. Playing it as I did just yesterday, to see whether it, 1.1 and SC would work with Windows 11 Pro
and while it is nice to be able to also experience the old versions in all their glory, my first choice for a playthrough would be SC.
thanks for the detailed response. I didn't realize the classic version was also available here, wouldn't want to fuck around with the cds anymore, just go with 1.1. as it is, might as well check out how it compares to my memories, then how 1.1 compares to it, and I'll either go with the playthrough of the remake or just check it out after, out of curiosity.