The Outbound Ghost Review

Introduction

The Outbound Ghost is an adventure RPG about helping ghosts ascend to the afterlife.

Battle the past using figments of your personality.  Craft badges to earn abilities. Explore a town of troubled spooks and discover life can be tough, even when you’re dead.

The Outbound Ghost was released on PS4 and PS5 on November 30th 2022.

Review

You don’t get much more ‘ghost town’ than the town of Outbound.  This charming, colourful game is well worth your attention.

We all wonder what happens after death, and what if our actions whilst we’re alive really do effect us after we’re gone?  This game simply reminds us that if we have any regrets or things we wish we had done whilst we can, then we better do them.

You play as (what everyone thinks) an unfamiliar ghost that has just arrived into the town of Outbound.  With no memory of what happened to them or the town’s folk, you follow them on a journey through Outbound trying to piece their memory back together and discover what happened to everyone in the town.

You’ll meet some interesting characters along the way, and with some ups and downs, try to help them ascend to the afterlife.  It’s not easy, as you will also have to battle creatures known as apparitions.  Each battle will give you abilities to help to progress further into the story and uncover hidden areas.

When you ‘run’ into these apparitions, a turn-based battle will begin where you will use your figments (emotions) against the apparitions.  The battle ends when either you defeat the apparitions, or you choose to escape.

The combat however is very repetitive and does get boring, though you can escape the fight, which is useful – though you wouldn’t want to do this too often otherwise you won’t gain extra abilities.

You can also craft items with the materials you collect to aid you on your way – these help with health and combat skills and abilities.  You are also awarded materials by defeating enemies.

It’s not as short as you might expect, as time to beat the game is around 15-18 hours, and achieving the platinum is around 20-25 hours – however, I would say that even though there could have been more detail to the exploration, and the combat could have been slightly different depending on which creature you were fighting, this little gem is worth checking out.

Rating

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Pros:

  • Story
  • Characters

Cons:

  • Lots of backtracking
  • Combat is repetitive
  • Exploration could have been a little better

Summary

Cute game with a sweet story and fun characters. Just wish the combat wasn’t so repetitive and there was more to explore. I still recommend checking this game out though.

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Game & Developer Information

Developer Website: Conradical Games
Developer Socials: Twitter

Images – https://www.igdb.com/

The Outbound Ghost – Trailer (PS5, PS4)

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