There are numerous "darkest timeline" space Westerns released every year. But The Outer Worlds stands out as one of the most polished games of its type. It's a satire, first of all, which means it doesn't fall victim to the brooding self-seriousness this genre often stoops to. The characters' relationships are relatable and warm. The dialogue is selectable, which customizes your experience further. And the missions are approachable in a multitude of ways: computer hack your way in, shoot your way in, or sneak your way in. It's up to you.

Set in an alternate timeline, in which Teddy Roosevelt never became U.S. President, The Outer Worlds takes place in a solar system where mega corporations are colonizing planets. It's classic dystopian science fiction, stewed to perfection.