12 Games Of Christmas 2019 – The Outer Worlds v Borderlands 3
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Yesterday’s fight was what I like to call squeaky bum time. Star Wars: Jedi – Fallen Order and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice traded punches for hours on end. Ultimately, there was just a handful in it and Respawn’s Star Wars game walked out the victor. Just.
And now to decide what game is going to face it in the semi-finals. Two sci-fi shooters are lumbering into the ring. The Outer Worlds is the fresh faced newcomer, Obsidian’s answer to Fallout. Small and perfectly formed, The Outer Worlds has its sights set on being the featherweight RPG champion of the woooooorld. Then there’s the juggernaut. The grandaddy of looter shooters. The box of magic tricks that is Borderlands 3. Randy Pitchford has been busy doing his best to try and ensure Borderlands 3 failed but has it worked? There’s only one way to find out.
How the community voting works
Each day at 17:00 GMT two titles will battle each other. Whichever title receives the most votes in the poll wins, and will then go through to the next round. 12 games in total will be battling away, and the first six rounds will took place from Monday through until Saturday, one battle per day. The six games that win will make it through to the semi-finals, where three further 1v1 fights will take place. The winners of these three battles will then make it to the three-way final to decide the ultimate game this Christmas.
Each bout will last 23 hours, and the winner is whichever game receives the most votes in the poll, which can be found towards the bottom of each article.
Round 1: Fight 4 – The Outer Worlds v Borderlands 3
On the one hand, we have the return of Obsidian. Now cradled under the wing of Microsoft, Obsidian has achieved its biggest success in a long while with The Outer Worlds. It may have reviewed lower than either of the Pillars of Eternity games but The Outer Worlds certainly has more mainstream appeal. it’s a much smaller scale, focused take on the Bethesda RPG, with all the pros and cons you’d expect this to entail. It’s a jack-of-all-trades but will it be enough to deliver a knockout punch to its loud, in your face competitor?
Borderlands 3 certainly has a lot of bark, although it remains to be seen whether it has any bite. Gearbox’s co-op looter shooter is bigger and better than what’s come before, offering heaps of planets to explore, a comprehensive end-game to get stuck into, and some really eye-catching visuals. For those of a certain type it’s also quite the rib tickler, scooping up the Funniest Game of the Year at the Global Game Awards 2019.
With The Outer Worlds and Borderlands 3 we’ve go two contenders which share many of the same ideals, although they end up being massively different games. Which one is going to be capable of delivering the knockout punch which sees it through to the semi-finals though? Ding, ding, ding.
Get voting below for your winner, and remember to check back tomorrow for Day Five of the 12 Games of Christmas, where two more titles will battle it out to earn a place in the next round. The winner of today’s competition will face the winner of yesterday’s competition in the semi-final on 16th December!
Round 1 – Death Stranding v Red Dead Redemption 2 Round 2 – COD: Modern Warfare v Halo: Master Chief Collection Round 3 – Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order v Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Round 4 – The Outer Worlds v Borderlands 3 Round 5 – Resident Evil 2 v Devil May Cry 5 Round 6 – Disco Elysium v Outer Wilds Semi-Final 1 – Red Dead Redemption 2 v Halo Master Chief Collection