The Shrink Ray in The Outer Worlds: A Review

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The Outer Worlds Shrink Ray

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The Shrink Ray is perhaps one of the most iconic and instantly recognizable devices in The Outer Worlds. It perfectly captures the game's kitschy 1930s sci-fi pulp aesthetic, both visually and in name alone. Sadly, it mostly is a shrink ray in name alone. The effect barely lasts a few seconds -- as fleeting as the joy of nostalgia for an era you were never really part of. It also doesn't do much damage, meaning you're better off using the other, more lethal Science Weapons in The Outer Worlds. The Shrink Ray is too good of an idea to put into practice. Probably because a true Honey, I Shrunk the Kids device would unbalance the rest of the game.

PROS
  • Looks great, sounds great
  • Perfect fit for the pulp aesthetic
  • Shows The Outer Worlds' willingness to be ridiculous
CONS
  • Shows The Outer Worlds' unwillingness to commit to the bit
  • The Prismatic Hammer is a better Science Weapon and almost as easy to acquire
  • Can't force your enemies to battle a scorpion while riding an ant
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Steven Strom

An obsessive writer broadcasting to you live from the middle of nowhere. Thinks cute things are good, actually.

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