In a worrying year, Outer Wilds: Echoes of the Eye reminds you what’s most important

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In addition to our 2021 Major Game Awards, every member of the PC Gamer team has focused on the games they love this year. For the rest of this month, we will release the new employee draft and our main awards.

The frustrating thing is that no one will let you destroy Outer Wilds. I’m desperately waiting for the moment when we all agree that it has been long enough since the game was released in 2019 to talk about it endlessly. In this game, you want to share stories about how you stumbled upon every bit of information and which puzzles flatten your brain. Most importantly, I want to talk about the ending. Some people say that “Outside Ambition” is the only truly melancholic game. This is not only correct, but its ending highlights this point, not because of its pessimism towards the end of the world, but because of its optimism.

The echo of the eye made this frustration worse. DLC, sequels, or expansions-no matter what you call them-reposition the main game’s view of the end of the universe. If the original is about curiosity about the unknown, then Echoes of the Eye is about the fear of things you don’t know-and how this fear affects every aspect of your life. The way it ends is brief, but almost as heartbreaking as the original ending, especially when you finish the base game again.