As I played , I kept thinking about the Alien films. The two share a dystopian future in which corporations wield far too much power over the galaxy. But where Alien uses terror and bloodthirsty monsters to hammer home its message, Obsidian Entertainment and The Private Division deploy a quick wit and sharp satire to show what happens when mega-conglomerates, not governments, rule the final frontier.

The Outer Worlds is a role-playing game that comes out October 25 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. I reviewed it on the PS4, and I found a wickedly funny skewering of corporations. It’s a RPG with smart character-building and some satisfying dungeon design. Combat could be better, and the world is full of people who look like

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