A surprisingly, amazingly good third-person adventure, '''Outcast''' was noteworthy for its time for a host of innovative and effective game developments, almost all of which sadly reduced its chances in the marketplace. It had the bad luck to use unusual rendering method widely called "voxels"[[labelnote:*]]actually "a height field with some software raycasting"[[/labelnote]] to generate a wide-open, go-anywhere play world... just when 3D accelerators based on rendering polygons got really popular. (In their defense, had they gone with polygon rendering on the [[UsefulNotes/GraphicsProcessingUnit GPUs]] available at the time, no computer in the world at that point in time would be able to handle the game.) It had a deep story, with good writing... just as Internet-based deathmatches with {{Excuse Plot}}s became popular. It had a full orchestral -- and we ''mean'' orchestral, as in "a big bunch of real musicians" -- score, in a time when techno or rock was almost required on any game's soundtrack.

You, as Cutter Slade, are sucked into an alternate world, Adelpha, after a physics experiment GoneHorriblyWrong, along with several researchers: William Kauffman, the head of the project who believes in an infinite number of parallel universes; Anthony Xue, his partner who is responsible for the energy requirements, and Marion Wolfe, a former journalist and daughter of the senator who, after a botched paradrop exercise, essentially forced Cutter into retirement. Your character winds up in an alternate world, with a vaguely medieval society of aliens called the Talan going about their business, who immediately begin to revere him as their messiah, the [[TheChosenOne Ulukai]]. Oddly enough, though, they [[AliensSpeakingEnglish all speak English]] when talking to you. The merchants sell ammunition that fits your guns. And there's an in-universe reason for all of that...

[[WhatCouldHaveBeen A sequel was planned]], but before development could really get off the ground, [[AuthorExistenceFailure the company went bankrupt]]. [[http://outcastii.free.fr/www/eng/index_eng.php This website]] preserves what little remains from the original sequel's development materials, including a [[http://outcastii.free.fr/www/main/focus/OC2_1st_Script.pdf design doc draft]]. A fan-made, open source sequel entitled ''[[http://www.openoutcast.org/wp/ Open Outcast]]'' is currently in development by a group of enthusiasts. And in April of 2014, several of the original devs started a Website/{{Kickstarter}} [[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/outcast-reboot-hd/outcast-reboot-hd project]] to fund an HD remake of the first game, with eventual hopes to develop a sequel.

Now sold on [[http://www.gog.com/game/outcast GOG]] and [[http://store.steampowered.com/app/336610 Steam,]] if you missed out the first time around. With the digital releases, the game was updated to run smoothly on modern-day computers with higher resolutions, an improved HUD and gamepad-friendly control options.
!!This game provides examples of the following:

* AbnormalAmmo: Certain Talan would make ammunition for your weapons.
* ActorAllusion: Cutter Slade looks remarkably like Bruce Willis. In the german Dub he is even voiced by Manfred Lehmann - the most often used german synchron Voice for Bruce Willis.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: They have their own language, and some words from it are used prominently throughout the game, but for the most part everyone you talk to speaks English.
** Explained by [[spoiler: Kauffman and Xue teaching them English when they arrived many years before]]
* AlternateUniverse: Attempting to find one is part of the game's story. The entire game takes place in one, called Adelpha.
* ApocalypseHow: Damaging the probe sent to Adelpha causes a black hole to start forming on Earth, which will cause a Class X if the team doesn't fix it in time.
* ArtificialBrilliance: The game featured extremely advanced AI for its day. The enemies would attempt to flank the player, hide themselves behind cover (though without ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' sticky cover), call for reinforcements and flee if they felt completely outgunned.
* AttackAttackAttack: Averted. The enemies would attempt to flee if they were losing the battle hard enough.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Come now, ''Cutter Slade''.
* BadassNormal / RetiredBadass: Cutter Slade is a former US Navy SEAL.
* BagOfHolding: Cutter's backpack holds an amazing amount of supplies; lampshaded in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjFmLiv5cFY one of the "outtakes"]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] (or [[HandWave handwaved]]) by it being a nanominaturisation backpack, complete with accompanying sound effects.
* BegoneBribe: The only way to get the [[DreadfulMusician street musicians]] in Okriana to shut up.
* BigBad: Fae Rhan [[spoiler:, actually Anthony Xue]]
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Yod = God. Zort = Shit. Zorkins = Money. Shamaz = Priest. Daoka = Portal. That only scratches the surface of the terminology you'll be bombarded with from early on. There's even an ingame lexicon for everything.
* ConvectionSchmonvection
* DancePartyEnding: If you get enough completion percentage.
* TheDragon: Kroax.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:Xue, again, when he kills William Kauffman and becomes Fae Rhan.]]
* FanSequel: ''open Outcast'', a total conversion for the [[VideoGame/CRysis CryTech3]] engine.
* {{Feelies}}: Included were sheets detailing every weapon available in the game and translations of every word of the Talan's language, "Agazork", into English.
* GirlyRun: Marion does not walk or run. She flounces, and then flounces faster. Cutter has a strange gait too.
* HilariousOuttakes: ''Outcast Outtakes'', which showed the game as an in-development film. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SnqAihKAyA&feature=related look here]]
* HumanoidAliens
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Cutter can be this, mostly in early cutscenes with Wolfe.
* JustifiedSavePoint: The Gaamsaav crystal.
* KarmaMeter: Help the Talan and your reputation will improve. Hurt and kill the Talan and it worsens. If it bottoms out, Talan will be openly unhelpful and prevent you from learning enough to make any progress. The better it is, the cheaper you can buy your equipment back (see NoHeroDiscount) and the more you'll be able to sell certain items for.
* NoHeroDiscount: The Talan believe you're a Messiah, prophecised to save them from tyranny. This doesn't stop a group of identical merchants, all brothers, from selling your own equipment to you in an attempt to prove to their father that they can make enough money to inherit the family business
* NonStandardGameOver: If you kill a plot-critical talan, it's essence will not dissipate into the atmosphere normally. Instead it'll chase you forever. Once it catches you, you die.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The Talan only ever refer to Cutter as "Ulukai", [[spoiler: Kauffman as "Kazar", and Xue as "Fae Rhan".]]
* PainfullySlowProjectile: All of Cutter's weapons fire slow moving things, though some are slower than others. The FT-74 in particular is so slow, you can kill yourself by running forward into your own fire.
* RealAfterAll: [[spoiler: Beyond the magic-like powers some Talan have the game's various references to the Yods seem to just be standard religious explanations for regular occurrences, however, the way Fae Rhan's castle is destroyed at the very end suggests they really are real.]]
* SceneryPorn: For a world rendered near-entirely with voxels, it's really pretty.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: In the box art Cutter Slade is about to shoot you.
* ShoutOut: One musician in the city Okriana will sometimes randomly play the first few notes from a ''StarWars'' song.
* [[spoiler:StableTimeLoop]]: [[spoiler:Kauffman and Xue end up in Adelpha a few decades before the probe, Cutter or Marion do. In the decades between, Kauffman becomes the prophet Kazar and predicts the arrival of Cutter, the Ulukai; Xue becomes [[BigBad Fae Rahn]], has Kazar [[strike:killed]] "reverted", and then ends up sending one of his soldiers to damage the probe when it finally arrives.]]
* StandardFPSGuns: You only get the pistol for free - all the rest you have to find or buy, and then upgrade to make them truly battle-ready.
** HK-P12: Pistol.
** UZA-SH1: Automatic. Bullets ricochet when the gun is upgraded.
** LN-Duo 500: GrenadeLauncher.
** FT-74: Flamethrower.
** SLNT-B: Marksman gun, inflicts poison.
** HAWK-MK8: Energy Gun. Can be a real GameBreaker when fully upgraded because it fires one-hit kill blasts about as quickly as you can click.
* TheLifestream: Essentially how essences worked.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: It was released in 1999 and set in 2007.
* WarpWhistle: The Daokas, which allow teleportation between the different regions of Adelpha. There are also F-Links, beacons that allow you to teleport within one region.
* WhatTheHellPlayer: Killing Talan, if it didn't cause a NonStandardGameOver, would make others verbally abuse you and refrain from giving you any help. This made it impossible to progress in the game or improve your reputation