Give Vicar Max A Chance In The Outer Worlds, Guys

When you first meet Maximillion DeSoto in The Outer Worlds, he has a snide comment about everything. When I recruited Felix, a nice kid who is trying his best, Max sneered about adopting street urchins. I disliked Vicar Max almost the moment he settled in with my party. He’s a dickhead, but after spending some time with him, I decided: He’s an interesting dickhead. Give the guy a chance.

I kept him along mainly because his personal quest intrigued me. He was in search of a banned book, a journal that we had found for him, but he needed it translated from French. It was a heretical text, one that Max said might contain the secrets to his religion. Max is a priest of the Order of Scientific Inquiry, who believe a grand mathematical equation determines the past, present and future as well as every human’s place in it. Max has devoted his entire life to understanding and deciphering that equation, and I was curious enough about it to stomach his whining.

Watching Max confront his beliefs and his past enriches him as a character. He’s a man consumed by his own frustration, obsessed with his lack of peace. Part of his desire to understand the equation of life is to quell his own doubts about his faith. If you speak to him on the ship, he tells you that his parents found joy and calm in the teachings of the OSI, something he has never felt. You can see that internal struggle in his actions—at one point on his journey to find the equation, he straight up threatens to beat a man to death.

By taking Max through this journey of self discovery, I started to empathise with him despite how irritating he can be. Max’s story of seeking self-acceptance reminds me of my own journey to adulthood. In order to become whole and happy, he has to accept the ugly emotions that dwell within him. He sees himself as a rational holder of truth, above the pettiness of anger, resentment, and fear. By the end of his journey, he understands that he is just a man, like everyone else, and that vibrant tapestry of emotions and experiences is what makes life so beautiful.

After I finished Max’s quest, I took him and Parvati out together to finish up a few things before I headed into The Outer Worlds’ endgame. Parvati told Max that he seemed different, calmer, stumbling over herself trying to find the right word. Max asked if she meant that he seemed less of an arsehole. “I’m still an arsehole,” he said. “I’m just aware of it now.” A little self-awareness goes a long way.


Comments

    In my playthrough I must have missed the ability to recruit this guy. Oh well.

      He's weirdly easy to miss, I think. You get a quest from him when you go into his church in Edgewater, but there's no hint that he might be more important so if you don't do it and move on with the game, you'll never know about him at all.

      If you get him early enough, he'll be with you for most of the Edgewater area.

        Yeah I thought I did all the side quests in the Edgewater area. Really strange any way I was thinking of doing another playthrough but this time solo. I felt the companions made combat a little easy and I was playing on the second hardest difficulty.

        In the quest log it files the book finding mission it under Companion Quests. I looked in my journal and thought "Companion quest? Oh, he's recruitable! i should go get that book!"

    And then you get Nyoka and never use Victor Max ever again - except to complete his personal quest.

    Pravati and Nyoka are my "odd couple" team. Am loving every minute of the game. (Except the inventory management .... why can't we favourite items!!)

    BTW- Victor is a bit of a dick, but yeah get to know him.

    Don't forget!

    Vicar Max raises your sneak skills. I kept him in my crew if I suspected I was going into a place with more then a few computers to hack.

    I liked the Vicar, I thought he was cool. He has great development.

    My team was mostly the Vicar and Parvati. I occasionally used Nyoka and Ellie, but I rarely used Felix or SAM.

    I might play again in the future with different characters, but right now is too soon.

      Felix is this game's Carth, and therefore I maintained my 100% No Carths policy by never using him in my party.

        You are missing out on some amazing drop kick action.

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