Outriders is an Action RPG title with a ton of exploration to be had and locations to visit.
With a world that invites you to delve into unknown mysteries filled with adventure and a whole host of enemies.
Pitting you as a high ranking soldier who was once part of the Flores crew, your goal is to seek a new habitable world since Earth is sadly no longer around. However, things are not going to be easy as the team soon discover.
The game manages to feature a wide range of customization from being able to play as either a male or female and playing about with their appearances such as; hairstyles, tattoos and more.
You can also customize your own weapons which is great if you have a particular favourite weapon of choice or just simply need to upgrade. This only covers a small range of what is on offer to play around with and really get into the zone.
Speaking of weapons there is a huge vast to choose from, including a various range of different Sniper Rifles, Shotguns, Machine Guns and more, so be sure to mix and match to suit what you are most comfortable with.
The different classes that you can choose to play as are quite good, though to be fair we only managed to play as the Technomancer class. However, with that said the Technomancer is a great and fun class to be, with the ability to summon Turrets and lob grenades if you prefer to play at a distance. However, if you end up swarmed then you can also cast an ability for crowd control.
As said though there are many other classes to play, some of which are more efficient at certain things than others, take for example the Devastator which is meant as a more close range class with the ability to Tank enemies and the Pyromancer with the ability to control Fire to name but a few that is on offer. You can also switch abilities as you level to whichever best suits your overall play style.
The game does allow for both solo and multiplayer where you can either play the story and side quests alone or team up and share the various quests as a team of up to 3 people. The matchmaking is rather good and you are easily matched up with like-minded people who are at a similar level to you. So for those who may not have any close friends to play with then don’t worry about it as the matchmaking has you covered.
Many of the various areas are often short however the various side quests, hunts, wanted bounties and other optional content is there to keep you going. You can also collect various journal and notes too that are scattered around and help give you more insight into the various characters and worlds
As the company has suggested quite clearly before release this game was designed for multiplayer and from our perspective, rightly so too. As someone who has experienced both the multiplayer and solo aspect of the game, it is recommended to play multiplayer when possible.
The game doesn’t really have the overall enjoyment factor when trying to solo as most of the game is a constant shooter with very little cinematic scenes and thus over time this can get rather boring and repetitive.
You can increase the overall game difficulty by adjusting the World level which is an option that remains available to you throughout the game, increasing the difficulty also rewards you with better gear and thus it becomes worth it in the long run. This may add more fun to those who prefer to solo but overall it wasn’t worth it in our book.
We also didn’t really care for the companions that accompany you, most of the time they just sit looking bored with very little to say or do.
This didn’t help in terms of the story, it would of been nice to have a few accompany you out in battle if you don’t enjoy teaming up with other players for whatever reason but still enjoy the company.
Also, having to always be online within the game is something else I dislike. Being online regardless if you are trying to play solo or not gave us quite a few headaches. We often experienced server crashes, blue screen error messages that would kick us out of the game and it felt like it took forever to get signed in so that we could play.
I’d say this game is only worth it if you are a huge fan of shooter titles and enjoy playing alongside other people, if not I’d try and stay away as the whole lack of really engaging story and the characters, not to mention the repetitive shooter gameplay just felt so underwhelming.
- Developer: People Can Fly / Publisher: Square Enix
Release Date: April 1st, 2021
Platforms: PC, Playstation 4, Playstation 5, XBox One, XBox Series X/S, Stadia
Genre: Action, Shooter
Main Story Length: 19-20 Hours
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Platform Reviewed On: Playstation 4 Pro
- Overall Rating: 2/5 (Poor)