A decent sci-fi shooter.
Outriders is an enjoyable yet flawed shooter that is still worth playing.
Outriders bring cooperative role-playing in a third-person shooter. Despite multiple bugs and server issues during launch, it still shines as a decent looter shooter that should still be worth playing. In playing around 20 hours on the solo campaign, I found myself still finding ways to enjoy the game despite its flaws.
The story isn’t something groundbreaking: Humans arrive on Enoch, an Earth-like planet where it was supposed to be humanity’s new home after they (or rather we) destroyed it. Upon arrival on Enoch, the humans encounter a storm called the Anomaly that kills most of the humans and destroys their electronics. Some humans, however, become the Altered, which gives you powers. You have the choice between four power classes that include Trickster that can control time, Devastator that can unleash seismic attacks, Technomancer that can use other turrets and devices, and Pyromancer that can wield fire.
From there you pretty much shoot your way through different combat encounters, maximizing your own skillset that’s exclusive to your class. In keeping some role-playing elements present, there are a plethora of side missions as you explore Enoch. The world level is tied to player progression, meaning that it will increase the difficulty that in turn will reward you with high-end loot. You can always turn out the difficulty tier if the current one is too difficult.
I mostly played Outriders solo, but playing with a team is still the best option especially for those hard-to-defeat boss fights. Developers People Can Fly clearly are fans of existing shooters like Destiny, Borderlands, and Gears of War, elements of which are all present here. As a shooter though, you will enjoy the endless offering of customizable weapons that you can utilize.
Overall, Outriders delivers a satisfying combat gameplay experience despite the so-so plot and the frequent game issues. I’m sure these issues will get resolved over time, which should give you more reasons to keep Outriders installed on your console.
+ Great graphics quality
+ Customizable weapons
+ Variety of side missions that isn’t repetitive
– Launch issues prevent you from enjoying the full experience
Final Rating: 3.5/5