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Posted: 15 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Outriders is shooting game with a focus on collecting loot and upgrades with a role-playing edge. You create a character and choose from four classes with unique abilities: Tricksters who can manipulate time, Pyromancers who can manipulate fire, Devastators who can use seismic attacks, Technomancers who control technology. This creates a loud brash game with a block buster story and gameplay that focuses on skill and character development.

The set-up is that humanity's efforts to colonize an alien planet has failed. A mysterious storm foiled efforts to tame the planet and granted colonists superpowers. As you explore you will find human and monsters enemies. Their difficulty increases as you progress and depends on the world level. Into this exploration and combat comes role-playing elements in hubs where you can talk to characters, complete side quests and decide the outcome of conversations.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 02/02/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: PCF People Can Fly (@PCFPeopleCanFly)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 20 hours and 60 hours to complete. Although the story is around 20 hours, to see everything and develop your character fully could take things up to 60 hours.
 
Players: You can play this with 3 players online. Play single-player or join up to two friends in drop-in drop-out co-op as you tackle the horrors of a hyper-evolved planet.

Cross-Play: You can play with players across Xbox, PlayStation, PC and Stadia platforms.

CostsCosts

Outriders usually costs £59.99.
 

Outriders

Outriders: Standard Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £59.99
 
Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
 
You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18 due to depictions of extreme violence towards human-like characters, and use of strong language. This game contains frequent depictions of extreme violence towards human-like characters, including dismemberment and decapitation. When characters are impacted, there are strong blood and gore effects. Powerful weapons cause characters to explode into large splashes of blood and body parts. The game also includes depictions of violence towards defenceless human-like characters. There are multiple instances in which humans, who are restrained in some way, are tortured or killed. The most notable example occurs when a man, who is restrained by his wrists, is stabbed through his face and then kicked from a moving vehicle. This game also contains frequent use of strong language ('*!@?*').
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

AccessibilityAccessibility

You can set aiming and sprinting to a toggle rather than holding a button. You still need to hold down buttons for interactions and mining. There is a nice Auto Loot option where you can specify which rarity of item to automatically collect when you pass over it. You can also opt for a Double Press to Roll to make movement require fewer keys or buttons. Some Keybinds can't be changed as they are hard coded to specific events in the game.

You can customise what you see on the head up display extensively. This doesn't alter menus or inventory displays though. You can opt for Large Fonts although this doesn't make a very big difference. Damage on you and enemies is signified by audio and visual feedback. There are audio queues when you use your abilities, but there isn't a visual equivalent.

For an overview of these accessibility settings check out the DAGERSystem video by Kyle Abbate.
 
Our Outriders Accessibility Report documents 28 accessibility features:

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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