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Outriders Review

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Posted: 6 months ago, last updated 7 days 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

Rating:

Release Date: 02/02/2021

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

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

Developer: @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

Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.  

You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

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 ('*!@?*').

ESRB MATURE 17+ for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes. Players use machine guns, rifles, and magical abilities (e.g., technomancy, elemental skills) to kill enemies in frenetic combat. Battles are accompanied by realistic gunfire, frequent explosions, and large blood-splatter effects. Some attacks result in decapitation/dismemberment, leaving blood stains and body parts on the ground; alien carcasses and human corpses can also be seen. A handful of cutscenes depict gore and other acts of violence: characters shot in the head at close range; a character impaled through the chest; a man's severed head given to a character. As players progress, they can interact with prostitute characters; some dialogue also references suggestive material (e.g., “How about all the times I wrapped my legs around you”; “I took you from a whorehouse. A little gratitude would be nice.”). The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in dialogue.


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.

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.

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Select Difficulty: Select difficulty from a range of presets.

Adjustable Anytime: You can adjust the difficulty while playing.

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

Assistance

Assistance When Stuck: The game notices if you get stuck and provides assistance, such as skipping levels, hints or tutorials.

Assistance With Direction: Indication of where to go next with arrows, cookie trail and the like.

Tutorials: There are helpful tutorials, instructions and tips.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Moderate Reading: Moderate reading required.

Text Visibility

Large Clear Text: Text is large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

High Text Contrast: Text colour contrasts to background.

Large Clear Subtitles: Subtitles are large and clear, or can be adjusted to be.

Speaker Indicator: Captions or icons and speech bubbles indicate who is speaking.

All Dialogue is Voiced: All of the game dialogue and narrative can be voiced.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Multiple Buttons & Two Sticks: Can play with multiple buttons and two sticks.

Mouse And Keyboard

Mouse and Keys: Can play with mouse and multiple keys.

Mouse and Controller: Can play with mouse and controller simultaneously.

Remap Controls

You can customise the controls for the game as follows:

Swap Sticks: Swap the sticks over.

Remap Mouse and Keyboard: Remap mouse and keyboard.

Remap One Action to Multiple Buttons: Map multiple buttons to a single action.

Invert X/Y Axis: You can invert the direction required to control looking and aiming.

Holding Down Buttons Optional: Holding down buttons not required or can be turned off or switched to toggling the action on and off.

Vibration Optional: Controller vibration not used in the game or you can disable it.

Adjust Mouse/Stick Sensitivity: Adjust how sensitive mouse/stick controls are.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Colour Options

Colourblind friendly: Game doesn’t rely on colour or can switch to colourblind friendly mode.

Colour adjustments: Adjust colours of characters or game elements for greater visibility

Head-Up-Display Visibility

Clear Interface: The game navigation, maps and information are clear to read, large or adjustable.

Adjust Head Up Display: Remove or resize head-up display to remove distraction and make more visible.

Audio

How you can adjust the audio of the game and whether audio cues compensate for aspects of the game that are hard to see.

Adjustable Audio

Balance Audio Levels: Set music and game sound effects separately.

Customise Audio Levels: Control volume levels of specific events and elements in the game.

Visual Cues for Audio Events: Text or other visual indicators of audio events.

System Settings

Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). PlayStation 5 has a range of system-wide accessibility settings. Stadia offers some system accessibility features. Tandem enables you to use two controllers to play one character. This also enables you to connect other controllers like the Xbox Adaptive Controller.

Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @ThatPhageGuy and @GeekDadGamer


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