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Is Outriders Worth the Play?

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     Square Enix revealed not long after their abysmal title Marvel’s Avengers released that they would be publishing a looter-shooter. Many were skeptical as to whether they could pull this project off. 

     With huge rivals in this field such as Bungie, all but monopolizing this genre with the Destiny series it was fair to say that the Outriders game needed to be excellent right out of the block to even see a fraction of that success passed onto them. Well, nearly a month on from this games release, we can say that Outriders has more than held its own within the field.

     This new space bound shooter has managed to rack up a very respectable sales figures throughout the months of March and April, with the title being the third bestselling game overall through March. Which is all the more impressive considering these figures only recorded until the 3rd of April. Meaning that this title earned a podium finish in March based on 48 hours’ worth of sales. 

A Deeper Looting Experience

     What has made this title so successful is that it’s only one of the very few AAA titles on the market right now. The game is selling on merit and the key takeaway after playing this title is that the game tries to push the genre forward.

     Looter shooters in the past have been criticized for focusing solely on addictive gameplay loops and rarely offering a compelling narrative for players to engage with. In fact, the clear market leader Destiny had the same issue at launch with players being forced to go online to pull lore from databases. It was like a build it yourself story that seemed lazy and disingenuous.

     However, Outriders avoided the mistakes of it’s predecessors. The game offers a well written and exciting narrative, a series of deep and complex characters, a progression system that is perfectly designed, a loot system that is rewarding without giving the best items to players without hard work. Plus, the combat system is well crafted, allowing players with different play styles to find their preferred style with ease.

Is the Outriders Game Any Good?

     The game is an impressive and addictive one, that much is clear. However, a lot is to be said about the fantastic marketing campaign that Square Enix has carried out for this title. A demo was released in February with solid gameplay which eased any concerns that this title would be rough around the edges.

     Then before launch, we got the news that this title would be available on Xbox Game Pass. This immediately guaranteed a large player base to work with from the get-go and thanks to the good quality of the game. This has provided a foundation from which Outriders can build upon in the same way Destiny has as a franchise.

     Outriders is a solid game that will only improve with time. We are excited to see what the future has in store for this game and we are happy to see a return to form for Square Enix as well. Maybe we can finally forget about Marvel’s Avengers once and for all.

     What do you make of the game so far? Do you think that Outriders is going to get better with time? Do you think that this series will ever rival the likes of Destiny? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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