outland
Metacritic (Xbox): 84/100
Metacritic (PS3): 83/100
Release: Apr 2011
Reviewed on: Xbox 360

Outland

Site Score
7.0
Good: Action focused – Fun boss battles – Simple puzzle elements
Bad: All feels the same towards the end
User Score
7.6
(7 votes)
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Outland is a downloadable platform title for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (available through their respective online portals). The game is a faster paced experience than most puzzle platform games and has plenty of combat making it perfect for puzzle fans wanting a more action focused game.

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The story of the world that Outland takes place in is fairly detailed and long. In a nutshell the game follows a man in the present day that is plagued with strange dreams and visions. With modern medicine unable to help these visions he visits a shaman who tells him that he is the reincarnation of a powerful warrior who fought ancient battles over 30,000 years ago.

The greatest victory of this warrior was the imprisonment of the two sisters of Chaos who had the power to control both light and darkness. Recently these sisters have escaped from their prison and that is why these new powers have awakened in the player. In order to imprison the sisters again players will need to defeat four different protectors of the world that have been corrupted by the sisters and eventually the sisters themselves.

The main puzzle mechanic in Outland involves the player switching between blue and red energies which represent light and dark respectively. Switching between the two allows players to pass through barriers and fight monsters that are made of the opposite power. As the player progresses they’ll encounter new environmental challenges but also increase their own skills to enhance the puzzle and platforming elements.

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If you don’t want to tackle the game alone then players can use the co-operative game mode to enlist the help of a friend. Alternatively if you prefer to be competitive you can try your hand at the arcade mode levels which are all about speed and precision.

With its emphasis on fighting monsters and the four boss battles Outland has definite appeal to players wanting a puzzle game with plenty of action in it.

Summary:

  • Puzzle, platform and action rolled into one game.
  • Hunt down the two sisters of Chaos.
  • Simple puzzle mechanic that evolves throughout the game.
  • Co-operative and arcade modes complement the standard game mode.
  • Downloadable title on Xbox Marketplace and PlayStation Store.

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Outland, 7.6 out of 10 based on 7 ratings
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