Review A quick check of the map confirms the hero’s next objective – a mere two levels above him. What the map doesn’t reveal are the obstacles standing between him and that adventure-progressing goal.
Skilfully evading not one, but two spike traps with graceful fleetness of foot, the hero finds himself presented with scaleable ridge, leading to a chain of increasingly levitated platforms.
Obstructing his progress are not only a mixture of dark and light aligned crawlers – enemies which defy gravity as they cling to the sides and underneath of the platforms – but also ever-renewing conflagrations of red and blue projectiles, each polarised toward either the power of light or darkness.
Steadying himself, the hero leaps into the maelstrom; effortlessly switching from light to dark as he breaks through the storm. He momentarily halts in order to dispatch one of the light-aligned crawlers, so providing him clear passage as he ascends once more to his goal: a switch which opens a doorway to an ever-darker expanse of jungle. With a renewed sense of determination he ventures onward to the next challenge.
OK, hopefully you can forgive me the brief foray into the realm of creative writing, it’s just that Outland’s sparse story – of a hero restoring order to the world – combines with evocative looks and gameplay in such a way that it’s easy to build your own narrative. In the same way that a Cormac McCarthy novel, for example, shines but the merest of lights on its characters, challenging the reader to extrapolate and make sense of events for themselves.
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Where's Sean Connery?
Flasback. My thoughts exactly. Looks and sounds very very similar.
That's a good thing BTW.
Side scrolling games are so 1980's.
Why is this logged under "Hardware" ??
That's comparing chalk and cheese buddy. 80-85% is a totally fare reflection of LA Noire. It has eaten my life for the past 4 days and it's brilliant, but it doesn't warrant more, there are too many flaws. Still, I'll be pushed to find a game I enjoy more this year (until Skyrim).
This is a completely different type of game to LA Noire and can only be judged within its genre. It wouldn't eat my life, but it may do for someone else who enjoys these kind of games.
I think the guys (and gals) who do the games reviews here are 'usually' spot on with their assessments. Considering this one (different guy from LA Noire review) writes about games for a national paper too, I'd be careful with your accusations about not knowing their business.
Perhaps you should stay away from forum trolling. You clearly have no idea.