Save the story
It’s perhaps sheer coincidence on the developers part, that the light narrative blends so well with the minimalist approach of the rest of the game. Regardless, it’s a refreshing change to not be spoon-fed unnecessary storyline; a method deployed so successfully in the likes of the similarly subdued Ico & Shadow of the Colossus.
Platform for success
Outland, if you hadn’t guessed, is a side-scrolling adventure game in much the same mould as classics such as Metroid and Castlevania, and more recently its fellow XBLA title Shadow Complex, as well as Hudson’s quirky Wii title A Shadow’s Tale.
Expect to be leaping to distant platforms, battling enemies with both wit and sword, and discovering new abilities in order to facilitate progression, often involving the backtracking through old stages to find new routes.
Red light district
The game’s hook is the hero’s ability to adopt the powers of light and darkness, instantly drawing parallels with shoot-em-up Ikaruga. In Treasure’s classic, rapidly switching polarities from white to black ensured protection from same-coloured incoming fire, while maximising damage against oppositely coloured hostiles.
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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.