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  • Summary: Outland puts players in the middle of a world of balance and chaos where their efforts allow them to bridge the ancient divide, or doom the world to destruction. Each player’s adventure will take them between light and darkness and force them to adapt to an ever-changing world. This light versus dark core gameplay is inspired by the arcade classic Ikaruga. Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Apr 28, 2011
    91
    You could easily fill an entire review with the grocery list of games from which Outland cribs its gameplay elements -- Ubisoft's own marketing specifically calls out Ikaruga and Prince of Persia as "inspirations," for heaven's sake. But doing so seems unnecessarily reductive to me, because Outland manages to take those "inspirations" and create something that feels like genuine innovation.
  2. May 6, 2011
    90
    Outland has enough virtues to be remembered as one of the best platforms games of the year. If you like the genre this is a must-have.
  3. Jun 22, 2011
    90
    Exciting gameplay packed with clever mechanics and framed by a compelling artistic vision make Outland a superb experience.
  4. May 5, 2011
    86
    A great game, plenty of funny puzzles and platforming. Visually stunning and with some enjoyable boss battles, Outland sometimes lacks in rhythm and narrative depth.
  5. Jun 13, 2011
    80
    Outland is a unique platform game. The gameplay can be really hard but manages to find a good balance between difficult and nearly impossible. It has a great visual style which adds up to the fun.
  6. May 4, 2011
    80
    A tightly designed downloadable game bursting with demanding traversal, surprisingly deep combat, and lush visual design. You can't be a fan of 2D action games in 2011 and not give this game a look.
  7. Apr 27, 2011
    70
    Housemarque's adventure wears its ambitions so openly that the comparison is inevitable. By no means a classic on those terms, Outland is nonetheless a well-executed game that - hopefully - lays the groundwork for future iteration upon its central ideas.

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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Jan 23, 2014
    10
    Fantastic game. Or a gem. :) Beautiful graphics and amazing gameplay with a lot of challenge. I remember when I've played games in the NES era. Some of them were so hard. I got really pissed and angry because I died a lot. But after when I got through a hard area or a hard enemy, then that feeling THAT AMAZING FEELING, that catharsis. This game brings back those feelings and I want to thank "him" for that. Expand
  2. Aug 5, 2011
    10
    Outland is a creative take on a classic genre of gaming. It brings life back to the classic sidescrolling game. The art style of outland balances shadow with light, as the world is mostly dark where the enemies are colored. From story, visual and gameplay points of view, Outland does NOT disappoint. You are given many abilitlies throughout the game from being able to switch from blue and red spirits from launching yourself into treacherous, previously unexplorable areas. Outland is Downloadable gold. A must play by all. Expand
  3. Aug 20, 2011
    10
    I felt the need to write this review because Inuit_Dude's review was so utterly incompetent. First of all, the game does not cost $60, it costs $10. Secondly, besides both games being platformers, Outland and Little Big Planet have about nothing in common. Expand
  4. Sep 19, 2011
    8
    For $10, this game is well worth the price and even a steal. Sure you could probably cruse through the game in about 8 hours or so, but you'd be missing the gorgeous graphics, excellent use of color and style, and the creative way the designers use puzzles, platforming, and powers.
    This game is very well paced and the difficulty does go up gradually, with each new ability learned, it tests you to use that ability from hence forth. Enemies are varied enough to where just hacking and slashing your way through them well only result in your demise. The bosses are huge and take a few tries to develop a pattern and strategy of attack, and the music was very well crafted and used throughout the adventure.
    A few minor drawbacks are the lack of replay value, which I will say only comes from the arcade mode, which allows you to replay areas and marks of the gods, which are little collectibles hidden throughout the game. And trophies I guess.
    As for controls, they were very responsive, and the jumping mechanics was really the nly thing that took a little bit to get used to, if you are a gamer who is used to mario or a more traditional platformer.
    Overall, I would have to rate this game a solid 8/10. I would rate it a 9, if there was any kind of local co-op, but I can see why the developers only put in an online mode.
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  5. Nov 29, 2012
    8
    This game brings back the feeling of old platform games whit decent amount of enemies and challenges, the gameplay is classic and the controls feel smooth, but most importantly, for only 10 buck's you are getting a really good game that will keep you entertained for hours. The graphics are nice and really enjoyable. A must have if u like 80's style platform games. Expand
  6. Aug 18, 2012
    8
    I'm not fond of indie games (I don't know if Outland really is classified as an indie game, but that's how I see it). However, Outland is a very good game. I picked it up because it went free for PS plus subscribers, but I think i'd not waste my money if I had bought it. It feels like classic platformers in a inovative way. The spirit change feature gives the game serious gameplay improvement over other games from the genre. The graphics are stylish and very colorful. The game is smooth and works well, without a bug. The soundtrack is simply beautiful, and you'll notice that when you find yourself fighting a boss. It has a simple, but well told story, For me, it doesn't offer too much "replayability" value, but if you want a good and cheap game, Outland's your call. Expand
  7. Jul 10, 2011
    3
    this game was fun at first but then gets really boring i do not really like these kinds of games and i dont think anyone should drop 60 bucks on this game im sorry to those that love this game but it is not for me it reminded me alot of little big planet but with less enviromental design and cheap animations Expand

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