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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 lightOutland 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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
  1. May 10, 2011
    100
    It's a visually striking game, combined with a beautiful soundtrack and challenging platforming and the pacing of the new abilities and moments between boss fights is pretty well executed.
  2. 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.
  3. May 27, 2011
    90
    Outland has a lot to offer: A great combination of gameplay styles influenced by other games, astounding controls, and a simple and effective aesthetic. In short it has everything a game needs to be great.
  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. May 3, 2011
    83
    There's no mistaking Outland for its marvelous presentation or its curious conglomeration of elements, which quite possibly amount to the freshest take on action platformers in a good long while. At 800 Microsoft Points, it's a journey well worth taking.
  6. May 10, 2011
    80
    Pretty, dense, nerve-challenging, immersive, innovative... Outland is easily one of the gems of April 2011. Combining with talent several influences (Limbo, Castlevania, Ikaruga), it goes back to the rules of 2D platformers, with an added twist. It's an enticing tribal journey, with a soul, at a small price.
  7. May 23, 2011
    60
    As it stands, it's a fairly empty, unfocused experience that will find a number of fans regardless thanks to the power of the truly killer visuals.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. May 12, 2011
    10
    Outland is a beautiful game. As a single player adventure it borrows elements from so many games, yet it feels like a very satisfying and newOutland is a beautiful game. As a single player adventure it borrows elements from so many games, yet it feels like a very satisfying and new experience. The controls are spot on, but there's one complaint and its quite simple, it needs offline co-op to be a true masterpiece. For the price Outland is just a steal. I highly recommend that this game should be put in the top of anyones list. Expand
  2. May 7, 2011
    10
    10 out of 10: Visually fascinating, sound is impeccable, gameplay is tight. Download the trial and you will fall in love. I have played10 out of 10: Visually fascinating, sound is impeccable, gameplay is tight. Download the trial and you will fall in love. I have played games before that offer some of the playstyle but none match the quality of this piece of art. This game can be difficult at times as there is a light and dark mechanic you must switch between as the different colors of bullet hell rains onto you. You must be quick and you must be precise, if you can't, then go play pacman. Expand
  3. Jun 3, 2011
    9
    Fluid motion with responsive control, smooth transitions between maps, and a wonderful visual feel make Outland a winner. The overall darknessFluid motion with responsive control, smooth transitions between maps, and a wonderful visual feel make Outland a winner. The overall darkness of the environment..coupled with an Order-Chaos theme serve to further bolster this opinion. It's true that Outland borrows many elements from older titles, but the same can be said of most games (pragmatically more efficient to borrow a good idea than to invent all new ones), and this title has lost nothing as a result. Expand
  4. Aug 12, 2011
    8
    A nice play on the Ikaruga mechanic in a platformer with good controls and interesting level design. The boss battles are absolutely a blastA nice play on the Ikaruga mechanic in a platformer with good controls and interesting level design. The boss battles are absolutely a blast and feel much more rewarding than the rest of the game itself. The main gripe I have with the game is it seems like every three screens there is a checkpoint. A lot of the time I was tempted to simply ignore bullet patterns altogether and just rush to the next checkpoint. If you are expecting a challenge on the level of the even moderately hard bullet hell shmup, than this is probably not the game for you. If you want a more than solid platformer with an interesting new mechanic throw in than I would recommend giving this game a shot. Expand
  5. Apr 29, 2011
    7
    This is a clever Twist on the Bullet Hell Style game with some platforming and puzzles thrown in. Instead of flying a Ship through Bullets ofThis is a clever Twist on the Bullet Hell Style game with some platforming and puzzles thrown in. Instead of flying a Ship through Bullets of different color and changing your Shields to match so the Bullets don't hurt, you are a person, who can change colors so you won't be hurt by the "bullets". For a XBLA game, it is a gorgeous game with the difficulty ramping up very quickly. The only real downfall is the fact that there is no super easy mode, so you can kick back and enjoy the ride instead of focusing on the difficulty. So if you find puzzle games that get difficult quick, then this game might not be for you.

    If you love puzzle, platforming, bullet hell, with a twist of gorgeous art thrown in, then this game is for you!
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  6. Aug 2, 2011
    7
    Outland, developed by Housemarque and published by Ubisoft, is billed as a return to the "metroidvania" style of game, which would presupposeOutland, developed by Housemarque and published by Ubisoft, is billed as a return to the "metroidvania" style of game, which would presuppose a number of things but most importantly a discovery of new abilities which unlock new areas in old levels. At it's most basic, Outland does provide such gameplay, though it's not entirely satisfying, and mashes it with the lauded Ikagura-style color-switching along with fighting-game mechanics. On the whole, said gameplay is certainly enjoyable for what it is, providing some difficult platforming (specifically with color-switching), occasional new abilities which open up new areas in passed levels, and perhaps most successfully some thrilling boss battles. Expand
  7. Jun 3, 2011
    1
    This is a boring seen it all before game. The graphics is simplistic and dark and soon becomes very samey just like the gameplay. It all feelsThis is a boring seen it all before game. The graphics is simplistic and dark and soon becomes very samey just like the gameplay. It all feels pretty soulless with some drab music. Avoid this game ! Expand

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