The Outriders Demo has been live for about a week and we’ve finally had some time to sink into the gaming world’s next RPG looter. Personally, I haven’t seen as many people on my friends list jump into a game since Anthem’s launch in 2019. It could be the excitement and anticipation of a new IP finally seeing public daylight, but I digress. Like many of us out there who have played the demo already, there are just as many (if not more) who haven’t. So, if you’ve been on the fence about checking it out and are looking for some consolidated thoughts, look no further.
Outriders is a Cooperative Sci-Fi RPG that draws influence from many of our favorite recent games. Despite People Can Fly claiming that shooters are in their DNA, Outriders does a good job of going beyond gunplay with extremely satisfying powered-ability combat.
Where Outriders really shines is in its moment-to-moment gameplay. As you get higher in World Tier, the game becomes increasingly more challenging, but in a good way. Even though you have access to just two skill points, you can envision how your build will impact future gameplay, Speaking of skill points, each class has an expansive skill tree that will truly allow for diverse builds for a wide range of playstyles.
There are certainly some things that Outriders could do better. For one thing, there were some inconsistencies in a few of the character animations as well as its cutscenes. The latter will be addressed before the game launches in April, but hopefully, the in-game animations will be similarly addressed soon.
After a week, it seems like there has been an overwhelmingly positive response to the Outriders Demo. Compound the fact that this demo is free to anyone who wants to try it and you can play with anyone across all available platforms, it’s honestly a no-brainer to check it out. After 20 hours or so with the game, I get some serious Mass Effect multiplayer vibes mixed with the really tight gunplay of Fortnite and a gritty-ness akin to Gears of War. I know, it sounds like a random potluck of the gamer-sphere’s favorite third-person shooters, but you really need to try it for yourself to appreciate this interesting amalgamation.