Outriders is finally here and you can play the game just about anywhere.This highly anticipated multiplayer shooter / RPG is for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S, and even Xbox Game Pass available when you’re not forever married to owning your copy. Since Outriders supports cross-play multiplayer, you can play with any of your friends no matter what system they’re playing on. And honestly you should – the game does nowhere near as fun

Square Enix provided Tom’s Guide with a review of Outriders, and I’ve been slowly but surely working my way through the story campaign for the past two days. I’ve played Outriders before, both at conventions and via online previews But in such situations, I always had two other players by my side by default. Multiplayer partners playing Outriders on my own PS5 were a bit more difficult to find

On the one hand, this helped me see the game’s strengths and weaknesses more clearly, as almost anything is more fun with two friends.On the other hand, it highlights that Outriders really needs a full three-person party to reach their potential to exploit

For those of you who haven’t followed the Outriders development cycle, it’s a class-based third-person shooter with RPG elements. You play as the Outrider: an advance scout on a promising new planet that humanity is chasing after Some sci-fi nonsense goes wrong, your Outrider gets magical powers, the story skips three decades on, and humanity is fighting among themselves again instead of colonizing the now much deadlier planet. Your job is to find one To stop war – or rise above it as a rare and powerful changed human

The story is actually pretty good, and we’ll cover it in more detail in our full review, but it’s fair to say that the gameplay is the big win of a multiplayer shooter, and Outriders definitely delivers in that regard after a short prologue One of four class of destroyers, enemies get very close; Pryomancers can set things on fire; Technomancers can heal gadgets and use them Fraudsters can play with spacetime anomalies

The classes all feel pretty different, and since each class also offers three different specialization classes, everyone should find something to suit their tastes (I built a destroyer with a lot of health, partly because I like hand-to-hand combat, but mostly, because otherwise you can die pretty quickly in many firefights)

I’ve played through the Outriders’ first great arc, which takes you from the first landing on the planet Enoch to a climatic boss fight with an Altered colleague named Gauss (no evidence that Gauss has electricity) I fought along the way against many enemy soldiers, learned my basic class skills and started improving my skills

The first thing I can say is that Outriders takes unusually good snapshots, but many games in the looter-shooter genre resort to character optimization as the core gameplay loop, be it by leveling up or finding gear, however realize that Polish developer People Can Fly spent a lot of time making sure that every assault rifle, submachine gun, shotgun, sniper rifle and pistol in this game feels just great for shooting every shot has weight and effect; Every Hit or Miss Feels Fair Even the reload times show the difficult line between “short enough to stay engaged” and “long enough to feel threatening”

The skills and equipment systems are also satisfactory.Fighting enemies and completing quests will give you experience that you can level up with.As you level up, you can learn new class skills and improve existing skills, for example: As a destroyer, I was able to do my first three skills knock down nearby enemies, wrap myself in bullet-repellent armor, and shoot across the battlefield to disrupt enemy attacks skills are charged with a constant clip so you can use them often to gain an advantage as you level up, you can choose to improve these skills or get more passive health and attack damage benefits

The equipment is also pretty intuitive.Each level contains a number of item caches – some outdoors, some hidden behind walls or enemy outposts.Every piece of equipment (weapons, jackets, boots, etc)) has an item level as well as a color to indicate rarity. The game makes it very clear which items you should equip based on their skill levels, although I wish there was an “tweak” button that lets a character easily do the best Weapons and armor that are available in your inventory can be equipped

It’s fair to say that I was impressed with the core gameplay in Outriders and was dying to keep the story moving. The only problem is that right now it’s not that easy to find a multiplayer group before you hit the ground running Making way on a mission, you can consult a computer terminal in your home base and either put a party together from your friends or look for random partners online

Outriders implements an intelligent system of looking for other players at the same point in the story, this way you can move forward together instead of having to replay old sections (although you can do that too if you’re trying, friends to help catch up)

Before the game went live, the servers were pretty empty – which makes sense since Outriders wasn’t generally available yet. Even on the launch night I tried three times to find a random group Every opportunity I got stared at the matchmaking- Screen until I got bored and decided to tackle the next story mission myself

Apparently I wasn’t the only one with connectivity issues.Lot of people couldn’t find matches – or not play the game at all.Cross-play also doesn’t work seamlessly yet, which means it can be difficult to team up with your Xbox friends, when you’re on PlayStation, and vice versa

These issues will be fixed over time, and of course the player base should be larger this weekend than it would be on a weekday.Nevertheless, while Outriders can be played solo, it has been found that while the game is solo, it is a multiplayer experience with the game giving you the option to increase the “world level”, which makes the opponents harder in exchange for better loot

Better loot is pretty much a necessity in a looter shooter, but increasing the difficulty without a backup is a very difficult task I haven’t counted the number of times I had to repeat the Gaussian boss fight as it turns your health bar into only Can (and will) exhaust a few hits As a destroyer, I had few healing options, and hand-to-hand combat was essentially suicide.In such cases, a solo player can only grin and endure

But having to play Outriders perfectly is a lot less fun than the chaotic freeform experimentation that comes with multiplayer groups.Even if you have another player on your team, you have some margin for failure Don’t Go Solo There is essentially no penalty for dying other than restarting your last firefight, but success feels a little shallower with no risk of losing progress

Tom’s guide is still in the early stages of Outriders, and we’ll have a more thorough review next week in the meantime, it’s a good weekend project, provided you can bring some friends with you

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