When Outriders was released a year ago, it received mixed reviews. It’s a surprisingly fun looter-shooter with solid combat mechanics and a varied loot table, but a lackluster story. But the game went largely under the radar.
Recently, developer People Can Fly and publisher Square Enix invited us back to the planet of Enoch through the new expansion, Worldslayer. The latest expansion comes standalone if you already own the base game, or you can pay a bit more and get both the base game and the expansion.
This was my first time playing through Outriders, so I started with the base game. I suggest checking out reviews for Outriders as this focuses largely on the Worldslayer expansion which, quite frankly, is more of the same for better or worse.
Me, personally, I had a fun time starting with the base game content and that enjoyment continued through the Worldslayer DLC. It remains a solid looter-shooter with gorgeous visuals but a mediocre story that’s quite forgettable.
The appeal of Outriders: Worldslayer is the combat. The shooting mechanics combined with your character’s ability make for some really solid and fun gameplay. Worldslayer adds a second skill tree which really opens up the options when trying to build your character.
As with any looter shooter, the real fun begins to open up when you reach the end game. Worldslayer introduces Apocalypse Tiers that offer an increased challenge in return for more XP and better loot. If you only own the base game, progression is capped at Tier 15. However, Worldslayer allows you to go all the way up to Tier 40 and provide the chance to earn Apocalypse-grade gear.
If you’re chasing an in-depth story with engaging characters, Outriders: Worldslayer will leave you unsatisfied. But if you’re looking to dig deeper into an awesome world with some really good world-building, then Outriders: Worldslayer will provide you with hours of challenging fun. The game is what you make of it. Do you enjoy tweaking builds and min-maxing to get the most out of your character?
While I do have my complaints with Outriders: Worldslayer, I did and will continue to have a good time playing. It’s especially fun if you have some friends to jump in with.