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Outriders Worldslayer Review | TechRaptor

Outriders Worldslayer Review |  TechRaptor

Outriders Worldslayer provides a lot of new material for players to enjoy. In addition to more quality of life features and new difficulty level changes, this premium expansion includes new enemy types, a new campaign, new equipment and new play material. It also has the same baggage that hindered the basic game. After all, this new content is fun, airy and just on the right side of stupid nonsense. But when it does not, it can be painful.

An Outrider standing in a blizzard with an ancient temple in front of him
Why do I feel that the answers will lead to more questions?

Back when Outriders the first time i was launched, i described the experience as a mix of late 2000s action shooters and embellishments. The tone is packed with hyper-violent gravel and dark apocalyptic overtones along with disarming outbursts of gallows humor. The story is mostly designed to put a bunch of gunshots together and barely kept together with amazing technobabble and psuedo-supernatural elements. Finally, the core game is pure and packed with creative ideas, all given structure with an ever-escalating RPG progression system.

Outriders Worldslayer continues in this style. After researching one of the many drop pods that fell to the planet Enoch in the final moments of the main game, your characters discover new information about Anomaly, the weird amazing storm that has torn the planet apart and mutated wildlife. This starts an investigation that reveals several secrets about Enoch’s ancient past, as well as awakens a new enemy force that your character must shoot in the face.

If the last paragraph seems dismissive Outriders Worldslayer’s plotted, it is mostly because the development of the story is difficult to follow. In a way, it concludes the dropped subplot with the warring factions on Enoch, this is where the great pain of the expansion comes from. It also continues to elaborate on the alien forerunners, Pax, with the introduction of ancient ruins and some world-building details regarding their technology and the anomaly itself. But all of these elements are at best tertiary when the story draws you from gunfight to dead ball with such energy and eagerness.

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Two armored knights with hammers going out of a door
Oh no, health fungi! Put on the kettle.

As for the gun battles, Outriders Worldslayer continues to expand its high-octane effect. The distinct character classes all give you unique control over the battlefield. When combined with the right armor and weapon configurations, you can feel like a force of nature cutting through waves of troops. All in all, if you liked how the cover in this cover-based shooter is more of a suggestion than a tactical decision, then you know that it has not changed in the slightest.

What is a remarkable change is the introduction of Apocalypse Tiers. This basically merges the World Tier difficulty system from the base game with the endgame dungeon difficulty levels. The higher the level, the better stealth you get, but at the expense of having tougher enemies to fight. Like World Tiers, this difficulty level can be switched back and forth at any time in case you hit a difficulty wall.

Progression in these levels will cause you to unlock new Apocalyptic Gear. These are brand new weapon and armor drops that contain three mod slots instead of two, giving you more complex customization and build options. Furthermore, the level progression has been divided over three different skill trees. In addition to the class skill points, there are Pax points and Ascension points. Pax points are used on a second skill tree that gives you more customization options. Think of this tree as an extension of your class tree. Alternatively, Ascension points give small incremental bonuses to certain stats that add up over time. Ascension points are essentially ways to continue to increase your grade beyond the caps.

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A tree of branching skills and benefits
This is a much more elegant skill tree, which is nice.

While all of these quality of life updates are good, Outriders Worldslayer brings some of the baggage to the base game. When you meet waves of different enemies equipped with different firearms and melee weapons, the battle is exciting and fun. But every time the game throws boss fights into the mix, those fights immediately turn into boring battles due to repetitive, boring attack patterns and absurdly large health pools. It removes the pure battle of a single number game and kills the speeding dead in the tracks.

This type of health fungus boss design is even found in Outriders Worldslayer’s latest playoff dungeon, Tarya Gratar. While the boss and enemy encounters found in this repeatable dungeon are unique, there is no special Raid mechanics to be found; just keep shooting and spamming your skills. There is one notable exception, but the mechanic only involves capturing a platform to deactivate a shield. Provided that Outriders has much more in common with Diablo than FateI do not expect very complex overlapping mechanics that require coordination, but it does not put the fight in its best light.

Finally, despite Outriders Worldslayer being released a year after launch, there are still some technical issues. The servers were completely overwhelmed the day before the launch, the network connection is still unstable at best, and there was tension throughout my game where the game’s sound was confused white noise. Furthermore, there is still no offline mode, which means that if the servers are not up, you can not just paint meetings for equipment.

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A team of Outriders shooting a giant monster
This looks exciting, but all told, I have in a way zoneed out spots here.

Outriders Worldslayer Review | Last thoughts

Outriders Worldslayer adds a little extra polishing and complexity to People Can Fly’s chaotic RPG shooter. The new weapons and armor are creative. The new enemy encounters – when they are not unpleasant health sponges – are fun to fight. The new equipment and difficulty systems continue the game’s simple but satisfying rush of numbers that get bigger. Although the campaign is not exactly memorable and the online elements are still lacking, the core game is still unlike anything else out there. If you want more Outriders, this is just it.

Outriders Worldslayer was reviewed on PlayStation 5 with a code provided by the publisher. This new downloadable expansion is also available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S and PC.

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