Excerpt: Outland is a 2D platformer developed by Housemarque and published by Ubisoft for the PlayStation Network. It is also available on the Xbox Live Arcade. The main character is suffering from visions and seeks out a Shawman.
Excerpt: Deep black foregrounds clutter with inkblot enemies and platforms fringed with colorless vegetation. Monochrome backgrounds drape and clash, painting the scenery in deep greens and yellows. A slim protagonist evades the dangers as he searches for help. What’s your name? Doesn’t matter.
Conclusion: Outland isn't for everyone. Its seemingly simple gameplay becomes surprisingly complex as you progress, and you'll need lightning reflexes to get through the later levels. But for those who like a challenge, Outland most ably provides one, and does so in a framework that is both beautiful and well...
Summary: Outland is an expertly crafted platformer. The delicate weave of artistic delights and remarkable craftsmanship on display is staggering, and the fine pace at which its many secrets are revealed give this intoxicating adventure impressive depth.
Pros: Incredible controls with a wealth of useful abilities, Challenging and exciting boss fights, Tightly crafted levels with a smooth difficulty curve, Brilliant cooperative challenges, Gorgeous visuals and a stirring soundtrack
Excerpt: First Impressions My reaction is Platforming is not what it used to be. Then again neither is gaming nor, in fact, are gamers. Things have changed, gaming has developed and classic platforming is nostalgic but passé.
Excerpt: Scrounging around the PlayStation Network again, looking for a good reason to spend your last paper buffalo? Well then prepare to get your money’s worth and then some more, with Housemarque’s majestic 2D action/cinematic/puzzle platformer, Outland.
Summary: Outland is a genius combination of bullet hell shooter and "Metroidvania" platformer. Its stylish presentation and polished mechanics make traipsing through its world a joy. Marred slightly by repetition and a muddled story, Outland is still one of the freshest, most original platformers in years.
Pros: Brilliant mash-up of genres, Inspired art direction, Co-op missions add variety, Fantastic bosses