Conclusion: Outland is a solid and enjoyable platformer, and one of the best Metroidvanias available for Xbox Live Arcade. Fans of the genre will note the repetitive strain later into the experience, but anyone else is bound to have a blast throughout.
Excerpt: This downloadable game for either Xbox live Arcade or PSN (We played the Xbox Live Arcade version), is an eye pleasing hybrid of the side scrollers that are lost in the pixels of gaming time. Outland is a plat- forming style of game with insane energy bullets that have to be dodged, and moving platforms and obstacles including one eyed spider looking beasties and others that the player has to have some darn good timing to get past and move forward in this game.
Excerpt: The easiest way to describe Outland is a blend of Metroid’s core gameplay with Ikarauga’s bullet hell boss battles and light/dark offensive and defensive polarity with a precision platforming and hack ‘n slash gameplay to progress. However, that quick summation doesn’t do justice to just how well-crafted the final product is. There’s a level of polish here that is missing from most games - downloadable or otherwise.
Summary: An intriguing combination of Ikaruga and Shadow Complex , " Outland " is a great achievement from Housemarque. After losing their way slightly after Super Stardust, this represents a great return to form for the developer, with fantastic art and sound, and interesting gameplay. It’s a shame the multiplayer isn’t better, but the single player alone, coupled with a bargain price makes the game easy to recommend for anyone looking for either a challenge, or just a quality...
Conclusion: Different udfordringer and the ability to play online co-op are also elements that pull in the right direction and it should certainly not be the last time that Finnish Housemarque pile into Outland universe, which might be regarded as something of a modern classic.
Outstanding platformer looks and plays like a dream.
Common Sense Media
31 July 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Outland is a downloadable side-scrolling platform game with mild violence. Players do battle against fantasy creatures using a sword and dash attacks, but the game’s silhouette-style graphics show no blood or gore. Plus, the focus isn’t on violence so much as acrobatically navigating tricky environments.